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Honey Garlic Meatballs

This simple slow cooker recipe for honey garlic meatballs is perfect for anyone looking for an easy appetizer or a comforting homemade meal!

Honey garlic meatballs in a bowl.
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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Meatballs

One of my favorite meatball recipes is these honey garlic meatballs in the slow cooker. They’re easy to prepare, irresistibly delicious and a fantastic way to spruce up your dinner routine.

With rich flavors from the honey, garlic, and soy sauce, these meatballs are the perfect choice for both crowd-pleasing appetizers and main dishes.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Effortless Cooking: Utilizing a crockpot for this recipe means minimal effort and maximum flavor. Mix the ingredients, set timer, and let the crock pot do its magic.
  • Versatile Dish: Whether appetizer or main course, these honey garlic meatballs are versatile. Serve them over rice or with a toothpick at your next party.

Recipe Ingredients

Keep all the ingredients for these crockpot meatballs on hand so you can enjoy them anytime! Here’s what you’ll need:

Honey garlic meatball ingredients on the counter.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Frozen meatballs: A 32-ounce bag of frozen, fully cooked meatballs makes this recipe a breeze. 
  • Sauces and seasonings: The perfect blend of ketchup, honey, brown sugar, and soy sauce creates a delightful glaze, while minced garlic adds a punch of flavor.

Substitutions and Variations

These sticky garlic meatballs are fantastic as they are, but there are also a lot of ways that you can switch the recipe up depending on your tastes.

  • Hawaiian twist: For a tropical touch, add pineapple chunks to the slow cooker, creating a variation similar to Hawaiian meatballs.
  • Make it spicy: If you like a bit of heat, add a sprinkling of red pepper flakes to the sauce.

How to Make Honey Garlic Meatballs

Just mix everything in your crockpot and leave it to do all of the work!

Showing how to make honey garlic meatballs.
  • Pour in sauce ingredients. Mix ketchup, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic in the slow cooker.
  • Add the meatballs. Stir to coat them well with the honey garlic sauce. Season with garlic salt and pepper.
  • Cook. Either on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 3-4 hours. 
  • Serve with white rice. Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

Cooking Tips

  • Consider using a slow cooker liner for effortless cleanup, especially if you’re making a large batch for a party or gathering.
  • For even cooking, layer the meatballs and sauce in your slow cooker instead of mixing them. This ensures each meatball gets an even coating of the delicious honey garlic sauce.
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, remove the meatballs after they are cooked, set the slow cooker to high, and mix in a cornstarch slurry. Let it cook and thicken for an additional 10-15 minutes before adding the meatballs back in.
  • Using fresh meatballs. You can use homemade meatballs. If they’re uncooked, brown them slightly in a pan before adding them to the slow cooker to enhance flavor and texture.
Honey garlic meatballs in a bowl.
Honey garlic meatballs and rice in a bowl.

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Honey garlic meatballs in a bowl.

Honey Garlic Meatballs

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This simple, slow cooker recipe for honey garlic meatballs is perfect for anyone looking for an easy appetizer or a comforting homemade meal!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 10


  • ½ cup ketchup
  • cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 (32-ounce) bag frozen fully cooked meatballs (about 50)
  • garlic salt & pepper , to taste

For serving: Cooked rice, Sliced green onions, sesame seeds


    • In a medium bowl or the base of a slow cooker, combine the ketchup, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce and garlic. Add meatballs and stir until coated in sauce. Add a pinch of garlic salt and pepper on top if desired.
    • Cook on high 2 to 3 hours or low 3 to 4 hours. Turn the slow cooker to warm until ready to serve. Season to taste.
    • Enjoy as an appetizer or serve over rice and top with green onions for a main dish.


    Stove top instructions: Combine sauce ingredients in a large pot over medium-low heat. Once combined stir in the meatballs. Bring to a light simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until heated. 
    Storage: Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


    Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 352mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 3.8mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.2mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: American

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    Recipe FAQs

    How should I serve honey garlic meatballs?

    Enjoy these as a standalone appetizer or over white rice for a filling meal. They’re also great served with toothpicks along with other Super Bowl appetizers on game day.

    Can I make these meatballs ahead of time?

    Absolutely! Prepare the meatballs and sauce, store them separately in the refrigerator, and combine them in the slow cooker when you’re ready to cook.

    What if I don’t have a slow cooker?

    No problem! You can cook the meatballs on the stovetop. Simmer the sauce and meatballs in a pot over low heat for about 20-30 minutes.

    How should I store leftover meatballs?

    Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in a covered container. They’re great for meal prep or a quick, reheatable dinner.

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