How To Make A Traeger Meatball Sandwich

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Grab some napkins for this recipe because we are bringing the fun with this mother of all Meatball Subs.  We start with our scratch made meatballs, smoke them on the Traeger and then pile them inside a crusty bun and top it with marinara and lots of cheese.

How To Make A Traeger Meatball Sandwich

Then it’s back into the Traeger for some melty happiness.  Finger licking is acceptable with this one.

Yield: 6 Meatball Subs
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 30-35 Minutes
Cook Temp: 400˚ - Indirect Heat

Print Recipe For Traeger Meatball Sub Sandwich


Measure   Ingredient                                                             Prep Notes      
2 lb               Beef, Ground                                                      Ground Chuck, 80/20
¼ Cup           Onion, Red                                                        Peeled and Minced
1.5 Tbsp       Fishy Fishy Rub, 5280 Culinary                              
2 Tbsp          Rub-A-Dub, 5280 Culinary                             
1 Tbsp          Garlic, Fresh                                                      Minced
3 ea              Eggs, Fresh, XL                                             
1 Cup            Bread Crumbs, Panko                                    Unseasoned
1 Cup            Cheese, Mozzarella                                         Shredded
 6 ea              Bun, Hoagie                                                       Or Crusty Bun
1 ½ Cup        Sauce, Marinara                                             Hot
1  Cup           Cheese, Mozzarella                                        Shredded
½ Cup           Cheese, Parmesan                                         Shredded



4 tbsp           Basil, Fresh                                                              Finely sliced         


Preparation Directions:

Wash all tools prior to use
Clean and sanitize all cutting boards and prep surfaces prior to use
Read all manufacturer’s instructions before using grills, or any cooking tools
Clean out Traeger as needed and change drip tray liner
Fill pellet hopper with Reserve Blend Pellets
Set Traeger to 400˚, hit enter and hit ignite
While Traeger is heating up –
In a large mixing bowl add the following
Fishy Fishy and Rub-A-Dub
Bread Crumbs
Mix well by hand until fully incorporated, allow to rest for 10 minutes
Form into 36 meatballs and place onto Traeger Grilling Pan
Heat marinara sauce and hold hot
Mix remaining mozzarella cheese with the parmesan cheese and hold cold
When temp hits 400˚ add the Meatballs(on the Traeger grilling pan) to the Traeger and close the lid
Cook for 20-25 Minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165˚
Using heat proof gloves, carefully remove the meatballs and pan, bring into the kitchen
Slice all the buns lengthwise and form a canoe style cut (create a center well to hold sauce)
Place 6ea meatballs in the middle of the bun
Top each bun with about ½ cup of sauce
Top meatballs and sauce with 1/3 cup of the mozzarella and parmesan mixture
Add the sandwiches onto the grilling pan and then put back onto the Traeger and close the lid
Cook for 5-7 Minutes or until cheese starts to brown
Using heat proof gloves, carefully remove the sandwiches and bring into the kitchen
Garnish with finely chopped basil
  Shopping List
Traeger Ironwood 885                                                     Ace SKU – 8030462
Reserve Blend Pellets                                                       Ace SKU – 8015887
Trager Grill Basket (Grilling Pan)                               Ace SKU - 8019502
Fishy Fishy, 5280 Culinary                                             Ace SKU – 8561938
Rub-A-Dub, 5280 Culinary                                             Ace SKU - 8562050
Published on 3/24/2021.
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