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Italian Meatball Sliders

These homemade Italian meatball sliders make a fun dinner for kids, or an easy appetizer for entertaining! Easy and saucy, mini meatball sandwiches!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword easy appetizer ideas, party food
Servings 12 sliders
Calories 167kcal


For the Meatballs:

  • 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup white onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves thinly sliced, packed
  • 2 tbsp sun dried tomatoes drained and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs

    (or make your own)

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp

    Tabasco hot sauce

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk

For the Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red or green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jar pasta sauce (your favorite pasta sauce, I used Classico)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves thinly sliced

For Serving:

  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese


  • Place olive oil into 9x13 inch baking dish and swirl to coat bottom surface.
  • Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Take about ¼ Cup handful of meat mixture and roll into ball. Align all into baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through. Half way through bake time, use fork to flip meatballs.
  • Place olive oil into a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and bell pepper until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, sauce and basil leaves. Reduce heat to low and simmer until serving.
  • Brush insides of rolls with extra virgin olive oil and broil for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Place a basil leaf onto bottom roll, a meatball, a spoonful of marinara sauce and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Close with top roll. 


Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 658mg | Potassium: 395mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 393IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2mg