Slow-Cooker Meatballs

There are a million recipes out there all claiming to be the best meatball. They all use similar ingredients and use one of three methods (bake in the oven, pan fry or cook in sauce). Some even do a combination of methods. But meatballs don’t have to be complicated to make. As long as you have some kind of meat, a binder and some added flavor, you can make a good meatball.

With two kids under 3 years old, I don’t always have the time to stand around and cook for hours. So this recipe takes 15-minutes to prep. and the slow-cooker does the rest. I serve this with rice, but pasta or veggies would be great too.

Slow-Cooker Meatballs

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 lb. ground beef (85/15)
  • 1/2 cup regular bread crumbs (NOT panko)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


  1. In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, chives, Worcestershire, eggs and garlic and stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Roll into 1” meatballs.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Place meatballs on top. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for about 4 hours, until the meatballs are cooked through.
  3. Toss well with the sauce in the slow cooker before serving. Garnish with chives. Enjoy! 
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