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Easy Meatball Sub Bites are the perfect easy dinner or appetizer! Frozen meatballs wrapped in biscuit dough – they’re like meatball bombs! We love serving these with pizza sauce and a side salad but they’re always a hit at parties too.

stacked buns with a meatball in the center on a white plate

Meatball Subs in Biscuits

Meatball bombs are essentially meatball subs that you can eat in two bites. Ever wanted a way to taste all the cheesy, saucy, meaty goodness of a meatball sub without getting marinara all over your hands (and face… and shirt… and hair…)? Well, now you can! Biscuits, marinara, mozzarella, and meatballs combine to create the perfect meatball sub, all in one bite!

These are super easy to make using frozen meatballs and refrigerator biscuits. They’re the perfect appetizer for parties or even as a simple weeknight dinner!

stacked buns with a meatball in the center on a white plate

Ingredients Needed

  • Frozen Meatballs – Use your favorite brand, turkey or beef or any flavor.
  • Mozzarella – You’ll want to use freshly shredded mozzarella cheese, not the pre-shredded kind.
  • Pillsbury Canned Biscuits – Or use the store brand
  • Marinara sauce – Or use homemade pizza sauce, for dipping.
  • Butter – melted salted or unsalted butter, for brushing on top the biscuits
  • Spices – Italian seasoning, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  • Parmesan – grated, for topping

Frozen vs. Leftover Meatballs 

You can use homemade meatballs or frozen store-bought meatballs — it’s really up to your preference. Homemade meatballs take quite a bit of time, but if you have a family recipe, it’s sure to take these meatball bombs to the next level! Using leftover meatballs or frozen meatballs make this meal an easy option for nights when you just can’t manage to make a full meal! 

How to Make Meatball Bombs

  • Thaw the meatballs in the microwave (or leave them out on the counter for an hour or so until thawed.
  • Cut each biscuit in half (as if making a sandwich).
  • Top with sauce, cheese, and a meatball.
  • Roll into balls.
  • Combine melted butter, onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning in a bowl. Top each biscuit with this butter mixture and grated parmesan. 
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. Don’t wait for the biscuits to become golden because the butter will prevent them from doing so. Serve with marinara for dipping.
stacked buns with a meatball in the center being dipped in sauce

Expert Tips

  • Stretching and flattening your slices of biscuit dough before adding the filling is crucial. Otherwise, your dough slice may tear as it tries to stretch around the meatball. 
  • Serve with dipping sauce (like pasta sauce or pizza sauce).


Can I use pizza dough?

Yes, you can use pizza dough instead of biscuits. 

How should I store leftover meatball bombs?

Store meatball bombs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Alternatively, store them in the freezer for up to one month. 

Can I freeze meatball bombs?

Yes, you can store meatball bombs in the freezer sealed in an airtight container for up to 30 days. 

stacked buns with a meatball in the center on a white plate

Easy Meatball Bombs Recipe

5 from 3 votes
This easy Meatball Sub Bites recipe is perfect for an appetizer or lunch. Wrap frozen meatballs in biscuit dough with sauce and cheese for the perfect bite without a mess!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 16 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 16 frozen meatballs
  • 1 approximately 16 ounce tube refrigerated biscuits (8 biscuits)
  • cup pasta sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) butter , melted
  • ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • teaspoon onion powder
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • Grated parmesan cheese for topping
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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13” baking dish with nonstick cooking spray or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • Place meatballs on a microwave safe plate or bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of water and cover with a paper towel. Heat for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, then drain and set aside.
  • Open tube of biscuits. Separate biscuits and slice in half (as if you were making a sandwich). Flatten each biscuit piece slightly with your hands. Place a bit of sauce, some cheese, and a meatball in the center of each biscuit, then fold up and pinch to seal. Place each ball in baking dish or on a cookie sheet. How you bake them is personal preference (touching in a pan or separate on a cookie sheet).
  • Stir melted butter, Italian seasoning, and onion and garlic powder in a small bowl. Brush over the top of each biscuit. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until biscuits are cooked through. They won’t get very golden on top, because of the butter.
  • Serve warm with a bowl of more pasta sauce for dipping. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month. These are good warm or cold, and are perfect for appetizers or lunches.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

What to serve with meatball bombs

Meatball Sub Bites are a biscuit bomb with meatballs inside! This is the perfect appetizer recipe or easy dinner – even picky eaters love these.

Dorothy Kern

Welcome to Crazy for Crust, where I share recipes that are sometimes crazy, often with a crust, and always served with a slice of life.

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  1. Just made these tonight for dinner. Very good. I tried a mustard spread instead of marinara on a few and that was very good too.

  2. It’s funny because in my mind I associate meatball subs with the WORST DAY of purchased school lunch. Maybe these cute and tasty morsels are the thing to win me back? They look amazing!