5 from 4 votes
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This Sweet and Sour Meatball recipe is our family's favorite. This includes quick and easy pressure cooker instructions and stove-top. It can be served as a meal over rice or as a appetizers. Click here now for the recipe featured on popular Los Angeles foodie blog Oh So Delicioso!

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet and sour meatballs
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 474 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 2 lb lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream*
Meatball sauce
  • 1 cup heinz chili sauce usually on the top shelf by ketchup
  • 1 cup red currant or grape jelly
  • 1/2* cup water
Stove Top Instructions
  1. Combine beef/turkey, bread crumbs, egg, onion salt, milk, garlic salt, cheese, oregano to form bite size meatballs. Brown meatballs in alittle oil and drain excess fat. (You can also bake meatballs in oven 350 for about 10-15 minutes) Use your ice cream scooper to make larger uniform meatballs.

  2. Brown on all sides, but since you will be simmering in the sauce for 20 minutes they don't need to be cooked through yet. I let them cook for a little bit to try and get as much fat out as possible.

  3. In separate bowl combine chili sauce, jelly, and water pour over meatballs in the fry pan. Heat stirring occasionally until jelly is melted. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until sauce has thickened. Serve with rice, or as appetizer in chaffing dish or fondue pot.
Pressure Cooker Instructions
  1. Combine beef/turkey, bread crumbs, egg, onion salt, milk, garlic salt , oregano to form bite size meatballs. Loosely pack them into instant pot.

  2. In separate bowl combine chili sauce, jelly- pour over meatballs and seal lid. Cook High 10 minutes, quick release. Simmer on saute setting if you want your sauce to thicken. 
  3. * you can use sour cream or milk. I prefer sour cream but many traditional recipes call for milk. Sour cream is my secret ingredient to both meatballs and meatloaf. It keeps the meat from drying out during the cooking process. Creates the perfect texture!

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 474 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 121mg40%
Sodium 1765mg77%
Potassium 712mg20%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 530IU11%
Vitamin C 12.5mg15%
Calcium 159mg16%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.