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Turkey Meatball Subs

Turkey meatball subs are my favorite way to use up a pound of ground turkey! This classic comfort food recipe is family-friendly and perfect for a quick healthy weeknight dinner.
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Course: dinner, dinner recipe
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy turkey meatball subs, healthy turkey meatball subs, turkey meatball subs, turkey meatballs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 369kcal


  • Large Baking Sheet Pan
  • Sauce pot


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unseasoned panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons milk any milk will work
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated romano cheese grated parmesan can be substituted
  • 24 ounce jar of marinara sauce about 3-4 cups of sauce
  • 5 whole wheat hot dog rolls
  • 10 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, panko breadcrumbs, milk, seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, and romano cheese.
  • Using your hands, mix until all the ingredients are distributed evenly. The meatball mixture is going to be wet. If it’s too mushy, then add 1-2 extra tablespoons of breadcrumbs.
  • Using a cookie scoop, measure out 15 meatballs onto a cookie sheet that is coated with cooking spray. It’s helpful to have a small bowl of water to dip your hands in while rolling the meatballs.
  • Cook the meatballs for 15-20 minutes or until just cooked.
  • While the meatballs are baking, get out a large saucepan, heat the sauce over medium heat until bubbling, and then reduce to a low simmer.
  • After the meatballs finish cooking, add them to the sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn on the broiler.
  • Add three meatballs to a hotdog roll, then pour a little more sauce over top of the meatballs. Prepare the rest of the subs. Sprinkle two tablespoons of mozzarella cheese on each of the subs and place under the broiler, and cook until the cheese melts.


How to store and reheat turkey meatballs

How to meal prep turkey meatballs for the week
These turkey meatballs reheat nicely, making them perfect for meal prep and freezer cooking.
After the meatballs finish cooking, they can be store in a glass container or plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can store them with or without the sauce. 
On the night you’re planning to eat these subs, warm up the meatballs on the stove with the sauce, and then continue with the recipe. 
You can also heat the cooked meatballs in the microwave. Place the meatballs and sauce into a microwave-safe dish and heat on high in the microwave for 3-4 minutes or until the meatballs are hot. Then continue with the recipe.
How to freeze turkey meatballs
Turkey meatballs are one of my favorite freezer meals; you can freeze them raw or cooked. I find it easier to freeze cooked meatballs because they just need to be thaw and warm-up and continue with the recipe. 


Serving: 1turkey meatball sub | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g