These Easy Hawaiian Meatballs are made with ground turkey and covered with a sweet pineapple teriyaki sauce. Serve this delicious Hawaiian Meatballs Recipe with rice or wrapped in fresh, crisp lettuce with microgreens for an easy, low carb, 30-minute meal.
Turkey meatball recipes are one of my favorite go-to easy family dinners and include these Easy Freezer Meatballs Recipe, Buffalo Turkey Meatballs with Easy Meal Prep Bowls, and Healthy Thai Veggie Soup with Spicy Thai Meatballs.
The more I make, the more I fall in love with the endless Easy, and delicious, Turkey Meatball Recipes out there. Extremely versatile, turkey meatballs can be sweet, savory, simple, or complicated. And since I rarely make meatballs these days with ground beef, my go-to for years and years has been ground turkey.
Today I’m excited to share with you this Easy Hawaiian Meatballs Recipe. Served with a sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Sauce, these delicious Hawaiian meatballs are fantastic as a quick snack, enjoyed with a bowl of rice, or as Hawaiian Meatballs Lettuce Wraps for a healthy(ish) low-carb lunch or dinner option.
INGREDIENTS IN THIS HAWAIIAN MEATBALLS RECIPE
- Ground turkey
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Teriyaki sauce- make your own using THIS recipe
- Green onions
- White onions
- Salt + Pepper
The ingredients are simple and basic. Meatballs shouldn’t be complicated or stuffed full of a million different things- unless, of course, that’s what you’re after. A little teriyaki sauce and a whole lot of onion- really, that’s all. Don’t over-think it <<< oh man, I sound so bossy. Sorry, not sorry.
The same thing applies to the sweet pineapple teriyaki sauce. I mean, sure, there are more than two ingredients, but the base is simple and super straightforward.
- Canned chunks of pineapple + the syrupy juice (I know I know)
- Brown sugar
- Teriyaki sauce
- Rice vinegar
- Red chili flakes
Yes, that is a whole lot of sugar in there. No, this recipe is not paleo or whole 30 or any of those other impossible diets/lifestyle changes. However, if you’ve followed this blog for a little while now, then you will probably know that I preach BALANCE and MODERATION over EXTREMES. I have done the extreme diets in the past and I was actually quite good at it, but my body hated me for it. My mind hated me for it.
I am a much happier person living a life of balance and moderation. The end.
Whoa, you guys. Is it Monday or is it Monday?
A MORE BALANCED HAWAIIAN MEATBALLS RECIPE
Ok, so I just preached about balance and moderation, but how exactly are these Hawaiian Meatballs balanced? And what do I even mean by that?
Let’s start with the second question. When I say that I eat a balanced diet, I try to make sure that my plate is never filled with tons of carbs or tons of protein. There needs to be a balance there since my body needs carbs, protein, fruit, vegetables, and fat.
In this recipe, I knew that the pineapple teriyaki sauce would be filled with a lot of sugar. In general, I try not to cook super sugar-filled sauces on the regular, but…balance. So, here I was forming a bunch of meatballs, about to pop them in the oven when I decided I would make a couple changes.
- Instead of rice, meatballs, and lots of sweet pineapple sauce, I thought, lettuce wraps!
- Lettuce wraps are a fantastic way to cut out carbs (aka glucose…aka sugar) and replace them with greens.
- You don’t have to do this- my husband still ate rice with his Hawaiian Meatballs Lettuce Wraps.
- I also topped my lettuce wraps with more greens.
- Add additional sweetness by adding more pineapple chunks, NOT more sauce.
- Since I don’t care what anyone says- fruit IS good for you.
CAN THESE HAWAIIAN MEATBALLS BE MEAL PREPPED?
Turkey meatballs are one of my favorite things to prepare ahead of time for various meal prep occasions. Whether you are looking for a pre-made dinner ready and waiting to feed the whole family, or you want an easy take-along lunch, turkey meatballs, like these Hawaiian Meatballs, are your go-to.
- Prepare the meatballs ahead of time, store them in the refrigerator, and make the sauce the following day.
- Double the recipe and have leftovers to get you through the week!
- These meatballs would go great with quinoa, brown rice, or a simple green side salad.
- Yes, they also taste delicious cold.
- If you’re really in a time crunch, use store-bought frozen meatballs and make the sauce homemade. Easy peasy!
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Easy Hawaiian Meatballs
For the Turkey Meatballs
For the Sweet Pineapple Sauce
For the Lettuce Wraps
- 1 head butter lettuce
- chopped green onion
- diced red onion
- fresh micro greens
For the Turkey Meatballs
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients for the ground turkey meatballs. Shape into approximately 14-16 small meatballs and transfer to baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Transfer to the oven and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, or until internal temperature reads 160 degrees F.
For the Sweet Pineapple Sauce
- Drain pineapple, reserving syrup to a separate bowl. Set pineapple chunks aside.
- Add pineapple syrup, brown sugar, teriyaki sauce, rice vinegar, ketchup, and red chili flakes to a sauce pot over high heat. Bring to a low boil and reduce heat to low.
- Dissolve cornstarch into water and transfer to simmering pineapple sauce. Stir frequently.
- When meatballs have finished cooking, add the meatballs and pineapples to the sauce and continue to cook until sauce has thickened.
- Assemble the Pineapple Turkey Meatball Lettuce Wraps and enjoy!