Meatball sliders are a fabulous and delicious way to serve up classic meatballs in a fun and portable package. If you’ve never tried making meatball sliders before, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how easy this recipe for sliders is to make. Let’s go!

The Perfect Mini Meatball Sub: How to Make Delicious Meatball Sliders at Home.

Before we get into the details of making meatball sliders, let’s discuss the ingredients you’ll need. The fabulous thing about sliders is that you can customize them with any meatball recipe you like. I personally think that my Gluten Free Parmesan Chicken Meatballs are the best meatballs and I know you are going to love them too!

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Gluten Free Parmesan Chicken Meatballs

This meatball is actually one of my favorite recipes that we’ve ever made! There’s something so special about winter cooking that feels entirely soulful and beautifully indulgent.

This meatball is the kind of recipe that is such a joy to cook and absolutely delicious to eat.

To make this recipe for sliders, we adjusted the meatball recipe to make 2-ounce meatballs.

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Ingredients needed to make this recipe for sliders:

  • 12 (2-ounce) meatballs
  • unsalted butter 
  • garlic cloves
  • 12 dinner rolls,gluten free or regular  
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • shredded mozzarella
  • Finely chopped parsley

How to assemble Mini Meatball Sliders :

This recipe for sliders is fast and easy to pull together, especially if you made the meatballs ahead of time.

Make Your Next Party a Hit with This Delicious Meatball Slider Recipe!

Meatball sliders are perfect for parties, game days, or even a quick and easy dinner. Serve them with a side of roasted potatoes or a delicious wedge salad for a complete meal.

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A mini meatball slider being held.

Mini Meatball Sliders

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  • Author: nocrumbsleft
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 sliders
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  •   12 (2-ounce) meatballs (we used our Gluten Free Parmesan Chicken Meatball recipe and adjusted to make 2 ounce meatballs) 
  •   3 tablespoons unsalted butter 
  •   4 garlic cloves, pressed 
  •   12 dinner rolls gluten free or regular  
  •   4 to 6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese divided 
  •   2 cups shredded mozzarella (or as much as you like!) 
  •   Finely chopped parsley, for garnish 


  •   Heat oven to 350°F. 
  •    Prepare the Gluten Free Parmesan Chicken Meatball recipe, keep warm.  
  •   In a small pot, add the butter and pressed garlic and heat over low until melted. Let the butter infuse but keep an eye to make sure the garlic nor the butter burns. Remove from heat.  
  •   Take your rolls and scoop out openings the size of your meatballs in the tops of the rolls. (Note, you’re hollowing out the rolls, and you do not slice the rolls in half, as you’re making open-faced, meatball-stuffed sliders.) If you have anything that is about the size of your meatballs, like a tiny bowl or a small biscuit cutter, it can help to score the center of the rolls before hollowing them out. We used a 2-ounce jigger, which was the perfect size for our meatballs. With a spoon or a knife, just cut out the center, making sure not to cut more than 2/3 of the way down the center of rolls.  
  •   Put the rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet and brush them with the garlic butter.  
  •   Place the rolls in the oven and bake for 3 minutes, then remove.  
  •   Assemble the meatball sliders by adding 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of the marinara, depending on the size of your rolls and meatballs, into every roll’s hollow, then a sprinkle of parmesan. Now add a meatball to each roll. Liberally top with mozzarella and a generous sprinkle of parmesan.  
  •   Add the stuffed meatball rolls back to the oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is all melted and lightly golden; remove from the oven.  
  •   Sprinkle with parsley, and enjoy!  


If you prefer, you can buy premade meatballs at your grocery store, just heat them up in 2 cups of marinara of your choice and adjust the size of your buns to fit the meatballs, as needed.


  • Serving Size: 2 sliders
  • Calories: 641
  • Sugar: 13.9 g
  • Sodium: 1249.7 mg
  • Fat: 36.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 44 g
  • Protein: 36 g
  • Cholesterol: 132.2 mg

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