This is a great recipe if you like meatballs. Very easy and delicious! It’s great anytime and makes a really well received appetizer or entree for a pot luck.


Yield: 45 large meatballs

  1. Place the ground beef, onions, cracker crumbs, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix together. I prefer to use my hands, so I wear a pair of disposable gloves.
  2. Add the milk and then mix again.
  3. Roll the meatball mixture into balls approximately 1 inch in diameter.
  4. Once we have the meatballs rolled, we can make the sauce. In a bowl, mix together the brown sugar, ketchup, mustard and vinegar.
  5. Pour the sauce over the meatballs and cook in the oven at 350°F for about 1 hour.

This recipe makes about 45 large meatballs, but if you were making them for an appetizer, this recipe could make upwards of 60 or 70 smaller meatballs. Be careful if you make them smaller, as they will take less time to cook. Be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly. ENJOY!!!


  • 2 lb of Extra Lean Ground Beef
  • 2 large Onions, diced
  • 2 cups of Cracker Crumbs
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup of Milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup of Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp of Mustard
  • 3/4 cup of White Vinegar


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28 Responses to “Easy Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe”

  1. Candra says:

    That’s awesome Sarah!
    I always say we have to be versatile in a pinch and make do with what we have on hand :)
    You did a GREAT job!!
    Thanks so much for watching and for taking the time to write!
    I really appreciate it :)

  2. Sarah says:

    I stumbled upon your site after searching for a sweet and sour meatballs recipe……
    I tried them and they are great, wonderful taste and a very simple/quick recipe :)
    (instead of crackers I used italian flav bread crumbs-gave it a nice flavor…only because I had no crackers lol…)

    Thank you for posting this recipe! :)

  3. Candra says:

    LOL :) I hear you on that one for sure. They are very addictive … once you eat one, it’s hard to stop :)

    Take Care!

  4. Sue says:

    Thanks! Was going to make them tonight but they look so delicious I think there’s a better chance they’ll make it to the event tomorrow night if I make them in the morning when I am less likely to sample as much :)

  5. Candra says:

    Hi Sue,

    These meatballs are delicious hot or cold :)

    Take care!

  6. Sue says:

    Hi Candra
    I need a cold appetizer for a pot luck…are these good eaten cold?