Crockpot Meatballs

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Crockpot Meatballs are an effortless way to prepare tender and delicious meatballs!

No need to pre brown these meatballs, they cook perfectly tender and juicy right in the slow cooker. Sauced up with a rich and chunky tomato sauce and you have an authentic Italian style meal, easy as pie!

Tender crockpot meatballs over pasta - an easy meal.

Crockpot Meatballs

Crockpot Meatballs are really easy to make, simply mix the meatballs and let the slow cooker do all of the work. While I often make homemade meatballs or All Purpose Turkey Meatballs, I love putting them into the slow cooker and coming home to a meal ready to serve!

Using simple ingredients like Italian breadcrumbs and seasonings, onion and parmesan cheese, these meatballs are packed with flavor. Smothered in pasta sauce, diced and crushed tomatoes, garlic and even more Italian seasoning, these easy crock pot meatballs really satisfy.

Tomato sauce and slow cooker meatballs made in the crockpot

Once sauced up, these homemade meatballs in the crockpot cook slowly and evenly, keeping all the juices and flavors tucked neatly inside every savory little meatball.

How to Make Meatballs in a Crockpot?

Once you try this crockpot meatballs recipe you it will become your go-to recipe! They’re so easy to make and no frying or baking (which means no extra dishes to wash).

  1. Combine the ground beef, seasonings, breadcrumbs and egg together.
  2. Form meatballs and place raw meatballs in the bottom of the crockpot.
  3. Top with sauce. Cover and let the slow cooker do the work!

Uncooked crockpot meatballs are the perfect meal and so easy to make!

Do you have to cook meatballs before putting them in a crockpot?

No you do not have to cook meatballs before they go into the Crockpot! If I am using ground beef in the slow cooker (when I’m making Crock Pot Chili or Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese) I pre-cook the beef. For this recipe and slow cooker spaghetti and meatballs, there is no pre-cooking required, just mix, form into balls and place in the bottom of the crockpot.

I use lean beef in this slow cooker Italian meatball recipe, the juices from the meatballs add amazing flavor to the sauce!

What Should I Serve with Meatballs?

Crockpot meatballs can be served as an appetizer or made into a whole meal!

  • Serve it over your favorite pasta like spaghetti or penne.
  • Turn it into a meatball sub by serving it over a toasted hoagie, top it with mozzarella cheese and broil!
  • Mashed potatoes go with anything, why not meatballs!
  • Create a meatball casserole by adding fusilli, cover with mozzarella and parmesan cheese and bake at 375˚F for 20 min!

While this homemade crockpot meatball recipe calls for a tomato based sauce, you can always change it up! Try it with BBQ sauce, sweet and sour sauce, mushroom sauce or a honey garlic sauce! The meatball recipe itself is just so versatile and is delicious with any sauce!

The meatballs can be prepared the night before and refrigerated. In the morning, simply add to the slow cooker, pour the sauce on and let the crockpot do the work!

Take it from me, once you prepare meatballs using this crockpot method, you will never return to your old ways!

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Review Recipe

Crockpot Meatballs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course, Slow Cooker
Cuisine American, Italian
Tender juicy meatballs in an easy tomato sauce requires very little prep and has amazing flavor!


  • 1.5 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup onion finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup parsley fresh, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

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  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Combine all meatball ingredients in a a bowl. Using a tablespoon, form 24 meatballs. Place uncooked meatballs in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Combine all sauce ingredients in a large bowl. Pour over meatballs and cook on high for 3-4 hours.
  4. Serve over pasta.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 280, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 80mg, Sodium: 703mg, Potassium: 901mg, Carbohydrates: 16g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 8g, Protein: 21g, Vitamin A: 815%, Vitamin C: 23%, Calcium: 133%, Iron: 4.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Crockpot Meatballs served over penne pasta garnished with parmesan and parsley

Crockpot Meatballs are an effortless way to prepare tender and delicious meatballs! No need to pre brown these meaty morsels, they cook perfectly right in the crock pot. Sauced up with a rich and chunky tomato sauce and you have an authentic Italian style meal, easy as pie! #spendwithpennies #crockpot #meatballs #crockpotmeatballs #easyrecipe #meatballrecipe #italianmeatball #makeahead #meatballswithsauce

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    1. Hi Madeline, I haven’t tried it on low but I think it would work. You’ll want to ensure your meatballs reach 165°F.

  1. These meatballs are the bomb ! Easy, saves time & dishes. Only change I made is that I grated the onion and made a double batch. The meatballs came out tender, moist and flavorful.
    Thank you this recipe is a keeper for sure.

  2. I decided to try the crock pot meatball recipe I appreciate it because it saves me time from browning the meat over the stove I’m hoping for the best.

    1. I haven’t tried it on low but I think it would work. You’ll want to ensure your meatballs reach 165°F. Let us know how it goes!

  3. I’m very excited to make this recipe. If I make a BIG batch can the meatballs cook as they should in the crockpot if stacked up a couple of layers? This would be perfect for the group I need to feed. : ) …. love your recipes, btw.

  4. Delicious and super easy. I prefer to use a mixture of meats in my meatballs so for these I used ground pork and ground veal. I also threw in some Italian sausage that I had on hand. I served them as-is as a party food. They were delicious! I will be using this recipe again.

  5. Yesterday I made one recipe of the crockpot meatballs. They were super.So great. That today I made a double batch in my bigger crockpot. I put the first layer of meatballs on the bottom- then put some sauce on top & then another layer of meatballs & sauce. Thank you!!! I  packaged them up.Now i have them ready for a super quick meatball sub  sandwich or spaghetti. I am so glad I found your blog

  6. These look delish!!! And super easy. Thank you. Do you think I could double the recipe? Or do the meatballs need to be single layer?