Italian Meatball Sliders

Hi Guys! Its Kelley over at Chef Savvy. I am so excited to share these Meatball Sliders with you today!

Italian Meatball Sliders on a plate.

I love meatballs. They are so easy to make, versatile and can be made in advance and frozen for quick weeknight meals. They are even better when they are sandwiched between mini burger buns and topped with melted mozzarella cheese!

The meatballs get super tender by simmering them in tomato sauce after they are seared in a hot pan. They get topped with mozzarella cheese and broiled until melty and browned. Serve with a couple sprigs of basil and devour!

Easy Italian Meatball Sliders on a white plate!

These sandwiches would be perfect for tailgating too! Enjoy!

Super Easy Italian Meatball Sliders on a white plate.

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  3. Asian Style Chicken Meatballs
  4. Turkey Meatballs with Arugula and Mushrooms

Italian Meatball Sliders

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Kelley Simmons
Servings 4 Servings

The meatballs get super tender by simmering them in tomato sauce after they are seared in a hot pan. 

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian American
Keyword Chicken Sliders, Italian Meatball Sliders, Meatball Sliders, Sliders Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1/4 cup onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 6-8 slices of mozzarella cheese depending on how many meatballs you make
  • basil for serving if desired
  • slider buns toasted


  1. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a large skillet and heat.
  2. Toss in onion and cook until tender and caramelized, 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add in garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the onion and garlic mixture to a large bowl along with ground beef, breadcrumbs, cheese, egg and parsley. Mix with your hands or with a spoon until combined. Roll into meatballs. (I rolled them into 6 large meatballs, You can do 8 meatballs to feed two sliders per person.)
  5. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the same skillet the onion was cooked in. Once the pan is nice and hot add the meatballs and brown on both sides. (about 1-2 minutes on each side).
  6. Leave the meatballs in the pan and pour tomato sauce on top. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  7. To serve place 1 meatball on the bottom of a slider. Top with 1 slice of mozzarella cheese. Place under the broiler on high until cheese has fully melted and starts to brown. Top with fresh basil if desired and the top of the slider bun.
  8. Serve immediately!
Nutrition Facts
Italian Meatball Sliders
Amount Per Serving
Calories 712 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Fat 54g83%
Saturated Fat 21g105%
Cholesterol 200mg67%
Sodium 1167mg49%
Potassium 927mg26%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 1010IU20%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 351mg35%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Kelley Simmons

Kelley is the photographer and chef behind Chef Savvy. She has a background in culinary arts and Kelley has always been a foodie. She loves cooking thai food and exploring new restaurants on the East Coast. She resides in Delaware with her dog daisy.

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  1. Love for meatballs will never die… 😀 Thanks for the great share… Wish I could have found this a bit earlier.. my bad !! Will try these delicious meatballs at home and will share my views about it… actually while I was looking for appetizers to order for my party, just found this site where they accept wholesale, bulk orders. I ordered for the taste was out of the world… If any of you guys are looking for ordering appetizers, you can contact them !!

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