Meatball Sliders

Meatball Sliders


For the Meatballs

  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs I use the Progresso ones in the blue can
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup Parmesan or Parmesiano-Reggiano
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground mild Italian sausage

For the Sliders

  • 12 cups prepared marinara sauce
  • 1 garlic clove halved
  • Butter for spreading on roll
  • A few fresh basil leaves rolled and sliced
  • Freshly grated Parmesan or Parmesiano-Reggiano
  • 1 crusty Italian sub roll


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and use your hands to combine, careful not to overwork the meat
  3. Roll into meatballs (I make mine huge like baseballs)
  4. Place meatballs in a large high sided baking dish
  5. Pour in about 1 - 1 1/2 inch of water (this prevents them from burning)
  6. Bake at 350 for about 1 1/2 hours, or until done (time will depend on size of meatballs)
  7. Move meatballs into a slow cooker set to warm, cover with sauce and let flavors combine for several hours
  8. Slice sub roll into 3 inch wide pieces, slice down the middle, rub bread with garlic, spread on the butter and broil or toast until browned
  9. Top each roll with 1 meatball, a little sauce and garnish with cheese and basil