Slow Cooker Meatball Sandwiches

This recipe for slow cooker meatball sandwiches is one of those amazing, delicious foods that you’ll want on hand for your game day tailgating and homegating parties.

This recipe was created as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias and its client advertiser, Pick ‘n Save. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Lean ground sirloin from Pick ‘n Save is formed into meatballs and combined with green peppers, onions, and a rich marinara sauce that’s slow cooked to perfection and topped with melted mozzarella cheese to create a sandwich that’s sure to be a game day favorite of everyone!

Slow Cooker Meatball Sandwiches Recipe, from

Vince Lombardi was a great American football player, best known for his role as the head coach of my favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. During the 1960’s, he led the Pack to five national championship victories, including two Super Bowl wins, in 1966 and 67. (source)  What many people don’t know is that Vince loved a good meatball sandwich.  It’s true! My dad loved the game of football and every once in a while during half time, he’d toss out awesome trivia like that.  Why my brain decided that Vince’s love of a meatball sandwich was important, I will never understand, but it came in handy today, so there’s that.

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Since the first slow cooker wasn’t marketed until 1970, I can with 100% assurance tell you that Coach Lombardi’s favorite game day meal was not a recipe for slow cooker meatball sandwiches, but I’d be willing to bet that the core ingredients of his sandwich were pretty darned close to mine.   Even if they weren’t, I can pretend like I know the truth, right?

Tailgating versus Homegating, the dilemma

Fact: Attending live NFL football games is not inexpensive. In fact, it’s downright crazy expensive. Enough so that I’ve only been tailgating in the parking lot of an NFL football game twice in my life, and both of them were before preseason games.

Fact #2: I have a teeny tiny apartment with nowhere to sit but a little love seat and a cat hair infested floor, and most of the time that love seat is taken by Hasome.  This makes homegating with friends difficult at best.  That’s why I grovel my way into other people’s homes to watch football games. #Truth. I’m not below begging for a seat at a great football party. A football fan like me will do desperate things to be able to party it up.

I’m so hardcore, I’ve been known to put on full head-to-toe green and gold attire (complete with cheesehead hat) and walk up to someone’s house and ring the doorbell.  They almost always let me come in, though, because hey… I’m a Wisconsin girl and I’ve got food with me!

I know that I can pick up fresh food fast at #MyPicknSave, shoot home with the ingredients and make up yummi game treats like Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Bites, Jalapeno Chicken Beer Cheese Soup 
Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Bites, from   Slow Cooker Jalapeno Chicken Beer Cheese Soup Recipe from - This zesty soup will warm you up on the coldest of days! #MyCopps #Shop #Cbias,

or this recipe for slow cooker meatball sandwiches!  It’s a win-win for everyone involved and there’s  not a game day tailgater or homegater that I’ve met who’s complained about good food at a great price.

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If you’re gonna party it up at your house or out in a tailgating lot somewhere, just remember that you can use Pick ‘n Save to help you stock up on game day decorations, tableware, ice and charcoal before you hit the ground running. Otherwise, you may be trekking back over there in pretty quick order.  Not that I have personal experience with that or anything….

Slow Cooker Meatball Sandwich Recipe, from @itsyummi

The party’s on with these meatball sandwiches!

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My Pick 'n Save Recipe for Slow Cooker Meatball Sandwiches

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 4 hr Yields 4

These slow cooker meatball sandwiches are perfect for lunch, dinner, or snacks for game day! Yummi meatballs, marinara sauce, peppers, onions, and cheese are piled into toasted buns.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (or lean ground meat of your choice)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large yellow or white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large sweet bell pepper (any color), thinly sliced
  • 24 ounces (3 cups) marinara or meat sauce
  • 4 hearty rolls (each about 6 inches long)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Grated Parmesan cheese, optional
  2. In a medium bowl, combine ground meat with egg, bread crumbs, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix with hands or a large spoon until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. Form mixture into 12 meatballs, taking care not to pack them too tightly. Place meatballs in the bottom of 6 quart slow cooker. Arrange onions and peppers around the meatballs. Pour marinara/meat sauce over everything, making sure that each meatball is completely covered with sauce.
  4. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours, or until meatballs are cooked through.
  5. Sandwich Assembly
  6. Halve each roll lengthwise and place 3 meatballs inside, along with peppers, onions, and extra sauce (if desired). Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. The hot meatballs should cause the cheese to melt, but if not, place sandwiches on a sheet pan under the oven broiler for a minute to melt cheese completely. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired, and serve hot.
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33 Replies to "Slow Cooker Meatball Sandwiches"

  • Stuart December 2, 2014 (7:46 pm)

    It’s a Win-Win…I love meatball subs; my wife loves cooking in the slow cooker

    • Chef Becca December 3, 2014 (9:10 am)

      That sounds like the perfect match, Stuart!

  • Tina W October 15, 2014 (11:49 pm)

    Bring me meatball sandwiches and you can watch any football you’d like at my house!

    • Chef Becca October 16, 2014 (6:45 am)

      Well thank you so very much for that, Tina 😉 I’ll be over with meatballs shortly… feel free to hang green and gold streamers now!

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  • Jill October 5, 2014 (10:11 am)

    My husband and son love a great meatball sandwich. Pinning this to put on my next meal planner 🙂

    • Chef Becca October 5, 2014 (4:52 pm)

      Thanks so much for sharing, Jill. I hope your family loves the meatball sandwiches!

  • Barb October 3, 2014 (12:11 pm)

    My kids keep bugging me to make meatball sandwiches. These ingredients are going on my shopping list.

    • Chef Becca October 3, 2014 (1:51 pm)

      Awesome sandwiches, Barb. I hope your family enjoys them!

  • Krissy Allori {self proclaimed foodie} October 3, 2014 (11:47 am)

    I LOVE meatball sandwiches and would have never thought to make them in the slow cooker. What an outstanding idea!

  • Kim October 3, 2014 (11:34 am)

    Looks so good! I make meatballs in the crock pot all the time…and never thought to put them on a hero. Um hello! They look amazing. Thanks for the great idea~ my family thanks you! 😉 Ps- cute nails!

    • Chef Becca October 3, 2014 (12:52 pm)

      Thanks, Kim! I just love turning the slow cooker meatballs into easy dinner solutions! P.S. I love my nails 🙂

  • Kim Beaulieu October 1, 2014 (9:39 pm)

    Between the recipe and the nails you won me over.

    • Chef Becca October 2, 2014 (10:55 am)

      hehe… Thanks, Kim! Football rules and bland nails drool. Or somethin’ like that 😉

  • Christiane October 1, 2014 (8:10 pm)

    Well, you know I can’t support you in your choice of football teams, especially not after last weekend, but I can tell you that that’s one awesome looking sandwich.

    • Chef Becca October 2, 2014 (10:56 am)

      Yes, I completely understand. After such a massacre, I’m grateful that you came to visit me. Let’s eat some meatball sandwiches and be good friends forever 🙂

  • Erin October 1, 2014 (2:03 pm)

    We LOVE meatball sandwiches!! My husband and son are huge Packer fans, so I guess it makes sense they like a good meatball sandwich 🙂

    • Chef Becca October 1, 2014 (2:05 pm)

      Thanks, Erin… and yes…. your Packer fans are in very good hands with a meatball sandwich. Or, umm, the sandwich is in good hands with your men holding them 😉

  • Taylor October 1, 2014 (11:46 am)

    Seriously, this sandwich, I am DYING over it! LOOKS so amazing girlfriend! Pinned!

  • Gerry October 1, 2014 (11:33 am)

    loVE me some meatball subs!

    • Chef Becca October 1, 2014 (11:47 am)

      Thanks, Gerry! We’re pretty addicted to ’em over in this house.

  • David September 29, 2014 (7:42 am)

    These sandwiches look delicious, Becca! And here I thought I was a die-hard football fan…I don’t have my nails painted. Yet. Now that I’ve seen the idea, I might have to go for it next weekend! 🙂

    • Chef Becca September 29, 2014 (7:47 am)

      LOL, Dave! I can hardly wait to see you in that mani. Hmm, maybe you should go for the full monty and get a pedi done, too. The Jets will love you for it 😉

      • David September 29, 2014 (7:54 am)

        Jets? Jets? Becca! Did you actually think I was a Jets fan? Nope. No way. No how. #WhoDat

        • Chef Becca September 29, 2014 (9:07 am)

          Oh crap! My sincerest apologies! I need to learn that just because someone lives in a state with a big NFL team does not mean that they root for that team. Reason #75 that I moved out of Illinois. No way in freaking heck was I going to convert #GoPackGo

  • Summer Davis September 28, 2014 (4:25 pm)

    I love me a good meatball, and I super love slowcooker recipes, Now that my daughter is in both soccer AND ballet, I’ve got three out of five week days that I am not home until after dinner time. I’m going to have to start employing my slow cooker a lot more than I already do. Thanks for the fabulous slow cooker recipe for one of those busy nights this week!

    • Chef Becca September 29, 2014 (7:48 am)

      Thanks, girly! The slow cooker is where it’s at, and all of the hip kids hang out there 🙂

  • Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody) September 27, 2014 (5:51 pm)

    Oh I should make these for my husband he would extra love me for it.

    • Chef Becca September 28, 2014 (5:49 am)

      These meatball sandwiches are so good, my hubs at 3 of them on a Sunday afternoon, Peabody!

  • Diane {Created by Diane} September 27, 2014 (12:42 pm)

    Meatball subs are a favorite around here. Love that you made them in the slow cooker

    • Chef Becca September 27, 2014 (2:21 pm)

      Thanks, Diane. I love how easy they were to make in the slow cooker, too!

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