Meatball Sub on a Stick Recipe

This Meatball Sub on a Stick Recipe is a super fun spin on the classic sandwiches! They’re perfect for a quick meal or a unique appetizer. Plus, this recipe uses turkey meatballs, so they’re low in fat as well as delicious!

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Meatball Subs on a Stick

Ok, we’re doing dinner again.

Actually this is sorta dinner…sorta lunch or sorta appetizer food.

 

The inspiration for these guys came from my trip to Las Vegas back in November.

Wait, didn’t I tell you I went to Las Vegas in November?  Where is my brain??

Well I did.  And it was fantastic.

 

The reason for the trip was to attend the annual Pillsbury Bake-Off.  I had THE BEST time.  The Bake-Off is such a fantastic contest..all y’all should enter!  You could win one meeeelionnnn dollars!

Anyhow, I went as “media” not as a contestant…and I will tell you, the entries this year were amazing! Plus, going as media allows you to do lots of sampling.

And let’s just say I’m still working on losing the ell-bees I gained while I was there!

 

Long story short, I swiped the idea for these Meatball Subs on a Stick from one of the entries.  My meatball recipe is my own, but the whole idea is completely hers.  I just think it’s brilliant!

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

Let’s talk details…

How to Make Turkey Meatball Subs on a Stick

I grated 1/2 a cup of Parmesan cheese and mixed that in with my ground turkey.

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

Then some breadcrumbs…

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

And of course spices.

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

Also, know that you could easily use a ground beef for these if you prefer, but just make sure to get the leanest beef possible, because when you bake them, you don’t want grease everywhere.  I really love the turkey, give it a try!

Form your mixture into meatballs about 1 inch in diameter…

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

Then grab a can of the Classic breadsticks…

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

And thread the breadstick and 3 meatballs for every skewer.

Make sure to spread the meatballs out a bit so they aren’t smushed together.  This will help the meatballs cook through and will also give the breadstick a little wiggle room.

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

Bake them for 20 minutes…

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

And then sprinkle some shredded mozzarella cheese on top…

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

Bake them for about 2 more minutes until the cheese is melted…

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

And then serve them with some marinara sauce to dip!

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

Aren’t they fun?

Meatball Subs on a Stick ~ A super fun spin on the classic! This recipe uses turkey meatballs so they are lowfat as well as delicious!

 

 

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Meatball Sub on a Stick Recipe

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 12 skewers 1x
  • Category Category: Dinner
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

Description:

This Meatball Sub on a Stick Recipe is a super fun spin on the classic sandwiches! They’re perfect for a quick meal or a unique appetizer. Plus, this recipe uses turkey meatballs, so they’re low in fat as well as delicious!


Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp dried Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp dried Basil
  • 1 Tbsp dried Parsley or 1/4 cup fresh chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can Pillsbury Original breadsticks
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 12 (10″-12″) wooden skewers
  • Marinara sauce for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In bowl combine ground turkey, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Oregano, Basil, Parsley, red pepper flakes and garlic. Form into 1 inch meatballs.
  4. Open can of breadsticks and starting with one breadstick at a time thread dough then meatball. Repeat the process with 2 more meatballs alternating dough-meatball, ending with dough. Make sure to spread dough and meatballs away from each other by about 1/4″, so the meatballs bake through and the dough has room to expand.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through. Remove from oven and ssprinkle each skewer with 1-2 Tbsp of shredded mozzarella cheese. Place back in oven for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.
  6. Serve immediately with warm marinara sauce for sipping.

Notes:

inspired by Kim Van Dunk’s entry in the Pillsbury Bake-Off 100 Winning Recipes 2013

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Yulietta
October 11, 2018 4:53 am

Thank you for the recipe, it`s fine! 🙂
Easy and original:)

Sophia
Sophia
September 18, 2017 8:56 am

This meatball recipe is absolute garbage. Gross. Will use my own recipe next time.

Maddie
Maddie
May 4, 2017 9:25 pm

Hi! Such a cute idea! Any idea the calorie content for these? Thanks for sharing!

Laura z
Laura z
April 6, 2017 11:23 am

What a great idea. But I think I would cut the tip off before serving though.

Lauren
Lauren
January 2, 2017 4:59 pm

Looks great but what can you use if you can’t get the pre made breadsticks?

Barbara
Barbara
August 2, 2016 10:59 am

Can I use frozen turkey meatballs/

Kristine
Kristine
May 22, 2016 8:31 pm

My whole family went nuts for these!! My pickiest eater went back for seconds and thirds! The only thing I’ll do differently next time is add a bit of salt to the meatball mixture. Thank you!!!

Deirdre
May 19, 2016 12:59 pm

These were fantastic! I made them for my kids and husband last night and they were devoured. Thanks!!

Erika
Erika
March 8, 2016 10:47 pm

Just made these for my family and it was a win!! They were easy to make and came out just like the pictures. And they were delicious! I plan on making them for our next family gathering. Thanks!

maseera
maseera
September 21, 2015 10:01 am

Helloo.. i just made this
I made my own bread dough…
my family was quite Impressed
Thankyouu soo much

Lisa
Lisa
July 18, 2015 12:39 pm

That’s my friend’s recipe! Yay! Kim VanDunk!!

Annieme
Annieme
April 20, 2015 10:38 pm

I can’t agree with the comments regarding this recipe. Since there wasn’t a binder in the recipe (such as eggs), we couldn’t get the turkey meatballs to stick together. Once we put them on the skewers the meatballs fell apart and became a huge mess. They tasted good, but were a beating to make. Sorry, I won’t be making these again.

Elizabeth Piche
Elizabeth Piche
May 4, 2020 6:04 pm
Reply to  Annieme

I have never used an egg in my meatballs or my meatloaf but I replace it with a drop of mayonnaise. Just a little trick you could use that I’ve always used and everyone dies for my meatballs and my meatloaf. I will be trying this recipe but with Hamburg and my own meatball recipe. I would never chance to use someone else recipe.

laura
laura
March 25, 2015 6:48 pm

Hi i was thinking of making this on friday and then reheating them on saturday afternoon. Dob you think it will still be good?

Melissa
Melissa
March 21, 2015 1:28 am

Ok great! Thanks! Will be going to the grocery store this weekend, so will for sure look for it. I wonder if Pillsbury makes the pizza dough? I’ll check out the section and see. Wish they had the breadsticks :\

Melissa
Melissa
March 19, 2015 7:13 pm

These look soo yummy! Plan to make them for my son’s birthday party next month as appetizers. (Want to try them out first so I don’t mess them up!) Only problem is I cannot find the Pillsbury breadsticks! 🙁 where did you buy yours? And what other alternative do you think would work if I can’t find them?

Thanks!!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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