All-Day Meatballs Recipe
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All-Day Meatballs Recipe

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Folks who work outside the home can pop these meatballs into the slow cooker in the morning. By the time they get home, dinner's ready! - Cathy Ryan, Red Wing, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Nutritional Facts

4 each: 346 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 1139mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, water, vinegar and sugar. Pour over meatballs. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as All-Day Meatballs in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p62

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Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"These were ok, but way too moist. I may try these again with less milk and maybe a leaner ground beef. There was a lot of grease in the slow cooker. The sauce was delicious though."

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"These were pretty good. My kids wondered why I didn't stick with my recipe, but I wanted to try it out, used brown sugar instead of white, and Seasoning salt instead of regular salt. Next time i'll use less milk."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014


Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

"Instead of oats, I substituted 1/2 cup of wheat crackers and 2 big slices of bread, which I tore into big pieces, as part of doubling the recipe. Also, I omitted the sugar. I used a 6 qt. crockpot and cooked the meatballs for about 5 hours. The meatballs from this altered recipe got lots of compliments."

Reviewed Apr. 27, 2013

"Sounds good and quite easy, but is there a way to cut down on the sodium without losing the tase."

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