Crock Pot Beer Meatballs

Crock Pot Beer Meatballs

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This is my classic pot-luck party dish, for which I’ve received many recipe requests. These meatballs end up quite soft if you don’t roll them tightly enough. The slow-cooker process allows the meat to soak up the beer, the longer you cook it. Make beer meatballs for your next party (they make a great fall recipe or New Years Eve party food).


  • ground beef
  • breadcrumbs
  • egg
  • milk
  • parmesan cheese
  • parsley
  • oregano
  • ketchup
  • beer

Meatball Prep

Mix all ingredients except ketchup & beer; roll into Tablespoon-size meatballs & place in a 9×12 baking dish. (I made these a bit larger using my ice cream scoop.)

Par-Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Combine the beer & ketchup in the crockpot on high.

When you place the meatballs in the crockpot, reduce cooking heat to low.

Cook on low for 6 hours, or on high for 3. Longer cook time results in a juicier meatball.

Crock Pot Tips

Remember that you don’t need a crock pot, you can just slow cook the meatballs in a large pot on the stove. Bring the heat up to boiling, reduce heat to really low, and simmer about 6 hours, stirring occasionally.

For the breadcrumbs, you can make your own, or use Panko bread crumbs, but for the tastiest meatballs (or meatloaf), I recommend an Italian-style breadcrumb for the extra seasoning.

Regarding beer for cooking:

There will be little alcohol content, as having 3-4 meatballs will be like sharing a bottle of beer with 6 people, but you can use a non-alcoholic lager. I always cook with Heineken for the enhanced flavor of the recipe.

Servings: While the recipe is calculated to serve 6 people, at 3.3 meatballs each, most people will only eat about two or three, so these 20 meatballs can serve 8-10 carnivores.

Crock Pot Beer Meatballs

These soft, juicy meatballs are a party hit!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time6 hours 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9
Calories: 359kcal
Cost: $15


  • crock pot


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 c breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ½ c Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 T parsley
  • 1 t oregano
  • ¼ c milk
  • 1 12-oz bottle of Heineken
  • 1 16-oz bottle of ketchup


  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Mix hamburger, breadcrumbs, egg, seasonings & milk until smooth.
  • Roll about 20 tablespoon-sized meatballs, plase them into a glass 9×12 baking dish and bake them for 20 minutes. This reduces the fat by cooking most of the grease out, and helps hold the meatballs together during the slow cooking process.
  • Mix ketchup and beer in crock pot and begin to heat on high.
  • Place the par-baked meatballs in the crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours, or high for 3 hours. When cooked on high, the meatballs tend to become more firm.


Beer Meatballs Nutrition Label

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