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beef bourguinon meatballs on a plate of pasta

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 463kcal
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



  • Turn the slow cooker to HIGH.
  • In a large, clean bowl, whisk together the milk, potato flakes, parsley, garlic, salt, thyme and pepper. 
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • In a large, non-stick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the pearl onions, carrots and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the red wine. Bring to a boil and allow to cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Reduce the heat and stir in the crushed tomatoes, sugar and salt.
  • 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.
  • Carefully pour the sauce over the meatballs. Do not stir. 
  • 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.


Calories: 463kcal