meatball sliders

This is a bulletproof recipe for the kids and a unique item to bring to your next potluck. These meatball sliders take lean ground beef meatballs and combine them with cheese, marinara sauce and a garlic-covered dinner roll to create perfection on a plate. Get ready to put these into your regular dinner rotation. 

  •    Time: 35 minutes
  •    Serves: 4


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 12 dinner rolls
  • 1/4 cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 2 cups grated fontina or low-moisture mozzarella cheese
  • Chopped parsley and basil
  • Garlic spread


  • 1. Heat oven to 400° F. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt, pepper, milk in large bowl and mix. Shape into 12 2-inch meatballs. Place on aluminum foil-covered pan. Bake in 400° F oven 24-27 minutes until internal temperature reaches 160° F. 

  • 2. Meanwhile, place packaged dinner rolls on a glass pan. Using a knife, cut out the center of the dinner rolls and set aside. Brush melted garlic spread over rolls and sprinkle with parsley. Bake for 7-10 minutes until rolls turn golden brown. Remove. 

  • 3. Place 1/4 slice of cheese in each dinner roll, then place a meatball on top of the cheese. Each roll should have 1/4 slice of cheese and one meatball in it. 

  • 4. Pour marinara sauce over the rolls and top with shredded cheese. Return to oven until cheese is evenly melted. Top with chopped basil and serve. 

meatball sliders