Waikiki Meatballs Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Waikiki Meatballs Recipe
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Waikiki Meatballs

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"Beef meatballs flavored with ground ginger, simmered in a sweet pineapple sauce."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    45 mins


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, cracker crumbs, onion, egg, milk, ginger and salt. Shape mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls into meatballs.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place meatballs in skillet and cook until evenly brown, and meat is no longer pink. Drain excess fat.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, brown sugar, reserved pineapple juice, vinegar and soy sauce. Mix until smooth, then pour into the skillet with meatballs. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils, about 5 minutes. Stir in the green pepper and pineapple chunks. Heat through.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 02, 2004

I have had this recipe in my collection for years, and have made it a million times. My family loves it. Here are a few tips to cut the prep time: Oven bake the meatballs at 350 degrees for 20 minutes on a foil lined broiler pan. The fat melts off, and the meatballs stay firm, instead of crumbling apart. Cuts down on calories and fat, and improves the taste. Also, when making the sauce, just dump all the ingredients in a saucepan at the same time, and whisk the heck out of it. No lumps, and cuts down on dishes. Enjoy! We love this recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 03, 2011

These meatballs were pretty mild tasting. They were O.K. but they needed something extra to spice them up a bit.

Dec 29, 2003

The only thing that I do differently after having been making this recipe for several years is that instead of cooking the meatballs on the stove, I put them on a cookie sheet and cook them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Much less messy, and faster too. I can cook the meatballs in the oven while I do the sauce on the stovetop. Plus, my meatballs never fall apart this way!

Mar 01, 2005

I make this alot. It is a BETTY CROCKER ORIGINAL.... It is highly requested for parties I attend. I cook the meatballs in the oven 350 for 20 min, then double the sauce and mix it all in the crockpot. Keep on low, and stir occasionally.

Dec 23, 2003

A big hit! I made a few changes and used fresh bread crumbs instead of crackers and some cilantro for the meatballs. I used less sugar for the sauce and red peppers instead of green. No leftovers!

Jun 06, 2006

These were delicious. I made some changes: I used ground turkey instead of ground beef, I used reduced-fat ritz crackers instead of saltines, like some other people, I baked mine in a 350F oven for 20 mins then I added them to the sauce, I added 1/2 of a red pepper and more green pepper, I used fresh ginger instead of ground, and all I had was a 20 oz can of pineapple chunks so I used almost all of that. I also cut down a tiny bit on the sugar. Everyone loved them...I served them over brown rice. Thanks!

Aug 05, 2006

First of all, we added coarsely chopped onion, red pepper, yellow pepper, green pepper, and a sliced carrot. Then we just used 1lb of ground pork for the balls. We used bread crumbs instead of crackers and we used fresh grated ginger instead of the powdered. The meatballs were great. Our sauce turned out a little bland although we still had plenty of sauce with the additions. Next time we will do everything the same, except add extra soy sauce and some red pepper flake to kick it up.

Aug 01, 2007

I really liked these. I did bake them like other reviewers suggested on 350 for about 20 minutes, then broiled them to get just a little more color on top. I also used fresh ginger that I grated instead of ground ginger. Hubby said that the meatballs were delicious, but the sauce was only o.k. I loved the sauce. Was a little afraid that it would be too sweet after reading some of the reviews, but I guess we like sweet. I will definately make again, very easy. Thanks for the post.


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  • Calories
  • 442 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.6 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 102 mg
  • 34%
  • Fat
  • 21.9 g
  • 34%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 21.6 g
  • 43%
  • Sodium
  • 516 mg
  • 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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