I’m gearing up to make this recipe again tonight (3rd time’s the charm). The sauce is heavenly

Reintroduce yourself to a timeless classic with a twist: Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak Meatballs. These tender morsels drenched in a sumptuous, rich gravy are sure to transport you right into the warm embrace of your grandmother’s dining room.

I vividly recall those special occasions from yesteryears when my grandmother would lovingly prepare these meatballs. The kitchen was filled with an aroma so rich and inviting, it was torturous to wait. But the payoff was pure magic: meatballs, tender and flavorful, smothered in a gravy so delectable it felt like a warm hug for our taste buds. Every bite was not just food; it was a memory, a moment of togetherness, an encapsulation of the family warmth and love.

Before we delve into the recipe, here’s a little trivia: Ever wondered about the origin of the name ‘Salisbury steak’? It’s attributed to Dr. James H. Salisbury, a 19th-century American physician. Dr. Salisbury was a proponent of a meat-rich diet, and he recommended these minced beef patties that have since carried his name. While contemporary recipes may vary, the essence remains rooted in his vision.

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak Meatballs


Bag of frozen meatballs (around 25 oz or equivalent)

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1.74 ounces of brown gravy mix (roughly 2 packets)


Into the slow cooker, gently lay the frozen meatballs and sprinkle the sliced mushrooms.

In a mixing bowl, blend together the Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, gravy mix, and water until it’s a smooth mixture.

Drizzle this liquid gold over the meatballs and mushrooms, ensuring they’re generously coated.

Seal your slow cooker and let it work its magic on a low setting for 4-6 hours or on a high setting for 2-3 hours. The meatballs should be well-cooked and the flavors richly melded.

Once done, give it a gentle stir, tasting and adjusting for seasoning if necessary.

To serve, ladle these heavenly meatballs over a bed of egg noodles, fluffy rice, or velvety mashed potatoes.

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