Photo: Nigel Cox; Styling: Molly Findlay
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler to high.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

detailaddict's Review

August 19, 2014
These were a bit more time-consuming for me as I had to make both the marinara and the fresh mozzarella; but otherwise they came together quickly. I also made 12 meatballs instead of 24 but would make patties next time so that the sliders are easier to handle. I used 1/2 lb ground sirloin and 1/4 lb ground pork as that is what I had on-hand, but this seemed more meatball-y anyway. I find burgers a bit boring in general but these are both different and finger-foody enough that I would make them again. I served these with CL Marinated Green Bean and Potato Salad.

phoebe1214's Review

June 21, 2013
Love how easy and tasty this is. You could easily serve this for a party, but it's so easy you can also make it for a weeknight meal. EVERYONE, even the picky four-year-old loves this one!

Jennidecker's Review

April 03, 2013

wonderwab's Review

August 25, 2012
The only modification I made was shaping the meat into 12 patties (to better fit the slider buns I had) rather than 24 meatballs. These were delicious, albeit tiny. This recipe is going on The List!

VTbakerchick's Review

July 21, 2012

darbydh's Review

June 25, 2012