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4-Ingredient Crock Pot Buffalo Meatballs

These 4-Ingredient Crock Pot Buffalo Meatballs are incredibly easy, tender, and succulent. They’re the perfect meatball appetizers for parties, gatherings, or family weeknight dinner. 

buffalo style meatballs
These buffalo style meatballs are super easy and perfect for sharing.

Crock Pot Buffalo Meatballs

Happy March, Everyone!🎈

Even if there are several feet of snow on the ground that have yet to undergo a [very] gradual melt off, at least we know the annual thaw is on the horizon – super big 👊🏼

March is often given a bad rap as the in-between month. It’s the 31-day month without any big holidays to celebrate unless Easter happens to occasionally land in it. Nobody gets off work for wearing green on St. Patty’s Day. It’s the in-between season of rain-snow-mud and generally mucky, soggy grounds. People start getting antsy for spring in March, but spring’s notorious for taking its own sweet time in arriving.

But me, I personally love March. It’s not just ‘cuz I’m an underdog rooter, though I’m definitely that.

My birthday’s in March, and hello,  it’s when I get my free DQ Blizzard. It’s my brother’s birthday, my baby niece’s birthday, my favorite cousin’s birthday, and even The Bulldogge’s birthday. I’ve already bought a new toy for him to chew all up on his Big Day.

It’s also March Madness, which we’re kind of fanatical about around here. Not to mention National Meatball Day gets a shout out March 9th. Yeah, it’s a thing. If you can’t get enough meatballs then you definitely want to check out my ground sausage meatballs.

There’s really no other way to celebrate National Meatball Day except with the best Crock Pot meatballs that use only 4 ingredients…

crock pot buffalo meatballs recipe

The Secret is in the Sauce

The secret is all in the sauce with these tantalizing 4-Ingredient Crock Pot Buffalo Meatballs.

These Crock Pot meatballs are all about easy and fuss-free. You can choose between your favorite homemade meatball recipe or your fave brand of frozen meatballs. For game days and busy weeknights, I cheerfully opt for my favorite frozen meatballs.

The spicy, sweet, savory sauce is made up of just 3 little ingredients: Franks’ Red Hot sauce, pure honey, and salted butter. You know that trifecta has got to be a win-win-win.

crock pot buffalo meatballs recipe

The result of your barely there efforts will be luscious and mouthwatering.

Everyone will be going back for triples of these tender, savory, sweet, and kicky meatballs.

Tip: Offer some blue cheese crumbles on the side for those who really want the buffalo taste experience. And probably [definitely] some extra sauce because you really can’t have too much  awesome sauce.

Need more ways to prepare meatballs? Try this best swedish meatballs recipe that’s perfect for meals and as an appetizer.

crock pot buffalo meatballs recipe

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4-Ingredient Crock Pot Buffalo Meatballs

4.67 from 3 ratings
These 4-Ingredient Crock Pot Buffalo Meatballs are incredibly easy, tender, and succulent. They’re the perfect meatball appetizers for parties, gatherings, or family weeknight dinner.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 50 meatballs
Author: Amy Dong


  • ½ cup honey, pure
  • ½ cup Frank’s Red Hot Original Sauce
  • 4 TB butter, salted, melted
  • 50 meatballs, frozen or homemade


  • kosher salt, more hot sauce, crumbled blue cheese, to taste


  • In a bowl, combine honey, hot sauce, and melted butter; stir to incorporate well and set aside.
  • Bake meatballs according to package instructions on a foil-lined baking sheet until cooked through and browned. Drain grease.
  • Place meatballs in slow cooker. Pour sauce over meatballs, stirring to coat. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours to meld flavors together. If desired, add more hot sauce to taste. Keep slow cooker on warm setting and stir occasionally until ready to serve. Garnish with crumbled blue cheese, if desired.


Feel free to use your favorite type of meatballs; just be sure they are pre-cooked prior to using. 
If you want to place pre-cooked, frozen meatballs directly into the crockpot without baking first, you can do so. Note that the meatballs might be a bit more greasy and less browned if they’re not baked first. 

Nutrition (per serving)

Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Appetizer, meatballs
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Method: Crockpot, Slow Cooker

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    • Cory
    • 4 stars

    LOVE this sauce ♡ !! In additon to an appetizer I think these would be lovely over rice with steamed veg!
    I would have liked the sauce a bit thicker though, to cling to the meatballs better. I think if I made it again I would try whisking in a little cornstarch before heating.

      • Amy Dong

      So glad you enjoyed this, Cory! The sauce can definitely be thickened with a bit of dissolved cornstarch 🙂

    • Emily

    OMG! So easy. These are DEFINITELY coming to the next party with me!

    • Thelittlelai: Beyond limits

    Wow, I would really love to learn how to make meatballs. I find it very luscious and the sauce looks just so perfect to pair it with cold drinks. Wow, you guys should have a big party since most of your family circle will be celebrating their birthday this month. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    • Lauren Ashley

    I recently just donated my crockpot to a kitchen that serves the underprivileged. I gave it away mostly because I never used it, I could never find really good recipes. Who knew I was going to read this?!?! UGH!

    • juelz

    Can i move in your place please and enjoy this delicay in this is so delicious.
    I love love the pictures too

    • Rochkirstin Sioco (@rochkirstin)

    These meatballs look really tasty. I think it’s easy to do and it’s comfort food that you won’t easily get tired of. Adding more sauce would make the flavor seem more palatable.

    • MrsX Lifestyle

    I love easy recipes, this looks very practical. My kids love spaghetti meatballs so, I will definitely try this with the next meal.

    • miljance93mommysup

    Omg, this is so yummy! My husband would want me to make them for sure. 🙂

    • kylie cre8tone (@cre8tone)

    great recipe, nice ingredients.. I wanna eat now.. so yummy!

    • Shubhada Bhide

    Oh, my goodness!! This crock pot buffalo meatballs looks delicious. It makes me feels so hungry right now and I wanted to try this recipe for my hubby. He really love this for sure.

    • tanviidotcom

    I appreciate the effort you put into all your posts … Wish you a very Happy Birthday in advance.


    • Nati

    These meatballs look so appetizing! My family is not particularly fan of frozen meatballs, and I’m too lazy to make them from scratch, LOL but maybe with this recipe they’ll like them!

    • Erica Ardali (@EricaEverAfter)

    I host a boss chick dinner party at my house. It’s just me and few other ladies with businesses chatting, eating, networking, and connecting. These would be a welcome addition

      • chewoutloud

      Sounds awesome, and yes, these would be fun and easy to serve up! 🙂

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