Cracker Meatballs


May 20, 2018

Cracker Meatballs 5 0 5 17

These meatballs are so full of flavour and super easy and quick to make. Sure to be a family favourite, just like it is in our house!

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • 10 mins

    5 hrs

    5 hrs 10 mins

  • Yields: Serves 4



500 grams beef mince

2 medium eggs

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried garlic

3 Tbs uncooked rice

Salt and pepper to taste


1 500gm tin rosella tomato soup

1/4 cup bbq sauce

1/4 cup masterfoods sweet chilli sauce

2 tsp english or dijon mustard

3 tsp lemon juice, fresh or bottle


1Mix all the meatball ingredients really well together in a bowl. Mix until the protein becomes soft and looks โ€˜less wetโ€™. I use my hands. Roll into golf ball sized balls. Put in a 3.5lt slow cooker.


3In a jug combine the sauce ingredients. Mix well. Pour over meatballs. Cook on low for 4-5 hours.


1Serve over mash, rice or pasta.

2I have finally perfected my meatball recipe! These meatballs are so full of flavour and super easy and quick to make. The rice in the meatballs thicken the sauce to a lovely consistency. Sure to be a family favourite, just like it is in our house!

Submitted by Kirsten Crack


36 Reviews

Natalie Wood

April 4, 2021

A family hit! Made this for a birthday party and was loved by adults and kids alike!
I did use smokey BBQ sauce for an extra kick though.

Tracy Warner

July 24, 2020

These are so delicious. This is a regular at our family dinners. Thankyou

Belinda B

June 10, 2020

Just to add to my previous comments, my slow cooker cooks quite hot. I might try a shorter cooking time next time – my sauce may have reduced too much, making it overly sweet. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Kirsten! (I had to explain to my kids why theyโ€™re called Cracker Meatballs. They were expecting crackers in them!)

Belinda B

June 10, 2020

Tried this recipe for the first time, with a couple of tweaks. Used 800g of mince, and used the tin of soup as well as some passata I needed to use up. Also had some Italian herb mix to finish off, so used that instead of just the garlic and oregano. The flavour and texture of the meatballs were lovely, but found the sauce a little too sweet. Will play around with the balance of flavours (maybe add more lemon juice?) because Iโ€™d like to make it again.

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

March 30, 2020

I made this with a twist today using 1kg mince ๐Ÿ™‚
I skipped the meatball making but include the meatball ingredients (no eggs or rice, but still add the herbs and garlic that would have gone in the meatballs) and added all the sauce ingredients to the mince too to cook

Then served mixed with cooked spiral pasta ๐Ÿ™‚

Fed heaps and the kids loved it!

Thanks Kirsty


February 9, 2020

This recipe is a weekly must in our home. Its a winner with my fussy 2 year old and Partner loves taking them to work the day after and making homemade meatball subs with them. We serve them with Mash & veg. They are deeeellliiissshhh


January 21, 2020

Nice dish but didnโ€™t win my family over. Followed the recipe but we all found it way to sweet.
Just wanted to post so others know itโ€™s a sweet dish.


September 3, 2019

Tried these for dinner tonight and wow, yum yum yum. huge hit with the family, thanks for sharing


July 9, 2019

These were a major success in our house! Has been a regular since first trying.

Jude Lesley

June 20, 2019

Very nice. I got high praise for the meal from two fussy adults who requested I make it again.

Tammy Noble

June 16, 2019

Made this last night. Used a spicier sweet chilli sauce. Served over mashed potato and steamed Butter beans. We all loved it!!


June 10, 2019

loved the sauce. Added extra 2 tablespoons of rice to make meatballs stick together better [so 5 total]

Caroline Manwaring

June 1, 2019

Discovered the Slow Cooker Central Facebook page, joined, hooked!
This is the first recipe I’ve made from this site, and it gets 5 stars from me.
I’m always a little skeptical of meatball recipes and their claim to be delicious, so I confess this one was no different when I happened upon it. I’m so glad to be proven wrong this time. This recipe is delicious! The meatballs are delicious! The sauce is delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this delicious! recipe. I will be making it again and again!

The ingredients under the word sauce are the sauce ingredients ๐Ÿ™‚

Melissa Griffiths

April 10, 2019

The recipe just said sauce… How much? Thanks

Patty Patterson

November 8, 2018

One of my favourites, I don’t love cooking with mince in the slow cooker but this recipe changed that for me.. I do add more vege in the balls and as a side to the dish, but otherwise I dont change anything. I usually double the recipe as i have a large slow cooker, and i suits me as i use the leftovers as a pasta sauce/bolognese. Yum.. Great recipe thanks!

Mark Warner

November 7, 2018

OMG. OMG. I say that 1 more time. OMG.
I’ve never been a meatball kinda guy. But. This was so delicious my taste buds were doing back flips. I cooked yesterday, kept in fridge 24 hours then reheated. The sauce reduced down to be thick and tasty.
Wow. What a winner. Thanks for the recipe. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜

Yes ๐Ÿ™‚


August 7, 2018

Does the uncooked rice go into the meatballs?

Yep that would be fine April ๐Ÿ™‚

April Rowley

July 23, 2018

Hi just wondering if the amount would be ok for a 4.5 litre slow cooker?


July 13, 2018

Simple and tasty. A double batch in my large slow cooker worked well, and I used Passatta instead of tomato soup. I stirred it gently a couple of times, and cooked it 1 hour on high, 2 and 1/2 hours on low. Lovely served with grated fresh Parmesan cheese on pasta.


July 9, 2018

Im wanting to make this for dinner tomorrow night but wondering if I doubled the recipe would I need to double the amount of eggs in the mixture?

It would be runnier and not as rich flavour ๐Ÿ™‚


July 1, 2018

Made this last night in my new cooker. My friends and family loved it!I tripled it but used 500g of pork mince 1kg of beef. Everyone cleaned up their plates ,I served it with spaghetti ๐Ÿ‘Œ


July 1, 2018

OMG they are sooooo goooood!!!! Even my super fussy child ate them and asked to have them again and he doesnโ€™t like anything.

Kathryn Banks

June 28, 2018

Can you use passata sauce instead of the tomato soup?

Debbie Hancock

June 22, 2018

My husband doesn’t generally like meatballs, but when the plate came back it was empty definitely hit in this house

I think that may be too long for this one I’m afraid?


June 21, 2018

Going to try these tomorrow night but I am at work all day so can I cook them on low all day ?

Julie Ryland

June 17, 2018

I made two lots of this, one family served it on mashed potato (absolutely delicious) and the other family served theirs with vegetables and loved it as well. Ages from 40ish to almost 2 and everyone ate it, even the fussy eaters!!!

Julie Ryland

June 17, 2018

My family loved this recipe, from a 40 ish year old to a two year old. I had made two lots, one family had it on rice (absolutely delicious) and the other family had it with vegies and loved it as well.


May 21, 2018

The family and I loved this recipe. Will be making them again soon.


May 20, 2018

Made this tonight…. sooooo good!
I used about 800grams of mince and was short on time, so cooked it for 3 hours on high!….. My master 11 even asked for there to be some left for school tomorrow!!

Bronwyn Brady

May 20, 2018

I cooked these yummy meatballs for dinner tonight. Meatballs stayed moist and the flavor of the sauce was awesome. Will certainly be making this again


May 20, 2018

Whole family loved this one my eldest is a huge fan of meatball so will definitely make this a regular even my fussy 5 yr old loved it.

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