Foil-Pack Meatball Subs

Are you a summertime camper? Or maybe just love making simple meals you can shove into one easy to clean-up package!?! Over the next few days, I am going to post some clean, foil-pack meals you can do on the barbie’ or over a campfire. The only clean-up after will be wiping your kids faces!


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lb extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for garnish, optional
  • 2 cups jarred unsalted tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp each dried basil and 
dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz white or cremini 
mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 whole-grain sausage or sub 
buns, grilled


  1.  In a large sauté pan on medium-high, heat oil. Add onion and sauté, stirring frequently, until translucent, 2 minutes. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, 30 seconds. Scrape into a large bowl and cool slightly. Mix in beef, egg, bread crumbs, parsley and Parmesan. Shape into 18 meatballs.
  2.  Meanwhile, heat a grill to high. In a medium bowl, combine tomato sauce, basil, oregano and pepper flakes. Spread one-quarter of sauce in center of a 24-inch-long sheet of heavy-duty foil, turning edges of foil up, if needed, to prevent spilling. Top with meatballs, remaining sauce, bell pepper and mushrooms. Bring short edges of foil together, then fold inward a few times along each long edge to seal packet.
  3.  Turn off heat on 1 side of grill; transfer packet to unheated side. Close lid and grill until temperature reaches 160˚F when tested in center of thickest meatball, 18 to 20 minutes. Divide among buns. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan (if using).

TIP-Jarred clean tomato sauce is a shortcut that helps get these meaty subs on the table fast. For evenly sized meatballs, divide mixture into thirds, then divide each third into 6 equal balls – this will ensure they cook through at the same time.

Oven Variation: Bake packet 
on a rimmed baking sheet in a 350˚F oven until temperature reaches 160˚F when tested in center of thickest meatball, 20 to 
22 minutes


*recipe from CE

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