Crazy Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs Recipe

(This post has been updated from the original January 2018 version to provide a better experience for you)

Want to know how to make the world’s easiest EVER slow cooker meatballs? These bad boys don’t even require any precooking! So whether it’s because it’s too hot to put the oven on, because you simply don’t have the time or you just want an easy family recipe with zero fuss – this slow cooker meatballs recipe fits the bill perfectly every single time. Building up your slow cooker recipe armoury? You should check out my slow cooker mongolian beef recipe too!

Slow Cooker Meatballs on a plate with parsley scattered on top

I don’t know about you but I always struggle to reign it back to solely healthy food, I’m definitely a comfort food kind of gal! These beautiful slow cooker meatballs are exactly that but with a hidden healthy twist… they’re made using turkey mince! Much leaner, much healthier but all the comfort & all the flavour. (A bit like my tasty turkey meatballs recipe.)

Slow cooker meatballs are so ridiculously versatile. They’re literally perfect for almost any occasion! As I said before, if it’s too hot to switch the oven on? Slow cooker meatballs. No time to make dinner? Slow cooker meatballs. In desperate need of an easy Winter warmer? Slow cooker meatballs! They’re a guaranteed winner every time.

Slow Cooker Meatballs on a plate with parsley scattered on top

Top Tips for Slow Cooker Meatballs

  • Make sure you chill the meatballs before you put them in the slow cooker. This firms them up and stops them from falling apart during cooking.
  • Note that if you want to switch out the turkey for another meat, remember turkey is lean and has next to no fat. Other meats do which means there will be added fat/grease in the sauce once cooked.
  • Want to stock up your freezer? Divide the meatballs between freezer bags (ensuring each meatball is covered in the sauce) allow to cool completely then freeze to use at a later date.
  • Try and chop the onion as finely as you can. Big chunks of onion can cause the meatballs to fall apart during cooking.
  • Make sure you mix the meatball mixture really well to ensure even distribution of all the ingredients. (Especially the seasoning!)

 

Slow Cooker Meatballs on a plate with parsley scattered on top

 

Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs Recipe

Here is what you will need to make 14-16 large meatballs/serve 4 (as a main with a side.)

For the Meatballs

  • 1 Small Onion, Finely Diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Parsley, Chopped
  • 450g Turkey Mince
  • 90g Dried Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp Dried Italian Herbs
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Small Egg, Beaten

 

For the Sauce

  • 1 x 400g Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 750g Jar of Pasta/Bolognese Sauce
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Dried Italian Herbs

 

  • Cooked Pasta or Rice, To Serve (Optional)

 

Essential Equipment

  • 3.5 litre Slow Cooker

 

*Please Note Chilling Time For The Meatballs Before Starting This Recipe*

 

To get started – first add all the meatball ingredients into a large bowl and give it a really good mix with a fork.

Slow cooker meatballs mixture in a glass bowl unmixed

Slow cooker meatballs mixture in a glass bowl

Then roll heaped tablespoons of the mixture into balls and place on a baking tray. Cover with cling film & pop into the fridge to chill for at least 1-2 hours or overnight if you have the time. (Overnight is better for flavour as well as firming the meatballs – preventing them from falling apart in the sauce.)

Turkey meatballs rolled into balls on a foil lined baking tray

Next mix together all the sauce ingredients in the slow cooker.

Meatballs sauce in a slow cooker

Then place in the meatballs, put on the lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours until the meatballs are cooked through.

Uncooked meatballs in a sauce in a slow cooker

Meatballs in a sauce in a slow cooker

It is really that easy!! You can serve these gorgeous Slow Cooker Meatballs straight away alongside some cooked pasta or rice, or you can even freeze them in plastic tubs/freezer bags for a later date. The choice is entirely yours. If you’re feeling fancy you can scatter over a little more chopped fresh parsley just before serving.

Slow Cooker Meatballs on a plate with parsley scattered on top

This really is an incredibly easy recipe. I’ve been put off by a lot of slow cooker meatball recipes in the past as they all say you need to precook the meatballs… too much like hard work to me! When it comes to slow cooking, I’m very much of the opinion that I just want to throw everything in, put the lid on and forget about it until it’s done. I don’t have the time or patience to be faffing with tons of prep or precooking – do you? This recipe is absolutely perfect for those (like me) that are short on time and have a family to feed! It definitely helps that it tastes incredible too…

I hope you enjoyed the recipe my lovelies, until next time. Miss KitchenMason x

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Slow Cooker Meatballs on a plate with parsley scattered on top

Slow Cooker Meatballs on a plate with parsley scattered on top

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Slow Cooker Meatballs on a plate with parsley scattered on top
Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Chill/Cook Time
7 hrs
Total Time
7 hrs 15 mins
 

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This is the easiest EVER slow cooker meatballs recipe! No precooking required, just roll up the balls, chill them and dump them in the slow cooker!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs Recipe, Slow Cooker Meatballs, Slow Cooker Meatballs Recipe
Servings: 4 People
Author: Emma Mason | Kitchen Mason
Ingredients
For the Meatballs
  • 1 Small Onion Finely Diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Parsley Chopped
  • 450 g Turkey Mince
  • 90 g Dried Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp Dried Italian Herbs
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Small Egg Beaten
For the Sauce
  • 1 400g Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 750 g Jar of Pasta/Bolognese Sauce *
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Dried Italian Herbs
  • Cooked Pasta or Rice To Serve (Optional)
Essential Equipment
  • 3.5 litre Slow Cooker
Instructions
  1. Add all the meatball ingredients into a large bowl and give it a very good mix with a fork.

  2. Roll heaped tablespoons of the mixture into balls and place on a baking tray. Cover with cling film & chill for at least 1-2 hours. (Overnight is better for flavour as well as firming the meatballs as it prevents them from falling apart)

  3. Next mix together all the sauce ingredients in the slow cooker bowl.

  4. Put the meatballs into the sauce, pop on the lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours until the meatballs are cooked through. 

Recipe Notes

*I used Dolmio Intense Onion & Garlic


Serve the meatballs straight away alongside some cooked pasta or rice, or you can freeze them in plastic tubs/freezer bags for a later date. Scatter over some chopped fresh parsley just before serving.

 

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12 thoughts on “Crazy Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs Recipe”

  1. Tired Nana says:

    Made this with Quorn meatballs. Delicious, will definitely be making this again ?

    1. Miss KitchenMason says:

      That sounds delicious! I might give that a go myself 🙂

  2. Katy B says:

    I made these for dinner last night (mum of 2 and no time to spare) took less than 10 minutes to prepare (even chucked a few veggies in the slow cooker with it!) I have to say it’s one of the nicest meatball dinners I’ve had, full of flavour and my little one (who’s a fussy eater) ate it all, double win! This is definitely gonna be on the weekly menu!

    1. Miss KitchenMason says:

      Aww yay!!! Super glad my recipe was well received all round 🙂 Thanks so much for your kind words Katy. Emma x

  3. Simon says:

    I tried to download the ebook and got message “file error”. As I have already put my email in I cannot redo, help!!! Looks scrummy!

    1. Miss KitchenMason says:

      Hi Simon. I’m sorry you’re having trouble downloading the ebook! I’ve sent you an email which should hopefully sort it out 🙂 Emma x

  4. jo says:

    can i double this recipe and still cook for the same time as i have a 6 litre slow cooker and more than 4 in my family?

    1. Miss KitchenMason says:

      Hi Jo. I see no reason why it wouldn’t work. If you do try it, I would take out one meatball at the end of the cooking time and cut it in half to be certain that everything is cooked through properly before serving. Hope this helps! Emma x

  5. Albert says:

    I have to invest in a slow-coker, these meatballs sound so delicious! easy to prepare and loaded with so many great flavors

    1. Miss KitchenMason says:

      You really should! They’re very cheap and make life super easy 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words Albert x

  6. Linda Odum says:

    Thank you.

    1. Miss KitchenMason says:

      🙂

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