Cranberry-Sauerkraut Meatballs

Homemade meatballs slow-cooked in a tangy-sweet & spicy sauce make the perfect appetizer for the holidays!

Hello, sweet friends!

Let me start this post by saying that I am NOT a fan of sauerkraut.

Now that I’ve admitted that little tidbit let me also say that when I first ate these absolutely incredible meatballs, I had NO idea there was sauerkraut in them!

That’s saying, something friends. Because, well, I’m a VERY picky eater.  When I first eat something new, I’m like one of those detectives on a murder mystery show. I ask a lot of questions!  I poke and sniff and ask even more questions until I know EXACTLY what it is I’m about to put in my mouth.

The family friend who had brought the meatballs to our gathering was smart enough to know I wouldn’t even TRY her meatballs if I had any clue there was sauerkraut in them.

A sneaky move I know, but I’m so darn glad she was!

Because I’m here to tell you all that YOU won’t know it’s in there either, nor will any of your family and friends!

They really are perfection and each ingredient(including the sauerkraut) adds another level of flavor that brings these meatballs over the top!

So let’s get started.

First, we need the meatballs!!

If you’re pressed for time you can certainly buy a bag of meatballs. No judgment here. Been there done that plenty of times!

Whenever I have time, I always like to make my own homemade meatballs. My recipe is basic-ground beef, pork sausage, bread crumbs, eggs, and seasonings. Nothing fancy.

This recipe makes about 28 good-sized meatballs.

You will also need Cranberry sauce ( you can also use homemade or canned), brown sugar, chili sauce, and yes, a whole darn can of sauerkraut!

Mix those four ingredients all together and pour them over the meatballs that you’ve placed in your slow cooker. Turn it on low and slow and walk away!

Super Easy, right?!

Most importantly, SUPER delicious!

These tangy meatballs have the perfect combination of sweet and heat!

You can serve them as an appetizer or alongside sweet potato fries or mashed potatoes!

Either way, your family and friends are going to love them!

Here is the full recipe!

Cranberry Sauerkraut Meatballs

Moist-Homemade meatballs slow-cooked in a tangy cranberry-sauerkraut sauce.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, cranberry, meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 14 oz can Whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 12 oz bottle chili sauce
  • 1 14 oz can sauerkraut
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar


  1. Combine ground beef and pork in a large mixing bowl. Beat eggs and add to the meat mixture. Add in breadcrumbs and seasonings. Mix until all is combined. Use a two-tablespoon cookie scoop to create meatballs. Place each on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove meatballs from the oven and add to a 4-quart slow cooker. Combine cranberry sauce, sauerkraut, brown sugar, and chili sauce. Mix well. Pour over the meatballs. Turn slow cooker on low and set for 4 hours. Serve immediately. Makes 28-30 meatballs

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