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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.

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.

crock pot buffalo meatballs recipe

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4-Ingredient Crock Pot Buffalo Meatballs

5 from 2 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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    • Calleigh K

    I would love to try this out on my instant pot. And since I haven’t tried cooking these buffalo meatballs, this will be on my menu list this week. Thanks for sharing.

    • itsnadianelson

    I love meatballs, never made them in a crock pot but this seems simple and easy to make. Seems like I need to explore the world of crock-pot recipes.

    • nbosken

    Those look so tasty. I love that honey is a part of the recipe. How yummy! March in general is a great month with the seasons changing as well.

    • Tiffany Yong

    I’ve been wanting to make this for my bf, but somehow he’s not a fan of meatball! But he has a soft spot for the meat balls made by his aunt, so I hope that I will be able to make some that he will like!

    • Lyosha Varezhkina

    it looks delicious and simple to make. Few ingredients is making it very handy because you don’t need to go shopping to cook it.

    • Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated

    these look soooooo good! And I can’t believe they’re made with just 4 ingredients and in the crock pot. I know what we’re having for dinner tonight!!

    • Holly Lasha

    These look awesome. It’s basically a combination of all my favorite things!!! Yummy…I want to try it:)

    • In and Out of Vegas

    Well, that was the easiest thing ever. I’m weird, I always have frozen meatballs it my freezer haha. Sometime I’ll make some for a pop of protein. I’m going to try your recipe! !

    • Rose Mont

    Cheers to Buffalo, lol! The recipe looks good. I appreciate you allowing frozen meatballs to be an option because I have not tried to make these homemade yet.

    • alainamonster

    These look so easy and delicious. I love that you make them in the crock pot. Fun Fact, we also have a month full of birthdays.

    • twinspirationalparties

    This recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to try to make it sometime soon.

    • balanceandblessings1

    Was not aware of a national meatball day! Maybe I should start celebrating! I think this would be a good recipe for that indeed. Happy Birthday!

    • Devour Dinner

    Such a great recipe! Will have to try it!

    • Candice

    Yummy! Another great party recipe to add to my list!

    • styledecor1
    • 5 stars

    Ooooh….This recipe sounds soooo good! My family and I enjoy our hot wings, so I’m sure we would love buffalo meatballs. I only eat chicken and turkey, so I’m going to try this recipe with turkey meatballs! My mouth is watering already! Nancy

    • Sian Lifts Weights

    I love crockpot recipes! They are usually so easy and simple and you dont have to wait around in the kitchen whilst it all cooks!

    • Elizabeth O

    I admire how you kept the ingredients list so minimal, that appeals to me. I could probably do this with Quorn as a veggie and enjoy it too.

    • Czjai Reyes-Ocampo

    This dish looks very easy to make! Thanks for sharing the recipe! 🙂

    • empowerandhelp

    Another great recipe, wondering the meatless version for the meatballs, hahahah might try that using your recipe

      • chewoutloud

      If you have a favorite brand of frozen veggie meatballs, you can totally use those! 🙂

    • Joanna Davis

    One of my favorite recipes for my slow cooker is Italian meatballs, which is also very easy to make. I love how the meatballs taste after they have been slow cooked, so I will definitely try your recipe out as well. It sounds so yummy!

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