Crockpot Meatball Recipe

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Use this crockpot meatball recipe to make an easy weeknight meal of spaghetti and meatballs. A few minutes of prep in the morning yields delicious results by dinner time!

A plate of spaghetti topped with meatballs from a crockpot and basil.
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  1. Easy Crockpot Meatball Recipe Ingredients
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  3. How to Serve Homemade Crockpot Meatballs
  4. Recipe Tip
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. Freezing Crockpot Meatball Recipe
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This crockpot meatball recipe is so easy to put together with simple ingredients but lots of flavors! Spaghetti and meatballs are always a favorite family dish and the slow cooker makes it my favorite too! I spend a few minutes rolling meatballs in the afternoon and I have delicious savory meatballs and sauce by dinner time.

Create the best dish using this crockpot meatball recipe! Take your traditional meatball recipe to the next level using these homemade ingredients. These meatballs are full of flavor and come together quickly and easily with just the right amount of ingredinets. Kids to adults will love the flavor, texture, and deliciousness these crockpot meatballs have to offer!

Easy Crockpot Meatball Recipe Ingredients

Don’t let the list of ingredients scare you when making this meatball recipe. You will love how easy this crockpot meatball recipe is to make! Most of the ingredinets are pantry staples and easy to have on hand. The crockpot meatball recipe is the perfect way to make meatballs and can be done all in the slow cooker!

  • Ground Beef – Make sure to use lean ground beef. If the beef is too fatty, the sauce will turn out very oily. Not a huge fan of ground beef? Feel free to try ground pork meatballs, ground turkey meatballs, or ground chicken meatballs too! We will often do a mixture of both ground beef and pork to make them more tender.
  • Onion – In this recipe instead of dicing the onion, you grate it with a cheese grater. This creates small, thin pieces of onion that keep the meatball texture super smooth.
  • Panko Breadcrumbs – Panko breadcrumbs help to bind the meatballs together. I like using panko breadcrumbs instead of regular breadcrumbs.
  • Parmesan Cheese – Parmesan cheese adds flavor and helps to bind the meatballs together. Try to get grated parmesan instead of shredded for the best texture.
  • Eggs – Eggs add moisture and help bind the meatballs.
  • Milk – Milk helps the meatballs stick together and creates a juicy, soft texture.
  • Garlic – Freshly crushed garlic cloves are the best, but you can use the minced garlic from the jar.
  • Spices – I keep it simple with this recipe and just use kosher salt, black pepper, and oregano. If you want to go a little further, then you can add basil, fresh parsley, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes.
  • Sauce – For this recipe, I used our own Homemade Canned Spaghetti Sauce but you can use your own recipe or just store-bought spaghetti sauce. No matter what you use, it is going to be awesome. Even store-bought spaghetti sauce will be kicked up a notch because the meatballs will be cooked in it, giving it an incredible flavor.

How to Make Crockpot Meatball Recipe from Scratch

Make the crockpot meatball recipe just the way you like it with these simple instructions on how to create the best meatball recipe! They are simple to throw together ingredinets that are full of flavor! Cover the meatballs in their favorite traditional tomato sauce for a family-friendly dinner!

  1. Mix – Combine all ingredients, except spaghetti sauce, until well-mixed. Mixing together with your hands works great.
  2. Form meatballs – Spray the bottom of the crockpot with cooking spray. Form into balls using your hands or a small cookie dough scoop. You want them to be slightly smaller than a golf ball.
  3. Layer slow cooker – Place meatballs in the pot, layering them if necessary. It’s okay if they touch, just don’t squish them too much. Pour sauce over the top of all the meatballs.
  4. Slow cook – Cook on high for 3 hours. Serve over noodles or in meatball subs!
A plate of spaghetti topped with meatballs from a crockpot and basil.


How to Serve Homemade Crockpot Meatballs

The classic way to serve this crockpot meatball recipe is over noodles with some basil and parmesan cheese. You can also make meatball subs. If you want to serve these meatballs as an appetizer, you can put them on a cocktail toothpick with a mozzarella pearl and a basil leaf.

Recipe Tip

A spoonful of meatballs and sauce.

For this recipe, I used our own Homemade Canned Spaghetti Sauce but you can use your own recipe or just store-bought spaghetti sauce. No matter what you use, it is going to be awesome. Even store-bought spaghetti sauce will be kicked up a notch because the meatballs will be cooked in it, giving it an incredible flavor.

If you stir the meatballs during the cooking process make sure to stir gently. If the meatballs aren’t fully cooked when you stir, they could break apart.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to brown meatballs before slow cooking?

For this crockpot meatball recipe, you do not need to brown the meatballs ahead of time. You simply place the meatballs into the slow cooker raw.

Is it better to bake or pan-cook meatballs?

Either baking or pan-cook meatballs are great options. For this recipe, we are using a crockpot or slow cooker to help the cooking process along. If you are wanting to bake or pan-cook your meatballs both are fast and easy ways to cook them. Baking in the oven ensures even baking.

What is the secret to meatballs?

One of the secrets to ensuring tender meatballs each time is using day-old bread that is soaked in milk or water. This adds lightness to the meatball as well as moisture.

Can you make gluten-free meatballs?

Yes, you can make these gluten-free by replacing the breadcrumbs with gluten-free breadcrumbs or oats. Serve the meatballs and sauce over gluten-free pasta for celiac-friendly spaghetti and meatballs!

How do I store leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Eat leftovers within a week. You can reheat in the slow cooker, on the stovetop, or in the microwave. You can also stick leftovers in the freezer and reheat them later.

Can I use frozen meatballs?

Yes! Obviously, homemade meatballs taste amazing, but frozen meatballs will do in a pinch! Follow the same cooking instructions – covered in sauce, on high for 3-4 hours.

Freezing Crockpot Meatball Recipe

Once the meatballs are cooked in the crockpot place them individually on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for a few hours or until frozen. Once frozen, gently remove them from the baking sheet and place them in airtight bags or containers to store for three months long. When ready to reheat, place it in the oven or slow cooker to make it once again.

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How to Make Crockpot Meatball Recipe

A plate of spaghetti topped with meatballs from a crockpot and basil

Crockpot Meatball Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Use this crockpot meatball recipe to make an easy weeknight meal of spaghetti and meatballs. A few minutes of prep in the morning yield delicious results!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 servings

Equipment

  • Crock Pot or Slow Cooker

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients (except spaghetti sauce) until well-mixed. Mixing together with your hands works great.
    Meatball mixture in a bowl
  • Spray the bottom of the crockpot with cooking spray. Form into balls using your hands or a small cookie dough scoop. You want them to be slightly smaller than a golf ball. Place meatballs in the pot, layering them if necessary. It's okay if they touch, just don't squish them too much.
    Raw meatballs rolled and placed in a crockpot
  • Pour sauce over the top of all the meatballs.
    Marinara sauce poured over meatballs in a crockpot
  • Cook on high for 3 hours. Serve over noodles or in meatball subs!
    Cooked meatballs in sauce in a crockpot

Nutrition Information

Calories: 411kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 28gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 1513mgPotassium: 911mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 850IUVitamin C: 12.7mgCalcium: 171mgIron: 4.5mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m stocking up on crockpot meals for our busy weeks ahead and these meatballs are a perfect addition! So easy!