Swedish Sweet and Sour Meatballs

(Last Updated On: February 4, 2021)

One of my favorite winter comfort meals is a dish that my mom made when I was growing up. That dish is Swedish sweet and sour meatballs. I had actually not thought about or eaten this recipe in years. But, this past winter when I was reading the book titled, The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking I became nostalgic at the thought of cooking a comfort food from my childhood.

For those of you that haven’t heard about the concept of Hygge, I have written a blog post about it here called How to Embrace Hygge This Winter.

One of the components of Hygge is togetherness and slow cooking.

So I figured, what better way to embrace Hygge than cooking a nice homemade meal on a Sunday with my husband.

As the coronavirus pandemic has forced a lot of us to spend more time indoors and away from others, many people, including myself, have turned to cooking as a creative outlet and fun indoor activity.

In reflecting more inward, I remembered how much I loved eating Swedish sweet and sour meatballs when I was a kid. It prompted me to ask my mom to send me the recipe.

When I received a text from my mom with the recipe I immediately put all the ingredients on my shopping list.

Making this dish again after so many years brought back great memories of sharing this meal with my family. I have been making Swedish sweet and sour meatballs pretty much every other weekend since the winter weather began!

I am still not sick of them.

Today I will share the recipe with all of you. I like to serve this over white rice. But you can also do linguine noodles to make the meal more filling.

Swedish Sweet & Sour Meatballs

If you are looking for a comfort meal during the cold winter months, look no further than this dish. I grew up eating this delectable Swedish sweet and sour meatball recipe and it reminds me of home.
This dish is very easy to make and is a fun activity for kiddos to help with too.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Servings 6 people


  • Stove top
  • Saute Pan


  • 1 lb. Ground hamburger
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp. Finley chopped white onions Reserve the rest of the whole onion for later.
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Cornstarch
  • 1 can Diced pineapples Dole 13 oz. can
  • 1/3 cup White vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 1 Green pepper


  • Step #1 – In a large bowl combine the ground hamburger, bread crumbs, milk, finely diced onion, salt, Worcestershire sauce and egg.
  • Step # 2 – Shape the meatballs into about 20 one inch round balls.
  • Step #3 – Add two tablespoons of olive oil and then add the meatballs to the skillet and allow to brown on all sides, approximately 10-15 minutes. Once cooked through, remove from the skillet and set aside in a separate bowl.
  • Step #4 – Add the diced green pepper to the skillet and the remaining white onion. Allow the pepper and onion to cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Step #5 – Add the brown sugar and cornstarch to the skillet. Stir for about 30 seconds and then add the pineapple, vinegar and soy sauce. Allow the mixture to come to a boil.
  • Step #6 – Add the cooked meatballs to the mixture. Give a good stir and lower the heat to low. Allow the meatballs to cook on a low simmer for about 45 minutes.
  • Step #7 – Serve the Swedish sweet and sour meatballs over white rice or linguine noodles. Enjoy!
Swedish meatball recipe

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