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Italian Meatball Sliders

Photo: Nigel Cox; Styling: Molly Findlay
Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 30 mins
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: 2 sliders)
Little burgers deliver big flavor as Italian Meatball Sliders show. Marinara sauce replaces the ketchup and basil serves as a sub for lettuce.


  • 1/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces ground sirloin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 12 water rolls, halved lengthwise
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut crosswise into 12 thin slices
  • 1 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce (such as McCutcheon's)
  • 12 fresh basil leaves (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 325
  • fat 13.2 g
  • satfat 5.9 g
  • monofat 3 g
  • polyfat 1.5 g
  • protein 16.6 g
  • carbohydrate 40.1 g
  • fiber 2.1 g
  • cholesterol 76 mg
  • iron 1.1 mg
  • sodium 595 mg
  • calcium 12 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler to high.

  2. Gently combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, being careful not to overmix. Divide beef mixture into 24 equal portions; gently shape each portion into a meatball (do not pack). Arrange rolls, cut sides up, on a heavy baking sheet; broil 30 seconds or until very lightly toasted. Remove roll tops from pan.

  3. Arrange meatballs on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; broil 3 minutes or until browned. Turn meatballs over; broil 2 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Arrange 2 meatballs on bottom half of each roll; top each slider with 1 cheese slice. Broil 1 minute or until cheese melts.

  4. Place marinara sauce in a microwave-safe dish; cover and microwave at HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring once. Place two sliders on each of 6 plates; spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce over each sandwich. Top each slider with 1 basil leaf, if desired, and 1 bun top.

Cook's Notes

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