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Crockpot Meatballs and Gravy Recipe

Crockpot meatballs and gravy is a great appetizer or one pot meal served over noodles or mashed potatoes. Homemade ground beef comfort food made in your slow cooker.

Meatballs and Gravy

Maybe your Grandmother made Crockpot meatballs and gravy growing up, or you’re just salivating looking at my picture. Either way I have an easy way to make homemade meatballs in a slow cooker right here. Swimming in gravy you’ll surely want seconds. One of many easy Crockpot recipes on our blog. (affiliate links present)

Turkey Meatballs Crockpot

You can use ground turkey or as an easy ground beef recipe too. I will say that the latter stays together better because of a bit more fat but you can do either.

If you want to make things really super easy you can use this sauce but the timing in our frozen meatballs in Crockpot recipe. I prefer homemade when I have the time and have included the ingredients for those below. I essentially made our meatloaf mixture into small balls because we love that so much.

Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….

  1. This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
  2. If you just want to serve a few appetizers you should get this one that sit side by side one another.
  3. I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.

Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉

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Slow Cooker Meatball Recipe

If you have your own favorite mixture for this then go for it. For a quick meatloaf recipe you can form into spheres we have our own listed here. I used the same one to make meatballs in air fryer and those turned out just as amazing. Since you need to brown the beef first you can do it this way or in a cast iron skillet like we did this time.

  1. You’ll want to start by making a basic meatball recipe you love.
    1. 80/20 ground beef is best, fat will help keep them from falling apart
  2. Have a container of fresh mushrooms on hand that you slice or half.
  3. Dice up half or a whole onion.
  4. Beef broth or bone stock will be needed for the onion gravy
  5. Butter makes everything better
  6. I add garlic into everything I make
  7. If you wanted it real creamy at the end you could fold in 1 cup of sour cream

From there a bunch of seasonings are thrown in, plus Worcestershire sauce. This is best over a bed of Instant Pot garlic mashed potatoes or butter noodles.

homemade meatballs recipe

Slow Cooker Meatballs and Gravy

You don’t need or really even want to cook these all the way thru to the middle. There will be plenty of time for that in your slow cooker as it simmers all day long. BUT you do want to brown the outsides for a few reasons. It will give them texture, keep the moisture inside, and keep them from falling apart too.

The best way to brown meatballs is to saute them inside a cast iron pan with a bit of olive oil. If you do want to bake in the oven follow this timing instead. I tell you there is no substitute for this good old fashioned pan though. It will lend more flavor overall to the dish and rocks for making so many other dishes too.

As far as the gravy goes this is a simple way to make it, you don’t need one of those tasteless packets. To thicken gravy just whisk together cornstarch and heavy whipping cream at the end. This will do the trick and also make it super creamy.

homemade Crockpot Meatballs
Crockpot Meatballs recipe

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak Meatballs

It kinda’ has that salisbury steak feel and flavor to them with this creamy sauce, this is what you do;

  • In a medium size bowl mix top 7 ingredients together to make homemade meatballs.
    • Form into balls of equal sizes, will make about 24-30 of them.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet and place meatballs inside when formed.
    • Brown on all sides in pan but not so long that they are cooked thru.
  • When browned place them into slow cooker. Leave juices from pan inside. Put sliced mushrooms and onions inside pan and cook until onions are clear. Add minced garlic and cook 1 more minute.
  • Pour in broth and Worcestershire sauce. Use wood spatula to gently scrape bits of meat and mushrooms off bottom of the pan. Pour contents into slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook in Crock pot on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
    • 20 minutes before cook time is over whisk together cornstarch with heavy whipping cream until smooth.
  • Lift lid and add some of the hot broth into cornstarch mixture. Whisk again. Dump this into Crockpot and gently stir not breaking apart meat.

Boil your egg noodles on the stove until tender and then fold them into the sauce. If you cook them a bit al dente you can leave them in the gravy mix for a good 20 minutes to continue softening and soak up some of the YUM

slow cooker Meatballs

There are many other gravy meatballs recipes out there using cream of mushroom soup, this is more homemade like our Swedish meatballs in Instant Pot.

Have more ground beef and want to make a quick starter using the same pot? Brown like we state below and instead of all of the ingredients listed you can just pour in a jar of any sauce you love. From teriyaki to bbq, or sweet and sour meatballs are always a hit.

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Crockpot Meatballs and Gravy

Crockpot meatballs and gravy is a great appetizer or one pot meal served over noodles or mashed potatoes. Homemade ground beef comfort food.
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, german
Keyword crockpot, gravy, homemade, meatballs, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Servings 8
Calories 448kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a bowl mix top 7 ingredients together to make homemade meatballs. Form into balls of equal sizes, will make 24-30 total.
  • Heat a bit of olive oil in a cast iron skillet and place meatballs inside when formed. Brown on all sides in pan but not so long that they are cooked thru.
  • When browned place them into slow cooker. Leave juices from pan inside. Put sliced mushrooms and onions inside pan and cook until onions are clear. Add minced garlic and cook 1 more minute.
  • Then pour in broth and Worcestershire sauce. Use wood spatula to gently scrape bits of meat and mushrooms off bottom of the pan. Pour contents into slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. 20 minutes before cook time is over whisk together cornstarch with heavy whipping cream until smooth.
  • Lift lid and add some of the hot broth into cornstarch mixture. Whisk again. Dump this into Crockpot and gently stir not breaking apart meat. Cover and allow to warm and thicken while you boil egg noodles on the side. Serve together topped with chopped parsley.

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Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Meatballs and Gravy
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 448 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 133mg44%
Sodium 847mg37%
Potassium 621mg18%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 278IU6%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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