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All-Day Meatballs

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


  • 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


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

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  • pajamaangel
    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.

  • KristieKS
    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.

  • poello
    Jan 22, 2014


  • MmeBlaise
    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.

  • shye anne
    Apr 27, 2013

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

  • trudypost
    Sep 14, 2011

    I thought these were very tasty,and putting the sauce in first does help them not stick together,thanks for the tip :)

  • shuckys
    Oct 16, 2010

    This is now a staple in our house. I use premade meatballs when pressed for time. This is one of my easier meals!

  • susanne_1989
    Oct 10, 2010

    I was very disappointed in this. Meatballs were too moist and either fell apart while cooking or just were mushy. There was not much flavor either. Don't think I'll waste my time and money on this one again. Sorry :(

  • suehobgood
    Jan 5, 2010

    I have made these several times. only i use oatmeal in mine too. quick oats that is. i also flour and panfried them first that cut down on the grease which you can absorb with a paper towel. its pretty easy and yummy

  • KingGeld
    Nov 24, 2009

    These meatballs are tasty and moist, and the sauce is delicious.