Contest-Winning Bavarian Meatballs Recipe
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Contest-Winning Bavarian Meatballs Recipe

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"I use my slow cooker so much—unless my husband decides to grill for me—and these mouthwatering meatballs are just one reason why," explains Peggy Rios of Mechanicsville, Virginia. "They’re a guaranteed crowd-pleaser when I serve them as party appetizers…or a yummy, filling sandwich spooned over crusty rolls and topped with cheese."—Peggy Rios, Mechanicsville, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 12 hoagie buns, split
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 643 calories, 36g fat (18g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 1302mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 4g fiber), 29g protein


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the meatballs, onion, brown sugar, soup mix and beer. Cover and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours or until heated through.
  2. Place six meatballs on each bun bottom. Sprinkle each sandwich with 1/4 cup cheese. Place on baking sheets. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Replace bun tops. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Bavarian Meatballs in Simple & Delicious January/February 2007, p33

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Reviewed Feb. 16, 2015

"I thought this was a solid and different kind of recipe....I made around the holidays as a fast meal for guests. It was tasty and appealing, for the adults. I would make again, although stick with this for the grown ups."

Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"My husband really liked them, kids not so much."

Reviewed May. 1, 2013

"This recipe was fantastic! It was easy to cook using the slow cooker and my entire family loved it and asks for it often!"

Reviewed May. 1, 2013

"This recipe is excellent. My entire family loved it!"

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2012

"These have such great flavor i drizzled just a bit of ranch over the top and so yummy!!! These will also be great as just an appitizer will be making again for sure!!"

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