Meatball Sliders

Meatball Sliders

Try this down-sized version of the traditional meatball sub – great for a fun dinner or an appetizer party.

20 min. prep time
12 sandwiches
252 Ratings



1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 teaspoon fennel seed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


2 cups marinara pasta sauce
12 dinner rolls, split in half
12 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Deli 4 Cheese Italian Blend, cut into quarters


Heat oven to 450°F.

Combine all meatball ingredients in bowl; mix well. Shape mixture into 12 equal balls.

Place meatballs onto greased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake 13-15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160°F and meat is no longer pink in center.

Pour marinara sauce into 2-quart saucepan; cook over medium-low heat 10-12 minutes or until heated through. Add cooked meatballs; continue cooking 5-10 minutes to blend flavors.

Place rolls, cut-sides up, onto baking pan. Place 2 cheese quarters onto each half of roll. Bake 3-4 minutes or until bread edges are slightly browned and cheese has softened.

Place 1 meatball onto each bottom half of roll; top with 1 tablespoon sauce and top half of roll. Place toothpick through top to secure.

Recipe Tip

To enhance flavor of meatballs and sauce, continue cooking over low heat 30 minutes.

Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Nutrition Facts (1 slider)

Calories: 270

Fat: 13g

Cholesterol: 55mg

Sodium: 760mg

Carbohydrates: 21g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Protein: 17g

Recipe #15378©2012Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

My 16 yr. old grandson made these sliders tonight and except for substituting Italian seasoning for the fennel seeds, he followed the recipe exactly. His Dad ate 6 of them and we ate the rest and everyone said they were THE BEST. Served them with baked beans and iced tea - YUM!
This recipe was a hit, though I used premade meetballs because I was making so many of the sliders. Very easy and quick to make. I have already made it two or three times in the last several months. I'm telling you, they like it!

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