Easy Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

Christina Lane | Dessert for Two

Easy Sweet and Sour Meatballs make a perfect appetizer or dinner. So addictive, you'll make them again and again!

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Sweet and sour meatballs are one of my favorite party appetizers to serve at parties. It doesn’t matter how many I make, they always disappear in minutes. Guests gobble them up as soon as the tray leaves my kitchen. If I want to eat one, my best chance is to sneak one before the appetizer tray goes out.

At best, I’ve had one little meatball each time I make these, even if I’ve made several dozen! So, I decided to make a dinner for two with sweet and sour meatballs as the star ingredient. This way, I only have to share with one other person, and I’m guaranteed to get to eat more than one.

I gave the classic sweet and sour sauce little make over here. It’s made of just three ingredients, and couldn’t be simpler to whisk together while the meatballs cook. Instead of granulated sugar or jelly from a jar, I used honey. It has the right amount of sweetness to make a sweet sauce that isn’t too sweet or cloying. Stir the honey together with the ketchup and vinegar, and that’s the sauce—easy!

I used lean ground beef for the meatballs, but you could certainly substitute ground turkey or even ground chicken. Either way, we’re going to drain the pan of the fat after searing the meatballs, so you can really use the type of meat you prefer.

Easy Sweet and Sour Meatballs Picture

I serve this with steamed broccoli because I like to dip the broccoli in the extra sweet and sour sauce. Another great thing to serve it with is hot rice.

I think you’ll love this ‘party for two’ recipe. For more ground beef recipes, check out my homemade Salisbury steak  or my mushroom and Swiss patty melts.

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Easy Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

    2 Servings


For the Meatballs:
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 large Egg
  • 2 tablespoons Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Canola Oil
For the Sweet and Sour Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup Ketchup
  • 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt


  1. In a bowl, combine the beef, egg, panko bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Mix very well. Lightly score the mixture into fourths in the bowl, and make a mental note to get 5 meatballs from each quarter. Begin rolling out 20 meatballs.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Drop the meatballs in and do not touch them until the first side turns a deep brown. If you move the meatballs in the pan, they will lose their shape. Cook in several batches if all 20 won’t fit in the pan at once.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together the ketchup, vinegar, honey, garlic powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. When the meatballs are nicely browned on all side, remove them from the skillet. Drain the excess drippings. Gently return the meatballs to the pan and add the ketchup mixture. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately.


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Author: Christina Lane
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 300
Calories 774

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 978mg
Total Carbohydrate 57g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 54g
Protein 49g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Christina Lane

About Christina

Christina grew up in Texas, but now lives in Missouri.You may know her best for her Dessert for Two, but here on Food Fanatic, she’s famous for her fantastic Dinners for Two.

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