Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs

These flavor-packed slow cooker Swedish meatballs are the perfect dinner dish. They’re great on their own but best matched with some mashed potato and lingonberry jam.

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs

The pork and beef meatballs have two different spices, a bit of allspice and ground nutmeg. These meatballs cook in a delicious beef stock in which you add the cream at the end. The result is a creamy flavor-packed sauce with deliciously tender meatballs.

With side dishes, you should be able to feed between six to eight people without needing to make any adjustments to this recipe. I have a few serving suggestions right below.

What to Serve with Swedish Meatballs

To complete this dish, you should have it with some lingonberry jelly on the side. If you can’t get your hands on any, then cranberry sauce works just as well. If you can’t get either, then the meatballs are fine just on their own.

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs and Gravy

One cool thing you can do if you have multiple slow cookers is to have the meatballs cooking in one and some creamy mashed potatoes in the other. If you’re not a fan of regular potatoes, then mashed sweet potato is also an option.

Using two slow cookers will mean at the end of cooking, you will have an entire meal ready for eating. Just keep in mind that even if you have the best slow cookers, the time and heat settings may vary if the brands are different.

Using Frozen Meatballs

If you don’t have the time, then you can easily skip making the meatballs from scratch. Instead, just use some frozen meatballs, you’re able to find frozen Swedish meatballs for sale at almost any good supermarket.

Swedish Meatballs Cooked in the Slow cooker

Leftovers are always great, so make sure you don’t throw any of it out. The meatball and cream sauce will reheat quite nicely, so it’s perfect for lunch the next day. It should last three to five days if stored correctly in the fridge. I’m unable to say how these will reheat if they are frozen.

If you want to see how to make these tasty Swedish meatballs in the slow cooker, then be sure to check out the video below. It’s short and sweet, so it won’t take up too much of your time. If you prefer to read, you can find the full written recipe right below the video.

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs Recipe

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Prep Time30 Minutes
Cook Time8 Hours
Total Time8 Hours & 30 Minutes



  • 250 g (8.8 oz) ground pork
  • 250 g (8.8 oz) ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pinch of pepper


  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

To Thicken

  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup heavy cream


  1. In a bowl, combine the ground meat, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, allspice, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
  2. Once mixed, form the mix into meatballs, I use roughly one tablespoon of the mix for each meatball.
  3. In a pan over high heat, fry the meatballs, so they’re lightly browned. Once done, put to the side.
  4. In a slow cooker, add the beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, and the meatballs.
  5. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  6. Remove the meatballs and put them to the side.
  7. Mix the cornstarch and 1/4 cup cream until it forms a paste.
  8. Add the 1 cup cream and the cornstarch paste into the slow cooker. Gently mix, season lightly with salt and pepper.
  9. Return the meatballs to the slow cooker.
  10. Cover and cook on high for a further 15-30 minutes or until thickened.
  11. Serve & Enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • You’re able to skip the browning of the slow cooker Swedish meatballs if you’re running low on time. You will find the beef stock will end up with a lot more fat in it, but you should be able to skim this off.
  • If you only have one type of ground meat, then you can simply use that. For the best results, I recommend that you use a combination of pork and beef.
  • You can make the meatballs in bulk then freeze them down for later. This technique is great if you find yourself making this dish quite often.
  • The cornstarch mix is essential if you don’t want your sauce to be super runny.
  • Heavy cream is also known as thickened cream in Australia or whipping cream in the UK.
  • To make this recipe gluten-free, make sure you use some gluten-free breadcrumbs and a gluten-free Worcestershire sauce.

Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 285g (10.1 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Calories Per Serving: 431
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 25.5g
Saturated Fat: 11.6g
Trans Fat: 0.2g
Total Carbohydrate: 21g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 5g
Cholesterol: 213mg
Sodium: 925mg
Protein: 28g

The information above is an estimate generated by an online nutrition calculator.

More Slow Cooker Meatball Recipes

There are so many different types of meatball dishes that you can do in the slow cooker.

One of my favorite meatballs recipes, and is a bit different to this dish is the delicious sweet n sour meatballs. It’s an Asian inspired dish that is packed with so much flavor you will be going back for seconds.

Another dish that I highly recommend making is meatballs and tomato pasta sauce. It’s one of my earlier recipes and features some incredible flavors. I highly recommend giving it a try.

I hope that you enjoy these slow cooker Swedish meatballs, and they come out to be as great as they did for me. If you have some feedback, tips, or anything else, then feel free to leave a comment right below.


  1. Avatar for Stacey
    Stacey on

    I see this calls for 1 cup of cream in sauce, but that cream’s not included in the instructions. Should it be added to the slow cooker with the stock and worcestershire sauce, or will it curdle cooking that log?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hi Stacey,

      Step 9 refers to the cream to be added alongside the cornstarch paste (I’ll word it slightly better). Adding it at the start will have the risk of it curdling over the long cooking time.

  2. Avatar for Linda
    Linda on

    Is the cream to be combined with the corn starch, heavy cream? I am confused about the types of cream for this recipe.

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Yes you’re correct, both should say heavy cream.

  3. Avatar for Pauline
    Pauline on

    If running short on time can I cook this on high? If so for how long?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Yes, you can. I roughly halve the cooking time for when I cook on high instead of low.

  4. Avatar for William Miller
    William Miller on

    If you want to serve 32 would you just increase the measurements of all the ingredients by 4?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      For the meatballs, a general rule of thumb is to increase dry ingredients, by the desired factor, but for liquids, it’s often recommended to scale them more cautiously.

      In contrast, preparing the sauce tends to be more straightforward, and you should find it easily adaptable by the desired factor.

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