5 from 28 votes
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins

My Mom's sweet and sour meatballs recipe. These meatballs are baked in the oven in a retro sweet and sour sauce that can't be beat!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 meatballs
Calories: 156 kcal
Meatball Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup of diced onion   (if you like onion in them)
Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour or cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 °F

  2. Mix the sauce ingredients together in a medium sized sauce pan until fully combined. Bring to a low rolling boil, and cook until it thickens. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  3. Combine the meatball ingredients : breadcrumbs, garlic, salt, pepper, egg, onions and ground beef together in a stand mixer bowl. Use the paddle attachment and mix on low until combined. This makes for the BEST distribution of egg and crumbs through the meat!

  4. Roll the meat mixture into meatballs, whichever size you want. I prefer slightly larger ones, they don’t dry out as quickly. 

  5. Pop them into the 375 degrees oven and start them cooking.
  6. After about 20 minutes, take the meatballs out for a second, and drain the fat out of them.
  7. Now you can cover those meatballs up with sauce. Pour the sauce over the meatball, covering them completely.

  8. Finish cooking them until done, and they look oh-so saucy and delicious. This can take up to another 20-30 minutes depending on the size of your meatballs.

  9. When cooking meatballs I like to insert a thermometer in them and make sure they have reached a temp of at least 165 degrees. With all the beef recalls lately, it’s far better safe than sorry!
  10. I love sweet and sour meatballs on rice, especially bad-for-you, white rice! Serve with the side of your choice.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

NOTE that  I make a double batch of these now, using two pounds of ground beef! This makes around 24!

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 296mg12%
Potassium 146mg4%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.