Honey Garlic Meatballs (5 Ingredients)

All you need is a slow cooker and five ingredients to make these honey garlic meatballs. They are a great appetizer or serve them with rice and a veggie for a super easy dinner. Just mix the sauce ingredients in a crockpot, add the frozen meatballs, and leave it all to simmer.

honey garlic meatballs in a slow cooker.

Ridiculously easy slow cooker honey garlic meatballs are a five-ingredient and five-minute prep time recipe situation that is the answer to the “what to make for dinner” question. Even better? They double as an appetizer, too.

ingredients for the meatballs.

I’ve made these meatballs for easy dinners with some cooked rice and a veggie on the side, but I love them as an easy appetizer for parties, too. The tender meatballs coated with the tangy-sweet sauce are always a winner.

How to Make Them

You can skip the whole make-your-own meatballs step and use frozen meatballs to make this recipe so, so easy. It really is a mix-and-simmer type of deal – technically, you can simmer them on the stove, but I love to mix the sauce in the slow cooker, add the frozen meatballs, and leave them to simmer for a couple of hours. It’s such a great hands-off recipe.

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Meatballs

honey garlic meatballs in a crockpot.

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All you need is a slow cooker and five ingredients to make these honey garlic meatballs. They are a great for dinner or as a party appetizer!

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 32 ounces frozen meatballs


  1. Whisk the ketchup, honey, soy sauce, and garlic in the slow cooker. Add the frozen meatballs and stir to coat them in the sauce.
  2. Cover and cook on high for two to three hours or low for five to six hours. 


For the meatballs, feel free to use frozen turkey meatballs, Italian meatballs, or make homemade meatballs if you want a from-scratch experience. You will need to brown them before you mix them with the sauce in the slow cooker. 

Feel free to swap the honey with the same amount of brown sugar if that’s what you have on hand.

Stove instructions: If you want to cook them on the stove in a pan, the cooking time will be shorter, but you’ll need to keep an eye on them. Combine all of the ingredients in a large pan or pot and bring the sauce to a simmer. Cover the pot and keep it on medium heat to lowish heat, and stir every so often until the meatballs are hot.

Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for three to four days.


  • Calories: 389
  • Sugar: 19.5g
  • Sodium: 915.6g
  • Fat: 25.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 14.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.3g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Protein: 16.5g
  • Cholesterol: 74.8mg

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The nutrition is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.

Side Dish Ideas

You don’t need to wait for a party or potluck to make this honey garlic meatball recipe – it doubles as an easy weeknight main dish. As we say in the biz, it’s a dinner the whole family will love!

  • Serve the glazed meatballs over white rice or cauliflower rice.
  • Add some roasted broccoli or sauteed green beans for a pop of color.
  • Sprinkle some sesame seeds over the top for a little crunch.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions for the grand finale.
a plate of honey garlic meatballs.

This time of year, the super easy recipes will save the day and these honey garlic meatballs are the hero we all need. I hope you give them a try!

Happy easy cooking,


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