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Easy Instant Pot Hawaiian Meatballs

I mean YEAH! I love these Instant Pot Hawaiian Meatballs, so perfect and tasty, you’re going to want to make them again and again.

Savory tender meatballs cooked to perfection in the microwave covered in a sweet and tangy sauce just begging to be served over rice or pasta. These Instant Pot Hawaiian Meatballs have it ALL.

This Instant Pot Meatball Recipe makes a NICE BIG batch of meatballs. Make them when you’re going to have a crowd in the house. OR make them and put half away in the freezer for later.

Hawaiian Meatballs for Friends

This Instant Pot Meatball recipe is the PERFECT dish to make for friends who are in need of a meal. Got friends on a mealtrain or take them a meal? THIS RECIPE IS FOR YOU! Or them I guess…

I’m always wondering what meal to make for friends and this would be so nice. If you sent it over with cooked rice, in the right packaging they could eat half for dinner and put the other half in the freezer.

And by the right pacakaging I mean:

  • Make and Cool the Hawaiin Meatballs
  • Make and Cool Rice
  • place 1/2 of each in a container for dinner THAT night
  • place the OTHER half in a freezer container for dinner later
  • label them clearly
  • send both over with reheating instructions

How to Change Up this Hawaiian Instant Pot Meatballs Recipe

Oh there’s a lot of ways to change this Instant Pot meatball recipe. Try ANY of the variations below:

  • add an EXTRA can of crushed pineapple
  • substitute ground pork for half of the ground beef
  • add chunky pineapple instead
  • add a good squirt of Sriracha to the sauce
  • use a Korean BBQ sauce instead of your normal sauce
  • add a TBSP of brown sugar to the sauce

How Many Meatballs in a Pound of Ground Beef?

Generally speaking, you can about 22 nice sized meatballs from a pound of ground meat. That’s about 3/4 of an ounce per meatball. You can always make them bigger or smaller but for general purposes consider meatballs less than an ounce to be the right size for eating in 1-2 bites.

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Yield: 22 meatballs

Instant Pot Hawaiian Meatballs

Instant Pot Hawaiian Meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder or Granules
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • Tablespoon dried parsley

Meatball Sauce

  • 2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1 10 ounce can crushed pineapple
  • 5-6 green onions, chopped


  1. place trivet in Instant Pot, add one cup of water
  2. In a mixing bow combine everything from the beef through the dried parsley
  3. make into 44 meatballs, you can make them bigger or smaller if you like
  4. stack the meatballs on the trivet in your prepared Instant Pot, yes you can stack them on top of each other!
  5. place the lid on the pot, sealing it, be sure to turn the knob to sealing
  6. press manual high pressure, adjust time to 7 minutes
  7. let the Instant Pot do its thing
  8. when it's finished remove the meatballs and the trivet, drain off the water
  9. put the sauce ingredients in the inner pot set to saute, and just gently warm the sauce
  10. add the meatballs back and cook another 2-3 minutes with the sauce
  11. Serve over rice or noodles, or with bread


  • Recipe can be halved

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Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

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