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Italian Meatball Buns Recipe

Italian Meatball Buns Recipe

These soft little rolls come with a surprise inside—savory Italian meatballs. They're wonderful dipped in marinara sauce, making them fun for my grandkids and adults, too. I love how easy they are to put together. —Trina Linder-Mobley, Clover, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 12 frozen bread dough dinner rolls
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1-1/2 cups marinara sauce, warmed


  • 1. Let dough stand at room temperature 25-30 minutes or until softened.
  • 2. Cut each roll in half. Wrap each portion around a meatball, enclosing meatball completely; pinch dough firmly to seal. Place on greased baking sheets, seam side down. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake buns 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Brush tops with oil; sprinkle with cheese and basil. Serve with marinara sauce. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 bun with 1 tablespoon sauce: 112 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 248mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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meliss.beyer User ID: 7101887 260833
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2017

"I made these using pizza dough that I had on hand instead of the rolls. They were very simple to make and came out great! I also added some shredded mozzarella cheese with the last few minutes left to bake. They took about 5 minutes longer to bake since they were touching in the pan."

Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 239908
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"I brought these to a fondue party to dip into my pizza sauce/ marinara fondue. Everyone raves about these. My niece especially liked that these were mini versions of her favorite sandwich the meatball sub. I used frozen mini meatballs and and a package of 24 round bread dough rolls. I didn't need to split the rolls as the mini meatballs fit perfectly into one. The little snacks looked just like the picture. These were easy and fun and will make them again."

Tr21 User ID: 8251141 223222
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2015

"easy and delicious- I have used the refrigerated biscuits in the past for a quick app and have stuffed these with pepperoni, tomatoe sauce, and mozzarella. I've tried them with jalepenos and pineapple, too. Delicious!"

Troi User ID: 63638 216523
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"This was perfect with one package Bridgeford rolls (18 rolls) and a bag of meatballs (32 meatballs). It doesn't seem like it will be enough dough to cut them in half, but it is. If the meatballs are partly frozen and the dough is cold, they are much easier to assemble than you think. I didn't have fresh basil but I sprinkled dry basil in the olive oil before brushing it on and it was great. These were a perfect addition for a New Years party with lots of young men ... they loved them. I used doctored up spaghetti sauce to dip."

bernerlover User ID: 2342652 215691
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"these are excellent. I just made them. I did make 2 changes: I don't like Italian meatballs so I used regular ones and before wrapping in the dough I added a bit of mozzarella cheese. I used slab cheese and just cut a small chunk for each one. I used pizza sauce out of a jar for the dipping sauce. These taste great- I'll definitely make them again"

nobakie User ID: 5759772 200730
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2014

"Huge hit with the "grands"!!! Used bread dough and cut to fit. Served with pizza sauce. Thanks!"

Millyqq User ID: 7666202 120594
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

"easy and excellent."

ebrowder User ID: 7395386 200268
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"The whole family loved this recipe but especially the kids! I had to pass along to my 2 neighbors since their kids were at my house and loved them too!"

jillj2005 User ID: 5347911 200729
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2013

"The whole family loved this recipe. We will definitely be making these again. Can easily be doubled for a crowd."

CWOCN User ID: 4346648 190390
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"I used Sam's Italian meat balls and Kroger's frozen yeast roll dough. It took about an hour for the dough to soften and only about 30 minutes to rise. We fixed them for a group of teens. They left the cookies and very quickly devoured the Meatball Buns!"

katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 188740
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"These are awesome! My 12 year old daughter made these with no problems. They didn't last long on the table. It was a great appetizer dish. I did use frozen meatballs and they were very tasty. I will think about making my own meatballs to use next time but this recipe is definitely a keeper!"

randcbruns User ID: 828588 139759
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2013

"These were a hit with my boys and hubby alike! I didn't have any frozen roll dough but I had frozen loaves. I also made my own meatballs. Took longer because I had to cook my own meatballs but the idea was the same. I certainly will be using this recipe again. I am thinking I might make Mexican meatballs next time and have salsa to dip them in. YUMMO!"

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