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Contest-Winning Bavarian Meatballs Recipe

Contest-Winning Bavarian Meatballs Recipe

"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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 643 calories, 36 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 95 mg cholesterol, 1,302 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 29 g protein.

Reviews for Contest-Winning Bavarian Meatballs

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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!!"

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!!"

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."

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2009

"Very good and so easy!"

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