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Turkey Meatball Subs

April 14, 2010

My hubs is a huge fan of Subway’s meatball subs.  Since he’s been forced into the roll of couch jockey during his leg break ordeal, he’s seen a LOT of commercials and has been craving one.  Of course, one of theirs does NOT fit into the scheme of our diet.  So this is my attempt to make a lighter version.  It was quite tasty, if I do say so myself.  Each meatball works out to about 62 calories and 2.75 grams of fat.  I’ll leave you to calculate the rest.


For meatballs:

  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup grated onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsps garlic
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • fresh ground pepper

Additional ingredients:

  • 4 sub rolls
  • buttery spray
  • garlic powder
  • jarred marinara sauce


  1. Preheat your broiler.  Cook’s note: The first time I made these I left the broiler on for AGES waiting for the preheat light to come on.  A broiler usually doesn’t do that.  FYI.
  2. Toss everything in a food processor and blend until well combined.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Spray with cooking spray.
  5. Using a melon baller or 1/8 cup measuring cup, scoop out mixture and roll into balls.  I got about 17.
  6. Cook under the broiler for 15 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees.
  7. Meanwhile, split your sub rolls.
  8. Spritz with buttery spray and sprinkle with garlic powder.
  9. Toast to desired crispiness.
  10. Load each sub roll with meatballs (you can probably fit about 3-4 per roll).
  11. Top with marinara.

Printable version.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. christel42 permalink
    April 15, 2010 3:43 pm

    I am sooo going to try this over the weekend. My BF hates ground turkey, but maybe with enough seasonings, I can sneak it by him, and he’ll never know! 😉

    • Kait Nolan permalink
      April 15, 2010 4:32 pm

      Cover it up with marinara and plenty of cheese and he’ll never know.

  2. christel42 permalink
    April 28, 2010 4:59 pm

    Eureka! He never would have known if I hadn’t opened my big mouth and told him. LOL

    These were awesome!

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