Italian Meatball Sliders
These cheesy Italian meatball sliders are sauteed then simmered in marinara sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese to make great appetizers for parties or a fun dinner recipe!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 sliders
- 1 lb ground beef, or a mix of ground beef and ground pork
- 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
- 2 cloves garlic, grated
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 4 cups marinara sauce
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Buns and Topping
- 8 slider buns
- olive oil, to brush the buns
- kosher salt, for the buns
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 slices
- 2 tbsp fresh sliced basil leaves
Mix the Meatballs
Mix together the ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, ricotta, parmesan, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper until thoroughly combined.
Divide the meatball mixture into 8 parts and form each into a meatball. Set the meatballs aside in the refrigerator to rest.
Toast the Buns
Turn on the broiler and set the oven rack to the middle.
Lay out the slider buns on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
Toast the buns under the broiler until they are golden brown. Set aside.
Brown and Braise the Meatballs
Set the oven to 400F.
Pour the marinara into an oven safe skillet and bring it to a simmer.
Heat the tablespoon of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add the meatballs and brown on all sides.
Transfer the meatballs to the marinara and braise in the oven for 10 minutes.
Turn the meatballs over and continue braising until they are cooked through and reach 165F in the middle, about another 10 minutes.
Switch the oven back to broil and top each meatball with a slice of mozzarella. Broil for 2-3 minutes, or until the mozzarella is melted and soft.
Finish the Sliders
Place each meatball on a slider bun, add some basil and marinara and then put the top bun on.
Serve the sliders with the remaining marinara on the side.