Meatball Sliders

Meatball sliders on Hawaiian rolls topped off with a simple garlic butter! These little sandwiches are perfect for serving a crowd and they’re always a hit!

Meatball Sliders! The perfect game day food or quick dinner! #meatballs #sliders #recipe

We’re super ready for the Super Bowl this year.

I mean, I literally do not know what teams are even playing, but I. am. ready. With the snacks. 😉

It is basically my mission to be MVP of game day food and I’m bringing the fire this year. (Can you tell that I don’t sport? I do not know the lingo, but I’m trying my best.)


We’re obsessed with sliders in my house and I always serve up some variety of them at football games. One year I think we had 6 different varieties of sliders for the Super Bowl. It was the best.

This year I haven’t quite finalized the menu, but these meatball sliders are on it, for sure!

These meatball sliders are so cheesy, super easy, and they’re made on Hawaiian rolls which means they’re an instant hit. Everyone loves the Hawaiian rolls!

Meatball Sliders! The perfect game day food or quick dinner! #meatballs #sliders #recipe

How to make meatball sliders:

First, we’ll whip up the meatballs.

meatball mixture in glass bowl

I’m doing homemade meatballs because YUM. You can cheat and use the frozen kind from the grocery store if you’re just looking for a quick and dirty snack. I won’t tell anyone.

For the homemade meatballs, you’ll mix together some ground beef, bread crumbs, onions, parsley, garlic, egg, and seasonings. Basic stuff here, friends.

Roll them up and then pop the meatballs in a hot skillet with a little oil.

browned meatballs in skillet

We’re not going to cook these through in the skillet – just brown them on each side.

We’ll finish them off in the oven with some marinara.

meatballs in marinara

To turn these into sliders, you’ll want to start with a pack of Hawaiian rolls. Slice ’em in half, stuff each one with a meatball, and top it off with some mozzarella. Lots of mozzarella, if you’re like me. 😉

The key to making these meatball sliders EXTRA amazing, is the garlic butter.

Combine melted butter, minced garlic, onion powder, and parsely in a small bowl and then spoon that over the top of the sliders.

The sweet bread paired with the garlic sauce is oh. so. good.

Meatball Sliders! The perfect game day food or quick dinner! #meatballs #sliders #recipe

Bake these up until the bread is a little toasty and the cheese is all gooey and melty.

Bet you can’t eat just one of these little sammies!

More game day food:

White Queso Dip: Grab your chips because this one is impossible to resist.

Cuban Sliders: My all time favorite slider recipe!

French Dip Sandwich: The easiest recipe ever and always a hit.

Olive Dip: Warm, cheesy, and loaded with olives.

Buffalo Chicken Sliders: You can’t watch football without some buffalo chicken!

Meatball Sliders! The perfect game day food or quick dinner! #meatballs #sliders #recipe

Meatball Sliders! The perfect game day food or quick dinner! #meatballs #sliders #recipe
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Meatball Sliders

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Servings: 12 sliders
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy snack recipes, football food
Calories: 290 kcal

These meatball sliders are perfect for a quick lunch or for serving at a party! We like to make them for football games!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 20 ounces marinara
  • 12 Hawaiian Rolls
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced parsley
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Add the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to a medium mixing bowl and stir well with a wooden spoon or combine with your hands. 

  3. Roll meat mixture into 12 evenly sized balls. 

  4. Heat a 12 inch oven safe skillet, such as cast iron, over medium heat. Add the olive oil to the skillet and heat until shimmering.

  5. Add the meatballs to the skillet and brown on each side, about 5 minutes total. You may have to work in batches.

  6. Pour the marinara over the meatballs and place the pan into the preheated oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.

  7. Slice the Hawaiian rolls in half and separate each roll. Place the bottoms of the rolls in a 9x13 baking dish.

  8. Spoon one meatball onto each roll and top with marinara from the pan.

  9. Sprinkle the meatballs liberally with the mozzarella and place the tops of the rolls over the cheese.

  10. Add the butter, garlic, parsley, and onion powder to a small bowl and stir to combine. Drizzle the garlic butter evenly over the tops of the sandwiches.

  11. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 15 minutes. 

  12. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

Serve with additional warmed marinara for dipping, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Meatball Sliders
Amount Per Serving (1 slider)
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 646mg28%
Potassium 353mg10%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 530IU11%
Vitamin C 5.3mg6%
Calcium 133mg13%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.