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!
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
Make the Mix
Mix together the ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, ricotta, parmesan, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper until thoroughly combined.
Divide the meat mixture into 8 parts and form each into a meatball. Set the meatballs aside in the refrigerator to rest for 15 minutes.
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
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 them 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.
- Toasting: Don't skip this or the buns will turn to mush rather quickly.
- Ricotta: Use a fresh one if you can find it - one with just milk, vinegar, and salt.