Slow Cooker Hamburgers

Hamburger and fries

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 7 hrs
Total: 7 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
278 Calories
13g Fat
5g Carbs
33g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 278
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 564mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 33g
Calcium 34mg 3%
*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.)

If you want dinner ready after a full day of work or fun with little to no effort, prep these slow cooker burgers and set it and forget it. The hamburgers will emerge moist and flavorful, similar to a classic steamed burger. Tomato juice and ketchup gives them a flavor reminiscent of meatloaf. The chopped onions and celery help keep the patties from scorching and sticking to the bottom of the cooker. Serve on soft buns with toppings like cheese, pickles, and fresh lettuce and tomato.

This slow cooker hamburgers recipe is so easy the kids can make it all by themselves since it doesn't require a hot pan or grill. Just make sure they wash their hands after touching the raw meat when forming the patties. Everyone in the family will be rewarded with a delicious dinner at the end of the day. Serve with oven fries or air fryer fries or potato salad.

This recipe is courtesy of Phyllis Good's Fix-It And Forget-It Kids' Cookbook, Good Year Books, 2012.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place the chopped onions and celery in the bottom of a 4 or 5-quart slow cooker.​

  3. Place the beef, 1 teaspoon of salt, and pepper into a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to mix the salt and pepper into the beef.

  4. Divide the hamburger mixture into eight balls, each the same size. Flatten so they look like hamburger patties.

  5. Place the patties in the slow cooker on top of the onions and celery. Try not to stack them. If you have to, stagger them, so they don’t lie exactly on top of each other. Wash your hands well.

  6. In a medium-sized mixing bowl stir together the tomato juice, ketchup, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  7. Pour this sauce over the hamburgers in the slow cooker. Cover with the lid and cook the burgers on low for 7 to 9 hours.

  8. Serve and enjoy!

How to Serve

  • If you'd like cheeseburgers, add slices of cheese to each patty and re-cover. Keep cooking on low for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  • Place each burger with a bit of the sauce on a hamburger roll.
  • Add the toppings of your choice, such as pickles, fresh leaves of lettuce, sliced tomato, sliced onion, mustard, and/or mayonnaise.
  • These crock pot burgers are also delicious as chili cheeseburgers. Simply top with cheese followed by warm chili and, if desired, a sprinkle of diced onions.