Slow Cooker Meatball Subs

by FarmgirlGourmet

Slow Cooker Meatball Subs | I don’t know about you, but I get cravings for slow cooker meals.  It could be anything as long as it’s in the slow cooker filling my house with delicious smells all day long.

One of my son’s favorite things to eat are Meatball Subs.  I think that boy could eat his weight in his favorite sammie if given the opportunity.  This recipe only takes four hours in the slow cooker and is delish on a toasted roll with a sprinkling (or a heap) of tart cheddar cheese.

Slow Cooker Meatball Subs

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 8 sandwiches

Serving Size: 1 sandwich, 4 meatballs

Slow cooked meatballs in a quick tomato sauce makes an easy weeknight meal.


    For the Meatballs:
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs (or other bread crumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg (or ground nutmeg)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 8 hoagie rolls, split and toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl add the ground beef, egg, onion, bread crumbs, oregano, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Shape into 32 balls and arrange on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, uncovered. Remove from oven and discard the fat.
  3. In a 3 1/2 to 4-quart slow cooker, add the crushed tomatoes, red pepper, brown sugar, dijon, chili powder, garlic powder, sriracha, nutmeg and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Add the cooked meatballs, stirring gently to coat.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  5. Place meatballs on toasted hoagie rolls and top with extra sauce and cheese. Serve immediately.

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Andrea September 24, 2013 - 8:53 am

I made this last night, and it was great! The sauce was wonderfully rich and spicy 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

Eric June 24, 2013 - 4:55 pm

Making a batch of these right now. The sriracha + dijon mustard combination in the sauce seemed odd at first but now that I’ve tasted it I’m totally on board. Thanks 😉

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl June 12, 2013 - 11:29 am

We are totally making these very soon. Can’t wait for our tomato harvest so we can get some homemade tomatoes in this too!

Julia June 6, 2013 - 5:47 pm

I love finding new slow cooker recipes for during the week! These look so good.

Shaina June 1, 2013 - 8:55 am

Yes, I’ll take one of these, please.

Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen June 1, 2013 - 8:02 am

This is my boys’ favorite kind of sandwich!

Sandy@ReluctantEntertainer May 29, 2013 - 2:50 pm

These sound and look soooo good, Heather! Will have to give them a try!

Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles May 29, 2013 - 9:43 am

LOVE this, Heather! I need to use my slow cooker more, yes I do!!

marla May 28, 2013 - 4:32 am

Mmmmmmm! These subs look amazing!

bellalimento May 25, 2013 - 11:29 am

I love slow cooker meatballs. They rock.

Muna Kenny May 25, 2013 - 6:36 am

It just called my name 🙂 … Made me hungry!

Angie May 25, 2013 - 4:02 am

These look too good!

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray May 24, 2013 - 8:00 pm

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had a meatball sub before….ever. Crazy huh. Might need to change that ASAP!

Amber May 24, 2013 - 7:11 pm

These look delicious! I’ll definitely be trying them with my family!

Tieghan May 24, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Mmm!! Loving these. They look awesome!

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