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Cheesy Meatball Sliders

These meatball sliders are a fun way to serve meatballs at your party without using a slow cooker. Made on mini Hawaiian rolls, they have a hint of sweetness to balance out all the wonderful Italian seasonings. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) pasta sauce
  • 1 package (18 ounces) Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 12 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese or shredded Italian cheese blend
  • Minced fresh basil


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, pesto and egg; mix lightly. Shape into 12 meatballs; place on a greased rack in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake until browned and a thermometer reads 160°, about 35 minutes. Toss meatballs with sauce; set aside.
  • Meanwhile, without separating rolls, cut horizontally in half; arrange bottom halves in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Place half of cheese slices over roll bottoms; sprinkle with oregano. Add meatballs and sauce. Top with remaining cheese slices and bun tops.
  • Combine butter, olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes; brush over buns. Bake, covered, for 20 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with Parmesan and shredded mozzarella.
  • Bake, uncovered, until cheese is melted, 10-15 minutes longer. Sprinkle with basil before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 slider: 514 calories, 25g fat (12g saturated fat), 120mg cholesterol, 856mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 3g fiber), 33g protein.

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  • annrms
    Nov 14, 2020

    I toasted the bread to make it a bit firmer to hold the sauce, and I used Aldi's Plant Based Meatballs. Delicious!

  • Darlene
    Aug 20, 2020

    No comment left

  • Collette
    Apr 14, 2020

    Made these tonight and my husband and son loved them! I didn't use King's Hawaiian rolls but rather some similar rolls from Walmart. They're just a smidge larger, sturdier, and not as sweet. I think they held up better for this dish than King's Hawaiian bread would have. They were perfect. Made the recipe to a "T" except I noticed there was no salt in it. I added about a half a tablespoon of garlic salt to the meat. I think it would have been terribly bland without it. I was also careful not to put TOO much sauce on them otherwise they'd turn out soggy. They were awesome! A fun change from our regular menu. Would definitely make a again!

  • cynandtom
    Apr 10, 2020

    These are not only adorable but also delicious! I like the cheese on the bottom and top of buns, it creates a barrier so the sauce doesn’t make the buns soggy.

  • mrscessna
    Dec 11, 2019

    The meatballs were dry and lacked flavor and the bottom layer of the rolls got soggy from the sauce. This is not a recipe that I will make again.