Meatball Sliders

For #SBLVII (aka Superbowl 57), Meatball Sliders should be part of the menu!  Easy, fast and so delicious, these hearty sliders are perfect for the big Game!

You can make these as easy as you like.  If you choose to use store-bought meatballs and marinara sauce, you will have these bad boys on the table in about 30 minutes.  That’s my kind of snack!

Hawaiian sweet rolls are a wonderful pick for the buns.  Yes, they are sweet and soft which brings a mouthwatering flavor to the party, but they also come in one large piece so they are easy to slice through.

Slice them horizontally like you would a bagel.  Then, keep them all together or gently pull each one apart so that when you serve them, a knife isn’t necessary.  Keeping them whole makes them a little easier to add all of the ingredients.  So, it’s a toss up as to what’s the best approach.  I did both (split the bottoms and left the top whole) which defeated both purposes!  Huh??  I just forgot to break apart the tops.  No big deal!

Make a delicious garlic butter by melting butter with minced garlic, Italian seasoning and salt & pepper.  Brush the garlic butter over the cut side of the bottom half of the buns.

Spread some marinara sauce over the top of the garlic butter.  I used a store-bought brand that I love (Victoria White Linen Marinara Sauce from Costco).  

Top the marinara with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and the meatballs.  I halved the meatballs, but you can also leave them whole and place one per bun.  I used Trader Joe’s frozen meatballs rather than making my own, and I must say, they are delicious!

Top the meatballs with the remaining cheeses.  On the cut side of the top half of the buns, spread more marinara sauce and then place the top half over the bottom half.

Brush the remaining garlic butter over the top of the buns and bake the sliders for about 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is nicely melted.

Serve the sliders with extra marinara sauce on the side, if you like.  Go, teams!!

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Meatball Sliders

Makes: 24 sliders

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 24 homemade or store-bought meatballs
  • 2 cups homemade or store-bought marinara sauce, plus more for dipping
  • 2 (12-count) packages Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup fresh or grated parmesan cheese

For the Garlic Butter:

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, grated or minced
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • pinch salt & pepper


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Lightly spray the inside of a 9 x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Without separating the rolls into individual rolls, cut the rolls in half horizontally as you would a bagel and place the bottoms in the baking dish, setting the tops aside for later.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic, Italian seasoning and a pinch of salt and pepper and heat until fragrant.

Brush a light layer of the garlic butter on the bottoms of the rolls, followed by about 2/3-1 cup of marinara sauce, depending on how saucey you want your sliders. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella and parmesan evenly over the sauce.

Next, add the meatballs. You can either place a whole meatball on each slider bun or you can cut the meatballs in half and distribute them evenly across the rolls. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.

On the cut side of the roll tops, spread another 2/3-1 cup of the marinara. Place the tops on the sliders. Brush the top of the sliders with the remaining garlic butter.

Bake until heated through and the cheese is nice and melty, about 15-20 minutes .

Serve with the remaining marinara as dipping sauce if desired.

Recipe by My Baking Addiction


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    • Terry Ormsbee

      Great post…and TIMELY!! Thanks for getting this out before Superbowl, will come in VERY handy.

      • Francine

        Thanks, Terry! I hope you enjoy them!

    • Harry

      I’m definitely going to have these sliders. I’m also a biiig fan of Wings . When it comes to wings? I’m a huge drumstick fan. But a sloppy Joe’s type of guy. One look at these sliders and I can just taste the cheeses, and the marinara. I think I can’t wait for the Superbowl. I’m going to cook these babies up, way before that. Thanks Fran!!!

      • Francine

        These were so good! I know you will love them!

    • Harry

      Let me try these sliders next. The wings were great.

      • Francine

        Hope you love them!

    • Harry

      The sliders we close to amazing. There is a place here at Bayview Village Mall, that’s called Pusateris. Where I picked up the meatballs for these sliders. Their meatballs never tasted better. The sliders were nice and sloppy of course, because I always overdo on the sauce. I love the recipe. Thanks Fran. Keep on enjoying your cooking.

      • Francine

        Pusateris is great! Glad you enjoyed the sliders…sloppy is the best!

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