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Recipe for air fryer meatball sandwiches

Best Damn Air Fryer Meatball Subs

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  • Author: RecipeTeacher
  • Total Time: 29 minutes
  • Yield: 12 meatballs


Delicious, mouthwatering homemade meatballs are cooked perfectly in the air fryer before being nestled into a sub roll with gooey cheese and marinara sauce. The perfect, hearty meal. 


  • 1 lb lean ground beef (85/15)
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 24 oz jar marinara sauce
  • 4 sub rolls
  • 8 slices provolone cheese


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, pepper and salt. Mix well by hand until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  2. Using hands (wet with cold water to prevent sticking), shape the meat mixture into 1.5″ balls. Don’t make them too dense. Set on a large plate. When done, drizzle meatballs with olive oil.
  3. Preheat air fryer for 5 minutes at 380°F
  4. Place meatballs into preheated air fryer basket (or on tray for tray style air fryers) and use the air fry setting for 12-14 minutes, turning meatballs occasionally. Meatballs are done when internal temperature reached 165°F with an instant read thermometer.
  5. In a large skillet, add marinara sauce and simmer over medium-low heat. Add cooked meatballs and toss to coat.
  6. Place 2 slices of cheese in each sub roll. Add meatballs and spoon on any additional sauce as desired.
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 14 min
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American