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
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 each: 856 calories, 41g fat (15g saturated fat), 135mg cholesterol, 1856mg sodium, 74g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 4g fiber), 44g 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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No_Time_To_Cook 93093
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

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

shecooksalot 145862
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!"

tamusaf 92401
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

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

kbussey 145031
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

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

M&K 114804
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

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

bvalenc2 208311
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2011

"Easy to make and the whole family loved it! Thanks :-)"

mrsbates 161223
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2010

"You can use ground turkey in place of the beef. Using a broililng pan will reduce fat content. Very tasty."

MaryLouJ 160247
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2009

"This recipe makes a large batch of meatballs which I take and freeze for extra meals. I do not add the processed American cheese slices and mayonnaise to the sandwiches. My family and I do not care for the taste. If I do not have saltines on hand, I use whole wheat bread crumbs. I also use whole wheat or whole grain sub rolls. An extremely good sandwich which I have made many, many times"

sparkyw 73690
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2009

"Well, one easy solution is to eliminage the mayo - my goodness, it is completely unnecessary!"

melajudy 93091
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2008

"Has anyone tried to modify it to be more healthy. The nutrition numbers are very high, especially fat."

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