Meatball sliders are the MVP of any game-day gathering!

Ready-made meatballs are simmered in marinara, topped with cheesy mozzarella, and tucked into sweet Kings Hawaiian Rolls for the perfect appetizer!

Snack time just got a whole lot yummier with these easy meatball sliders.

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Best Meatball Sliders Recipe

  • These meatball sliders are so simple to prepare, just assemble and heat!
  • Hawaiian Roll Meatball Sliders are perfectly portable, two-bite appetizers, or a light dinner on movie night with extra marinara for dipping!
  • Mini meatball sliders can be dressed up in so many ways! Use long wooden picks to secure them to make them look bistro-worthy on the serving plate!
  • Serve with a side of Texas caviar and your favorite chips or crackers for scooping!
Ingredients to make Meatball Sliders labeled: Hawaiian rolls, marinara sauce, mozzarella, frozen meatballs, and garlic butter

Ingredients & Variations

Meatballs – Frozen meatballs save time and labor – no need to thaw, just toss them in the pot! Leftover hamburger patties can be cut to fit, and even small pork, chicken, or turkey breakfast sausage patties can be used.

Sauce – Use your favorite jar of marinara or pizza sauce and add extra seasonings like chili powder or Tabasco for a spicy kick!

Rolls – Kings Hawaiian rolls are famous for their slider variations! Sweet, fluffy, and the perfect size, if you can’t find them, use dinner rolls, or even biscuits.

Variations – Top sliders with sliced red onions, French-fried onions, pepperoncini peppers, or sliced dill pickles for added color and crunch!

How to Make Meatball Sliders

  1. Prepare the meatballs and marinara (per the recipe below).
  2. Cut the rolls horizontally. Place the bottom half on a baking sheet, brush with garlic butter, and toast.
  3. Layer half the marinara, meatballs, and cheese slices on top.
  4. Cover with the top half of the rolls and brush with the remaining garlic butter.
  5. Bake until the cheese is melted.

Serve hot with remaining marinara for dipping.

Two meatball sliders stacked on top of each other with a toothpick through the middle

Tips & Tricks for the Best Sliders

  • To make rolls ahead of time, toast them in a 400˚F oven for 5-7 minutes so they don’t become soggy.
  • Meatballs and sauce can also be heated in a microwave-safe dish if short on time.
  • Keep leftover sliders by wrapping them individually in plastic wrap and storing them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Enjoy them cold or unwrap them and reheat them in the microwave.
  • Cooled sliders can be frozen by individually wrapping them in plastic wrap and placing them in a zippered bag for up to a month.

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Meatball Sliders

Meatball sliders are a hearty meal for lunch, dinner or as a game day meal!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 12 sliders
Author I Don’t Have Time For That


large pot


  • 12 frozen meatballs
  • 24 ounces jar marinara sauce
  • 6 slices mozzarella cheese 5 ounces
  • 12 Kings Hawaiian rolls
  • 3 tablespoons garlic butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 425℉.
  • Add meatballs and marinara sauce to a medium pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until meatballs are heated through.
  • Without dividing into individual rolls, cut Hawaiian rolls in half horizontally. Place the bottom half of the rolls on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Brush half of the garlic butter on the bottom half of the rolls. Transfer to the over and toast for 3-4 minutes or until crisp.
  • Spread 1/2 cup of marinara sauce over the toasted buns. Place a meatball onto each roll and cover with the cheese slices. Top with the other half of the rolls.
  • Brush the tops of the rolls with remaining garlic butter. Bake 4-5 minutes until cheese is melted and buns are toasted.
  • Serve sliders immediately with a side of marinara for dipping.


To make garlic butter combine 4 tablespoons of softened butter with 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1slider | Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 1076mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 253IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American

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