BBQ Meatball Wrap Recipe

This meatball wrap recipe is a great way to eat meatballs braised in BBQ sauce. Make a wrap or two to pack into lunch boxes or take them on your next picnic.

Compared to meatball subs, these meatball wraps have fewer calories, you won’t get soggy bread, and they are more easily transportable.

And, bonus, they could not be more delicious.

a sliced bbq meatball wrap on brown paper.

Tips and Tricks for this Recipe

Start with these braised BBQ meatballs. You can make them with ground chicken, beef, pork, or any combination you like.

a cast iron pan filled with chicken meatballs and barbecue sauce.

You can make this meatball wrap with cold or warm ingredients. Your choice.

First lay out your tortilla on a cutting board (Panel #1, below). Add the mashed potatoes, leaving a good inch border around the tortilla (Panel #2).

four panels showing ingredients being added to the meatball wrap.

Add up to three medium-sized meatballs for an 8 inch tortilla (Panel #3) towards one side of the tortilla. Chopping them makes the wrap easier to roll. And don’t go too heavy on the BBQ sauce, or you may end up with a finger-licking mess!

Finally add some vegetables for crunch and flavor (Panel #4) like cabbage or coleslaw and some chopped herbs.

You can roll your meatball wrap so it has one open side, or you can wrap it like a burrito that is fully enclosed. If you’re making wraps for a picnic or to pack for lunch, go ahead and tuck both ends closed.

To roll an open-sided wrap, start with your ingredients closer to the half you’re rolling. Fold up the side of the tortilla (Panel #1, below). Next, fold up the bottom of the wrap (Panel #2).

four panels showing how to roll the meatball wrap.

Tuck the bottom of the tortilla in as you continue to roll it (Panels #3 and 4.). You can wrap it in parchment paper or foil to keep it together if you are not eating it immediately.

FAQs about this recipe

What size tortillas should I use for meatball wraps?

I would recommend tortillas that are at least 8 inches in diameter for these meatball wraps. You could go with larger tortillas if you want more filling. Or go with a huge 12 inch tortilla, and make your meatball wraps like these by Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman!

Do wraps really have fewer calories than meatball subs?

Yes, an 8 inch tortilla has just over 100 calories, and the average 6 inch bread roll has nearly twice that.

a sliced meatball wrap on a table overlooking sunny woods.

Other meatball wrap variations

You can make a meatball wrap with any type of meatball. How about:

BBQ Meatball Wrap

This meatball wrap recipe is a great way to eat meatballs braised in BBQ sauce. Make a wrap or two to pack into lunch boxes or take them on your next picnic.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 258kcal
Author uglyducklingbakery


  • 4 8 inch tortillas
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 12 meatballs in BBQ sauce, chopped in half or quarters
  • ½ cup chopped cabbage
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro


  • Lay the tortillas on a cutting board and spread one quarter cup of mashed potatoes thinly on each one, leaving about an inch border.
    4 8 inch tortillas, 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • Add the meatballs and a small amount of barbecue sauce to each tortilla.
    12 meatballs in BBQ sauce, chopped in half or quarters
  • Sprinkle with the cabbage and cilantro.
    ½ cup chopped cabbage, ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • Roll the tortilla from one side and tuck in the bottom as you roll. Or, if you want a burrito-shaped wrap, tuck in both the bottom and the top of the tortilla (see Tips and Tricks above).
  • Enjoy at room temperature, or heat the meatball wrap briefly in a microwave to warm. If not eating immediately, wrap up in aluminum foil or parchment paper.


Nutritional values for this recipe are provided only as a rough guide, as calories and other nutrients will vary from estimates depending on your ingredients.


Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 343mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg

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