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Contest-Winning Bavarian Meatball Hoagies

When my husband's not manning the grill, I count on my slow cooker. These mouthwatering meatballs are just one reason why. They’re a guaranteed crowd-pleaser when I serve them as party appetizers, or spooned over crusty rolls and topped with cheese for irresistible sandwiches. —Peggy Rios, Mechanicsville, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    12 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 12 hoagie buns, split
  • 3 cups shredded Swiss cheese

Directions

  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine meatballs, onion, brown sugar, soup mix and beer. Cook, covered, on low until meatballs are heated through, 3-4 hours.
  • Place 5-6 meatballs on each bun bottom. Sprinkle each sandwich with 1/4 cup cheese. Place on baking sheets. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat until cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes. Replace bun tops.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 643 calories, 36g fat (18g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 1302mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 4g fiber), 29g protein.
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  • justmbeth
    Jan 9, 2021

    Very good alternative to standard meatball hoagies with a tomato based sauce. I will do these occasionally to switch it up.

  • Christine
    Jan 11, 2020

    These hoagies were amazing! So very simple to do. I suggest using Beck’s Dark for the beer in this recipe. It’s not really a dark beer, it’s more of an amber. Unfortunately I can’t seem to get that in the nearest town, so I had to substitute for Dos Equis Amber. Yea yea I know, it’s a Mexican beer, but it was the closest flavor profile I could get and you know, it worked out great! This recipe came out fabulous and I’ll definitely make it again. I served it up with some Ore-Ida Steak fries for an easy dinner.

  • BobbysChicagoBAbe
    Mar 18, 2019

    OMG! This is soooooooooo good! Only made a half recipe for the 3 of us, and I was told to definitely make MORE next time! No changes needed with this one!

  • aug2295
    Oct 15, 2017

    These were really easy to put together and everyone liked them.

  • katecrid47
    Jan 20, 2017

    These were a big hit for our family! Easy for a weeknight dinner. Great flavor! Thank you forsharing

  • Angel182009
    Aug 26, 2016

    I have two very picky eaters on my hands and these were a winner in their book. They ate them all up and even had leftovers the next day. Great flavor and an inexpensive meal to throw together in a hurry.

  • JGa2595176
    Feb 16, 2015

    I thought this was a solid and different kind of recipe....I made around the holidays as a fast meal for guests. It was tasty and appealing, for the adults. I would make again, although stick with this for the grown ups.

  • Jami4
    May 12, 2013

    My husband really liked them, kids not so much.

  • sroberts76
    May 2, 2013

    No comment left

  • Lynnhbcooking
    May 1, 2013

    This recipe was fantastic! It was easy to cook using the slow cooker and my entire family loved it and asks for it often!