Garlic Bread Meatball Subs

Garlic bread meatball subs

Garlic Bread meets the Meatball Sub and the result is out of this world! Garlic Bread Meatball Subs are perfect for your next party, or even a weeknight diner.

You’ve heard of three truths and a lie, right? The game where I tell you four different statements and three are true but one is a lie? Let’s play it real quick! I’m about to tell you four different things about jobs I’ve had in the past and you need to identify which one is a lie.


  1. Subway was my first job when I turned 16, but I only worked there for a few days because it just wasn’t for me.
  2. After the gig at Subway, I became an ice cream scooper and my favorite thing to make was a banana split!
  3. During college, I was a waitress at Red Lobster and ate way too many Cheddar Bay Biscuits for my own good.
  4. My favorite part of my first teaching job was teaching 5th grade math!

If you guessed that 1, 3, or 4, was a lie,you’re wrong. Those are all true! If you guessed number 2, you are correct! I never had a gig at an ice cream shop, although I was a server at a restaurant called Steak n’ Shake and made way more than my fair share of milk shakes!

And speaking of Subway… it’s true. I worked there for a few days before I quit. It was my official first real job, aside from babysitting. But, I remember they wanted me to close the store by myself, and my loving, protective Dad said no-way! During my short gig at Subway, there was one sub that I was just disgusted to make….. the Meatball Sub! I don’t know if it’s because I was just weening myself off a vegetarian diet, or what, but my mouth NEVER salivated thinking about that Meatball Sub. I thought it was DIIISGUSTING!

It’s been nearly 15 years since my few shorts days at Subway, and I finally decided to give the Meatball Sub a try. But I didn’t want it to be a boring ole’ sandwich that ya’ll would yawn at so I hemmed and hawed and finally came up with…. Garlic Bread meets the Meatball Sub! I started by slooooow cooking the meatballs all day long. Then, I sliced open some french bread rolls that I had bought at the store (about 4 inches each) and prepped them like I was making garlic bread by slathering a garlic butter mixture all over. Then, I baked the bread for about 6 minutes so that the bread was warm, but still soft. Finally, I added some meatballs and sauce, topped with cheese, and broiled for a few minutes until the cheese melted. 

Let me tell you, these sandwiches were out of this world delicious. I love garlic bread, so it was sort of a no-brainer that I LOVED these meatball subs! And to boot, these are perfect for a party because it makes a lot. I was able to get about 12 subs out of the meatballs. If you weren’t planning to feed a crowd with these, and you didn’t want to eat a bunch as leftovers, you could simply freeze half of the meatballs for a later use. You’d just freeze the already cooked meatballs and when you were ready to eat, you’d thaw them completely and heat them in a sauce pan.

We really enjoyed these subs, and I hope you do too! Aside from the subs, these meatballs are also fantastic with pasta, or even served solo. But man, you can’t go wrong with Garlic Bread meets the Meatball sub! Enjoy!

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Garlic Bread Meatball Subs

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Prep Time: 10mn
Cook Time: 7hr
Total Time: 7hr 10mn


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups bread crumbs (Italian seasoned)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 of a small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1- 28 ounce jar marinara
  • 1- 28ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
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  • 12 – 4 inch french bread rolls, sliced open
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Chopped parsley for garnish
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  1. In your slow cooker, combine marinara, crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano, red pepper flake, and garlic powder.
  2. In a large bowl, use your hands to mix together ground chuck, egg, bread crumbs, fresh parsley, garlic, and yellow onion. Combine well.
  3. Divide the meat mixture into 30-36 meatballs. I used a heaping tablespoon of meat mixture for each meatball.
  4. Place the meatballs in the sauce mixture and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for about 4 hours.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  6. In the microwave, melt two sticks of butter (about 1 minute will do) in a bowl. To the melted butter, add 2 teaspoons garlic powder and dried parsley. 
  7. Brush melted butter liberally over all 10-12 rolls. Bake the rolls in the oven for about 6-7 minutes, then remove from the oven and turn the broiler on.
  8. Place about three meatballs on each sub, and spoon some of the sauce over the meatballs. Top with mozzarella cheese, and parsley, if you’d like, for garnish. Broil for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted. Cool for a minute or two and serve immediately.Keep an eye on the subs so that the bread doesn’t burn!
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  1. Yay! Thanks for the feedback Lisa! :)

  2. Laura Matherly

    Yep, tried something like this…in Jumbo size (on garlic French loaf) With 3x the cheese. we added slices provolone, parm, & mozzarella shredded , It was delish.

  3. Ginger Valerdi-Dulack

    I have done this with chicken parm sandwiches and with steak sandwiches also. LOVE garlic bread :)

  4. Barb Prince

    You just gave me a idea for dinner for tonight Thanks

  5. Heather

    If you wanted to make half for dinner and freeze the other portion how would you recommend doing that?

    • Just place the meatballs and the sauce in a tupperware container and pop it in the freezer! Very simple! :)

  6. I love this recipe” I have made them lots of times, but I love the garlic bread idea” that’s on my menu very soon. Thank you

  7. Lisa Cork-Schulz

    Made these tonight for dinner, huge success! In a House full of boys they all loved this recipe. This recipe is a keeper and it was super simple!

  8. Shannon

    made this one night and the family loved it! i’ve never seen my brother or dad eat a meatball sandwich so fast. defenitely keeping this recipe.

  9. Dyane

    I just made these tonight and they were AMAZING!! I added a little bit of shredded parmesan on top, because we didn’t have a lot of mozzarella. I always burn bread because our new apartment has an electric stove/oven unit :( and I didn’t bake them the full time. So next time I’ll do the full 7 minutes, ours got a little soggy. I ended up getting out forks, but we just flipped them over and enjoyed the heck out of them!! Thank you so much for this recipe, I was a vegetarian for 7 years and didn’t eat red meat for 19 years (since I was 10). He loves meatballs and this was a great recipe for us!! Thank you =]
    PS: I agree about the Subway meat ball sub, it still grosses me out.

    • So happy to hear you enjoyed them Dyane! They are still a favorite in our house!

  10. Linda Schussler

    Yes I made these and they were absolutely the best I ever had or made and hubby says so” thank you so much for the recipe.

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