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Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs

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This recipe for Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs is perfect for parties and cookouts. The best part of this easy grilling is the flavor. You get that salty and tangy teriyaki POW with a little sweet pineapple mixed in. Plus, these yummy grilled meatballs only take 6 ingredients. Six! These are great to make ahead and have ready to throw on the grill at your next summer cookout.

Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs

Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs are bite-sized and delicious! Party perfect.

One of our kitchen secrets is out. We use Kikkoman®.  Using their products makes cooking easier by giving you terrific flavor with a little effort. We use both Kikkoman® Tradtionally Brewed Soy Sauce and Kikkoman® Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce in our kitchen to create a variety of easy recipes.

Even though you find these sauces in the Asian food section at your local Walmart, the products are not just for Asian cooking.


Asian food section at local grocery store



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Kikkoman soy sauce and teriyaki sauce


This recipe is ideal for easy Memorial Day grilling. Who wants to be inside all day making food? Not me. I wanna be outside grilling and having fun with my family.

Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs come together fast using a few flavorful ingredients.



Fresh chopped pineapple on a cutting board



We love the flavor of fresh, juicy pineapple. This versatile fruit has just the right amount of sweetness to pair well with the saltiness of the teriyaki marinade. (You can also used canned pineapple.) And yes, we are putting pineapple INSIDE the meatballs. 

You are going to love this twist on classic meatballs. We aren’t frying them. We aren’t baking them. We are going to the Grill!

Combine your lean ground beef, Teriyaki Sauce, pineapple, garlic, breadcrumbs and egg. Get in there with your hands and mix it well. You want to make sure every meatball is packed with yummy flavor.

You can make this recipe your very own by picking your favorite Kikkoman® Soy or Teriyaki Sauce. (They also have low-sodium and gluten-free options.)






I like to make my teriyaki meatballs ahead of time. I roll them up, place them on a baking sheet, cover with foil, and pop them in the fridge.  They can even be frozen before cooking.  (This tip comes in handy for your holiday weekend.)

For a little extra fun (easy) flavor, we simmered the Teriyaki sauce with some more pineapple.



Pineapple chunks simmering in sauce



Brush the pineapple infused teriyaki on your meatballs while grilling. This simple glaze is easy enough for any home chef. Looks and tastes amazing.


Teriyaki Meatballs on the grill, being basted with sauce



Heat your grill to about 400 degrees.  Grill for about 10 to 15 minutes, turning the teriyaki meatballs frequently to brown on all sides. (Grilling times will vary based on the temperature and type of grill and size of your meatballs.) 

Remove from the grill, cover and let rest for 5 minutes.

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Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs. This recipe is perfect for parties and cookouts. Salty and tangy teriyaki POW with a little sweet pineapple mixed in.


Then serve warm or at room temperature. We drizzled a little more teriyaki sauce over the top of our Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs.  Loving this flavor!


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Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs

Sweet and savory teriyaki meatballs made with 6 ingredients, featuring fresh pineapple and soy.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Refrigeration 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 Servings of 6 Meatballs
Calories 191 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade + Sauce plus 2 tablespoons
  • 2/3 cup chopped pineapple divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

Cook That

  1. In a large bowl combine the ground beef, 2 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce, half of the pineapple, egg, bread crumbs and garlic. Using your hands, combine well.
  2. Portion and roll into 1 inch meatballs. Cover and place in fridge for atleast 30 minutes.
  3. Oil grill grate. Heat grill to 425 - 450. Grill the meatballs for 12 - 15 minutes, turning frequently to brown all sides well.
  4. While the meatballs are grilling, combine 3/4 cup of teriyaki marinade and the remaining pineapple in a small sauce pan. Heat to medium, stirring and cooking until desired consistency.
  5. Remove meatballs from grill, cover and let rest.
  6. Drizzle lightly with the reduced pineapple and teriyaki. (The reduction will be intensely flavored.)
  7. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (6 meatballs)
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 1506mg 63%
Potassium 390mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Sugars 7g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 10.8%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 16.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs. This recipe is perfect for parties and cookouts.  Salty and tangy teriyaki POW with a little sweet pineapple mixed in.  #teriyakimeatballs #meatballrecipe

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