Mini Meatball Subs

These mini meatball subs from Donna Hay make a great change if you are looking for something simple and different for the kids for dinner. Better still you can freeze them for later.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 350g beef mince
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce (ketchup)
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 4 coral lettuce leaves
  • 4 small dinner rolls, halved
  • 2 tablespoons tomato chutney or tomato sauce


  1. heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. add the onion and garlic cook for 2–3 minutes or until softened. allow to cool, place in a bowl with the mince, tomato sauce, salt and pepper and mix well to combine.
  2. roll teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper. heat the remaining oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat, add the meatballs and cook for 5–6 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. place a lettuce leaf and 2 meatballs in each roll and serve with the tomato chutney. serves 2.

Tip: this recipe will make 20 meatballs. You can freeze the leftover meatballs in portions for future lunches. To defrost, simply place in the fridge the night before using.

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