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Shallow saucepan filled with homemade turkey meatballs simmering in a pineapple teriyaki sauce with pineapple.
5 from 9 votes

Easy Hawaiian Meatballs Recipe

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 364kcal

Ingredients

For the Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large egg whisked
  • 2 tbsp teriyaki sauce store-bought or homemade
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup green onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup white onion minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the Sweet Pineapple Sauce

  • 20 ounces pineapple chunks in syrup (1 can)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce homemade or store-bought
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

For the Lettuce Wraps (optional)

  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • chopped green onion
  • diced red onion
  • fresh micro greens

Instructions

For the Hawaiian Meatballs

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients for the ground turkey meatballs. Shape into approximately 14-16 small meatballs and transfer to your prepared 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 in a separate bowl. Set pineapple chunks aside. 
  • Add the pineapple syrup, brown sugar, teriyaki sauce, rice vinegar, ketchup, and red chili flakes to a saucepot set over medium-high heat. Bring to a gentle boil then immediately 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 pineapple chunks to the sauce and continue to cook until sauce has thickened.

Serve

  • Assemble your pineapple meatball lettuce wraps with all your favorite toppings or serve with cooked rice and a side of steamed veggies such as broccoli. Enjoy.

Notes

  • Keep leftovers stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. 
  • Check out this post to make your own teriyaki sauce recipe.
  • Prefer to cook these sweet and sour meatballs in the slow cooker? Read the full instructions in the post.
  • I used canned pineapple, but feel free to use fresh pineapple and fresh pineapple juice.
  • Sometimes I'll add a dash of garlic powder or onion powder to my meatball mixture for extra flavor.
Originally published July 2,2018

Nutrition

Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 1806mg | Potassium: 692mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 1885IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 3.2mg
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