Cheesy Meatball Sliders make entertaining so easy and are perfect for feeding a crowd! Made with homemade meatballs in a marinara sauce, soft Hawaiian sweet rolls, and two different kinds of Italian cheese.
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Easy holiday entertaining with a big pan of baked cheesy meatball sliders with Hawaiian sweet rolls
The holidays are fast approaching and that means that entertaining opportunities are right around the corner.
Watch how to make easy meatball sliders
We all love spending time with family and friends but let's face it, the season is already hectic enough with all the shopping and cooking
We all could use a super-easy but super-impressive recipe for those holiday parties or when you are searching for super game day recipes.
How to make meatball sliders
Want to know how to make the best cheesy meatball sliders?
- Use homemade meatballs and marinara sauce
- The softest slider buns you can find
- Select two or three different kinds of cheeses
I used Fontinella (super melty) and Asiago (adds a nice slight sharpness) for the buns' middle layer, then topped the meatballs with mozzarella.
It was cheese and meatball heaven!
Perfect sliders for holiday party or game day food
These sliders are the best finger food for a party or get together with family and friends. Hearty and filling, they satisfy everyone’s craving for meatballs and sauce too!
They also make a pretty darn good lunch (instead of a typical sandwich) and as a dinner entree with a BIG green salad.
Enjoy these easy Cheesy Meatball Sliders with family and friends for your next get together!
These sliders are sure to become a holiday or game day food favorite.
Baked Cheesy Meatball Sliders Recipe with Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 cups Stella Cheese Mozzarella or Fontinella cheese , shredded and divided
- ½ cup Stella Cheese Asiago or Parmesan cheese , shredded or shaved
- 1 (12 pack) Hawaiian sweet rolls
- 12 (1 inch diameter) cooked meatballs
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh flat leafed parsley (optional) , chopped
- Preheat oven to 350F/176C degrees and heat through the meatballs in the marinara sauce over medium-low stove temperature.
- Lightly grease with butter a 9x12 baking dish. Separate the top of the bread bun from the bottom and place the bottom in the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan.
- Using a cookie cutter or your fingers, cut out 1 inch diameter circle in each top bun. Brush olive oil over the cut top of the bottom bread bun, then sprinkle with garlic power. Evenly distribute ½ cup of Stella Mozzarella or Fontinella cheese and the ½ cup of Asiago or Parmesan cheese over the top. Place dabs of the marinara sauce (about ½ cup) across top of cheese and top with the bread bun top layer.
- Place one meatball in each hole of the bun and can dab each with a little extra marinara, if desired. Evenly top with the remaining 1 ½ cups of Mozzarella or Fontinella cheese.
- Cover top loosely with aluminum foil for 10 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 12 minutes, or until cheese is all melted and insides are heated through.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley. Serve immediately!
Recipe Notes & Tips:
- Sliders are best eaten fresh.
- Leftovers can be stored in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Reheat in a preheated 325F/163C oven on an ungreased baking sheet for 5 minutes.
I saw this recipe on Pinterest and made them for dinner to surprise my kids. They told me I have to make them once a week now. LOOOLLL!
These were delicious…the bread on mine got a bit soggy. Can’t really identify why but I’ll def be making them again!! And used your recipe for grainless meatball and marinara. So yum’!! Thanks for a wonderful couple of recipes.
These were great! I love the idea of slicing down the middle first and adding the garlic butter and a little sauce. I also like the combination of cheeses! Big hit!
Thanks so much Bryan!
I made a double batch of these for our family holiday get together and they were the favorites. Cute to serve and very yummy. Can't go wrong with all that cheese too.
These were amazing! I made your meatballs and sauce ahead of time and put the sliders together in no time for a football party. Everyone loved them.
Perfect! These were great for my son's soccer team, I always bring them food after they have 'practice' (a bunch of four year olds don't really have games here, it's more so for fun) and they all love meatballs.
That's wonderful Britt and very happy they loved them!
Brought these sliders to a church potluck and they were gone in minutes! So good!
I used premade frozen meatballs and jarred sauce to save time. Delicious and easy to make.
Whelp, because of your recipe my husband is probably going to propose to me again. Meatball anything is his favorite. And how cool you made them into sliders! I've never heard of removing some of the bread so the meatball fits perfectly. That's genius!
lol! Glad you and the Hubby like them!