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tropical meatballs

Oh, these tropical meatballs will go super fast at your next cocktail party! And, if you want to morph this into dinner, serve over rice! YUM!

Pineapple Meatballs Recipe

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me on this pineapple meatballs recipe! I am the creator of this recipe and for the description and information that follows. For a full disclosure, click here!

Hawaiian Meatballs

Pineapple from Hawaii! Well, it’s synonymous with Dole Sunshine! And, these tropical meatballs could be the best Hawaiian meatballs, and the easiest, you’ve ever made! 

Pineapple Meatballs

Meatballs are always a hit at a party whether it’s just a few friends or a crowd. And, these pineapple meatballs are quite different in flavor than your typical meatball.

Spiced with ginger and nutmeg, these meatballs have added flavoring with some lean ground pork then rounding out the meat is ground turkey. Of course, if you prefer ground chicken, then no problem with substituting.

Sweet and Sour Meatball Recipe

The perfect sweet and sour meatball recipe has both. And, this recipe is laced with the sweetness of the natural pineapples. Then you have the subtle sour from the teriyaki sauce. You could also add a dash of soy sauce and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for more ‘sour’. Rice vinegar would work, but it is more sweet than apple cider vinegar. 

Rice Vinegar vs Apple Cider Vinegar

According to Healthline, apple cider vinegar has a mild flavor that is similar to rice vinegar. You can substitute apple cider vinegar for rice vinegar in a 1:1 ratio, and add 1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) of sugar per tablespoon (15 ml) of vinegar to add sweetness.

Meatballs and Rice

The size of the meatball is always a personal preference.

For this recipe, I’m thinking appetizer size meatballs, so they’re a tad bit smaller than dinner meatballs. But, again, like the meat swap, if you want larger meatballs and prefer to serve them as a dinner meatball, then that option is there.

Serving them over rice with some extra sauce would be exquisite! 

Meatballs in the Oven

There are several ways you can cook meatballs. I find that meatballs in the oven is pretty darn quick and easy. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper and clean up is effortless! 

Ultimate Meatballs

Yes, I consider these tropical meatballs the ultimate meatballs choice. Perfect for the holidays, birthdays, casual get togethers and more. 

Giada Meatballs

While the famous Giada meatballs of Food Network are great, Ally has quite an inventory of delicious meatballs! 

Mexican Style Meatballs

Ground Chicken Chorizo Meatballs

Turkish Lamb Asiago Meatballs

French Onion Lamb Meatballs

Famous Meatball Recipe

I can assure you that in my house I make a famous meatball recipe. And, a lot of different kinds of meatballs. So, check out these for more ideas!

Country Style Meatballs with Gravy

Mediterranean Meatballs with Red Gravy

Ground Chicken Chorizo Italian Meatballs

French Onion Lamb Meatballs


tropical meatballs

tropical meatballs

tropical meatballs

Yield: Makes: 15-18 meatballs

Oh, these tropical meatballs will go super fast at your next cocktail party! And, if you want to morph this into dinner, serve over rice! YUM!


  • 1 can (20 oz.) DOLE® Crushed Pineapple
  • ¾ lb. ground chicken or turkey
  • ¾ lb. ground pork
  • 1 ½ cups Italian breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced, divided
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce, divided
  • 2 egg(s), beaten
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tbl. orange marmalade


Drain 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, reserving remaining pineapple and juice for sauce.

Combine ground turkey, pork breadcrumbs, one-half cup drained pineapple, one-half cup green onions, one-fourth cup teriyaki sauce, eggs, ginger and nutmeg in large bowl, mixing well.

Scoop mixture and gently roll into desired meatball size. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350º 25 to 30 minutes or until meatballs are done.

As the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce. Combine the remaining pineapple and juice, 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce and orange marmalade in medium saucepan; heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup green onions.

Coat the meatballs with the sauce and put any remaining in a small serving bowl. Serve with toothpicks as appetizer meatballs.

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  1. I always get hungry looking at your photos. 🙂 These will be a nice addition to my appetizer idea file… yum!!!

    1. Dear Kimmmeee! Copy that! Same when I look at your amazing dishes! Thank you! Made them yesterday and Ben was TT (taste tester) and he gave 2thumbs up!!?????

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