Meatball Sandwiches Recipe

If you like sloppy Joe’s, you’ll love these meatball sandwiches!

Some comfort foods cannot be equaled. You can try to make something else that measures up, but it just won’t happen- at least not the way it should.

A single Clean Eating Spaghetti Meatball Sandwich sits on a cutting board. There are three large meatballs between a whole grain bun. The top half of the bun has been set back a bit so you can see more of the meatballs. The meatballs are covered in marinara.

These spaghetti meatball sandwiches are that one sandwich that hits the spot every time. Filling, hearty, and downright delicious, and they won’t even heat up your kitchen in this summer heat!

You can freeze these before or after cooking for convenience, and if you prefer to cook these in the oven during the winter months, all you have to do is place them in a casserole dish instead of a slow cooker and bake at 350 F. until the meatballs reach at least 165 F on a meat thermometer. (I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m guessing it would take about 30-40 minutes).

These are great for barbecues and summer gatherings as you won’t get any complaints, no matter the age of your guests. However, I do highly recommend supplying your guests with plenty of napkins, as these are a lot.

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Spaghetti Meatball Sandwiches

Meatball Sandwiches Recipe

Delicious, filling sandwiches that will leave you wanting seconds. (If you have room in your tummy!)
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 169kcal


  • 1 Slow Cooker


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp. almond flour
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning (see link above to make your own)
  • ½ medium yellow onion (minced)
  • 1 large egg
  • 18 oz. jar marinara (no sugar added, purchased or homemade)


  • In a medium to large mixing bowl, knead together all the listed ingredients, except the marinara.
  • Form your meatballs about the size of a large walnut or golfball and place them in the bottom of your crock.
  • Pour the marinara over the top of the meatballs.
  • Cook on low for approximately 3-4 hours (times will vary by slow cooker). When done, ladle the meatballs and sauce over some bread and enjoy!


Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 500mg | Potassium: 603mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 7.2mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2.6mg

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  2. These can also be made in the oven by baking uncovered @ 350 for 30 min.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amanda – Fantastic! Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Catherine Lucy says:

    This looks yummy! I have two questions:

    1. How many meatballs in a serving? The photo shows three on a bun. I’m debating if I should double the recipe if I want to end up with about 10 sandwiches.

    2. Can you use regular flour if you don’t care about it being as “clean?” I’d like to use what I have on hand the first time I make it. Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Catherine – If you are serving 10 people/sandwiches, I would definitely double the recipe just to be safe. And yes, you can use regular flour. But I would cut it in half. Let me know how it turns out!

      1. Catherine Lucy says:

        Turned out great! I used wheat flour instead (it’s what I had on hand) and cut it in half. Mix was so moist and sticky that I had trouble forming balls. I think I would use 2 Tbsp. of my flour next time just for comparison. Also, I forgot to make it ahead of time to put in the crock pot, so I baked in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes as recommended, and they were delicious! Thanks so much!

        1. The Gracious Pantry says:

          Catherine – Wonderful!!! I’m so glad it all worked out! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. I forgot to add the egg. Is that going to ruin the recipe?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Christa – No, you should be fine. ๐Ÿ™‚