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Barbecue Meatball Hoagies

These Easy Barbecue Meatball Hoagies make for a hearty and delicious meal that is so satisfying. A real family pleaser and the perfect sandwich for game night or any family dinner. 

Meatball Hoagies are one of my family’s favorite meals, they literally beg for them again and again and today I’m showing you just how easy they are to make and my secrets for how to make the best meatballs!

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Two Barbecue Meatball Hoagie Sandwiches garnished with Green onions on a black platterBarbecue Meatball Hoagies

This is no ordinary sandwich. I don’t get very excited over sandwiches but this one totally stole my heart. Of course the key to an amazing sandwich starts with awesome bread!

BBQ Meatball Sub Sandwich

I am very excited to partner with Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread on this sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Martin’s Hoagie Rolls are the perfect start to my barbecue meatball hoagies. They are soft but yet sturdy enough to pile on fillings like sticky barbecue meatballs and every topping imaginable.Barbecue Meatball Hoagies with Martin's Hoagie Rolls, bowl of coleslaw and barbecue meatballs in a shallow dish

Martin’s Hoagie Rolls are made with no trans fats, no high fructose corn syrup, no ADA, and are non-GMO. The best part is the taste, these Hoagie buns are seriously delicious. Martin’s became famous for their amazing potato rolls and also have a wide assortment of sliced breads, dinner rolls and sandwich rolls.

I didn’t grow up eating meatloaf or meatballs and while I will usually eat them, they are not my favorite. It’s really a texture thing with me.

A while back we were watching one of the Andrew Zimmern shows where he travels around and tries the local cuisines from all over the world. This episode featured the famous Mamma Agata from the Almalfi Coast of Italy.

He declared that she made the best meatballs that he had ever tasted. We were quite smitten by Mamma Agata and her cooking. Now I want to go to Italy and take her cooking class!

I watched intently on how she went about making the meatballs so that I could try her method.

2 slices of wheat bread, ground beef in a blue bowl, chopped onions and garlic in a bowl, milk in a clear pitcher, flour in a bowl, barbecue sauce in a bowl, salt and pepper in a bowl, blue check napkin with a wood spoon laying on it ~ Ingredients for Barbecue Meatballs

She said that meatballs should be like a cloud. She was able to make her meatballs like clouds by combining the ground meat with bread that had been soaked in milk.  The next step is really what got my attention.

How to Make Meatballs:

Uncooked meatballs on a cookie sheet, rolling a meatball in flour, floured meatballs on parchment paper

She rolled the meatballs in flour and then deep fried them!  I had never tried deep frying meatballs. I usually bake them or just pan fry them.

I think the flour seals all of the moisture of the meatball and makes the outside just perfectly crisp and the most amazing texture.

Deep frying meatballs, Fried Meatball close up, Barbecued meatballs

She dropped the meatballs right down into the sauce when she got them out of the oil. I attempted this method the very next day and they were in fact, the best I’d ever made! So when it came time for the best Barbecue Meatball Hoagie, I was ready!

Barbecue Meatball Hoagie Sandwiches on a black platter

The results were phenomenal! This was hands down, the best sandwich I have ever made. If you are into making your own barbecue sauce, you have to check out my Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce. It is so incredibly delicious and just perfect for coating meatballs! 

Try this Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce if you are into spicy meatballs! It’s sweet and spicy and adds a ton of flavor to your favorite barbecue dishes.

How to Make Barbecue Meatball Hoagies

  • Brush Martin’s Hoagie Rolls lightly with garlic butter and lightly toast.
  • Add a layer of coleslaw to the toasted rolls.
  • Top with Barbecue Meatballs.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions.

Barbecue Meatball Hoagies with jar of barbecue sauce, hoagie rolls on a platter, package of hoagie buns, dish of meatballs, bowl of coleslawThere are a few steps to making the meatballs for these sandwiches, but I promise it is totally worth every single step.

My guys devoured these sandwiches in mere seconds. I’m not even kidding. They have been put on the tip top of the favorite dinner list and we will be making them often. Barbecue Meatball Hoagies with Coleslaw

Barbecue Meatball Hoagies are the perfect meal to feed a hungry crowd. You can make the meatballs ahead of time and add them with the sauce in the crockpot to keep them warm until ready to serve.

So next time you are having friends over for game day or just having everyone over for dinner, these sandwiches are just the ticket for an easy, crowd- pleasing dinner.

You might also like these Cocktail Meatballs for an easy appetizer or if you are into grilling, these Grilled Meatball Subs are crazy- delicious!

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Barbecue Meatball Hoagie Sandwiches on a black platter
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Barbecue Meatball Hoagies

These Easy Barbecue Meatball Hoagies make for a hearty and delicious meal that is so satisfying. A real family pleaser and the perfect sandwich for game night or any family dinner. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue meatballs, meatball sandwiches, meatball subs
Servings: 5
Calories: 1146kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 slice bread
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 5 Martin's Hoagie Rolls
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • coleslaw for serving optional


  • Add ground beef to a large mixing bowl. In a small bowl, add milk and bread and mix together until smooth, add to ground beef along with the beaten egg, onion, garlic and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop to form meatballs.
  • Roll meatballs in flour and place on a baking sheet.
  • Add oil to a heavy skillet and heat to 350 degrees. In another pan, add barbecue sauce and place on low.
  • Cook meatballs in batches about 4 minutes each, turning to brown all sides.
  • Drain meatballs as you remove them from the oil and place into barbecue sauce.
  • Simmer meatballs about 5 minutes in sauce.
  • Mix butter and granulated garlic. Brush over outsides and tops of hoagie rolls and toast lightly.
  • Place coleslaw (if desired) in hoagie rolls and top with barbecue meatballs. Garnish with green onions and serve immediately.


Calories: 1146kcal | Protein: 24g | Fat: 76g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 1796mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 49g

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