Meatball Sub

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Meatball Subs are a favorite recipe, perfect for a crowd and easy to make! Tender juicy homemade meatballs (or frozen in a pinch) are simmered in a flavorful tomato sauce are placed in a roll and topped with cheese. The sandwiches are broiled until golden and the cheese is bubbly for the perfect bite!

This hot submarine style sandwich – it’s meaty, saucy and cheesy! Perfect for lunch, dinner or to serve at your next game day party!

Three Meatball Subs on a wooden board

Meatball Subs for a Crowd

Lightly toasted garlic submarine buns are filled with homemade meatballs covered in a rich tomato sauce or marinara sauce then topped with loads of mozzarella cheese and broiled till hot and bubbly!

When I make homemade meatballs, I make a batch or two ahead of time and keep them in the freezer for recipes just like this one.  Meatballs can be frozen raw or cooked meaning you can bake them to add to sandwiches or add them to Meatball Soup for an easy weeknight meal.

If you’re short on time, you can make a simple recipe of Crockpot Meatballs (the meatballs go in raw and are cooked right in the crockpot). It’s an easy to make dinner when you get home after a long day.

If you are feeding a crowd, prepare the meatballs and keep them warm in a slow cooker so your guests can serve themselves. Put out a series of rolls or slider buns and allow your guests to dig in.

Meatball Sub

How to Make Meatball Subs

It really is so simple to make these meatball subs! Especially when you begin with Crockpot Meatballs!

  1. Lightly butter submarine buns and sprinkle with garlic powder. Toast till golden.
  2. Add cooked meatballs to each bun. Depending on the size, 3-4 meatballs should fit.
  3. Spoon a bit of additional sauce evenly over each roll.
  4. Cover with a generous amount of cheese and broil until hot and melted.

Meatballs on rolls with sauce in a baking dish

What Toppings do you Put on a Meatball Sub

Tomato sauce and cheese are perfect together (like in chicken parmesan) and of course I love to top my meatball sub with mozzarella cheese! Like in a Cheesesteak Recipe, provolone cheese is a great choice too!

Add in onions, fried peppers, mushrooms … the sky’s the limit! Personally, I usually prefer a classic meatball sub with just meatballs, sauce and cheese.

What is the Best Bread for Meatball Subs

Any long roll like a submarine sandwich bun, a sub bun or a hoagie roll will work fine. In a pinch a hot dog bun will work, although it is narrower and the meatballs may be too big for it. I prefer white buns for this recipe, however you can use whole wheat or whole grain if you prefer. Don’t skip the Garlic Butter!

Meatball Sub in white baking dish with cheese on top

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Review Recipe

Easy Meatball Subs

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Garlic Buttered rolls filled with juicy meatballs and tomato sauce are topped with cheese and baked until golden!


  • 16 frozen meatballs or homemade below
  • 2 cups pasta sauce or marinara sauce
  • 4 hoagie rolls
  • 4 tablespoons garlic butter
  • 1 cup shredded provolone or mozzarella cheese
Meatballs (or use frozen meatballs if preferred)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

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  • Prepare meatballs as directed on package or for homemade meatballs, combine all meatball ingredients. 
  • Roll into 1" balls and place on a parchment lined pan. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Place cooked meatballs in a saucepan with pasta sauce and simmer covered 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, spread garlic butter inside each roll. Heat broiler and broil rolls until golden, about 3 minutes.
  • Arrange rolls in a 9x13 baking dish. Place 4 meatballs in each roll and top with a little bit of sauce and cheese.
  • Broil 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with additional sauce for dipping if desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 681, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 43g, Saturated Fat: 22g, Cholesterol: 121mg, Sodium: 1609mg, Potassium: 645mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 1440IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 492mg, Iron: 12.7mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword meatball sandwiches, meatball subs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
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