Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Meatballs Recipe

December 18, 2015 19 Comments | Disclosure

An Easy Appetizer or Meal!

I love keeping a bag of frozen meatballs in my freezer for recipes like this slow cooker honey garlic one!

easy slow cooker honey garlic meatballs

These honey garlic meatballs are one of my new favorite meatball recipes! I am a sucker for a good honey-garlic combo.

frozen meatballs for honey garlic meatballs

This is what about 28 ounces of meatballs looks like. I often have a big bag of the Costco Italian frozen meatballs on hand because they are delicious, and they usually cost less per pound than the plain ground beef you would use to make homemade meatballs.

You can definitely make your own meatballs in bulk though and store them in the freezer, which would be perfect for a recipe like this one! (I would use this recipe or this meatball recipe.)

ingredients for slow cooker honey garlic meatballs

So simple! The sauce only requires 5 ingredients – brown sugar, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, and garlic. I usually have these ingredients on hand at any give time.

honey garlic meatballs sauce

Place the frozen meatballs in the slow cooker. Mix up the simple and delicious sauce. Pour the sauce over the meatballs. Stir to coat the meatballs with the sauce. Then just let the slow cooker do the rest. It is good to stir the meatballs around once or twice during the cooking time to help keep the sauce distributed evenly though.

honey garlic meatballs in the slow cooker

P.S. I love using a slow cooker liner in my Crock-Pot. It makes clean-up a lot easier! You can find them at nearly any grocery store or buy them online. I like both Reynolds and PanSaver, but PanSaver seems to be slightly better quality.

The meatballs only need about 4 hours on low before they are ready to serve! After lunch, if you realize you still don’t know what to serve for dinner, you still have time to pull this slow cooker meal together. (Yes, this happens to me often.) Throw some rice in the rice cooker at the same time with a delay timer and your meal is nearly complete.

If you are really in a bind for time, you can just warm the meatballs in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes (or according to package directions), warm the sauce in a small saucepan, then pour the sauce over the meatballs before serving. Quick, easy, and delicious! See more 30-minute meals.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Meatballs Recipe

Rating: 51

Yield: 8 servings

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Meatballs Recipe


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 ounces fully cooked, frozen meatballs


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, and garlic.
  2. Place frozen meatballs in a 4-quart slow cooker and pour the sauce over them. Stir to coat. Cook on low for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve as an appetizer, or over rice or noodles as a meal.

Recipe from Family Fresh Meals.

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  1. I made these tonight for dinner with a side of roasted vegetables and it was a hit! The sauce has a great flavor! These will definitely be in our regular rotation now!

    • Hooray! So glad you like them. They are really good, right? Especially for how simple and easy it is to make them! Thanks for your comment, Karen.

    • Brittany n says:

      These are my go–to for potlucks. I’very made them several times for potlucks and baby showers, and every time they are a big hit. thank you so much for posting this recipe!

  2. If I double the recipe, does the 4 hours change to 8 or no..?!

    • I think the cook time will stay pretty close to the same. You may need only a little bit more time to make sure all of the meatballs are warmed through, so I would plan for 4-5 hours.

    • Just wondering if you tried doubling the recipe and how that turned out?

  3. I prepared these for a Super Bowl party and everyone commented on how good they were – none left! I will definitely be making these again!

  4. Just found your site….looks great!!
    What’s with the bag inside the slow cooker on the pictures of the honey garlic meatballs, do you cook it in the bag?

    • Yes! Those are slow cooker liners and I love using them in my slow cooker as often as possible. Makes the clean-up a lot easier. Once you try it, you might not ever go back. 😉

      • Thank you for your fast reply.
        Never heard of the liners, and had an underused slow cooker for years – just ordered a pack of 5, and they’re freezable so will definitely be using my pot more now, with most of your recipes!

        • Thanks, Linda! Hope you like it! (I added the liner info to the post too, since others may be wondering the same thing.) 🙂

  5. Selina Eisnor says:

    Made this tonight for supper. Was delicious !!!! I made two batches of the sauce and added 2 tablespoons of corn starch to thicken it up and it was perfect! Might try a bit more honey next time but definitely will be writing this down to use again!

  6. Hello. I was wondering if the rice should already be cooked before going into the slow cooker or does the rice cook inside the slow cooker? Thanks, these look great would love to cook them for dinner this week and tell you how it went. Thank you for sharing!!

    • Melanie says:

      I cook the rice separately from the meatballs and sauce – either in a rice cooker or on the stove top. If your rice cooker has a delay timer, you can get the rice cooker going at the same time as the slow cooker. Set them, and forget them. 😉

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