You have to try these easy Grilled Pineapple Meatball Skewers! A simple dinner recipe that's kid-friendly and on the table in less than 20 minutes! It has a wonderful sweet and tangy flavor.
Summertime is meant for grilling!
Who doesn't love the simplicity of eating and entertaining outdoors? We do! These Hawaiian Meatballs make an easy meal to whip together and throw on the BBQ.
And they're even quick enough for a weeknight meal!
This is one of those recipes the kids actually enjoy helping make. Kids, big or small, can thread some juicy meatballs and sweet pineapple on a skewer. Maybe slurping up a mouthful of pineapple along the way 🙂 These really are the Meatball Skewers for Kids!
Our Grilled Pesto Shrimp or Shrimp Salad are also amazing!! You'll also want to try these Crockpot Teriyaki Meatballs!
This Pineapple Meatball Kabob recipe couldn't be easier!
Six ingredients and you've got yourself a tasty meal that's kid-friendly!
- Meatballs - frozen meatballs work great.
- Fresh Pineapple - cut into chunks.
- Crushed Pineapple - with juice.
- Tomato Paste
- Garlic - fresh minced garlic is best.
- Brown Sugar - dark or light brown sugar.
Let's get started!
Step 1 - Cook Meatballs
Thaw or partially cook the meatballs according to your package instructions. You can use turkey or beef meatballs; both are good. Set aside.
Step 2 - Cut Pineapple
Cut up your fresh pineapple into large chunks.
Get the grill fired up!
Step 3 - Make Sauce
Combine your sauce ingredients; crushed pineapple, tomato paste, garlic, and brown sugar in a medium saucepan. Make sure you stir frequently and cook until heated through. This usually takes less than five minutes.
Add the meatballs and coat them entirely with sauce.
Step 4 - Make Skewers
Cool meatballs and then thread them and pineapple slices on metal or bamboo skewers. (If using wood, don't forget to soak them first.) Alternate meatballs with pineapple when putting your skewers together.
Step 5 - Grill
Cook directly on the grill for about 5 minutes on each side to get a delicious-looking sear on the pineapples.
Get ready to eat a delicious meal the kids will rave about!
What to Serve With Your Meatballs
We love this Hawaiian Meatball recipe with brown rice, but it's also good with white rice.
You can also place bell peppers and onions on your skewers with the meatballs and pineapples.
Tips & Tricks
- If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes before using them to prevent them from burning on the grill.
- Your choice, turkey or beef meatballs, work with this recipe. We love Pineapple Turkey Meatballs to change things up! Just follow the same recipes, but substitute your meat of choice.
- Pineapple Meatball Skewers also make an excellent appetizer for get-togethers! Who doesn't love meat on a stick?!?
- Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- Make sure you know the tips to keep your meat moist while grilling.
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Easy Grilled Pineapple Meatball Skewers Recipe
- BBQ Grill
- Spatula or cooking spoon
- 1 lb pre-cooked meatballs
- ½ fresh pineapple (cut into sections)
- 1 cup crushed pineapple with juice
- 2 oz. tomato paste
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic ((or to taste))
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar ((or to taste))
- Thaw or partially cook the meatballs according to package directions so that you will be able to insert a skewer safely. Set aside.
- Combine the crushed pineapple, tomato paste, garlic, and brown sugar in a saucepan and heat over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Cook until hot throughout and fully combined.
- Add in the meatballs and stir to coat completely.
- Let cool if the kids are helping assemble the skewers—alternate meatballs with pineapple. Meanwhile, heat the grill to medium-high heat.
- Thread the meatballs and pineapple slices on metal or bamboo skewers. Cook directly on the grill for about 5 minutes on each side to get a delicious-looking sear on the pineapples.
This recipe is so simple and so delicious. We paired it with Jasmine rice and there were no leftovers. We are having it again with friends and we will try fried rice today. Thank you!
Erin Henry says
What a wonderful idea to serve it with rice, Stacy! So glad it was a hit at your house!
Johlene Orton says
Those skewers look D-vine!! Definitely gonna try them out this summer!
Sounds good! I think you and family will love them!
Wowee, pineapple and meatballs...that sounds like a delicious combination! Darnit, checking my phone again...surely I missed yet another message from you telling me what time dinner was that night! Have a great rest of your weekend, Erin! 🙂
Darn it, just missed you! Yeah, the pineapple meatball skewers were wonderful! Such good flavor. I'll put a to-go bag together for you!
Thank you so much!! I will look for it! 🙂