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Instant Pot Hawaiian Meatballs

Enjoy these delicious tropical meatballs made in the Instant Pot for dinner or appetizers. Ready in under 30 minutes, these are mouthwateringly delicious.
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Hawaiian meatballs, instant pot Hawaiian meatballs, instant pot pineapple meatballs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 471kcal
Author Eileen Kelly




  • 1 pound ground beef, 80/20 is best Note 1
  • ½ cup plain bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • 1 egg
  • ½ Tablespoon salt
  • ½ Tablespoon black pepper
  • ½ Tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ Tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ Tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 1 cup water


  • 1 cup barbecue sauce Use your favorite brand or homemade
  • 10 ounce canned crushed pineapple, drained
  • 4 green onions, diced Note 2


  • In a large bow, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, sesame seeds, egg, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley flakes. Mix well.
  • Place the trivet into your Instant Pot. Add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot.
  • Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, round the meat mixture into a ball using your hand. Place each meatball on the trivet. You can stack them.
  • Set your Instant Pot to high pressure for 7 minutes
  • After the time is done, release the pressure by bringing the valve toward you, for a quick-release.
  • Remove the meatballs and place into a bowl. Or to save another dish, remove the trivet and meatballs from the instant pot, set aside.
  • Drain and discard the water from the Instant Pot. Stir in the barbecue sauce, drained crushed pineapples, and 3 of the diced green onions.
  • Add in the meatballs so they are all coated with the sauce.
  • Mix well.Serve alongside rice, noodles, or by itself. Mahalo and enjoy!


Note 1: Ground turkey can also be used. 
Note 2: Use 3 green onions in the sauce and the 4th one as garnish. 
Note 3: The recipe makes about 20-21 meatballs. The calories are an estimation of 5 meatballs per person. 
Storage Tips:
Instant Pot Hawaiian Meatballs are a great recipe to make ahead a day before serving. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 days in a covered container.
Freezer Tip:
The meatballs freeze really well. They can be stored in freezer safe bags or use a food saver to store them. To freeze, place the meatballs, without sauce on a baking tray. Place the tray in the freezer for about 30 minutes so the meat gets frozen. This way, they won't mush together in the freezer bag. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. To defrost, leave overnight in the fridge. Add the sauce and reheat either by microwave or stovetop, until the meatballs are warm.
Total cook time is going to vary depending on the size of your air fryer. My air fryers has multiple layers so I can fit all 16 into it. Some are smaller and you will need to do multiple batches.
I'm not a registered dietician, I do my best to provide the most accurate nutritional values. Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation. Actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and portion sizes.
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Serving: 5meatballs | Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1445mg | Potassium: 560mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 4mg