Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs Recipe

If you like Ikea’s famous meatballs, you are going to love these!  These are so easy to make and taste better than anything you’ll get at Ikea.  It literally took me 5 minutes to throw these together in the morning and they were perfectly cooked by dinnertime!

Serves: 6

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs Recipe

If you like Ikea's famous meatballs, you'll LOVE this recipe!

5 minPrep Time

8 hrCook Time

8 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup fresh, sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons A1 Steak Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (28 ounce) bag frozen homestyle meatballs
  • 1 cup sour cream


  1. Whisk together cream of mushroom soup and beef broth in your slow cooker.
  2. Add mushrooms, onion, garlic powder, steak sauce, paprika, salt and pepper and mix until combined.
  3. Add meatballs and mix until meatballs are coated in sauce.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10.
  5. Mix in sour cream the last 30 minutes of cooking.
  6. Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.
Recipe Type: Main Dish


Recipe adapted from Recipe Shoebox .

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35 Responses to “Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs Recipe”

  1. Tiffany W
    I lived in Sweden for several years and the gravy recipe I learned for meatballs was simpler, though I don't know if it would work as well for a crockpot. 1 cup beef broth 1 cup heavy cream or whole milk 2 tbsp. flour Soy sauce Salt and pepper Carefully whisk flour into the beef broth and mix until smooth. Add the cream and cook gently until thickened. Season to taste with sauce sauce, salt, and pepper. Swedish meatballs are ridiculously easy to make as well. Only requiring a beef/pork mixture, egg, breadcrumbs, onion, milk, and salt and pepper. The jars of lingonberry jam from Ikea are a perfect accompaniment to the meatballs and gravy. Also, if you really want to be authentic and eat the meatballs Swedish style, try them with small peeled boiled potatoes. That was the most popular side dish with meatballs in the south of Sweden.
  2. Tiffany W
    I lived in Sweden for several years and the recipe I learned for gravy was a little easier, but I don't think it would work very well for the crockpot. Swedish cuisine is actually very light on spices and seasoning. Here is my gravy recipe that I love. 1 cup beef broth 1 cup heavy cream or whole milk 2 tbsp. flour Soy sauce Salt and pepper Carefully whisk in the flour into the broth in a pan over low heat. Mix until smooth. Then add the cream and stir until thickened. You can turn up the heat a little bit to get it a bit thicker. Once thickened season to taste with soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Swedish meatballs are also very simple to make. I make about 500 or so meatballs every year for a Swdish mid summer party. I have a meatball making party at my house and we roll meatballs-the help is necessary to churn out that number of meatballs quickly. My recipe calls for 1/2 lb ground beef, 1/2 lb. ground pork, 1 finely minced medium onion, 1 egg, 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, 3 tbsp. whole milk, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp white pepper. Mix and form into meatballs. You can fry these in batches or bake them in the oven at 375. I usually bake them. If you make your own meatballs, then use the pan drippings to make the gravy instead of broth.
  3. joni coward
    Stumbled across this recipe while looking for a Swedish meatball recipe. Had to take the time to tell you that I too come from a family of six sisters, no boys. It has been a really cool thing for us all to grow old together. We all live all across the United States, from Baltimore to Alabama. Still stay in contact, and still cherish my sisters. Here, here to being a part of my six sisters! Joni Coward Graniteville, South Carolina
  4. Did these as a standalone for a Christmas hors d'oeuvres buffet this year and they killed. As about half my family is allergic to mushrooms, I subbed in cream of broccoli instead with no ill effects. As good as they were, I would advise against doubling; we had leftovers for days ;)
  5. My son requested these, so I made this recipe and am waiting for it to finish. It smells amazing. However, when I stirred it the last couple times I noticed the "gravy" is not gravy-ish; it is very runny. I followed the directions exactly. Will the sour cream thicken it enough?
  6. Kristina Cargill
    We made these exactly....sort of...tonight. We used HP sauce because we did not have A1 and we used M&M meatballs which just happened to be italian. Other than that, this was an amazing dinner served over rice. My son (17) pretty much licked his plate clean and my husband was making yummy noises. This was our first recipe from the Six Sister's collections but won't be our last!! Thank you. I'm glad I purchased all six of the e-cookbooks when they were on sale.
  7. Tonight was my second time making them. I forgot to add the sour cream at the end. I remembered after everybody had eaten. Opps! But then I realized that some members of my family have dairy sensitive tummys and I cut fat and calories by leaving it out. Everybody liked them anyway so it all worked out.
  8. Aleesha
    I looooove Swedish meatballs. I've only ever made them from scratch before (which is time consuming), but this was a great tasting alternative. I cut the broth by about 1/2 a cup, added a hefty teaspoon of dry mustard and 1/4 teaspoon each of nutmeg and allspice. Only used half the sour cream at the end. Quick and easy fix for my cravings, thanks for the recipe.

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