Sweet and Sour Meatballs

This is a favorite meal of ours that I have been making for years.

On Sunday evenings when I am planning our weekly menu, I’ll ask Brian to give me at least one meal suggestion. No fail, he either comes up with this dish or his other fave, Sweet and Sour Chicken. (By the way, I usually veto his suggestions, though, because I have so many recipes to try that I don’t like eating the same thing week after week.

Rude, I know, but how will I ever try all these recipes before I die if I am making Sweet and Sour Meatballs or Chicken every week?)

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

These meatballs are also a huge winner with my kidlets. The meatballs are tender and perfectly seasoned, especially after baking in the simple sweet and sour sauce. For me, this is definitely a perfect weeknight meal – and we enjoy it often (but clearly not as often as Brian would like)!

Update Nov. 2014: After five or so years living on the blog, this recipe needed an update (mostly the photos). I also gave a few additional tips and instructions in the recipe. I cut the milk down to 1/4 cup to make the meatballs sturdier (the original was 1/2 cup if you want to stick with that) and I usually scale back the sugar to 1/4 cup as well (1/2 cup in the original). And of course, I always double the sauce since we like it on the saucy side. Read the notes below the recipe title for another cooking variation that is speedy and oven-free.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

What To ServeBaked Brown Rice
Fresh, seasonal fruit
Spinach Strawberry Salad with Homemade Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Yield: Serves 6

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

I usually use a combination of lean ground beef and lean ground turkey but really any ground meat would work well - just keep in mind that if you don't want the grease to pool in the bottom of the baking dish (ew), use a pretty lean meat.

Also, I highly recommend doubling the sauce if you like dishes like this a bit saucier. Very often, I forego the baking and instead brown the meatballs in a skillet (or if doubling, I use my large electric skillet) on all sides and then drain any grease (most often there isn't any if using lean meat). Pour the sauce into the skillet, cover and let the meatballs simmer for 10-15 minutes until cooked through, turning once or twice.


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground meat (see note)
  • 3/4 cup quick oats or old-fashioned oats that have been lightly pulsed in a blender
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Sauce:
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup brown sugar (depending on how sweet you want the sauce)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce (my favorite homemade version here)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Hot, cooked rice for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the meatballs, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Form into about 12 meatballs (right around 2-inches each). Place in a lightly greased 9X13-inch pan.
  3. For the sauce, whisk together the ingredients until well-combined.
  4. Pour the sauce over the meatballs and bake for 30 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce is slightly thickened.
  5. Serve over hot, cooked rice, if desired.


Freezable Meal: After covering the meatballs with sauce, cover the pan with two layers of aluminum foil and freeze. To bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake covered without thawing for 1 hour. Uncover and bake 20-30 minutes more, until meatballs are cooked through.


Recipe Source: adapted from Lion House Recipes

149 Responses to Sweet and Sour Meatballs

  1. Anna says:

    I can’t do dairy right now so I subbed bbq sauce for the milk in the meatballs. I haven’t had it the other way, but this way is fabulous! I left out the Worcestershire sauce too (figured the bbq sauce would make up for the flavor–it did). In case anyone else is dairy free and wants to give them a try. 🙂 Thanks Mel!

  2. Lorie says:

    Absolutely delicious but the only thing I would change is doubling the sauce, thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I will make these again for sure.

  3. Lorie says:

    Absolutely delicious but I would double the sauce next time, thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

  4. J Weisbeck says:

    I recently needed to prepare a gluten free meal. I finally settled on S&S meatballs over rice it was a hit. Still the recipe was lacking a nice blend of seasonings as I could not use the soup mix which was called for. This may be the perfect solution to perfecting my gluten free menu. Thank you.

  5. Stephanie says:

    I made these for my wedding and they were a huge hit! So many people have asked for the recipe and I’ve shared it on my Facebook page. Thank you! They’re truly amazing and a regular meal at our house.

  6. Brook says:

    I never do this for recipes but I just have to leave a note here! This is a regular in our house, even my picky 4 and 5 year old boys eat this!! We absolutely LOVE this recipe!

  7. Alyson says:

    If you like an extra kick I HIGHLY recommend trying this meatball recipe with the firecracker sauce from “firecracker chicken”. Its my go-to guest recipe. 🙂

  8. Karie says:

    Can I use regular white vinegar instead of apple cider

  9. Julie says:

    These meatballs are delicious! I follow the recipe to a “T”. Perfect every time. We’ve made them twice in one week, they are just that good!!

  10. Miriam Diamond says:

    Tried these today and my husband couldn’t stop eating them! Really great recipe!

  11. Lindsay says:

    We love these! Curious if you know how they freeze after being fully cooked? I want to make them for a friend and I’m not sure if they will eat them immediately or stick them in their freezer for another time. Thanks! PS We had your sweet and sour chicken last night for about the 100th time. Our favorite!!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Lindsay – these freeze well after they are cooked, I think. The trick is to reheat on low instead of cooking them fully again.

  12. Emily says:

    These meatballs have been a family favorite for a long time. Last night I tripled the batch (some for dinner, some for the freezer) and was feeling good and then remembered my son had to leave for scouts early – yikes! He needed dinner fast! My Instant Pot was out to make rice, but I switched things up and put a single layer of Meatballs and sauce in with the saute mode, to speed things up, but it also browned the bottom of the meatballs for even more tastiness! I set manual pressure cook for 7 minutes and did a natural 10 min. release. They were absolutely fabulous!!! And my boy went to scouts with a full belly!

    • Jeni says:

      I just received my Instant Pot (haven’t event taken it out of the box yet) and my first request from the family was sweet and sour meatballs. I’m not much of a cook, so this may be a silly question, but when you say you put the meatballs in with the sauce on saute mode, are these pre-cooked meatballs or uncooked? Does the sauce thicken up enough or remain watery (this is another IP question I’m wondering about – I make alot of meals that have sauces that need to “thicken” so I wonder how they do that in the IP)? Thanks in advance!!

      • Mel says:

        HI Jeni, I haven’t made these in the Instant Pot so you’ll have to experiment – these are uncooked meatballs (I bake them in the oven). I’m not sure how the sauce would fare in the IP – sorry!

  13. Lee says:

    My 8 year old made these meatballs tonight for dinner! He had a great time doing this (mostly) on his own and was so proud when we all rated this a 10 out of 10 for dinner.

  14. Sandy says:

    Do these meatballs work as a party food? using toothpicks, they’ll need to be pretty firm. Would love your opinion on this. Thanks!!

  15. I made these meatballs the other night, they were delicious! And they’re husband approved which makes them even better! Thanks for sharing the recipe! =)

  16. Jessica says:

    Made it, doubled the sauce so we’d have some for on the rice. Sweet ‘n’ tangy! Yum!

  17. Shoby says:

    These are delicious!! Only tip I would add is to not overcrowd the skillet (like I did) if you are browning first, as this makes it difficult to turn them these are definitely picky kid friendly!

  18. Jocelyn says:

    I make this recipe at least monthly for the past 3 years! It is one of my favorites and the leftovers taste just as good as fresh!

  19. Denise says:

    Mel, Excellent recipe. I had my boys 8 and 10 make this recipe tonight. What a blast watching them mix the burger with their hands! Thank you for sharing.

  20. Sweet Dee says:

    This recipe is amazing! It’s a staple in my house now (like a lot of your recipes) and it never fails. I’ve used every kind of BBQ sauce you could think of and it always turns out great (My favorite to use is Stubbs sweet heat). Thanks Mel!

  21. amanda a says:

    fantastic! and bonus–my kids loved them! thanks, mel!

  22. Heidi says:

    After I saw these on Facebook, I knew I had to make them tonight. They were a huge hit. Seriously, the best meatballs I’ve ever had. We had them with roasted root veggies because I had way too many from a crop share this week, but they went awesome with the sauce. Thanks for another great recipe!!

  23. Christina says:

    I made your meatball sub recipe last weekend and it was the first-and-only meatball I’ve ever made that my fiance and I both loved. It was perfect and I don’t know if I want to experiment with another recipe… but I’d love to try this sauce.

    What do you think about using the meatballs from your meatball sub recipe with this sauce?

  24. Jen says:

    Have you ever used all ground turkey?

  25. lynn says:

    These are so good! I wanted a crockpot recipe so
    I baked the meatballs in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes
    I doubled the sauce recipe and dumped all the ingredients in the crockpot and added the cooked meatballs to the crockpot
    cooked on low for 2hrs
    the Best!!

  26. pam says:

    Just made this for supper, using ground chicken instead of ground beef. To be honest, I wasn’t sure about it while it was cooking – the smell of the apple cider vinegar was a bit off-putting (my 6yo even said “what’s that smell?!?”), but it tasted really good. Next time I’d triple the sauce though – doubled wasn’t saucy enough for my sauce-loving family.

  27. Jessica Glover says:

    I made these tonight for the second time, they had been in the freezer and in an effort to speed up the cooking process I put them on the stove. I seared them on all sides then added the sauce and let simmer on the stove. AMAZING!!! This will be my method of cooking these from now on! Thanks Mel for another great recipe!

  28. Erin says:

    These were a hit. Definitely double the sauce.

    My husband has a gluten issue, so I used almond flour instead of oats. Not that oats are gluten, but grains in general bother him. All of my condiments- mustard, ketchup, etc etc were gluten free. (Vinegar can be an issue for gluten, and vinegar is in ketchup, mustard, etc etc.)

    Thanks, Mel!

  29. Hank says:

    This recipe is fantastic. I have made it several times. The amount of sauce in this recipe is perfect, imho. It is my go-to recipe for meatballs and, on occasion, I have also used different sauces. The only consistent difference I find necessary from the written instructions for me though is that I prefer to cook the meatballs for an hour at 350, not 30 minutes. Maybe it is the way that I put them side by side in the casserole dish, but I leave them there for an hour.

  30. Jackie Hewitt says:

    The meatballs are great but we didn’t like the sweet and sour sauce but I think thats mainly because we prefer gravy or tomato sauce with meatballs

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Mel,
    These are sooooooo good! I used dry mustard by accident and they were still delicious. If you haven’t yet you should do this recipe on the “recipes the world forgot” series.

  32. Danny says:

    What kind of bbq do you use

  33. susan says:

    do you think they would be just as good without the worstershire?

    • Mel says:

      Susan – you’ll have to experiment; I think they should be fine – you might want to add a dash of hot sauce or something else to kick it up a bit.

  34. Grinch says:

    Absolutely love this recipe. Thse meatballs look wonderful!

  35. Lynda says:

    My kids love pineapple, can I add a can and when?

  36. Meredith says:

    Made these for dinner tonight-oh my!! My most favorite meatball ever!! Super easy and sooo delicious; my husband really loved the sauce and wished that there was more, even though I had doubled the sauce prion of the recie, as suggested.

    We also ready enjoyed your slow cooker Greek chicken recie this weekend; another repeater, for sure!!

  37. Kristin says:

    WOW! So delicious!!!! Thank you!

  38. Stephanie says:

    I tried this recipe recently and it was delicious and so easy. Pretty much foolproof. I’ll double the sauce next time, but other than that it was perfect! Thank you so much for this site.

  39. Amy says:

    I made the sweet and sour sauce last night to go on meatballs we have. It was really easy to put together and we’ll definitely make it again. Thanks!

  40. trude says:

    I have tried this recipe and just wanted to tell you how much we loved it!!!the meatballs have a great taste and texture and the sauce is easy-peasy and oh so good. and the leftovers (if any) make really yummy sandwiches. Thank you for this recipe

  41. Megan says:

    Awesome recipe! I have a recipe from a friend I got years ago that has the same ingredients, just a few in different amounts. I am a big fan of these….so filling.

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  43. Mel says:

    Joy – I’ve never baked them on a rack inside of a baking sheet but it’s worth a try!

  44. Julia says:

    I use lean ground beef and there is not too much fat pooling on the bottom of the dish. You could try the rack and see. My kids don’t like sauce, so I make the meatballs plain and they’re good (they dip them in ketchup). The texture is okay after cooking without sauce.

  45. Joy says:

    Could you bake these on a cooling rack on top of a rimmed cookie sheet without the sauce to eliminate that grease factor? Then add them to the sauce? I haven’t made them yet and am wondering if cooking them like that would ruin the texture.

  46. Julia says:

    I made these meatballs last night without the sauce. I tucked a cube of cheddar inside each meatball and baked them as the recipe directed. Delicious and both kids ate one! Thank you for all the recipes!

  47. Danica says:

    So I have had a bag of frozen meatballs from costco sitting in my freezer and didn’t know what to do with them (besides something obvious like spaghetti..) – and since we love the sweet and sour chicken I figured I’d give this a try. SO good and SO easy! Seriously this was great and the fact that I didn’t have to make the meatballs made it that much easier. Thanks!

  48. Ava says:

    My family really enjoyed – but even though I bought lean beef it wasn’t lean enough because there was lots of fat in the bottom of the dish. Ick !

  49. Paulina Przyborowska says:

    I was stuck for a yummy dinner idea and too lazy to go shopping. All the ingredients I had on hand, and the kids (5 and 7) loved helping me make them.
    The flavors were sensational, and everything came together so quick.
    I came across your recipe when I search Pinterest for sweet and sour meatball recipes. Pinterest is next in line as my Google 🙂

  50. Mel says:

    Lynn – do you mean serving them as an appetizer? These are very soft, tender meatballs and probably won’t fare too well if you want to serve them on a toothpick or something like that. I’d suggest using a sturdier meatball if you want to serve them like that.

  51. Lynn Gordon says:

    How would you modify this recipe to serve them as cocktail meatballs (besides doubling the sauce)?

  52. Mel says:

    Trina – I use a 9X13 pan to cook them in. The meatballs aren’t touching but aren’t super spread out – probably half an inch to an inch apart. I just loosely set them in there and pour the sauce over the top.

  53. Trina says:

    Hi Mel, can you confirm what type of dish you cook these in? They didn’t fit in a single layer in a corning dish I have (without being tight together) so I cooked them in a 9″ X 13″ pan. Are your meatballs spread out or are they close together? They were very good but think I need a different pan for cooking them. I used a bbq sauce that has very little sugar and think the sauce could have been a tad sweeter. I’ll use another sauce or add more sugar next time. Thanks! I’m working my way through many of your recipes.

  54. Susannah says:

    Holy smokes…these were good! My husband exclaimed, “We have a winner!” My kids couldn’t have agreed more. I doubled the sauce, glad I did, and transferred the meatballs to another dish after baking to get rid of the leftover fat. I used the leanest beef at my store (not to exceed 7%), but there was still gunk on the bottom of the pan when I took them out of the oven. These are fantastic, and I’ve been thinking of them all morning. Can’t wait to have leftovers for lunch today. They’re SOOO good! Thanks for the EASY recipe! We’ll be eating these often. It’s my favorite recipe so far from your site.

  55. Sarah says:

    I made these tonight with ground turkey and they didn’t look so great but they taste awesome! There was a cloudy pool of fat around each meat ball but that didn’t scare my husband! I think next time I’ll set aside a little bit of the sauce to add before serving… I just really like sauce! 🙂 Thanks so much for your website!

  56. Tanya says:

    Your recipes never fail me. Thank you so much! I made these tonight with frozen meatballs and they were yummy! I’m sure they would have been much better had I made the meatballs from scratch but I was in a time crunch.

  57. Jessica says:

    We all loved these! Some of us had them on rice, some of us had them on a bun. Perfect and easy. Thanks.

  58. Tomi Ann says:

    I have to tell you — I made these the other night and EVERYONE in the family ate them. Happily, even. My so-picky-I-usually-cry kids gobbled them up. THANK YOU!

  59. Heather Bell says:

    I love you!!! You saved me tonight when I went to make tacos and had no taco seasoning and instead made this yummy recipe!=) Now, please tell me some tricks for photographing food. I love cooking and would love to try a food website, but not sure where to start. Any tips you had would be great.=)

  60. Jennifer says:

    These were so good! The kids ate them right up. Thanks for another Fabulous recipe!!!

  61. Kat says:

    The sauce was a bit to strong for my husband’s taste, but I thought these were fabulous! Then again, I also grew up drinking warm water with apple cider vinegar and honey when the weather got cold and my throat got dry, so I’m used to that strong vinegar taste. I’ve also been looking for a plain meatball recipe and these meatballs (by themselves) are just what I’ve been looking for! Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      Kat – glad you found a good all-purpose meatball. Sorry your husband wasn’t a fan of the sauce but at least the meatballs saved the day!

  62. Danielle says:

    These were a huge hit. I’ve been on a bit of a meatless kick lately, and my husband was hankerin’ for some meat. These were perfect. BTW between these and your grilled pork chops, you may be solely responsible for getting some protein into my ever-picky 3-year-old! That puts you right up there with Mother Teresa in my book!

    • Mel says:

      Danielle – glad these meatballs helped everyone out of the meatless route and I’m happy your three-year old is ingesting a little protein in the process!

  63. Stephanie says:

    These were delicious! Another no fail go to recipe from you…everything I make of yours is wonderful. Thanks for going through the trial and error process for your readers!

    • Mel says:

      Stephanie – I’m glad that you had great success with this recipe! My husband is reading over my shoulder and saying he is jealous we didn’t eat that tonight. Oh well….maybe tomorrow!

  64. Mel says:

    Thanks, Nicole – now I’ll be curious to know how many others cook with elk meat!

  65. Nicole says:

    This one works with elk meat too just like the teriyaki ones. I thought elk meat would be crumbly and not hold together with meatballs, but not so- they turned out great! I make these a few times a month, so I wanted to add my 2 cents in- I never have cooked my sauce beforehand, so if anybody is short on time, just mix the sauce ingredients together, pour over meatballs and bake. I also use a baster and baste the meatballs with the sauce about 10 minutes before I take them out just to get them nice and covered.

  66. Mel says:

    Helen – the mustard in this recipe is plain old yellow mustard, not dry. Like the mustard you would put on a sandwich.

  67. Helen says:

    question about the sauce – is it dry mustard or something else? thanks.

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  69. Melanie says:

    The Three Amigos – glad to see your comments on here and I’m really glad that these meatballs were a hit! Thanks for letting me know (now go fill your pregnancy craving and eat your heart out!).

  70. The Three Amigos says:

    Wow. That’s all I can say. I am a huge meatball fan, and am even more that I’m pregnant. I just made these and I’m seriously about to eat the entire pan. BUT, I won’t, because I have self control… Anyway, yet again I’m blown away by the flavor and how EASY this was. They are juicy… and oh so amazing. Thanks!

  71. Melanie says:

    Hi Diane – thanks for your comment! As for the mustard, I use plain old French’s yellow mustard in the bright yellow plastic bottle. Hope that helps!!

  72. pipedi says:

    First let me say how much I enjoy – and trust! – your recipes. You and Aunt Marilyn have never let me down. Thanks so much!

    My question is, what type of mustard do you use? Is it dry, like Coleman’s in the yellow tin, or is it prepared, like Dijon or ballpark yellow?

    Thanks again for your terrific blog!


  73. Melanie says:

    Hey Allison – thanks for letting me know you liked these!

  74. Allison says:

    Okay, these are soooo delicious! I made them earlier in the week and I can’t stop thinking about them! THANK YOU!!! I’ll have to make them again!

  75. Melanie says:

    Jenni and Christian – I’m thrilled that your in-laws are so impressed with your cooking skills! That’s awesome. Thanks for letting me know you liked this recipe – it is a favorite of my husband’s as well.

  76. Jenni and Christian says:

    I’m really just learning how to cook and my in-laws happened to drop in the night I cooked this and they think I’m a master chef now! they turned out so good, and were delicious for lunch the next day too! These are now one of my husbands favs too!!! And we love sauce on our rice as well so I deifnitly doubled the sauce and it turned out perfect! 🙂

  77. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – wow, with liquid smoke and BBQ sauce, Cowboy Meatballs is an appropriate name. Interesting combo! I’m glad they still turned out alright for you. Thanks for letting me know.

  78. Anonymous says:

    I used liquid smoke instead of worstershire, totally by accident! They were pretty good. I used BBQ sauce instead of the sweet and sour and called them Cowboy meatballs.

  79. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – thanks for your comment. I’m glad you liked this. It sounds like from several comments that maybe doubling the sauce is the answer for those that like things a bit saucier. I’m not sure what to tell you on the sauce question. I haven’t tried watering it down because I like the flavor but you might try adding a bit of chicken broth – although that would make it more watery and not as thick.

  80. Jessica says:

    These are so yummy! I made these tonight, and they were a BIG hit with everyone, especially my 17 month old daughter, who had refused food all day! Thanks so much, they are very easy, and taste great.

  81. Julia from Dozen Flours says:

    Do you think these would work with ground turkey? We’re not beef eaters in my family. Yummers!

  82. Melanie says:

    Aaron.Shara.Abby – I’ve never done this in a crockpot so I don’t have any great advice. I’ve never cooked meatballs at all in a crockpot because I’m always afraid they’ll get mushy. I suppose you could bake these beforehand and keep them warm in a crockpot. Sorry I don’t have a good answer!!

  83. rookie cookie says:

    Looks so good. This might be dinner next week. I’ll return and give you a full report if so. I love it when people do that with my food. I am self-centered like that.

  84. Christine says:

    I just wanted you to know that I love your blog. I use at as my new recipe book. I also send my friends and sisters to it all the time. Your sugar gem recipe is the BEST. So is your sour cream roll recipe. I think you rock.

  85. Leslie says:

    mmm..yummy..I love sweet and sour meatballs!!

  86. Amy and David Ziehl says:

    umm….. YUM!!! Can’t wait to try this one out!!!!

  87. Sook says:

    Thanks for this recipe. I made it with ground chicken and it turned out so good!

  88. Amy and David Ziehl says:

    Hey Mel- I made this tonight for dinner and just wanted to add something if I may….David and I loved the sauce and had thought that it needed some more. So I would suggest that if you LOVE sauce I would double or even triple it! We LOVE this dish!!

  89. PheMom says:

    You know, I have wondered about that recipe for a long time. Now I’ll have to try it! Your meatballs sure do look great!

  90. Melanie says:

    Julia – I definitely think you could use ground turkey for these. I haven’t tried it before but I’ve used ground turkey for other recipes and it seems to do pretty well as a substitution for ground beef. Let me know if you try it!

  91. Ashlie says:

    Have you ever tried to re-make Great Harvest’s Fruit Bars? I’ve been looking for a recipe online and can’t find anything. (I went to GH this afternoon and they were all sold out). REALLY not a healthy choice, but delicious!

  92. Melanie says:

    Awesome, Rebecca! Thanks for letting me know the result with turkey. Glad that even after three days of eating the meatballs you aren’t tired of them!

  93. grace says:

    this is exactly how i like my balls o’ meat–the mustard is such a key player. bravo!

  94. Julie says:

    ooh these sound divine!!!

  95. Melanie says:

    Jessica – thanks for letting me know you tried this recipe and liked it. I’m so glad they were a hit with your little girl – that is always good news!

  96. Melanie says:

    Rebecca – I’m so glad you liked it and thank you for checking back and detailing your changes…that is helpful to anyone who might want to make it. Thanks!

  97. D says:

    Think I will have to make this tonight!

  98. Melanie says:

    Woodbury Family – thanks for letting me know your family liked these! I appreciate you checking back in to let me know.

  99. Aaron.Shara.Abby says:

    I would love to make this for our Sunday dinner, but was wondering if I could do it in the crockpot. Have you tried it before?

  100. Netts Nook says:

    Sounds like a great recipe can’t wait to try. Thanks for sharing you recipe.

  101. Woodbury Family says:

    I made this Sunday for my large family. I doubled the recipe and it was a really good thing because we were literally fighting over the last meatball. Everyone raved about them. So delicious! Thanks for another great recipe.

  102. blakeley says:

    These were so yummy. I am a sauce kind of girl, so I automatically doubled the sauce and was glad I did. It was my favorite part! I, too, may try it next with ground turkey just to cut down a bit on fat.

  103. Chelsea and Cody says:

    I love sweet and sour meatballs, Cody on the other hand, not so much! But, I think I will slip it into our menu here soon and see if he tastes it!

  104. Melanie says:

    Lauren – I like my meatball sandwiches more with a tomato-style sauce, so for me, these wouldn’t make great meatball sandwiches with the given sauce. However, if you made the meatballs and changed sauces to a tomato sauce, they would be great. I actually have another recipe on this site for wonderful meatball sandwiches if you want it: http://mykitchencafe.blogspot.com/2007/12/marianns-meatball-subs.html

  105. Melanie says:

    Christine – your comment was so appreciated – it made my day. Thank you! I’m so glad you liked the sugar gem recipe and the rolls. Thanks for letting me know!

  106. Melanie says:

    Yong-Sook – it was so fun to see your comment on here. I’m glad you liked the meatballs! Thanks for letting me know.

  107. Lynda says:

    Looks so yummy!I like the the fact that the meatballs cook in the sauce; a real time saver.

  108. jen says:

    haha my husband is the same way. he always wants the same thing. lucky for him during my first trimester he got his wish!I have a sweet & sour recipe from my father, but I will have to try this one out as well. yum!

  109. Maris says:

    These sound so good! My mom always used to make sweet and sour meatballs for company whenever we had family gatherings or dinner parties. This recipe is slightly different from hers but sounds like it would be a fun one to try. Your photos look great!

  110. Melanie says:

    Liz – your comments are awesome. Thanks for taking the time to let me know what you think about the recipes you’ve tried. And don’t forget to keep sending me some of your great recipes.

  111. Emily says:

    Oh your picture is really making me hungry! I am so going to have to try this out! It looks like a hubby tempter!

  112. Melanie says:

    blakeley – glad you liked these! Several people have mentioned that doubling the sauce is a good idea so I’m glad you liked it that way!

  113. Erica says:

    Mmmm, I might make those tonight! My husband’s a little different – I can’t even get him to make requests! He just says he’s good with anything and that he’d rather have a back massage. 🙂 If only food were his love language…

  114. Abby says:

    Definitely gonna try these. I don’t like spaghetti and meatballs, but this is a totally different ball game. YUM.

  115. Netts Nook says:

    I love this recipe I haven’t made them in ages yours look yummy.

  116. Ashlie says:

    Please Please PLEASE make a cookbook. I am now starting to get on your blog daily to get a recipe for dinner. I have printouts of your recipes I’ve copied and pasted laying around my kitchen and would love nothing more than to have them organized. And lets be honest, I’m not going to be the one to do it. So if you had a cookbook I could have that be my organization method. No more print outs:) Do what Chris Davis said. Something about amazon only printing out so many copies or something? You’d bank on it!

  117. Kristen616 says:

    That’s so funny, my husband is the same way! He requests sweet and sour chicken every week and I just have to veto it every so often! Anyways, these look fabulous! I KNOW my husband would love them!

  118. Nicole says:

    Hey I posted this last week on my blog and I LOVE this recipe! I’ve made it at least every month for the last year now since I got it from you! THanks! Oh and your picture is 10000 times better than mine!

  119. Queen B. says:

    Sooooo …I’m giving up blogging for LENT… But that doesn’t mean I can’t ‘look up’ recipes online……. I’ll be making all your recipes since I”ll have so much time on my hands !THe chili was fabby ….

  120. Lauren says:

    I love the idea of using quick oats as a binder instead of breadcrumbs!

  121. Rebecca says:

    I made these again the other night, and substituted turkey for the beef. I used lean turkey (I assume it was the 93%) and they were delicious. The only thing I noticed was there was more fat pooling around the meatballs than when I made them with beef. I’m not sure if its due to the turkey, or b/c I doubled the recipe. The baking dish at the bottom of the stove had more fat than the one on top. I doubled the recipe which gave me around 27 balls and I quadrupled the sauce. We’re on day 3 of eating these!The first time I made them my husband ate so fast and kept saying how much he loved them, and then he kept going back for more!

  122. Anonymous says:

    My husband LOVES these. He also LOVES the sweet and sour chicken. It’s funny that your husband requests them often too. Seriously, he could not stop saying how good they were. Isn’t that what every wife wants to hear?

    I cannot say how much I appreciate the time you take to cook and post all of these recipes. I am sure with 4 little kids that it cannot be easy. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! -Liz K.

  123. James says:

    Wow.. this is awesome. I love meatballs. Thnaks for the recipe, let me try.

  124. Rebecca says:

    Loved it! I substituted soymilk since my youngest has a dairy allergy. Also, since I used almost 2 lbs of meat, it made 18 meatballs so I doubled the sauce.I’d love to try it with ground turkey next time.

  125. Erin says:

    YUM! I was looking for a good meatball recipe!

  126. Kitchen Gadgets says:

    Meatballs are my favorite ever since i was a child. Your recipe looks really yummy!

  127. Beer Lover says:

    i love meatballs and your recipe looks so yummy!

  128. Anonymous says:

    I have fallen in love with your blog. Like Christine (above) I too share it with my sisters and others I know. I’ve tried so many of your recipes and have loved all of them. I tried this recipe tonight. I followed it exactly, but found that there wasn’t much sauce. I think it could use more. Also, the flavor of the sauce was very strong… it tasted as though it needed to be watered down. Any suggestions?

  129. Lauren says:

    I’m going to be making these tonight. I was wondering instead of serving them with rice, would they make a good meatball sandwhich??

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