Subway Meatball Sub (Air Fryer Copycat Recipe)

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Subway Meatball Sub. A delicious air fryer copycat recipe featuring how to make your own homemade Subway Meatball Sub. One of my all-time favourite copycat air fryer recipes.

Subway Meatball Sub (air fryer copycat recipe)
Subway Meatball Sub (air fryer copycat recipe)

Subway Meatball Sub a delicious copycat recipe cooked in the air fryer. It was published on in April of 2016 and we decided to update it with new info and new kitchen gadgets. We hope you enjoy our updated version.

Subway Meatball Sub

Before I share with you my Subway Meatball Sub recipe, I want to tell you the story of the one and only time that I visited a Subway shop……

It was the summer of 2007 and there was a Sub takeaway to the side of the car park of our local Walmart. I went in with the plan to get us a Sub each. As none of us had ever tried one and we were curious about all the hype surrounding the Subway Meatball Sub.

I was also thirsty so planned to get a drink too. There was just one member of staff working and he was working slow and having three customers in front of me I expected to be there about half an hour.

I was in front view of the counter of food and the toppings you could use in the Subway Meatball Sub. I saw the cheese and it reminded me of that low quality cheese that looks incredibly processed and cheap that you tend to avoid. The meatballs looked really fatty and the tomato sauce was clear because of all the fat in it. The only thing that looked edible was the bread and the salad.

I bought a bottle of water and then left. And I have not been in a Subway since.

I may point out that at the time I was obese. I weighed in at 15 stone, had a BMI in the 30’s and had about four takeaways a week. The rest of the week my food intake was processed foods. There was the ready meals from Iceland, the chicken nuggets from Walmart and all kinds of other things that I have not eaten for years.

So, if the Subway bothered me as an obese, unhealthy person god knows what I would make of it now I am a good few stone lighter and follow a healthy lifestyle.

But you never know whether that Subway was a rogue one. It could have just been leftover food that needed replacing; a teen left in charge and didn’t get quality or all kind of reasons.

But after leaving I have heard many times over the years now many processed foods go into a Sub or the fact of the high calorie intake as it is still takeaway food. That is why I love to make a copycat Subway Meatball Sub at home, it can be healthier but still taste great!

DIY Subway Meatball Sub

Subway Meatball Sub (air fryer copycat recipe)

What I love most about making my own DIY Subway Meatball Sub, is the opportunity to have it however I want to have it. And the same can go for you.

All you need to do is plan the 4 delicious ingredients that make up your DIY Subway Meatball Sub:

  • Bread – For me it must be bread that has been made in the bread maker and while I am cooking the meatballs the smell of homemade bread drifting around the kitchen is amazing.
  • Cheese – It can be any cheese you like as long as it melts. As a Brit it always comes back to English cheddar or some Double Gloucester.  
  • Marinara Sauce – I love a homemade tomato sauce and tend to use a spare batch of my homemade tomato sauce from the freezer. You can of course use any marinara sauce, but it just doesn’t taste as good as the real thing.
  • Meatballs – I love making my own meatballs from scratch and cooking them in the air fryer. It is a great way to experience meatballs and you can load them up with your favourite seasonings.

You can also be lazy with your DIY Subway Meatball Sub too. The bread and the marinara sauce can be shop bought and then you just make your own homemade air fryer meatballs. Warm up the bread in the air fryer and add your cheese.

The greatest thing about making your own DIY Subway Meatball Sub is that it is your choice and your rules.

Subway Meatball Sub Best Toppings

We all have our idea of what makes a delicious topping and it would be boring if we all liked the same.

Think of it like when you order a pizza. You could have plain cheese, Hawaiian, Meat Feast or have a list of preferred toppings. My favourite at Pizza Hut is to order the plain cheese and then get extra toppings of chicken and sweetcorn. Its toppings that we all love and then we are not buying different toppings for each of us.

Imagine the same when creating your own DIY Subway Meatball Sub.

You can start off with the plain cheese on top of your meatball sub and then go from there.

For me the Subway Meatball Sub Best Toppings might include:

  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Red Peppers
  • Sweetcorn
  • Pineapple
  • Olives

How To Reheat Subway Meatball Sub?

I always end up making more Subway Meatball Subs that our family needs. They are just so delicious; it is wrong not to have some to reheat later.

To reheat your Subway Meatball Sub, I recommend doing so in the air fryer and giving it a quick 4 minutes reheat on a preheated 180c/360f air fryer. Do check the meatballs are hot in the centre before serving.

Subway Meatball Sub In Air Fryer

I love using the air fryer to cook my Subway Meatball Sub. It is fantastic for the whole process.

You could prove the bread in the air fryer, cook the bread in the air fryer, warm up your marinara sauce in the air fryer, cook the meatballs in the air fryer and even melt the cheese in the air fryer.

It just makes it easier for you and your family to enjoy your Subway Meatball Sub without spending hours in the kitchen.

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Using A Meatball Press

We used a Meatball Press to get our meatball shapes perfect. It is a fantastic kitchen gadget tool and ensures that nobody argues that one person’s meatball is bigger than the other!

You add your meatballs into the moulds and then the meatball press does the work for you.

Here it is in action when we made our Air Fryer Honey & Mustard Pork Meatballs:

MORE Air Fryer Meatball Recipes

I am a HUGE fan of meatballs and cook them frequently in the air fryer. I love them with different types of mince including chicken meatballs, pork meatballs, turkey meatballs and of course beef meatballs.

Here are a few Air Fryer Meatball Recipes:

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Subway Meatball Sub

Subway Meatball Sub. A delicious air fryer copycat recipe featuring how to make your own homemade Subway Meatball Sub. One of my all-time favourite copycat air fryer recipes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 900kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Recipe Ingredients:


  • In a bowl make your meatballs. Add the seasoning, the onion, the beef mince, the breadcrumbs and the egg and mix well. Combine the mixture into meatballs using your meatball press and put to one side.
  • Place your meatballs into the air fryer and cook for 10 minutes at 180c/360f.
  • Slice open your bread and layer it with the marinara sauce and the meatballs. Add in the cheese and place in the air fryer.
  • Cook for a further 3 minutes at 200c/400f. This will allow the bread and the tomato sauce to warm up and the cheese to melt.
  • Serve while still warm.


You can use any bread, any cheese or any marinara sauce that you want.
We used our homemade tomato sauce and our homemade bread recipe where the bread was made into baguettes. It is totally up to you.
You can also use any type of mince. Just remember if you use pork mince it is fatty and will need more breadcrumbs and you would need to make the pork meatballs without the egg. Otherwise they will not combine.
Or if you use a lean mince like minced lamb that it is very dry so won’t need any breadcrumbs.


Calories: 900kcal | Carbohydrates: 106g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1544mg | Potassium: 712mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 505IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 311mg | Iron: 8.8mg
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