Savory Meatball Sandwiches


Get ready for a taste sensation with our Savory Meatball Sandwiches! Perfectly seasoned chicken meatballs nestled between layers of gooey cheese, all sandwiched between sweet Hawaiian dinner rolls. This easy-to-make recipe is a crowd-pleaser, whether you’re hosting a game day get-together or simply craving a satisfying sandwich. Let’s dive into the steps to create these mouthwatering delights.


  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 4 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
  • 1 pack (12 ounces) refrigerated chicken meatballs, cut in half
  • 1 package sweet Hawaiian dinner rolls (12 rolls)
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter


1. Preheat Oven

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).

2. Prepare Meatballs

  1. In a large bowl, combine the tomato sauce with 3 teaspoons of Italian seasoning and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. Mix well.
  2. Add the halved meatballs to the sauce mixture and stir to ensure they are coated. Set aside.

3. Assemble Sandwiches

  1. Take the sweet Hawaiian dinner rolls out of the packaging, keeping them together as a bundle. Carefully cut the entire bundle of rolls in half horizontally. The bottom half should be slightly thicker than the top half.
  2. Place the bottom half of the rolls in a 13×9-inch baking dish, cut side facing upwards.
  3. Lay the provolone cheese slices over the bottom half of the rolls.
  4. Evenly distribute the meatballs and sauce over the provolone cheese layer.
  5. Sprinkle the grated mozzarella cheese over the meatballs.
  6. Place the top half of the rolls (cut side down) over the mozzarella layer.

4. Butter Mixture

  1. In a small bowl, mix the melted butter with the remaining Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  2. Brush the tops of the rolls with the butter mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated.

5. Bake

  1. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the sandwiches are heated through and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

6. Serve

  1. Once done, remove from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving.

Tips for Perfect Savory Meatball Sandwiches

  • Meatball Choice: Experiment with different flavored chicken or turkey meatballs for unique twists.
  • Cheese Varieties: Swap provolone and mozzarella with your favorite cheese varieties for a personalized touch.
  • Spice It Up: Add red pepper flakes or hot sauce to the tomato sauce for a spicy kick.

Variations and Personal Touches


Add sautéed onions and bell peppers for an extra layer of flavor and texture.

Creative Touch:

Drizzle balsamic glaze over the meatballs before closing the sandwich for a gourmet touch.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.
  • Pair with a crisp green salad for a balanced meal.

Why Savory Meatball Sandwiches?

These sandwiches are a harmonious blend of sweet, savory, and cheesy goodness. They’re versatile, easy to make, and sure to become a favorite in your recipe repertoire.

FAQ Section

Q1: Can I use frozen meatballs?

Certainly! Thaw them before halving and coating with the sauce.

Q2: What if I can’t find sweet Hawaiian rolls?

Choose any soft dinner rolls for a similar texture and sweetness.

Q3: Can I make these ahead for a party?

Absolutely! Prepare the sandwiches, cover, and refrigerate. Bake before serving.

Q4: Can I use a different type of cheese?

Of course! Cheddar, Swiss, or Monterey Jack can be delightful alternatives.

Q5: Can I freeze the leftovers?

Yes, individually wrap leftovers and freeze for up to a month. Reheat in the oven for a tasty snack.

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