Pizza Meatball Subs Recipe
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Pizza Meatball Subs Recipe

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I made these sandwiches one evening for my family, and they were a huge hit with everyone, including the picky eaters. There’s plenty of sauce and cheese to complement the baked meatballs.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 5 min.
MAKES:6-7 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 5 min.
MAKES: 6-7 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup steak sauce
  • 1 cup crushed saltines
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 6 to 7 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 6 to 7 submarine buns, split
  • 9 to 11 slices process American cheese, cut into strips
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 856 calories, 41 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 135 mg cholesterol, 1856 mg sodium, 74 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 44 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, steak sauce, saltines, onion powder, seasoned salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  2. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until no longer pink. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Spread mayonnaise over bun bottoms; top each with American cheese, 1 tablespoon pizza sauce, meatballs and remaining pizza sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Place on a baking sheet. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6-7 servings.
Originally published as Pizza Meatball Subs in Taste of Home October/November 2006, p31

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Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"Very good.. even my picky son liked!"

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"Made these for dinner and the family declared it a keeper. I used ground turkey in place of the ground beef and used thinly cut cheddar cheese in place of the American (didn't have any on hand). I also used whole wheat bread crumbs in place of the saltines. I liked this recipe because it was quick to put together, even making the meatballs. We will be enjoying this one again!"

Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"Easy to make, and delicious. Everyone loved the subs! Will definitely make this again."

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"My 7 year old loves this recipe, but we leave off the American cheese."

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"Just finished with dinner and it was a huge hit with the family! Will definitely make this again!"

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