Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Meatballs have the cabbage right inside so you have everything in one bite!

Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Meatballs

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 30 meatballs 1x

This slow cooker meatball recipe is a great way to get more vegetables in at dinner time! The cabbage is stuffed inside this easy meatball recipe and the sauce is only 3 ingredients!



For the Meatballs

  • 2 lbs. meatloaf mix ( a combination of beef, pork and veal)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion
  • 1 lb. shredded cabbage
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 teaspoons salt (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

For the Sauce

  • 3 cups marinara sauce (or 1 jar from the store)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet.
  2. Add the shredded cabbage and onion with 1 teaspoon of the salt to the skillet and cook down for 15-20 minutes until it’s completely wilted. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  3. Add the meat, egg, breadcrumbs, the remaining salt, Italian seasoning, Worchestershire sauce and the cabbage to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Stir or use your hands to mix well, then form into golf ball sized meatballs (about 2 ” in diameter).
  5. In the same skillet you cooked the cabbage in, heat another tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat then add in the meatballs to brown. Cook for 4-5 minutes while turning the meatballs carefully so they brown on all sides.
  6. While the meatballs are browning, stir together the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl.
  7. Once the meatballs are browned, place them into your slow cooker and cover them with the marinara sauce.
  8. Set your slow cooker to low and cook for 6-8 hours. They’ll be ready after 6, but if you’re not home you can leave them cook for up to 8 hours.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American