Homemade pineapple meatballs are a breeze to make and delicious to eat. They're made with tender baked pork and beef meatballs in a tangy BBQ sauce with lots of pineapple chunks. Serve them with rice for dinner or skewered onto toothpicks as an appetizer.
If you love meatballs as much as we do, also try our lemongrass Vietnamese meatballs, sweet hoisin meatballs, and our firecracker meatballs!
Sweet and tangy pineapple meatballs are hard to resist. We make them with a juicy and flavorful mix of beef and pork then finish them in a Hawaiian-inspired BBQ sauce with lots of big pineapple chunks. They're a real crowd-pleaser.
One of the things we love about this recipe is that it works just as well for dinner as it does as an appetizer. Friends love skewering a tasty meatball at a party – and we love that we can make these ahead of time for a no-fuss appy.
But we also serve these for dinner over rice with a side of broccoli. The simple, family-friendly dinner gets asked for often around our place.
How to make pineapple meatballs
There are only 4 simple steps to making this meatball recipe.
- Make the meatballs. Mix the meatball ingredients then form it into balls that you bake in the oven.
- Make the sauce. Simmer the sauce ingredients until it's as thick as BBQ sauce.
- Bring it all together. Mix the cooked meatballs and some pineapple chunks into the tangy sauce.
- Serve. Now you can serve your tropical pineapple meatballs as an appetizer or spoon them over rice for dinner!
Ground beef and ground pork – We love this combination as it's super flavorful and the pork keeps the meatballs extra moist. For a leaner version, substitute ground chicken.
Breadcrumbs – We use regular breadcrumbs but seasoned breadcrumbs also work well.
Milk – Any percentage works to add moisture to the meatballs.
Garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and chili flakes – These add so much flavor!
Pineapple chunks – We use canned pineapple as we use the juice in the sauce.
BBQ sauce – Use your favorite brand.
Soy sauce – You can use reduced-sodium soy sauce if you'd like.
Rice vinegar – This adds a tangy note. Apple cider vinegar can also be used.
Ginger – Freshly grated ginger works best.
Yes! The meatballs can be rolled and kept on the baking sheet (covered) in your fridge for up to 2 days. Also, you can make the sauce up to 3 days ahead.
These pineapple meatballs will keep well for 3-4 days in the fridge. Reheat them in a microwave or gently on the stovetop.
Yes! You can freeze the cooked pineapple meatballs in their sauce for up to 3 months. Thaw them in the fridge overnight then reheat them in a microwave or a pan on medium heat.
What to serve with tropical Hawaiian pineapple meatballs
These Hawaiian-influenced pineapple meatballs make an amazing appetizer and are delicious served alongside baked coconut shrimp, bacon deviled eggs, and the best hot spinach artichoke dip.
But they also make a fantastic family dinner. To make these into a meal we serve them with:
- Favorite Coconut Rice
- Best Roasted Broccoli
- Garlic Butter Snap Peas
- Sauteed Bok Choy
- Quick Garlic Roasted Carrots
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- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 lb lean ground pork
- 1 cup breadcrumbs, can be gluten-free
- ½ cup milk, can be unsweetened dairy-free milk
- 1 teaspoon EACH: garlic powder, onion, powder, sea salt, and black pepper
- ½ teaspoon chili flakes, optional
- 20 ounce can pineapple chunks
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- ¼ cup soy sauce, can be gluten-free
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- Chopped green onions to serve
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix the meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Form the meat into 1 ½ inch balls – a medium-sized cookie scoop works great for this. Place the meatballs onto the baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until they're browned and cooked through.1 lb lean ground beef, 1 lb lean ground pork, 1 cup breadcrumbs, ½ cup milk, 1 teaspoon EACH: garlic powder, onion, powder, sea salt, and black pepper, ½ teaspoon chili flakes
- While the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce. Drain the can of pineapples into a large, high-sided frying pan. Add the BBQ sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, and ginger. Bring to a simmer over medium heat then continue to simmer until the sauce reduces and is as thick as BBQ sauce.20 ounce can pineapple chunks, 1 cup BBQ sauce, ¼ cup soy sauce, ¼ cup rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- When the meatballs have finished cooking, add them to the sauce. Add the pineapple chunks to the pan and let them warm for a few minutes. Serve the Hawaiian meatballs with some chopped green onions over the top.Chopped green onions to serve
Absolutely delicious and easy to make. I high recommend this recipe.
Hi! Do you think it would taste weird with just pork sausage? I have a beef allergy. Thanks in advance!
I think ground pork would work well!
Made these tonight and they were amazing! I cooked the meatballs in my air fryer (toaster-oven style) and plopped them in the sauce to finish up. Served over rice. Thankful that there are enough leftover for another meal. Will def be making again!
OMG! These meatballs were so good. That pineapple barbecue sauce goes perfectly with the meatballs. We will be making these often.
We made these pineapple meatballs for dinner and the flavor is amazing! The sweet from the pineapple and the salty from the soy sauce mix together so perfectly. I made your coconut rice to put the meatballs on, they were delicious together.
Love the play of sweet and savory together in these meatballs. Delicious!
Absolutely delicious meatballs; thank you for this fantastic recipe! I will make it again!!
So much flavor in these meatballs. They are a perfect party appetizer!
Hi there can you make these in a slow cooker?
I haven’t tried it but it should work. My only concern is that the sauce might not thicken properly. If it doesn’t, you could remove the cooked meatballs from the pot and stir in a cornstarch slurry to thicken it up. 🙂
Hello Team – while I’ve yet to try this recipe, I am writing to point out that when I print off a copy of any of your recipes, your business name, The Endless Meal, does NOT appear anywhere on the printout. I wish to suggest that it would be great to see your name along with the recipe title sitting at the top of any printout.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thanks, Christopher! We’ve recently switched our recipe card and hadn’t noticed that was missing. We will be changing that! Thanks again for letting us know!