Meatball Grinder

Cuisinart original

A crowd-pleasing meal with simple ingredients and minimal effort.


Makes 4 servings


  • Meatballs:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Meatball Grinders:
  • 4 mini grinder rolls (about 5 inches long)
  • ½ cup prepared marinara sauce*, plus extra for serving
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced


Nutritional information


Nutritional information per sandwich: Calories 435 (55% from fat) • carb. 17g • pro. 33g • fat 27g • sat. fat 12g • chol. 106mg sod. 713mg • calc. 70mg • fiber 1g



1. Make the Meatballs: Mix meat together well with spices and then form into 8 equal balls.

2. Place on the Baking Pan and into Rack Position 2.

Set to Convection Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes.Cook until meatballs are evenly browned on all sides.

3. Make the Meatball Grinders: Split rolls in half lengthwise and cut all meatballs in half.Place 4 meatball halves on the bottom part of the roll.Coat the meatballs with 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce and then place mozzarella slices on top of the meat, as well on the top half of the grinder roll.

4.Place open sandwich halves on clean Baking Pan into Rack Position 2.  Set oven to Broil for about 8 to 10 minutes, cooking until cheese is melted.

5. Assemble sandwiches, slice in half and serve.

* Reduce the red pepper flakes in the Diablo Sauce recipe on page 16 to about ¼ teaspoon for a delicious marinara sauce.