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All-Day Meatballs Recipe

All-Day Meatballs Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 1603339 219825
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."

KristieKS User ID: 7685704 203919
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."

poello User ID: 7524133 106842
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014


MmeBlaise User ID: 1081390 28938
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."

shye anne User ID: 2545171 29065
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2013

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

trudypost User ID: 1076954 74206
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4076256 33201
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4963915 106836
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4280474 27363
Reviewed 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 User ID: 744438 82237
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2009

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

hollyez User ID: 3350271 106834
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2009

"I made these yesterday, and they were Ok. I had to alter the recipe quite a bit for taste. They were a bit bland as is. I added some spice blend (emeril essence) to the meatballs and added some blackberry preserves (what I had in the fridge), A-1 sauce, worcesire(sp?) sauce, and hot pepper vinegar. I would not make these again as is, but I like the oatmeal for the meatballs instead of bread crumbs. It was a difference in texture that worked. Thank you anyway, and thank you for the many recipes and fun in cooking I have had with Taste of Home."

startrek009 User ID: 3788141 203918
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2009

"re:allday meat balls i like the idea of a slow cooker because it reduces the fat and it tastes alotbettet"

glynnka User ID: 928997 82235
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2009

"I use ground venison with no fat added. No grease problem."

misSky User ID: 4217693 33119
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"I Agree there is to much grease."

Starlene User ID: 2387632 28937
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2008

"Ground beef is often quite greasy. If you see grease floating on top (don't stir)

blot for a few minutes with a few layers of paper towel. It works for me.. No grease!"

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 43486
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2008

"The meatballs tasted okay, not great. There certainly was a lot of grease in the crockpot after they were done. I used very lean meat, too. It was hard to skim that off and serve the sauce over the meatballs so they wouldn't be greasy. There were no other complaints from anyone else about this, so maybe it was just my problem, but I won't be making these again since I already have a pretty good recipe for meatballs."

Midnight Angel User ID: 3192198 33092
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2008

"Thanks for the tip lssrl. I made this recipe according to exact directions. Several of the meatballs stuck together. Next time I will try your tip and see if they come presentable for guests."

lssrls User ID: 1447889 106825
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2008

"If you put the sauce in the slow cooker first and then add the meatballs they will not stick together"

ViolaB User ID: 2670244 203917
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2008

" Years ago, I had (and have since lost) a recipe for some coktail meatballs that were to be placed on a glass pie plate or some other microwaveable dish, and just barely cooked, then popped into the slow cooker with their sauce. It worked very well.


mary2171 User ID: 849290 67343
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2008

"I don't see why you couldn't brown them a little first to avoid them sticking together.....These sound so good!!! TY  Just love these recipes!! TY"

alwaysamonkey247 User ID: 3349201 43485
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2008

"These meat balls are the best i have ever eaten since I have been in Sweeden!!!!!!"

lssrls User ID: 1447889 46377
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2008

"These are delicious, will be making these often but mine stuck together. Any suggestions?

Should I brown them first?

KJ1 User ID: 1778245 43484
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2008

"Think I can bump the temp up to high and they'll be ready sooner?"

moserposer User ID: 3069833 27362
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2008

"This recipe sounds great, I can't wait to try them. Thank You."

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