Healthy Meatball Sandwich Recipe

This healthier version of a Meatball Sub is hands down one of my favorite sandwiches of all time. And, more importantly, my whole family from ages 1 to 40 loves it! That’s a rare treat at this stage of life. Not only is this Meatball Sub Sandwich delicious, but like many of my recipes, it’s full of hidden veggies. Bonus!

healthy meatball sandwiches

Here’s what I did to make our healthier Meatball Sub:

1) Using my grass-fed, organic ground beef (here’s why I only buy this kind of beef), I made my meatballs using the recipe below. These meatballs are delicious, moist, and full of vegetables!

Healthier Meatball Sub Recipe

2) Next, I split and toasted some whole wheat rolls or subs under the broiler for 1 minute. I’ve used both, as you’ll see in these pictures.

Healthier Meatball Sub Recipe

3) Now on to putting together your delectable sandwich.

healthy meatball sub recipe

  • First a meatball (or two if you’re using a sub) on top of the toasted bread. You may have to cut them in half if they don’t fit easily on your sub roll.
  • Next top the meatballs with a healthy marinara sauce. I also love Newman’s Own Marinara because of its simple ingredients, great flavor, and affordable price.
  • Lastly, lay 1 slice of Provolone or Mozzarella cheese (cut it in pieces to fit) over the top of the sauce.

healthy meatball recipe

4) Toast your sandwich in a 350 degree oven until sandwich is warmed through and cheese is melted–about 10 minutes.

Fast Week Night Tip: To make these on busy week nights, I make a huge batch of meatballs and sauce in advance on the weekend. Then, the sauce and meatballs are ready to go. Putting the sandwich together and toasting it takes less than 15 minutes that way! I freeze any sauce and meatballs are leftover or use them over spaghetti the next night.

Healthier Meatball Sub Recipe

Here’s my healthier meatball recipe. Feel free to sub ground turkey for the grass-fed beef.

Healthier Meatballs with Veggies

Yields: 15 large meatballs

These moist, delicious meatballs are packed full of veggies to make a healthier version.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium carrot, minced in food processor
  • 1/2 small onion, minced in food processor (saute these in a little olive oil if you want a milder onion taste)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh loosely packed parsley, finely chopped in food processor
  • 1/2 cup fresh, finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (I made my own with leftover stale bread in food processor)
  • 3 tablespoons organic ketchup
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet that has sides or a 9x13 casserole dish with parchment paper or foil (for easy clean-up).

In a large bowl, add the carrot, onion, garlic, parsley, Parmesan, egg, bread crumbs, ketchup, salt and pepper to a large bowl and combine.

Mix in the ground beef. Use your hands to combine well.

Using about 2 tablespoons of mixture per meatball, roll out 15 meatballs. They will be about 1 or 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place these on the cookie sheet, leaving a little room between each one.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until cooked through. I cut one open and make sure there is no pink in the middle.

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Comments

  1. These look sooo mouth-watering! Love you little guy with the stringy cheese out of his mouth. =) Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck. I love anything you can put a healthy spin on.

  2. Darcie says

    I’m excited to try these, Rach! I love all the additions. :)

  3. Janice says

    I’m really trying to serve my family healthier meals. I’ve discovered grass fed beef and have been searching for recipes for grass fed beef. My family is going to love these meatball subs and I’ll feel good serving it to them.

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  6. Brittany says

    Yummy! I’m going to have to make these for our family! Thank you for sharing.

    • Rachel says

      Hope you enjoy them. Never get a complaint with these. And that’s hard to come by! :)

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  8. Rose says

    Do you freeze the meatballs and sauce mixed together or separate?
    Just had them for dinner and my toddlers loved them!

    • Rachel says

      I freeze them in the sauce. It keeps them moist and makes it easy to warm up on the stove that way. Congrats on getting the toddlers to like these guys. I always do a little dance, well figuratively, when my little ones try a new healthy food!

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  10. Jen says

    Delicious! Had these for dinner last, and will definitely be making them again! I also added in a stalk of celery and a little green pepper. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Rachel says

      Yum! Sounds great. I’m so glad you’d enjoyed them. We had them this week too with no complaints.

  11. Sara says

    Yumm! Just made these tonight! Simple to put together & very tasty!

    • Rachel says

      Awesome, Sara. So glad! I need to make these again soon.

  12. April says

    Just wanted to say that I love your blog and all these recipes! I’ve made (and passed on) many of these recipes and these homemade meatballs are my husband’s favorite. He keeps requesting I make them like every other week and he’s never liked my cooking before. :)

    • Rachel says

      Ah, thanks. I’m blushing. :)

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