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Italian Meatball Sliders

Little burgers deliver big flavor as Italian Meatball Sliders show. Marinara sauce replaces the ketchup and basil serves as a sub for lettuce.

Cooking Light JULY 2012

  • Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: 2 sliders)
  • Hands-on:30 Minutes
  • Total:30 Minutes


  • 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)


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.


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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 325
  • Fat: 13.2g
  • Saturated fat: 5.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
  • Protein: 16.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 40.1g
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Cholesterol: 76mg
  • Iron: 1.1mg
  • Sodium: 595mg
  • Calcium: 12mg

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