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. 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 meatballs, onion, brown sugar, soup mix and beer. Cook, covered, on low until meatballs are cooked through, 3-4 hours.
  2. Place five or 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 until cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes. Replace bun tops. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Bavarian Meatballs in Simple & Delicious January/February 2007, p33

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katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 259984
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2017

"These were a big hit for our family! Easy for a weeknight dinner. Great flavor! Thank you for


Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 253197
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2016

"I have two very picky eaters on my hands and these were a winner in their book. They ate them all up and even had leftovers the next day. Great flavor and an inexpensive meal to throw together in a hurry."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 220632
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."

Jami4 User ID: 5573747 66986
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

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

Lynnhbcooking User ID: 7247749 147647
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!"

Lynnhbcooking User ID: 7247749 66985
Reviewed May. 1, 2013

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

goobieT User ID: 6058738 167856
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!!"

bgcassidy User ID: 101290 147236
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2011

"I made these for a family reunion two years ago. Had so many great responses and requests for the recipe, that I'm making it again for another family reunion this year!!"

Lynnardo User ID: 2887380 94330
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"SO GOOD! And easy to throw together in the crock pot and forget about while you have company! I have been asked for this recipe every time I serve these."

knelson109 User ID: 1626947 147646
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2009

"Very good and so easy!"

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