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Sweet Polynesian Meatballs Recipe

We put our meatballs on top of quinoa, but you could put them over rice or even poke a toothpick in them and serve as an appetizer! 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked meatballs recipe, Easy Meatball recipe, Homemade meatballs, Polynesian sweet and sour meatballs
Servings: 6
Calories: 511kcal


  • Sauté pan
  • Large Bowl
  • 9x13 Inch Baking Dish
  • Small Saucepan


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • pinch crushed red pepper
  • pounds ground beef
  • cup bread crumbs
  • cup milk
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • pinch crushed red pepper
  • ½ cup grape jelly
  • 12 ounces chili sauce 1 bottle
  • 3 cups cooked rice


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add olive oil to large saute pan then add the onions and bring to a medium-high heat. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Then add the garlic and the crushed red pepper and saute for another 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine beef, bread crumbs, milk, eggs, parsley, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Add in cooled onions.
  • Mix well and form into golf-ball sized meatballs.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and place the meatballs in rows.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the grape jelly and chili sauce over medium heat for 5-6 minutes, or until it starts to bubble. Pour sauce over meatballs and bake for 1 hour.
  • Serve over cooked rice.


  • Also good served with quinoa, brown rice, or with a side of steamed vegetables.


Calories: 511kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 1158mg | Potassium: 764mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 510IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 4mg