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Beef Bourguignon Meatballs

Beef Bourguignon Meatballs are slow cooked in a red wine sauce for a simpler take on a classic dish - perfect for date night in.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 463 kcal
Author Foodtastic Mom



  • 1 lb ground sirloin 90% lean
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup instant potato flakes
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed or finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup frozen pearl onions
  • 1 large carrot peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic pressed or finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine
  • 1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water



  1. Turn the slow cooker to HIGH.

  2. In a large, clean bowl, whisk together the milk, potato flakes, parsley, garlic, salt, thyme and pepper. 

  3. Break up the ground sirloin into small pieces and add to the bowl. Use a fork and blend the beef with the milk mixture until combined.

  4. Use a 3 tablespoon capacity cookie scoop to divide the beef mixture into 12 meatballs. Place the meatballs into a single layer on the bottom of the pre-heating slow cooker. You can stack the meatballs if you have to, but it's better if they can be in one layer.


  1. In a large, non-stick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.

  2. Add the pearl onions, carrots and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently.

  3. Add the red wine. Bring to a boil and allow to cook for a couple of minutes.

  4. Reduce the heat and stir in the crushed tomatoes, sugar and salt.

  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth. Stir the mixture into the sauce and allow it to simmer for an additional minute.

  6. Carefully pour the sauce over the meatballs. Do not stir. 

  7. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2 hours. After 2 hours, gently stir the meatballs and sauce. Check the temperature of the meatballs to make sure they are 165 degrees F. Turn the heat to LOW until ready to serve.