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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31 Responses to “Easy Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe”

  1. Samantha says:

    Oh, and I also added a dash of ground chinese ginger on top of the sauce while it was cooking. It made it smell SO good! :)

  2. Samantha says:

    I also added some ground chinese ginger with the sauce! :)

  3. Samantha says:

    Hi Candra,

    Thank you for taking so much pride in your cooking and to have such an organized website with videos too is just perfect for me to be able to follow along. I have the meatballs in the oven as I write this. I only changed a couple of things. I graded the onions instead of chopped, add some cloves of garlic, a dash of olive oil and some fresh mint when preparing the meatballs. I hope it turns out as great as yours look.

    Thanks Again. Take Care!

  4. Amanda says:

    I love this recipe so easy and great!! I through rings of pineapples on the top to!

  5. Sharon says:

    Just made these to bring to a family Potluck, Big hit. Very good and easy to make, will be making these often. Thanks so much!

  6. tom harrison says:

    looks like an awesome recipe . could you add a print button to print off recipes