Polynesian Meatballs

Polynesian Meatballs

Serves: 6 people
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cooking Time: 12 minutes
Polynesian Meatballs


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 3/4 cup Panko cumbs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teapsoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) can pineapple tidbits
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup finely diced green bell pepper
  • Sliced green onions for garnish
  • Rice for serving, optional


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The Polynesian Meatballs are scratch meatballs coated in a sour and sweet glaze, with pineapple tidbits and green pepper. Serve the Polynesian Meatballs over white rice or noodles; they are perfect for an appetizer or a full course delicious meal.

We love packing it along with other meals for a friendly gathering, football game and our family get together. Polynesian Meatballs are an American cuisine that has been serving as an appetizer, dinner, and also as a main dish. We love the Polynesian meatballs because it is easy and effortless to prepare.

The Polynesian Meatball is crispy, sweet, and full of flavor from the sauce. Also, the recipe is freezer-friendly as you can keep it for more than a month. One of our reasons for always making this recipe is because of the ease, and the time it takes to prepare it. The total time is 50 minutes. 

The nutritional information gives the calorie value at 351.5. Instead of using beef we also recommend you use either ground chicken or turkey. Our only concern is its compactness. Beef compacts better than other types of meats. The ingredients for preparing the Polynesian Meatballs are lean ground beef, finely diced onion, panko crumbs, milk, egg (beaten), salt, black pepper, ground ginger, vegetable oil, cornstarch, dark brown sugar, pineapple tidbits, vinegar, soy sauce, diced green bell pepper, green onions, rice or noodles for serving.

  1. The meatballs are made from the mixture of pure ingredients which include lean ground beef (mashed), onion, panko crumbs, milk, egg, ginger, salt, and pepper.
  2. After mixing all these in a large bowl, shape the mixture into meatballs, make sure your hands are wet so that the meat doesn’t stick to your hands.
  3. Fry the meatballs in a pan, and make sure that they are browned on all sides, after which they are removed from the pan and set aside.
  4. To make the glaze, all we do is mix cornstarch, brown sugar, juice in the pineapple can, water, vinegar, and soy sauce in a small bowl. We stir the mix until it is very smooth.
  5. Add the prepared glaze, pineapple tidbits, and green bell pepper to the pan. Then add the prepared meatballs to the skillet and make sure it simmers well.
  6. Make sure the meatballs coat well until the glaze, green pepper, and pineapple tidbits are thickened. We always sprinkle ours with sliced green onions. Serve it over white rice or noodles to enjoy it. Enjoy!