Hollowing out the tops of the hoagie buns keeps the sauce from oozing out the sides (though have napkins nearby in case that happens anyway!).

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl combine eggs, bread crumbs, onion, salt, and Italian seasoning. Add ground beef; mix well. Shape into 48 meatballs. Arrange meatballs in a large roasting pan or 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until done (160°).* Drain well.

Instructions Checklist
  • In a 4-quart Dutch oven combine the pasta sauce and meatballs. Heat through. Split buns or hollow out tops of unsplit buns. Spoon hot meatball mixture into buns. Spoon any remaining sauce over the meatballs. Sprinkle cheese over meatballs. If buns are split, top with bun halves. Let stand for 1 to 2 minutes before serving.


The internal color of a meatball is not a reliable doneness indicator. A beef, veal, lamb, or pork meatball cooked to 160°F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a meatball, insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of the meatball.

Nutrition Facts

599 calories; 18 g total fat; 6 g saturated fat; 3 g polyunsaturated fat; 7 g monounsaturated fat; 86 mg cholesterol; 1351 mg sodium. 162 mg potassium; 83 g carbohydrates; 6 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 29 g protein; 49 IU vitamin a; 11 mg vitamin c; 1 mg thiamin; 1 mg riboflavin; 7 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 16 mcg folate; 1 mcg vitamin b12; 212 mg calcium; 6 mg iron;

Reviews (3)

31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 3 stars
I made meatballs before , that came out juicy & moist . I brown them in a electric skillet , drained most of grease off but left around 2 tablespoon in the skillet , then added the sauce & cooked for about 20 - 30 mins . in the sauce .
Rating: 1 stars
Sorry the best way to cook meatballs is in the microwave on a browning tray..takes grease out but leaves your meatballs nice and juicy. I never ever cook my meatballs in the oven...come out dry yuk!
Rating: Unrated
After years of frying meatballs in a pan, baking meatballs in the oven is my new preference for making them. They cook evenly, retain their shape, and are juicy. I simmered the meatballs in the spaghetti sauce before I put them in the buns to let the meatballs soak up the sauce. I made these sandwiches for a crowd and they were a big hit, my guests were asking for more.