These Raspberry Balsamic Meatballs use pre-cooked meatballs to make this super easy weeknight meal. The raspberry and balsamic team up to throw a pretty awesome party in your mouth. These would also make a great Christmas or New Year’s Eve appetizer. 

Slow Cooker Raspberry Balsamic Meatballs from The Food Charlatan

My sister-in-law Sandi and I were talking today about how all the sudden Christmas is HERE and we have to-do lists a mile long. I was just about to clarify, when she said what I was about to say: “I haven’t even made my list yet. I just know that when I do it’s going to be overwhelming.”

Slow Cooker Raspberry Balsamic Meatballs from The Food Charlatan

Exactly. I spent the entire day running away from my unwritten list. I haven’t been this productive in WEEKS. I did all the laundry, EVEN THE FOLDING. I cleaned out the “catch-all” basket sitting on our counter (which is really code for “where all loose change, hair ties, and broken crayons go to die.”)

Close up of meatball on rice with sesame seeds

Note to self, Karen, if you ever need house-work motivation, just pretend your next task is making a list that you know will include picking out a Christmas present for your dad. Yeah, Dad, the one who has 5 things on his list, the only remaining (unclaimed) item of which is LONG UNDERWEAR. Oh, you thought YOUR dad was tough to buy for? Count your blessings.

Stack of balsamic meatballs

Raspberry Balsamic Meatballs

I have no plans to make elaborate meals this week. With a little planning though we won’t starve. These meatballs are a really good option for busy shopping days. (Or, in my case, busy baking days. Let’s be real. Who has time for dinner when there are Christmas cookies on the line.)

They only take a few minutes to throw together, but they taste awesome. Raspberry and balsamic vinegar sure make each other sing. The ginger, green onions, and sesame add a fun Asian twist.

This is the recipe I use for the meatballs. I love them because you don’t have to chop anything; just throw it all together.

Easy Baked Meatballs:

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Raspberry Balsamic Meatballs (Slow Cooker)

4.70 from 13 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 hours
Total: 5 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Use pre-cooked meatballs to make this super easy weeknight meal. The raspberry and balsamic team up to throw a pretty awesome party in your mouth. These would also make a great Christmas or New Year's Eve appetizer. 


  • 2 pounds Easy Baked Meatballs, or a 2 lb package frozen meatballs
  • 1 cup raspberry preserves
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, fresh, grated or minced
  • green onions, sliced, 4for garnish
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish


  • Spray your crock-pot with nonstick spray. Add the raspberry preserves, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and red pepper flakes, and stir together, using a whisk if you want.
  • Once combined, remove a 1/2 cup of the mixture and set aside.
  • Add the meatballs (it's okay if they are frozen) and stir to coat.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5 hours, or on high for 2 and 1/2 hours.
  • Remove the lid to add the ginger and reserved sauce. Turn the Crock pot to High if it is not already there. Cook for another 15-20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  • Garnish with green onions and/or sesame seeds.


These make great appetizers, but they can also be eaten as a meal. Serve with hot rice and a big salad.
This recipe doesn't have to be made in the slow cooker. You can bake these with the sauce in a baking dish. I would start with 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Source: lightly adapted from Crock Pot Made Simple: Slow Cooker Recipes


Serving: 4meatballs | Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 527mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Calories: 582
Keyword: Balsamic, Crockpot, meatball, raspberry, slow cooker
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    1. Hey Sam! Raspberries are more tart. But strawberry will taste good! If you have a fresh lemon on hand, squeeze some into your final dish.

    1. Sorry I missed this Anita! Yes, just add to an oven safe casserole dish, cover and bake in the oven at about 250 or 300 degrees for a couple hours.

  1. The Raspberry Balsamic meatball recipe stands out from all the simple meatball appetizer recipes, and the few extra steps are worth every bite.    The first time was a large celebration and many went back for more multiple times, not quite sure why they were so much better.  A granddaughter who had not been here for 3 years asked for the meatballs.  We’ll be having them Christmas Eve.

    1. So happy to hear it was a success Joanzie! You know it’s a success when even the kids like it :) Thanks so much for reviewing!

    2. 5 stars
      I use raspberry balsamic vinegar (my only small recipe change) and always get rave reviews when I make these!
      Thank you for a recipe worthy to include in my “Favorites and Go-tos” Pintrest board!

  2. Hi, I might be reading too much into this, but if I use your meatball recioe, do I bake them and then use them or bake htem in the sauce? The recioe says to cook on low for 5 hours and that seems like a long time for already cooked meatballs…please let me know

    1. Hi David! Definitely bake them first. Completely cooked meatballs is what you always want to put in the crock pot. They will be at a light simmer in the crock pot, perfect for absorbing flavor! 5 hours is just fine.

  3. Yummy recipe for these times of stay at home sheltering but I recommend doubling the sauce and serve with lots of extra rice!

  4. This was perfect for our office pot luck. Our grocery store had gluten free meatballs which, in my opinion, made it taste better. Easy go to recipe.

    1. That’s awesome Tori! GF meatballs are a great idea if you’re serving a crowd. I’m so glad it was a hit! Thanks for the review!

  5. I made these for a wine tasting and they were AWESOME! I was hoping there was nutrion facts for this though. It seems keto/low card friendly but wasn’t sure how it stacked up. Do you have that info to share?

    1. Hey Karen! I’m glad you like the recipe! I don’t provide nutrition facts unfortunately, but you can plug the ingredients into an online calculator (that’s all I would be doing.) I’m thinking the raspberry jam will have carbs?

  6. I’ve made this recipe several times, it has become my go to dish to take to parties. It is very easy to double and I never have left overs. I’m not a fan of onions, so I’ve never used the green onions has garnish and if I cannot find seedless raspberry jam I omit the sesame seeds. This is very good.

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