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Crock Pot German Meatloaf

Crock Pot German Meatloaf

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So, if you don’t have a thing for meat, this might not be the blog for you. Because really; I might be considered meat-obsessed. I get excited over different variations of meatloaf and meatballs. Sincerely excited. And yes, I realize that might be considered slightly pathetic, but that’s okay. I could be obsessed with worse things…like belly button lint or dust bunnies. And this thought just actually occurred to me, but do you realize that if belly button lint is left long enough, it could possibly turn into a DUST BUNNY? Wow. Now that will get you thinking.

But, I digress. We’re talking about meat, right? Yep. I love making meatloaf in the crock pot. If you’ve not tried out my other three versions: Traditional, Sweet Potato, and Cheeseburger, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Meat just makes bellies happy…I’m still thinking about belly button lint now.

German Meat Loaf

Now, I don’t really like kraut alone. I’ll eat it in stuff – like Kraut Salad. I just don’t care for the overwhelming flavor. So here’s a trick of mine (that likely everyone already does, but don’t tell me): I rinse my kraut with water and drain. That really cuts the strong flavor and I am happy eating it then.

German Meat Loaf

Another favorite of mine for meatloaf = dehydrated chopped onions. I just LOVE them in meatloaf. I don’t know why. I think because they’re smaller than chopped onions and I think they give a wonderful flavor. I use these beauties a lot. My father-in-law used to put crushed Funyuns in his meatloaf…I think he was on to something.

German Meat Loaf

For this particular loaf, I decided to use the mixer to mix my meat – idea from my awesome Mama. In the winter, my hands get really dry and cracked. Did you know that raw meat on cracked hands feels like hell fire and brimstone? True story. It’s like you’re submerging them into boiling cauldrons of hot water. No thanks. Still gotta have my meatloaf though – enter, mixer! Just make sure to only mix until combined. Otherwise you’re gonna have a tough loaf of meat – and that’s sad…might rank it up there with Fruit Cake (note from Barry: fruit cake is awesome. It doesn’t deserve the bad reputation. Don’t be a hater.).

German Meat Loaf

A trick for crock pot loaves – make sure to form into a loaf in the center of the crock…this will allow a moat to form and you can trap the fat. Trap the fat. Trap the fat. That’s fun to say. It sounds like an infomercial.

German Meat Loaf

See all that beautiful fat around the edges? Now it’s easy to pour off. Or, if you’re a kitchen klutz like me, you might want to cut the loaf into two pieces and lift out with a spatula. Otherwise you might end up with a loaf of meat in the kitchen sink. I hear that happens to OTHER PEOPLE. *Cough*

Keep the fat for frying your eggs the next morning. Delicious! I <3 fat. And meatloaf. But not belly button lint.

German Meat Loaf

I know this post is seemingly random. But rest assured this entire post is all about how to make a delicious meatloaf and avoid belly button lint. Actually, I have no idea how to avoid belly button lint. I don’t even know where it comes from.

But anyway, meat loaf is the bomb. This version is one of my best ones yet – except for the prior three. They are good too – they’re all my favorites. Like a mother loves all her children the same – that’s the way I feel about my meat loaves.

Meat – it’s what’s for dinner.

German Meat Loaf

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. Jesse hates caraway. I might just try to sneak it in anyway. Just to see.

  2. I love this idea! My German husband hates sauerkraut and I love it! But I think he’ll eat it like this. This is going into our menu plan for next week :)
    Regarding the dry hands, try coconut oil. I get very dry cracked hands and just started putting it on them. Within 2 days the cracks were healed :)

    • :-) I hate the greasy feeling – I’m weird.

      • I have horribly dry, itchy skin and would get cracked hands every winter. Two tips…First, my sister told me to never put my hands in cold water – always let the water warm a little first. I’m the world’s worst about wet, grab a towel and run when I’m cooking. Second, though it might be ‘greasy’ getting it on, you’d be amazed at how fast the coconut oil soaks in and leaves your hands just feeling smooth and comfortable – no grease!
        Great blog!

  3. Stacy,

    The link for the cheeseburger meatloaf wasn’t working, but I found the correct one:

  4. Marsha 'Nana' Baker says:

    What a lovely recipe. I’m with you…don’t eat kraut alone, but I do love it mixed into other things. I have a cranberry sauerkraut meatball that is out of this world yummy too..another one I make in the crockpot as well. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Dineen Ford says:

    I love sauerkraut (drained) too and this sound like a great way to “sneak” an extra serving of vegetables into my suspicious little one. I know my hubby will love it.

  6. Melissa Hoyt says:

    I only use a slow cooker for meatloaf. My favorite is Italian meatloaf with pasta sauce (instead of ketchup) and Italian seasoning.

    Those meatloaf pans with the insert do fit inside the larger crock pots. I also have put a couple of layers of bread in the bottom to soak up the grease. I’m a little less in love with fat. :)

  7. Is that a side of roasted radishes? I just got a bunch of radishes to try with crock pot roast beast in place of potatoes. THM-hints may turn me into a radish lovin’ convert yet!
    And again – why have I never even thought about doing a meatloaf in the crockpot?! You’d think after this long I would’ve learned by now…..Thanks for another great kitchen adventure to try!
    (p.s. My husband LOVES your crockpot yogurt recipe – to the point that I’m not allowed to make it anymore…’s HIS job. It’s the little things some days…lol)
    A Genius you are…..simply genius! Now, off to contemplate the belly button lint vs dust bunny conundrum.

  8. This sounds good, except for all the dust bunny and other references, I may have to try it (as lo–ok, so I was going to write: “as long as I don’t think about the aforementioned references,” but auto correct intervened and put “as loin gas” –oh dear!)
    Gotta love that German food! My mother in law, who grew up in Germany, taught me to rinse my sauerkraut as well. She said she always gets compliments because she does it that way, since most people don’t rinse theirs. She also heats it with caraway seeds, a bay leaf, and a little bit of sugar–yumm! We serve it with braised bratwurst and either mashed potatoes or brown mustard on crusty rolls.

  9. mommasangelbaby says:

    I love saurkraut. I hated it before I spent 16 months in Germany, where I grew to love it. This sounds so delicious, I have put it in my “just sounds yummy” recipe box to try sometime. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • mommasangelbaby says:

      I found you again on Finding the Pretty & Delicious and had to stop by to see if it was the same recipe for German Meatloaf. I’m so excited to make this, I even bought carroway seeds (I don’t usually keep them in stock). I think I’ll probably make it this week sometime. Thanks so much for sharing! HUGS!

  10. Would this be a good S meal? Not sure how sauerkraut fits into THM. Thanks.

  11. About the caraway seeds. I don’t like the seeds in rye bread so do you think it’s possible or has anyone crushed them and added them to this dish or any other? Not even sure you can do that but maybe you can LMK. I do like the taste of rye bread made with the seeds but they are awful bitter!!

  12. Can you “skip” the cook on high for an hour and leave it in longer on the low setting? And if so, how much longer?

  13. Shawna Williams says:

    What a unique recipe! Visiting you from Recipe Sharing Mondays.

  14. Joyfulmomof6 says:

    So glad you posted this…I didn’t try the sauerkraut (I couldn’t risk hubby and children not eating it) but just love the idea of crockpot meatloaf. I will never go back to making it in the oven again!
    Also…the idea of mixing the meatloaf in the mixer. DUH!!! Why didn’t I think of that?

  15. What a great one pot meal.. the meatloaf looks so moist. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  16. Tessa@ Tessa the Domestic Diva says:

    I love the combo here! FEATURING YOUR RECIPE THIS WEEK ON afw!

  17. Katie Losekamp says:

    delicious! Made this for supper tonight and my 4 picky boys ( aged 8 and under) ate it up without complaints! They didn’t even mention anything about the sauerkraut and ask to have it made again. Thanks!

  18. Emily Neff says:

    I got a tip at the farmers market this summer to hollow/clean out a sweet meat squash like a pumpkin and cook your meatloaf inside it–in the oven on 350 for 6 hours–like your crock pot but no pot to clean!!! PLUS, I imagine that all that yummy fat soaks into the squash so no butter needed! Now I have to decide whether to try this or that first! My kids love my GF meatloaf so we will see which they like best–I do have to omit the caraway seeds though…

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