Easy Dinner Idea: Oven Baked Meatball Sandwiches

This oven-baked meatball sandwich recipe is a perfect easy dinner idea for busy days. Also great for large groups, game day, or as an on-the-go meal.

Oven-Baked Meatball Sandwiches -- a meatball sandwich recipe that is a perfect easy dinner idea for busy days. Also great for large groups, game day, or as an on-the-go meal.

The ingredients are simple — you will need meatballs, pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese, and sandwich rolls.

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Spinach

Many times I like to make my popular Baked Turkey Meatballs with Spinach for our Meatball Sandwiches, but I’ve also made them with frozen, pre-made meatballs from the freezer section of my grocery store. If you want easy, go with the frozen ones. If you have more time, go for homemade meatballs.

Here’s how to make this easy dinner idea:

Get your rolls ready. You want rolls that aren’t cut all the way through, they should be connected one side so that they will cradle the ingredients. I usually buy rolls that are already cut like this, or rolls that aren’t cut at all and I cut them myself.

Steps for making Oven Baked Meatball Sandwiches

Place your meatballs in a big pot and cover them with your pasta sauce.

If you are using frozen meatballs, place them frozen into the pot — no need to cook them in advance. If you are using homemade ones, put them into the pot after cooking them.

Cover your meatballs with sauce (enough that all the meatballs are covered). You can use homemade pasta sauce or jarred sauce. Gently fold the meatballs with the sauce, this isn’t the time for vigorous stirring or you’ll destroy the meatballs. Heat them on low-medium, stirring occasionally, until the meatballs are heated thoroughly.

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Take each roll and fill with as many meatballs as you can fit. I usually do this with a slotted spoon and I avoid scooping the sauce as much as possible. I can generally get 4-5 meatballs into one sandwich roll, but this will vary depending on the size of roll you use. Top the meatballs with a bit of pasta sauce from your pot. Place your meatball sandwiches, as you fill them, directly on the baking sheet.

Steps for making Oven Baked Meatball Sandwiches: add cheese

Now, top each sandwich with shredded mozzarella cheese. My favorite part…CHEESE.

Easy Dinner Idea: Oven Baked Meatball Sandwiches

Bake in an oven at 400 degrees until cheese is melted, hot, and bubbly! Serve with a salad or chips for a super easy meal.

Portable & Easy Dinner Idea: Oven Baked Meatball Sandwiches (individually wrapped in foil)

TIP: If you are serving these during a party, game night, or if these are being packed for meals away from home, it might be helpful to wrap each sandwich individually. I liked to do this with foil, before baking. Here’s how:

  • Tear off one piece of foil for each sandwich (big enough to wrap the sandwich)
  • With one piece of foil, spray the top of the foil with cooking spray.
  • Place a sandwich roll in the middle and on top of the cooking sprayed side of the foil.
  • Fill with meatballs and pasta sauce. Top with cheese.
  • Fold one large corner of the foil completely over the top of the sandwich. Fold the left and right sides of the foil over the sandwich. Roll the sandwich towards the top part of the foil so the entire sandwich is secured in foil.
  • Bake in a 400 degree F oven for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is complete melted.
Oven Baked Meatball Sandwiches
  • Sandwich rolls (cut with one side intact)
  • Cooked Meatballs (your favorite recipe or frozen, pre-made meatballs)
  • Pasta Sauce (homemade or jarred)
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  1. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place your frozen cooked meatballs or homemade cooked meatballs in a large pot. Cover with your pasta sauce. Gently fold the meatballs with the sauce, Heat the meatballs and sauce on low-medium, stirring occasionally, until the meatballs are heated thoroughly.
  3. Fill a roll with as many meatballs as you can fit (usually 4-5 meatballs, depends on size of meatballs and the size of the roll). Top with more pasta sauce from your pot. Place filled sandwich rolls closely on baking sheet. Top each sandwich with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake until cheese is melted, hot, and bubbly.

Here’s more easy, cheesy sandwich recipes:

Buffalo Chicken Panini Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Panini

Oven Baked Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Oven Baked Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Italian Chicken Pesto Flatbread Sandwich

Italian Chicken Pesto Flatbread Sandwich

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    • says

      Hi Stacy, I haven’t ever froze these, but I am thinking that they might not do that well being frozen, that the bread might not hold up that well. I’m just not sure. It’s a great question — you’ve got me wondering so I think the next time I will make them, I will try it out and see how it goes.

    • clint says

      if you freeze them i would make extra meatballs and freeze after cook and cooled down or put them in sauce not on sub rolls .

    • sherry says

      i’m sure you can freeze the meatballs in the red sauce. It wouldnt take that long to defrost, put on the bun, add some cheese, and pop in the oven.

  1. LaShuna Vincent says

    Oh wow that looks delicious!! We are from Louisiana and have always eaten Meatball subs but your look great!! Will try tonight!!

    • says

      Hi Nicole!
      I’ve never actually timed it, but I would say that it takes about 15 minutes to heat frozen meatballs in pasta sauce. This would depend though on how many meatballs are you are heating and how large they are. Hope that helps!

    • says

      Hi Heather! I’m not exactly sure about what could have went wrong, this isn’t a problem I’ve experienced. Some thoughts are that maybe the rolls weren’t thick enough and/or the sauce was thin, or maybe too much sauce? It’s hard to say. I use a fairly thick sandwich roll, my sauce is usually a thicker consistency, and when I scoop the meatballs, I make sure to not scoop much extra sauce with them…but top them with extra sauce.

      • Carri says

        I make these often but with homemade meatballs. To slow down the soggy factor place rolls under the broiler to toast a bit. Then lay slices of provolone and broil again til melty. The cheese protects the bread!! :)

  2. lisa~ says

    These look yummy ans easy! I would like to make them for a ladies lunch. What would you suggest serving with them? Thanks.

    • brandie says

      Thanks Lisa! We usually pair our meatball sandwiches with a salad and/or fresh fruit. Sometimes with potato chips. The meatball sandwiches are fairly hearty, so I prefer lighter with side items.

  3. monica says

    Made these tonight and they were WONDERFUL! I followed the entire recipe, making the meatballs instead of buying the frozen ones and they were delicious! Plus, they were decently healthy with the turkey and spinach :) My husband said it was one of the best things i’ve made in a while and there were so many meatballs left over, I threw them in the freezer for a quick lunch or dinner next week!! Thanks!

    • brandie says

      Monica, thank you so much for taking the time to tell me how much you enjoy my meatball sandwich idea! And I think it’s always great when you can do the work one time, but get multiple meals. :)

  4. christi harrison says

    I made the turkey meatballs tonight and they were soooo good! We were skeptical because we have tried using turkey for burgers and tacos and never liked the way it tasted. These were DELICIOUS! I would definitly recommend the turkey meatball recipe. We froze them and plan on making the meatball sandwiches this week. My 2 year old picky eater even ate them! Thanks so much!

    • brandie says

      They are still somewhat soft after baking, not hard. The bottom (part sitting on the baking sheet) can get a bit crispy, depending on how long you leave them in the oven. Overall, they do stay softer if you wrap in foil before baking.

  5. Jenn says

    These look delicious! My husband will love them, I can tell already!

    Were you able to freeze with success? I’m one to make lots and then freeze for quick dinners.

    • says

      Hi Jenn,
      I still haven’t tried freezing them, but am planning on making them again soon and still have plans on testing them as a freezer meal. When I make them, we always have extras, but my husband and kids usually end up eating them for lunch the couple days after.

    • Laura says

      I think this should be easy enough to do with just making the meatballs (or purchasing them) and putting together right before serving. I don’t see much reason to freeze the whole thing beforehand. The sandwich (I would think) will taste better and fresher with fresh bread. Just my opinion!

  6. says

    Visiting from Gallery of Favorites.
    This is a great way to prepare meatball sandwiches for a crowd. That browned cheesy topping is my favorite part too.

  7. says

    Your meatball sandwiches are going to be a huge hit with my family! I’ve pinned this recipe to my dinner board and will be adding it to my menu soon.

  8. Leann says

    These were absolutely delicious! I managed to severely burn the bottoms of my meatballs, so next time I’m going to lower the temperature and increase the bake time. Either way, I cut off the burnt part and my hubby and I love this recipe!

  9. Stacy says

    I am going to use four cheese for this. My family doesn’t care for Mozz. Cheese so we always substitute other cheeses for it.

  10. says

    What a great recipe for a crowd, we will sure be trying this one! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great summer weekend and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. Candace says

    Made these tonight were great, my husband ate like 4!! He loved them!! Big hit and super easy! Love it!!

  12. Angus says

    We’re trying this tonight, thinking ahead to summer though, has anyone ever tried using a bbq instead of the oven?

  13. Bonnie says

    I think I will cook my meatballs then can in thick pasta sause so I can just open
    the jar and heat. This sounds awesome. I might even cook the meatballs on the Treager
    bbq and see how that turns out first.

  14. Mimi SoFlY says

    In The Process Of Making These Right Now..But I Made My Own Meatballs..I Know They Are Going To Come Out Great :).


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