Pineapple Meatballs

Sweet and savory Pineapple Meatballs are a perfectly easy appetizer for parties and get-togethers or a delicious side dish for dinner.

Pineapple Meatballs make the perfect party food for any occasion – a tasty variation of our BBQ Meatballs. Just add a few dips and desserts and you have quite the shindig! 

Pineapple Meatballs served on toothpicks.

Hawaiian Meatballs

Pineapple Meatballs are too easy and delicious NOT to try. We have several meatball recipes that we love (like Crockpot Meatballs and Swedish Meatballs). I’m happy to report that this Hawaiian Meatball Recipe is beyond simple and SO tasty!!

Enjoy these meatballs for dinner or as a side dish or appetizer. They’d be great for parties and get-togethers as well. Just add toothpicks and let everyone chow down!

Adding the pineapples enhances the sweet and salty flavor found in regular BBQ Meatballs. If you aren’t as much a fan of the sweet and spicy, omit the pineapple chunks, but trust me when I say they add so much flavor.

If you’d rather make Homemade Meatballs that are even tastier (instead of the frozen ones), try THIS RECIPE.

Frozen meatballs in a bowl.

Quick + Easy!

SAUCE. Add barbecue sauce and crushed pineapple to a medium pot. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

BAKE. Add meatballs and stir until all coated. Bring to a boil and simmer for 8-10 minutes if meatballs are thawed or for 14-16 minutes if using frozen meatballs.

SERVE. Serve immediately. ENJOY!

Cook in a slow cooker: Combine the sauce ingredients, coat the meatballs in the sauce, and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or on HIGH for 2-3 hours.

Recipe Tips + Variations

Homemade meatballs. Easily use Homemade Meatballs to make this recipe. You can also use any type of meat including ground beef, ground Turkey Meatballs, or vegetarian meatballs. Brown them before cooking.

Pineapple. Instead of using canned pineapple, cut up a fresh pineapple. The pineapple will cook up sweetly as the dish simmers. You may need to add a few tablespoons of water or pineapple juice to compensate for the lack of juice that would have come from the can of pineapples.


  • use pineapple chunks instead of crushed
  • mix in diced bell peppers
  • add heat with crushed red peppers
  • top cooked meatballs with sliced green onion, chopped cilantro, or sesame seeds
  • sweeten the dish by adding a bit of brown sugar

We have so many tasty meatballs on our site: BBQ Meatballs, Asian Meatballs, Porcupine Meatballs, Italian Meatballs, and Grape Jelly Meatballs to name a few!

Storing Info + SERVING IDEAS

Make ahead freezer meal. Combine all of the ingredients in a Freezer Ziploc. Label and keep in the freezer. Thaw overnight before cooking. 

STORE leftover Pineapple Meatballs in an airtight container for up to a week and reheat them in the microwave until warmed through.

FREEZE Hawaiian Meatballs in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag for up to 1 month. Let them thaw in the fridge overnight. Reheat them in the microwave or on the stove with some added BBQ sauce.

What to serve with Pineapple Meatballs?

These are great all on their own but also pair well with other foods to make a delicious dish.

Close up of Barbecue pineapple Meatballs served on a white plate.

For more meatball recipes, check out:

Pineapple Meatballs Recipe

5 from 15 votes
Sweet and savory Pineapple Meatballs are a perfectly easy appetizer for parties and get-togethers or a delicious side dish for dinner.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 268 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Canned Crushed Pineapple (undrained)
  • 16 oz Meatballs
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Add barbecue sauce and crushed pineapple to a medium pot. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  • Add meatballs and stir until all coated. Bring to a boil and simmer for 8-10 minutes if meatballs are thawed or for 14-16 minutes if meatballs are frozen.
  • Serve immediately. ENJOY!

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  1. 5 stars
    I just made this for a cocktail get together happening this evening. I cut up some green pepper also because I needed to use it. I am very pleased. It is a yummy recipe and look forward to hearing what my friends have to say. It cannot get any easier than this recipe. I used the “Sweet Baby Ray’ Sweet & Spicy” sauce.

    Thanks, love Pintrest

    1. Awesome!! I hope they enjoy them!! Thanks so much for letting me know and trying these delicious meatballs!!

  2. 5 stars
    Will this work in a crock pot? I want to do these for a pot luck, but need to crock pot them. It sounds delish and a nice break from the grape jelly one that everyone makes.

    1. I personally haven’t tried yet. I bet they would work. If you try doing that, I would love to know how they turn out! Thank you!

  3. 5 stars

      1. Chunks are a great idea and maybe some green pepper, onion

        Wish i had of thought of that. Mine are cooking in the stove

  4. These are amazing…so easy and everyone loves them, kids and adults. They are my go-to appetizer. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    May i ask How you can make this for a crowd? I want to make it for 30 people, could i make the sayce and pour it over the meatballs in a larfe tray than simmer it in the oven? Would it cone out ok?

    1. You could just double or triple the recipe & cook the same. I have not tried the oven, but you could bake them, too.

  6. 5 stars
    Easy and quick recipe. I tried this recipe and we all Loved it. This morning I am up preparing them again for a potluck at work. These are so delicious.

  7. 5 stars
    I’m glad your commenters shared the crock pot info. It was my first question after reading the recipe. The addition of pineapple sound so delicious. I can’t wait to try it out

  8. 5 stars
    I love the taste of sweet and savory. This is one of the perfect recipes I’ve ever known! Thanks a lot for sharing!