Bali meatballs

– Click here to read this recipe in Dutch -> Oma’s Baliballetjes

This recipe is a winner. You will make friends with it.

This recipe is one of my grandma’s recipes to start with.
My grandma is 81 years old and she is a tough cookie. She lives with my 82-years old grandpa in an apartment building with really nice neighbors. They like living there and that makes me happy.

Bali balletjes

At their birthday parties in the Summer we sit on the balcony. But the balcony is small so we expand easily to the corridor.
The neighbors don’t mind 🙂
There is beer, Jägermeister (my grandpa’s favorite!), chips, bitter lemon (my favorite, especially mixed with wodka), my grandma’s famous egg salad, some baguette and these bali meatballs.

I always liked those evenings so it makes me sad that I live far away now.
But luckily my grandpa is on Whatsapp and on Skype. Yes, he is definitely going with the times, even though he is 82 years old!

Make your own onion soup mix, it's easy!
Make your own onion soup mix, it’s easy!

My grandma’s recipe for the Bali meatballs uses a store-bought onion soup mix but I decided to make my own soup mix. A must-try because you can also use it for seasing your potatoes before you bake them in the oven.

Bali balletjes l2

The sauce is sweet and sour which I normally don’t like. But this one is different. This one is delicious! The combination of the vinegar, the ketchup and the sugar is magic.

Try it. Quick!


Bali meatballs

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: Dinner for 2 or snack for 6

Bali meatballs

Grandma's Bali meatballs recipe, delicious tiny meatballs in a sweet and sour sauce. Serve as a snack or eat for dinner with rice and steamed vegetables.


  • 16 oz organic ground beef
  • 1/4 cup onion soup mix (recipe below)
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder


  1. Mix the ground beef with 1/4 cup of the onion soup mix and make little balls (ø 1").
  2. In a large skillet heat the butter over high heat.
  3. Cook the meatballs for 10 minutes until brown.
  4. Use a skimmer to transfer the meatballs to a bowl, keep the butter in the skillet.
  5. Because you will be using the butter to bake the onions. Do it now, bake the onions for 5 minutes until soft and browned.
  6. Add the vinegar, the tomato ketchup, brown sugar and the chili powder and stir until combined.
  7. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the meatballs to the sauce and let the sauce simmer until it's thickened.
  9. Serve with rice and vegetables or just as a snack.

Onion soup mix

Yield: a little over 3/4 cup

Onion soup mix


  • 6 Tbsp minced onion
  • 2 Tbsp parsley flakes
  • 2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp celery salt
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • a small jar


  1. In a small jar combine all the ingredients.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Use as seasoning for the Bali meatballs or roasted potatoes.


This recipe makes a little over 3/4 cup so you can make 3 batches of Bali meatballs with it.


  1. Those look like seriously good meatballs Ellen! And I love the fact that your grandpa is still on whatsapp! I wish my parents did the same (they’re just a little bit younger then your grandparents…)

  2. Yum! Meatballs are my son’s favorite food. I am sure he will LOVE these!

    1. Kids love these meatballs! Well, at least my little cousins do! 😉
      Have you made them yet?

  3. Ellen! Saw you over at Alt for Everyone, and I’ve been having lots of fun looking through your recipes. These meatballs look delicious – I love love love meatballs 🙂

    1. Thank you Laura! Alt for Everyone was fun!
      I will check your blog, haven’t been able to check all the blogs in the blogroll yet.

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