Meatball Italian Sliders

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5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Meatball Italian Sliders are so easy and make and packed with flavor. I can assure this will be a crowd pleaser to whoever you share them with. Wonderful for football parties or other events where you need to feed a crowd.

Meatball Italian Sliders are so easy and make and packed with flavor. I can assure this will be a crowd pleaser to whoever you share them with. Wonderful for football parties or other events where you need to feed a crowd.

These Meatball Italian Sliders are nothing short of amazing and are perfect to serve at a football party, your guests will devour them. Layers of melty cheese, zesty meatballs, and juicy marinara, a simple yet timeless and delicious combo. They are a perfect little sandwich.

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What We Love About Hawaiian Rolls Meatball Sliders

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  • 25 Minute Appetizer: Make this in 25 minutes or less.
  • Easy Ingredients: All you need is 6 simple ingredients.
  • Game-day: These Italian Meatball appetizers are sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Pieces of the Italian Meatball sliders.

Ingredient Notes for Meatball Sliders Recipe

  • Hawaiian Sweet Rolls or Slider Buns: They need to be connected for easy preparation.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: Try using a low fat version to save some calories.
  • Marinara Sauce: Store bought is great or make your own Hearty Marinara Sauce.
  • Meatballs: Store bought, check the frozen section or try making extra and freezing them for dishes like this.
Mini rolls, seasoning, sauce, meatballs, etc for the sandwiches.

Equipment Needed for Italian Sandwiches

How to Make Italian Meatball Sliders

These are the basic steps for making Meatball Italian Sliders. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and the serving size.

Making the sauce, cutting the buns.

STEP 1: PREPPING

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees f and prepare you baking sheet but lining it with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

STEP 2: TOAST THE ROLLS

Using your finger make a to create a hole big enough for the meatball and brush over the garlic butter mixture, a tablespoon of sauce, and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning or oregano. Bake the rolls for 6-8 minutes.

STEP 3: ADD THE MEATBALLS

Remove the rolls from the oven and add a meatball to each roll, add a spoonful of sauce on each one and top with the mozzarella cheese. bake for 10-15 minutes.

Preparing the sliders by adding the sauce and cheese.

STEP 4: FINISHING TOUCHES

Remove the Italian sliders from the oven, top with fresh parsley and serve, enjoy!

Baking the meatballs dish and cutting into pieces.

Prep and Storage Tips for Italian Sandwich Sliders

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

I do not recommend making meatball sliders ahead of time as the bread will get soggy from marinara sauce.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store leftovers of Italian sliders in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

To freeze this recipe, store in airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

To reheat sliders in an oven, toaster oven, or air fryer. Reheat in the oven at 350 degrees f for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melty. Reheat in the air fryer or toaster oven at 450 degrees for 4-5 minutes or until hot.

Frequently Asked Questions

CAN I SUBSTITUTE PROVOLONE IN PLACE OF MOZZARELLA?

If you would like you could also use slices of provolone cheese in place of mozzarella cheese.

CAN IS USE OILVE OIL IF I DON’T HAVE BUTTER?

If you have have butter, you can use olive oil to brush over the rolls and it will work just as well.

WHAT GOES WELL WITH ITALIAN SLIDERS?

Along with the Italian sliders in your super bowl food spread, you can serve with mozzarella sticks, fried mac’n’cheese bites, jalapeno poppers, french fries, nachos, corn dog muffins, etc.

A wooden plate of meatballs sliders.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe to make for super bowl party. Increase the meatball Italian sliders ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking sheets before baking.
  • Dipping Sauce: Serve with extra marinara sauce on the side as a dipping sauce.
  • Pesto: Use pesto in place of the tomato sauce for pesto meatball sliders.
  • Fresh Mozzarella: You can also use slices of fresh mozzarella in place of the shredded cheese.
  • Veggies: Try adding some peppers, adding some jar roasted red peppers.
  • Meat: Try adding additional deli meats like slices pepperoni or salami to make a meatier sandwich.

What to Serve with Meatball Italian Sliders

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Meatball Italian Sliders are so easy and make and packed with flavor. I can assure this will be a crowd pleaser to whoever you share them with. Wonderful for football parties or other events where you need to feed a crowd.
5 from 1 vote

Meatball Italian Sliders

Yield: 12 sliders
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Meatball Italian Sliders are so easy and make and packed with flavor. I can assure this will for sure be a crowd pleaser.
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Ingredients

  • 10 ounces Hawaiian rolls, 1 package
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 12 meatballs, frozen or homemade
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish
  • Parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  • Use your fingers to make a small hole in the center of each roll.
  • In a small bowl mix the garlic powder with the melted butter until well combined.
  • Brush the garlic butter inside the hole and all over the outside of the rolls.
  • Add about a tablespoon of sauce into each roll then bake for 6-8 minutes.
  • Place a meatball in hole of each roll.
  • Spoon more sauce over the top of the meatball.
  • Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly over the top of the rolls and return to the oven for 10-15 minutes until the meatballs are hot and the cheese is melted.
  • Garnish with parmesan cheese and parsley then serve immediately and enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe to make for super bowl party. Increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking sheets before baking.
  • Dipping Sauce: Serve with extra marinara sauce on the side as a dipping sauce.
  • Pesto: Use pesto in place of the tomato sauce for pesto meatball sliders.
  • Fresh Mozzarella: You can also use slices of fresh mozzarella in place of the shredded cheese.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: appetizer, football game party, italian, italian herb, meatball sub, meatballs, sliders, super bowl

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