Slow Cooker Ham Balls

Close up of ham balls on a plate.
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  • Total: 3 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 3 hrs
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
283 Calories
9g Fat
31g Carbs
18g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 283
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 1152mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 18g
Calcium 52mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Ham is often served for Christmas or New Year's dinners or for family dinners on Sunday. It usually leaves leftovers. One good way to use those leftovers is by making ground ham. It's great as a sandwich filling, but it gets glammed up to company level with this deceptively easy appetizer recipe.

Whether you're having a family holiday party or a big bash for friends, you need all the help you can get in the saving time department. Using a slow cooker to make tasty appetizers is a great strategy. 

This recipe lets you decorate the table and get the rest of the food ready while the ham balls cook to perfection in a crock pot. You can also serve them as an entree with rice, bread, and your favorite steamed green vegetable for a casual weeknight dinner. Either way, this recipe is a time-saver.


  • 2 pounds ground ham
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup onion (minced)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (minced)
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 cup hot water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Mix together the ground ham, cracker crumbs, minced onion, eggs, parsley, and salt.

  3. Shape the meat mixture into balls.

  4. Place the balls in a slow cooker.

  5. Then, make the sauce; mix together the brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, and water until well-blended.

  6. Pour the sauce over ham balls in the crockpot.

  7. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 hours on HIGH or 4 to 6 hours on LOW.

  8. Serve and enjoy!


  • Mix in shredded cheddar and Parmesan cheese and omit the sauce.
  • Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes at 350 F if you do not make the glaze.
  • Add ground pork to the meat mixture.
  • Mix in green onions.
  • Use chili sauce rather than a brown sugar glaze.
  • Add pineapple juice to the sauce mixture.

Party Serving Suggestions

  • Offer up cheesy appetizers, whether just slices of old favorites like cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Swiss along with Havarti, Cotswold, and Gouda or gourmet starters with several ingredients.
  • French bread and crispy crackers also go well with ham balls, as do dried fruits and nuts.