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Meatball Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls

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There’s nothing quite like an easy-to-make meal that everyone loves. My meatball sliders on Hawaiian rolls recipe is just that—a killer appetizer recipe that also doubles as the most simple weeknight dinner.

Relativity filling, these sliders are a hit at parties and super easy to make, especially if you use frozen meatballs. Trust me, your family and friends will keep coming back for more!

easy to make meatball slider recipe.

Ingredients

  • 12 slider-size Hawaiian rolls
  • 12 frozen meatballs, thawed and cooked
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

If you want to skip the frozen meatballs and go fully homemade, try my old fashioned Italian meatballs recipe! Absolutely worth the effort.

How to make Meatball Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls

Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease an 11″x7″ baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place all 12 rolls into the pan without separating them.

Cut and Fill: Use a knife to cut a hole in the center of each roll. This is where the meatballs will sit snugly. Place one cooked meatball into each hole.

how to cut sliders to insert a meatball.

Top with Sauce and Cheese: Generously spoon marinara sauce over each meatball. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over the top.

Butter and Season: Pour melted butter over the sliders, ensuring each one gets a bit. Sprinkle garlic powder and Italian seasoning evenly over the top.

adding sauce and meatballs to Hawaiian roles.

Bake: Place the pan in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serve immediately for best results.

mozzarella sliders in a baking pan.

Personal Tips

  • I love adding a little extra marinara sauce inside the roll before placing the meatball. It makes the sliders even more saucy and delicious.
  • If you have leftovers and want to reheat, I recommend using an air fryer at 350°F for about 4 minutes. They come out crispy and warm.
sliders on a spatula being served.

Frequently Asked Questions

What cheese options go on meatball subs?

While mozzarella is the most classic choice, you can also use provolone, Parmesan, or even a blend of Italian cheeses.

What are good side dishes for meatball sliders?

Meatball sliders pair well with a variety of sides like a simple green salad or a roasted broccoli recipe. Like most sandwiches, they’re also great with potatoes. Other common side dishes for an Italian slanted meal like this include pasta salad or garlic bread.

biting into a meatball slider.

Best way to store leftovers?

Store any leftover sliders in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They’ll keep for up to 3 days. Just note that the sauce can make the bread soggy a bit. Reheat them in the oven or air fryer for best results.

Best sauce brands for meatballs

Some of my favorite marinara sauce brands include Rao’s Homemade, Prego, and Classico.

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Meatball Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Learn how to make the best meatball sliders for your next party. Easy recipe using frozen meatballs and marinara sauce.

Equipment

  • 11"x7" baking pan
  • nonstick cooking spray

Ingredients
 

  • 12 slider-size Hawaiian rolls
  • 12 frozen meatballs thawed and cooked (kept warm)
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease an 11"x7" baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place all 12 rolls into the pan without separating them.
  • Use a knife to cut a hole in the center of each roll. This is where the meatballs will sit snugly. Place one meatball into each hole.
  • Generously spoon marinara sauce over each meatball. Then, sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over the top.
  • Pour melted butter over the sliders, ensuring each one gets a bit. Sprinkle garlic powder and Italian seasoning evenly over the top.
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve immediately for best results.

Notes

  • I love adding a little extra marinara sauce inside the roll before placing the meatball. 
  • If you prefer reheating these sliders, I recommend using an air fryer at 350°F for about 4 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slider | Calories: 250kcal

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