How Long to Cook Frozen Meatballs in Crockpot? Amazing Recipe!

How Long to Cook Frozen Meatballs in Crockpot? Amazing Recipe!

Let’s see how long does it take to cook frozen meatballs in crockpot and the best slow cooker meatballs recipe?

Just like most frozen foods, cooking frozen meatballs in the crockpot is easy plus it’s a great option to enjoy homemade delicious food even on your busy days. Frozen meatballs are a quality source of protein with a versatile recipe that will satisfy different tastebuds. 

We are not talking about thawing frozen meatballs in the microwave in the name of food. No. cooking frozen meatballs say beef or turkey in the crockpot is far better than microwaving your meat and serving. The former comes out delicious, juicy, and tender. Plus you can use your favorite sauce you like to serve as an appetizer or a great dinner idea with rice or pasta.

How long to cook meatballs in the crockpot?


Cooking meatballs in a crockpot takes 4 hours when cooking on high heat and at least 6 hours when cooking on low. Unless you are in a rush, low cooking is preferred which makes 6 hours is the magic number. Cooking on low gives the ingredients enough time to infuse the meat thoroughly.

The good thing about cooking meatballs in the crockpot is that you don’t have to watch over your pot while your meat is cooking. All you have to do is mix in the ingredients at once, cover the lid, set your time and heat, get back to what you were doing, and come back when the bell rings. It’s that simple!

Tips to get the best slow cooker frozen meatballs

Slow cooker frozen meatballs step by step

You can choose to cook your meatballs on high for a lesser time or on low for a long time but you don’t necessarily have to thaw your frozen meatballs say at room temperature, in a refrigerator or microwave before you cook in a crockpot. It’s a waste of time and it’s just not necessary. 

Frozen meatballs in crockpot

How Long to Cook Frozen Meatballs in Crockpot? Amazing Recipe!

Recipe: How long to cook frozen meatballs in the crockpot

Frozen meatballs are called a working mom’s favorite dish for a reason. Mom puts all her ingredients at once, sets the burner level and timer, gets back to take care of other responsibilities, and comes back when the bell rings to a pot filled with sumptuous meatballs dish. She does all these and retains her reputation as a great cook. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 People


  • 1 - 2 Bags Frozen meatballs
  • A jar of your favorite sauce


  • Throw in your meatballs in the crockpot.
  • Next, coat your meatballs with your bbq sauce, teriyaki sauce, spaghetti sauce, or any of your favorite sauces.
  • Cover the crockpot with the lid and set it on low cook for at least 6 hours. This is enough for your meat to get tender.
  • You can allow cooking for longer for up to 8 hours if you want a more tender meatball. 
  • Serve your meatballs with long toothpicks and sauce or any intended dish!


Examples of the sauce you can use include:
  • Teriyaki sauce. Great for appetizers for a crowd especially when you sprinkle sesame seeds on top afterward.
  • Barbecue sauce. Very easy recipe.
There are other sauces you can include in this recipe. Just use the one you like best.
Different ways to enjoy your meatballs
  • Any choice of pasta you like;
  • Serve on a bed of brown rice or white rice;
  • As an appetizer with friends and toast;
  • You can enjoy it with mashed potatoes or some air fryer corn on the cob next to it.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Final tips

Remember that you don’t have to thaw your frozen meatballs at room temperature or in a microwave before you can cook them in the crockpot. There is no need for that and you don’t face any health risk by throwing them in your crockpot frozen rock hard.

Frozen meatballs are a quality source of protein and a great dinner option. Whether you are having it with your family, a bunch of friends, or alone, you can cook and serve with any favorite sauce or dish of your choice.

Also remember that when it comes to cooking frozen meatballs in a crockpot, the low heat is the best heat!

In my opinion, frozen meatballs are never as good as fresh ones. They won’t taste as good and look as good. So, always try to opt for fresh meat, as it is always better suited for a perfect recipe!

If you didn’t like the recipe in this article, I recommend you to watch the video above. It shows you 5 more different slow cooker meatball recipes that you can try. They are all very simple, quick to make and delicious!

So try it out. We have to try several different recipes, because that’s the only way we know what works and what doesn’t.

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