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Gluten Free Sweet & Sour Mini Meatballs

This weekend we made sweet and sour mini meatballs as an appetizer at my son’s birthday party. They went so fast that I said afterwards we really didn’t make enough. When my husband reminded me we had made more than 60, I realized just how much people liked them and wanted to share the recipe with you.

gluten free sweet and sour meatballs

Meatballs make great food for families. Kids and adults love them, and they can make a full meal or party appetizer depending on the size and accompaniments. Another thing that I really like is that you can make a bunch in one sitting and then freeze and use them as needed for many weeks. As a busy mom, this time saving factor is key for me, and the fact that these are healthy and satisfying makes this dish a win.

Gluten Free Sweet & Sour Meatballs

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, tree nut and peanut free.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 449 kcal
Author Jereann Zann - Celiac Mama


Meatball Ingredients:

  • 3/4 lb ground pork
  • 3/4 lb ground grass fed beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup gluten free panko
  • GF Italian seasoning to taste 1-2 tbsp
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup GF organic beef broth
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup GF ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp non GMO cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp GF soy sauce


Meatball Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all meatball ingredients into a bowl and mix until evenly combined.
  3. Roll small meatballs (1-1.5 inches) and place on a cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

Sauce Directions:

  1. Combine all sauce ingredients into a small sauce plan and place on medium-high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer.
  3. Allow the sauce to simmer until it gets to the consistency you prefer, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. When you're ready to serve, pour the sauce over the meatballs and toss to coat evenly.
  5. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Sweet & Sour Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 593mg 25%
Potassium 372mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 30g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 2.1%
Vitamin C 2.9%
Calcium 4.8%
Iron 9.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.