Slow Cooker Meatballs and Gravy is easy to make with homemade or frozen meatballs!  These meatballs come out juicy, tender and are great with mashed potatoes or noodles!

meatballs and gravy with mashed potatoes


This is one of our all time favorite, can eat any day of the week, comfort food meals! Meatballs are slow cooked in a rich brown gravy with mushrooms and onions and it’s so hearty and delicious!  I originally posted this recipe early in 2017, but wanted to do a little revamp.  Originally the recipe was made using frozen meatballs (and you still can!) but, I’ve had lots of requests for a homemade meatball for this recipe, so we’re adding that as well.  If you are a lover of our traditional Chopped Steak recipe or our super popular French Onion Salisbury Steak, you’re going to adore this one!  I love serving this with homemade Mashed Potatoes, but it’s really good with buttered noodles or over white or brown rice as well.

Slow Cooker Meatballs and Gravy:

If you’re making your own meatballs, you’ll want to start there.  It’s a super simple meatball recipe consisting of ground beef, egg, Worcestershire, panko (or plain) breadcrumbs, and lots of good seasoning.  This recipe makes about 24 meatballs and you can double the recipe if you want to have extra.  We like to double this because these meatballs freeze really well!  You can roll them up, place them on a sheet pan, pop in the freezer for about 30 minutes, then carefully place them in a freezer safe bag.  It’s best to lay them flat in the freezer bags, so you will likely need to use two of them.  Then, you can freeze for up to 3 months.  If cooking right away, you can sear the meatballs in batches then just remove them from the pan to the bottom of your slow cooker.  If using frozen meatballs, you can skip these steps, the frozen meatballs can go right into your crock pot as they are!

meatballs on a sheet pan

Meatballs and Gravy Notes:

  • If using frozen meatballs, I recommend using homestyle or Swedish style.  The Italian style don’t taste as good in this recipe.
  • You can do this entire recipe as a freezer meal!  Place your meatballs into a large zip top bag.  Then, whisk together the gravy ingredients and pour over.  Seal and freeze for up to 3 months.  You can thaw in the fridge overnight if preferred, or add to the slow cooker from frozen.
  • You will need a 6 quart or larger slow cooker for this recipe.  If you crock pot is smaller, you will need to cut the recipe in half.
  • The mushrooms and onions are OPTIONAL!  We love them, and it adds great flavor, but, if you don’t simply leave them out!

meatballs and gravy in bowl





5 from 43 votes

Slow Cooker Meatballs and Gravy

Slow Cooker Meatballs and Gravy is easy to make with homemade or frozen meatballs!  These meatballs come out juicy, tender and are great with mashed potatoes or noodles!
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 8 hours
Total 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6




  • 1 Large Onion, Sliced
  • 1 (8 Ounce) Package Sliced Mushrooms
  • 3 Cups Beef Broth
  • 2 (1 Ounce) Packages Brown Gravy Mix
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Ketchup
  • 1/2 Teaspoon EACH Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Salt, Pepper.
  • 2 Tablespoons Cold Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil



  • In a large bowl, combine the beef, beaten egg, worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and breadcrumbs using your hands, just until combined.Form the beef mixture into about 24 meatballs (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter) and set aside on a large plate.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.When the oil is hot, add half of the meatballs to the pan and sear on each side for about 2-3 minutes until browned, transfer to the bottom of the slow cooker.Repeat with the remaining meatballs.
  • Place the frozen meatballs, sliced onion, and mushrooms in the bottom of your slow cooker.  Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the beef broth, gravy mix, worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and seasonings.  Pour mixture over meatballs.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Once cooked, remove the meatballs from the slow cooker and set aside. At this point if your slow cooker was on low, turn it up to high.  Mix together the cold water and cornstarch in a small bowl.  Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the broth for 1-2 minutes until thickened.
  • Return the meatballs to the slow cooker and stir gently to coat with gravy.  Serve immediately. 



Calories: 300kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    Made this this weekend and it was delicious! I was out of Ketchup so I used a tbsp of tomato paste instead! Other than that I followed the recipe.


  2. Hi, I am dairy free for my breastfeeding baby. Can this be made without the gravy packet and substitute something else, since all of the gravy packets I’ve found have dairy in them?

    1. I too am dairy free for breastfeeding! You can make a home made gravy by thickening beef base with a rioux- I prefer oil and flour. Add a bit of seasonings of your choice. I like sage, thyme, onion, garlic.

  3. My crockpot recently died and I haven’t purchased another one yet. I was wondering if this could be cooked without using the crockpot and just on a stovetop?

  4. Two questions…if I’m not using frozen meatballs do you think I should reduce the time? Also one package of meatballs I have are Italian style with mozzarella cheese inside. Do you think these would work for the recipe?

    1. The cooking time can stay the same even if you aren’t using frozen meatballs. Yes, I think those meatballs would be delicious in this recipe! 🙂

  5. Do you think these could be made ahead of time? I suppose the better question is at what point would it be best to freeze?

    1. Hi, Larissa! You can make these meatballs ahead. Make the full recipe as directed, then allow them to cool before freezing.

    1. I’m making this today and I would say with homemade meatballs(I did) and for more great flavor! I would pan sear them for sure!!? be careful and do two batches of browning meat other wise it will not brown and end up in a boil like consistency by crowding the pan. Turn ever 2/3 mins. Time consuming for sure but it will pay off.