Waikiki Meatballs are a delicious and popular dish that originated in Hawaii. They are made with ground beef, pork, and bread crumbs, and are seasoned with a variety of spices, including ginger, garlic, and soy sauce. The meatballs are then simmered in a sweet and savory sauce made with ketchup, brown sugar, and pineapple juice.

Waikiki Meatballs are a perfect appetizer or main course. They can be served with rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes. They are also a great party food and are sure to be a hit with your guests.

History of Waikiki Meatballs

The history of Waikiki Meatballs is a bit murky. Some say that they were created by a Japanese chef working in a Waikiki restaurant in the 1960s. Others claim that they were invented by a Chinese-American family who owned a restaurant in Honolulu.

No matter who created them, Waikiki Meatballs have become a staple of Hawaiian cuisine. They can be found on the menus of many restaurants in the state, and they are also a popular dish to make at home.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, bread crumbs, milk, egg, onion, ginger, garlic, salt, pepper, and allspice. Mix well.
  3. Form the mixture into meatballs about 1 inch in diameter.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, pineapple juice, and soy sauce. Mix well.
  5. Place the meatballs in a baking dish and pour the sauce over them.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through.


  • For a more flavorful meatball, add 1/4 cup of finely chopped green onions to the meatball mixture.
  • To make the meatballs ahead of time, brown them in a skillet over medium heat until they are cooked through. Then, transfer them to a baking dish and pour the sauce over them. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When you’re ready to serve, bake the meatballs at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes, or until they are heated through.
  • Serve Waikiki Meatballs with rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes.


Waikiki Meatballs are a delicious and easy-to-make dish that is perfect for any occasion. They are sure to please everyone at your table.

Nutritional Information

  • Serving size: 3 meatballs
  • Calories: 250
  • Fat: 10 grams
  • Saturated fat: 4 grams
  • Cholesterol: 75 milligrams
  • Sodium: 600 milligrams
  • Carbohydrates: 20 grams
  • Sugar: 10 grams
  • Protein: 20 grams

Preparation Time

  • 30 minutes

Cooking Time

  • 30 minutes

Total Time

  • 1 hour
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