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Grilled Pesto–Turkey Meatball Sandwiches

Grilled Pesto–Turkey Meatball Sandwiches

  • Yield: Serves 5
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
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  • 1 1/2 lbs Ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 5 Sandwich rolls, split and lightly toasted
  • 10 slices Mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup Basil pesto


  1. In a large bowl combine turkey, panko, egg, Italian seasoning and garlic; season with salt and pepper to taste. Form into 20 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs. Place meatballs on a platter; cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. Coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat grill to medium (300°F to 350°F). Thread 4 meatballs onto each of 5 skewers.† Grill skewers 4 to 5 minutes per side or until meatballs are cooked through (165°F). Transfer to a platter. Remove meatballs from skewers; discard skewers.
  3. Place 2 mozzarella slices on the bottom half of each roll. Fill each roll with 4 meatballs and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the pesto. Loosely wrap in foil and place on grill. Grill, covered, 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese begins to melt. Carefully remove and discard foil. Place sandwiches on individual plates, and serve.

*30 minutes chill time extra

†If using wooden skewers, soak at least 30 minutes before grilling to prevent burning.