Bite-sized Turkey Meatball Subs

By Team Turkey
Culinary Setting
Meal Type
Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course, Entrée
30 MIN

About this Dish

Bite-sized Turkey Meatball Subs may be slight in terms of size, but they’re big on taste when it comes to the flavors you love. The best part? These bites come together in just minutes if you prep your turkey meatballs and sauce ahead of time. Leaving you with just one task: cheering your team to victory!

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Cooking Style
Pan Fry
Ground Turkey
Dish Type



1 ½ lbs 93% lean ground turkey

⅔ c panko bread crumbs

1 small shallot, minced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 egg, beaten

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

¼ c fresh parsley, finely chopped

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


3 c (24 oz jar) marinara sauce

6 hot dog buns

1 c parmesan cheese, grated

¼ c fresh parsley, finely chopped



In a large bowl, gently mix the turkey, bread crumbs, shallot, egg, salt, pepper and parsley by hand until combined. Shape mixture into eighteen 1 1/2 inch meatballs.

Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the meatballs, flipping occasionally to make sure all sides are golden brown. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the meatballs reach a safe internal temperate of 165°F.

Warm up marinara sauce in a pot large enough to hold the sauce and meatballs. When meatballs are done, add them to the sauce and stir to coat.

To serve, place 3 meatballs in each hot dog roll and insert a toothpick through each meatball before cutting the roll into thirds. Sprinkle each with parmesan cheese and parsley.