Slow-Cooker Goetta

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + chilling Cook: 4 hours


2 loaves (16 pieces each)

Updated: Oct. 05, 2023
My husband's grandfather, a German, introduced goetta to me when we first got married. I found a slow-cooker recipe and changed some of the ingredients to make this the best goetta around! Now, many people request the recipe. It makes a lot of sausage, but it freezes well. —Sharon Geers, Wilmington, Ohio
Slow-Cooker Goetta Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 cups water
  • 2-1/2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons beef bouillon granules
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon each garlic powder, rubbed sage and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 pounds bulk pork sausage
  • 2 medium onions, chopped


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine water, oats and seasonings. Cook, covered, on high 2 hours. Remove bay leaves.
  2. In a large skillet, cook sausage and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, 8-10 minutes, breaking up sausage into crumbles. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Stir sausage mixture and reserved drippings into oats. Cook, covered, on low 2 hours.
  3. Transfer mixture to 2 waxed paper-lined 9x5-in. loaf pans. Refrigerate loaves, covered, overnight.
  4. To serve, slice each loaf into 16 pieces. In a large skillet, cook goetta, in batches, over medium heat until lightly browned and heated through, 3-4 minutes on each side.

Can you freeze Slow-Cooker Goetta?

After shaping the goetta in loaf pans, cool and freeze, covered, until firm. Transfer goetta to freezer containers or wrap securely in foil; return to freezer. Partially thaw in refrigerator overnight; slice and cook as directed.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 121 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 450mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.