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  • Writer's pictureJenn Clayton

Pineapple BBQ Meatballs

Updated: Aug 7, 2022

Absolutely delicious and FULL of flavor!!! Add your favorite rice for a perfect meal!

Super easy and the entire meal from start to finish takes less then 10 minutes!! Enjoy!

Full recipe in video below!


For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 1 large onion chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced

  • 1 large egg

  • 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • 1 handful cilantro chopped

  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup pineapple juice (from canned pineapple)

  • 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon molasses

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon dried garlic powder

  • 1 cup finely diced pineapple OR canned crushed pineapple

  • Mix the ingredients: Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Using a handheld mixer, mix very well until everything is evenly incorporated and sticks together. If you don't have a handheld mixer, you'll have to use your hands to knead the ingredients together very well.

  • Shape meatballs: Using about 1.5 teaspoons of meat mix per meatball, shape meatballs and place them on a lightly oiled baking sheet. For a nicer shape, freeze them for 10 minutes (but this is entirely optional! Just for looks).

  • Bake meatballs: Preheat the oven to 410°F. Bake the meatballs for 10-12 minutes or until browned and no longer pink in the middle. Or pan fry with nonstick cooking spray.

While the meatballs are baking, make the sauce:

  • Whisk all ingredients for the sauce EXCEPT for the pineapple together in a large skillet. Stir in the pineapple, then bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Simmer for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Set aside.

Finish the dish:

Place the baked meatballs in the skillet with the sauce and put it back over low head. Gently toss the meatballs with the sauce until they're nicely glazed.

6 Servings:

242 Calories

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