Cheesy Stuffed Meatball Sliders.
Hello you perfect game day snack.
Or perfect dinner. Or perfect reheated I-just-came-home-from-the-bar snack. Or perfect hungover breakfast. Cold.
I love you.
And I don’t even really like meatballs. So this is, in a word… huge. But I love you since you’re stuck in an adorable little toasted bun and stuffed with double the cheese. You make me want to eat meatballs every day.
Meatballs and mini things. Lots of cute mini things.
I didn’t want to show you this creeptastic picture but I felt like I needed to tell you that it’s okay if your mozzarella oozes out of your meatballs.
This is what happens in my kitchen. Cakes overflow in the oven, cookies flatten out like pancakes, yeast doesn’t foam and cheese squirts out of meatballs. As dirty as it sounds, it’s real life and something like it happens every.single.day in my world. It makes a really good excuse to have an extra glass of wine.
Everything is always better in slider form, right? These meatballs are super quick to prepare and can be made in less than an hour. You can half the batch for dinner one night or triple them for your Monday Night Football party. They bring versatility to a whole new level and taste like a bite-sized version of spaghetti and meatballs… without the noodles? Yeah, sort of. Just whatever you do, don’t forget to invite me over.
Cheesy Stuffed Meatball Sliders
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2/3 cup romano cheese
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
- 4 ounces of mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes + more for topping
- 3 cups of your favorite pasta sauce
- 12-15 slider buns, or dinner rolls if you cannot find them
- basil for garnish/topping
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, add ground beef, egg, oil, cheese, breadcrumbs, garlic, salt, pepper, basil and parsley. Mix to combine, gently tossing a few times with your hands. Don’t overmix – it will result in tough meatballs! Spray a large baking dish with non-stick spray and add 2 cups of pasta sauce. Roll beef into golfball-sized meatballs (about 3 tablespoons of beef), and press a cube of mozzarella in the middle. Seal the beef around the chees and set in sauce. Once all meatballs have been added, sprinkle additional cheese and breadcrumbs over top. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Serve with additional sauce if desired, toasted slider buns, and a few slabs of mozzarella for topping.
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I’ll bring the wine.
141 Comments on “Cheesy Stuffed Meatball Sliders.”
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I loved the idea of the cheese!! I made another recipe for the meatballs (using a skillet instead of oven), but I added the mozzarella cubes. I’m gonna do that everytime from now, it came out great! Thank you for sharing.
I made this for the football games Saturday night- HUGE hit with both the guys and girls at the party. Thanks for sharing… everyone wants to know what I’m going to bring this weekend!
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these sound amazing!! do you think they would taste just as good if i omitted the Panko??
I haven’t tried it, they will probably be okay – the panko is a binder so they may be a little crumbly.
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I’m making tomorrow for Superbowl, know they will be delish!
I made this twice already and it is absolutely fabulous.
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making these rite now an made them once before ,they r soooooooo good thank u for the recipe!!!
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creeptastic – LOVE It
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Made these for New Year’s Eve last night and they were a hit!! It was my first time making meatballs….super easy and super yummy!! Will definitely be making them again!! Happy New Year to you!!
these r so good best meatball ive ever tasted love making them so easy!!! thank you.
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Just found your wonderful blog! I made this recipe yesterday for my brothers’ birthday dinner. My only change was to use fresh basil and oregano from the garden instead of dried and to add some carmelized onions. These were hands down the best meatballs I’ve ever had. Huge hit with the family. I already have requests to have them again. Thank you!
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Made this for NYE and it was a HUGE hit!!! Thanks again!
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