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Meatball Sub Tin Foil Dinner

February 5, 2014

When I think of a good “out of the box” tin foil dinner, I think of a meatball sub. It’s the perfect camping recipe. Buy a giant bag of frozen meatballs from Costco, a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce, and some rolls before you leave and you’re all set! OR (if you are like me and like a little bit of a homemade taste) you can make your own  meatballs and freeze them for your trip!

tin foil meatball sandwich

Meatball Sub Tin Foil Dinner


  • 1/2 lb hamburger
  • 1/2 lb sausage
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon dehydrated onion
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • rolls


  1. Line a large cookie sheet with tin foil and lightly mist with non-stick spray.
  2. Combine the first 11 ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until combined. Form into 1 inch balls (I use a small cookie scoop) rolling between your hands to form circles. Place onto your prepared tray.
  3. Broil until your meatballs are just lightly browned.
  4. AT HOME COOKING: Place your meatballs in a saucepan. Cover with your favorite spaghetti sauce and simmer for 30 minutes. Place onto the rolls and enjoy.
  5. IF FREEZING FOR LATER USE: Remove from the oven and when your tray has cooled place in the freezer for twenty minutes. Place your meatballs in a freezer bag and store.
  6. CAMPING: Create four rectangles of heavy duty foil. Fold up the sides creating a 1 inch rim. Spray your containers with cooking spray and add a bit of sauce to each. Top with your meatballs. Fold up the sides to create your packet. Place your packets onto prepared coals. Cook for 30 minutes making sure to turn a few times.

tin foil meatball sandwich recipe

What do you think? Simple enough to take on the road but tasty enough to really impress. I like that it’s sort of a messy meal for kids that is being eaten outside. Spills and messes really don’t matter. Wipe them up with a wet wipe and you’re good to go!

How are you liking the series so far? Anything you’re hoping to see?

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Meatball recipe from the Our Best Bites Cookbook. If you don’t own it… you should!

Comments (3)

  • Yvonne @ TriedandTasty Reply

    February 6, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Loving the series so far!! Yay – can’t wait to try this recipe!

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  • Candis Reply

    October 11, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Hubby and I like to have friends over
    And I’m always finding great foods to
    Eat with our hands. For years now I’ve
    Made meatball subs. I scoop out the extra bread inside, not to much …
    In the ciabatta or hoagie rolls.
    Scooping out the bread allows the meatballs to fit inside and easier to handle, especially for young people or elderly. Of course me too.

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