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This meatballs recipe is much older than me.:) I was raised on these meatballs. Back in Ukraine they are called “hedgehogs” because when cooked the rice grains stick out of the meatballs like hedgehog’s needles.

I love these meatballs because they are 2 meals in 1 – meat with rice. Get your carbs and protein. Serve with salad and you got your greens. 89 calories, 11 g of protein and 2 WW points each.

5 Ingredient Crock Pot Rice Meatballs

Super easy to make! No pre-cooking! Only 5 ingredients you are more likely to have at any time!

My mom and grandma always made these meatballs in the dutch oven on a stove top or in the oven. I decided to try the crock pot meatballs version.

I made them twice.

First time I pre-cooked the rice, panfried the meatballs before adding to crock pot, and added enough chicken stock to cover them. I also used short grain brown rice. They were just OK. A bit over cooked.

Second time they turned out much better and it’s this recipe. No need to cook the rice, panfry them or cover completely with liquid. Add chicken stock on the bottom of the crock pot just enough to release the steam for cooking.

5 Ingredient Crock Pot Rice Meatballs

Using long grain rice is the key. All of my ingredients were organic. Just do your best, one step at a time. Half of the ingredients being organic is already great! Brown rice is much better for you than white rice.

The meatballs didn’t fall apart in the slow cooker but they are tender. Remove the meatballs one by one from the slow cooker using a spoon.

Easy 5 Ingredient Crock Pot Rice Meatballs

Easy 5 Ingredient Crock Pot Rice Meatballs


  • 2 lbs extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup brown long grain rice, uncooked ( I used organic basmati)
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1 medium onion, pureed (any white onion, not purple)
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Wash rice really well under cold water.
  2. Puree onion in a food processor or with a grater. Magic Bullet works great - small, fast and no tears.:)
  3. Add all ingredients except chicken stock to a bowl and mix to combine. Form 20 meatballs. Pour chicken stock in the crock pot. Lay meatballs in 2 layers on the bottom of crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Garnish with fresh dill or parsley and serve.

You can also pour a bit of the juice on top of meatballs. I like to dip rye bread in it. Mmmmm.

5 Ingredient Crock Pot Rice Meatballs

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 20 meatballs
Amount Per 1 Meatball:
Calories: 89.4
Total Fat: 1.0 g
Cholesterol: 26.1 mg
Sodium: 35.1 mg
Total Carbs: 4.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.3 g
Protein: 11.2 g
Weight Watchers Points Plus: 2
Weight Watchers Points: 2

P.S. I did not include the chicken stock in the nutritional information data as pouring it over the meatballs is optional, and 1 cup of organic low sodium chicken broth = 10 calories.:)

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  1. Angela

    I think the directions should be to cook on high. I checked mine at 3.5 hours and they were definitely not done (the rice was about the same as when I had started the crock pot). I ended up having to turn it on high for about 2.5 hours. I hope they didn’t overcook!! I will try them tonight 🙂

    • Olena

      You know, I have 2 different crock pots and in one of them it took me 3 – 4 hours. However, the new one I got would take longer. Believe it or not, I was surprised. I would say on High for 2.5 – 3 hours they should be fine. I would peek inside and see when rice is done and “prickly” sticking out, the meatballs are done. Ground meat cooks pretty fast too. Hope they turned out well for you!

  2. Jessica

    I came up with 3 points plus each? Did you use a different meat to get 2 pp each? Also – do you eat with anything? Sauce a side? Thanks!

  3. Marty

    So…I am not as health conscious as you. I plant use 2 lbs lean ground beef, long grain white rice and add an additional ingredient: a package of powdered make-your-own French Onion dip. Do you think I should still use the puréed onion? And as for cooking time, is 5 hours on low ok?

    • Olena

      Hi Erin. You know, this is one of my first recipes I ever posted 3 years ago and it had ben on my re-test list. I you like the flavour you can just let the meatballs cook longer.

  4. Judy

    This is the sorriest excuse for a “recipe” No flavor, meatballs don’t hold together, takes longer than 4 hours to cook, and turned into a soggy mess. I wasted 2 pounds of ground turkey.

    • Olena

      Considering I think ground turkey is delicious on its own with just salt and pepper, I have a hard time to believe these meatballs are flavourful. There is a category of people who think chicken and turkey have no flavour. We eat clean so to me poultry has a ton of flavour on its own.
      I have to say this but you haven’t been hungry enough in your life that is why calling this recipe a waste of turkey. If things are that bad on your end, go buy a jar of pasta sauce, mix with “a soggy mess” and serve with quinoa or pasta. What is a big freaking deal? Seriously.


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