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vegan hawaiian meatball subs

Hawaiian Vegan Meatball Sub

Hawaiian vegan meatball subs - the perfect EASY appetizer to make for your next party! These delicious meatless sandwiches are made with Hawaiian rolls, plant based meatballs, marinara sauce. Topped with your favorite vegan Mozzarella and Parmesan.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Entrée
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings


  • 12 rolls vegan Hawaiian rolls
  • 12 vegan meatballs
  • 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoon vegan parmesan cheese, grated for sprinkling
  • chopped fresh basil, for garnish

Tomato Sauce

  • 1 chopped red onion
  • 1 cup Pineapple chunks (200g)
  • 1 cup Marinara sauce (250g)
  • 1 ½ cup vegan mozzarella shreds (200g)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 355°F / 180°C degrees. Place the buns on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • In a pan heat ½ tablespoon Olive oil. Once hot add chopped red onion and cook until translucent. Then add Pineapple chunks and cook for 2-3 minutes on medium high heat. Add Marinara Sauce and ½ cup of vegan Mozzarella shreds. Once Mozzarella is melted into sauce, add Italian Seasoning. Add some water if too thick. Take off heat and set aside. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Using a small knife and/or spoon make a hole in the top of each Hawaiian Roll, making it big enough for the meatballs and some sauce to fit in. Don’t cut all the way through (keep in mind that the meatballs are not meant to fit entirely inside the hole, only half way). In a small bowl, stir together melted remaining tablespoon of olive oil, minced garlic and basil. Brush the oil mixture into and the hole and on top of each bun.
  • Put a pinch of grated mozzarella cheese into each hole, followed by a spoonful of sauce and a vegan meatball. Spoon more pasta sauce over each meatball. Cover meatballs with remaining mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with some vegan parmesan. Cover the dish with a lid, or foil, and bake for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with basil. Enjoy!
Keyword Hawaiian Meatball Subs, Meatball Sub, Plant-Based, Vegan, Vegan Meatball Subs