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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Meatballs is sweet and savory in every bite and so easy with just 4 ingredients. It is the perfect recipe for family dinner, parties, game day and more. 

Close up image teriyaki meatballs in the slow cooker with a serving on a spoon
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This delicious party appetizer recipe uses frozen fully cooked meatballs so it is incredibly simple. You just toss everything in the crockpot for a really tasty dinner idea.

The meatballs are tender and delicious from being slow cooked and have the best flavor. Each bite is just amazing for an easy slow cooker recipe.

You will love the teriyaki sauce blended with the brown sugar and pineapple. The sauce is thick and delicious and just so good. You may also love this Crock Pot Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

You won’t find any complicated ingredients or instructions here. This recipe literally has only 4 ingredients and the crockpot does ALL the work.

Toss the meatballs and all the grocery store ingredients in the crockpot. Combine and cook on low. Come home to dinner ready and waiting and your house will smell amazing.

If you are short on time but want a meal everyone will enjoy, this is a must try.

Ingredients

Teriyaki Meatballs ingredients frozen meatballs, teriyaki sauce, pineapple tidbits, brown sugar, green onions
  • Frozen Fully Cooked Meatballs
  • Teriyaki Sauce (I used Kikkoman)
  • Pineapple Tidbits – You can also use pineapple chunks
  • Brown Sugar
  • Green Onions – sliced (optional)

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Variations Ideas

  • Add Vegetables – For a change, also try adding bell peppers to the crock pot mixture while cooking. Once I learned how to freeze peppers, It was a game changer.  It is so easy to just grab from the freezer and add to recipes like this.
  • Homemade Teriyaki Sauce – You can use homemade teriyaki sauce if you prefer. Also, sometimes I add a little soy sauce in this teriyaki meatball recipe but that is just personal preference.
  • Honey Garlic Flavor – We have even added a little honey garlic flavor and it was delicious. We love trying new things and this is a great recipe. BBQ Sauce is another delicious addition.
  • Seasoning – Feel free to add in different types of seasoning to what you prefer. We have added red pepper flakes for a hint of spice. Garlic powder and onion powder are great options too.
  • Meatballs – You can also use different types of meatballs to what you prefer. You can use ground beef meatballs, ground turkey meatballs, or make Homemade Meatballs.

Step by Step Instructions

Placing meatballs in the slow cooker

Step 1 – Add the frozen meatballs to the slow cooker. If you want to make Easy Meatball Recipe, we have an easy recipe that is amazing.

Adding the ingredients on top of the meatballs

Step 2 – Then, pour the sauce ingredients (teriyaki sauce, pineapple, and brown sugar) into the crock pot.

combining the ingredients in the crockpot

Step 3 – Next, stir everything to combine it really well.

Cooked Teriyaki Meatballs in the slow cooker

Step 4 – Just add the lid and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours. I like to add sliced green onions on top but it’s optional. It gives the dish a nice pop of color. Sesame seeds also make a great garnishment.

Recipe Tips

  • Canned Pineapple – Make sure the pineapple is not drained. You want all the pineapple juice in it to maximize the flavor.
  • Combine Ingredients – Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker and combine. Making sure to cover the meatballs with all the delicious sauce.
  • Thicker Sauc e- If you would like to thicken your sauce. take 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and mix with ½ cup of cold water. Whisk together and add to the crock pot in the last hour of cooking.
  • Crock Pot Recommendation – Make sure to have a good crockpot to make this easy slow cooker meatballs recipe. I like this programmable crock pot  for when I am am not at home all day.
  • Liners – Use crock pot liners to make clean up a breeze. These are worth every penny and save a ton of time.
Teriyaki Meatballs on rice on a plate

Serving Suggestions

How to Store

To store leftover crock pot teriyaki meatballs, place them in an air tight container.  If properly stored, cooked meatballs will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Teriyaki Meatballs on rice on a plate

How to Freeze

Allow the teriyaki meatballs crockpot recipe to cool completely. Place the Crockpot teriyaki meatballs cooked meal in a freezer bag or a freezer safe container. It will be safe to eat for 3 to 4 months in the freezer.  Do not re-freeze after thawing. 

You reheat in the crock pot, stove top, or in the microwave.

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We have the perfect recipe for family dinner, game day and more. Slow Cooker Teriyaki Meatballs Recipe is sweet and savory and easy with just 4 ingredients.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Calories 433

Ingredients

  • 24 oz frozen fully cooked meatballs
  • 10 oz bottle Teriyaki Sauce I used Kikkoman
  • 20 oz can Pineapple tidbits not drained (You want all the pineapple juice.)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 green onions sliced (optional)
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Instructions

  • Add frozen meatballs and pour the sauce consisting of  teriyaki sauce, pineapple, and brown sugar to the crock pot.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on high heat for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.
  • Top with sliced green onions. Enjoy served over rice.

Recipe Notes

If you would like to thicken your sauce, take 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and mix with ½ cup cold water. Whisk together and add to the crock pot in the last hour of cooking.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 433kcal, Carbohydrates 31g, Protein 22g, Fat 24g, Saturated Fat 8g, Cholesterol 81mg, Sodium 1878mg, Potassium 572mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 29g, Vitamin A 85IU, Vitamin C 10.4mg, Calcium 53mg, Iron 2.2mg

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  1. Angie says:

    5 stars
    These turned out so yummy. We also added a Asian medley of veggies to it and had it over rice. Love this definitely a hit.

  2. TRACY LUCAS says:

    5 stars
    Yummy!
    Can’t wait to have it again next week ?