Meatball Sliders {Super Bowl Food}

Meatball Sliders
Recently, my daughter Alexa and I went to TruFire Kitchen in Frisco, Texas. There were so many wonderful sounding things on the menu it was hard to narrow down to just one or two so we ordered a few things to sample.

While everything we tried was delicious, by far the best thing we had were the meatball sliders.  They were tender and meaty, full of herbs, topped with caramelized onions and complemented by a sauce that sort of resembled Thousand Island dressing all piled on a tiny soft buttery bun. They were the kind of unassuming-sounding sandwiches that catch you by surprise and cause you to dream about them later.

I was thinking these would be perfect to munch on while watching the Super Bowl (and frankly I was looking for an excuse to make them) so I set out to recreate a similar dish.  I'm thrilled with the outcome.

Meatball Sliders

Makes 16 small sliders or 8 medium sliders

1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 pound all-natural 85/15 ground beef
1/2 pound all-natural ground pork
3 Tablespoons garlic and herb bread crumbs (I used Progresso)
2 Tablespoons grated Parmigiano Reggiano
1 1/2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning (I used Penzey's Tuscan Sunset blend)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 organic all-natural egg
Provolone or Cheddar cheese (optional)
8 medium dinner rolls or 16 small dinner rolls, sliced

Caramelized Onions
1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 large sweet onion, sliced
pinch salt

Thousand Island-like Sauce
1/2 cup good mayonnaise
2-3 Tablespoons good ketchup

beef, pork, bread crumbs, Parmigiano Reggiano, Italian seasoning, salt, egg


In a medium bowl, mix together the beef, pork, bread crumbs, Parmigiano Reggiano, Italian seasoning, salt, and egg. It works best to use your hands to mix everything well. Form 16 small meatballs (about the size you would eat in 2 small bites) with your hands and set aside.

Heat a non-stick skillet to medium and add olive oil. Add meatballs and brown on top and bottom, about 3 minutes on each side. Then cover, turn heat a little lower and cook for another 10 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.

Caramelizing the Onions

While the meatballs are cooking, heat another non-stick skillet to medium-low and add butter. Add onions and salt, and cook until soft and lightly browned, stirring occasionally.


In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise and ketchup.

Building the Sliders

If desired you may butter the buns and toast them in a skillet until browned. (My husband likes them this way and I like them untoasted, so I made them both ways.) Spread a little sauce on the buns, add 1 meatball to each if small rolls (or 2 meatballs if medium rolls), top with onions and cheese (if desired), then place tops on sliders and serve.


  1. yumm... thanks for making us hungry before going to bed!!

  2. This is one more amazing recipe, and of course stunning photos..now I am getting hungry too before bed:)))) Great job Veronica!!!

  3. Yum these look great! I was just watching a commercial and saw sliders on a menu. Now I'm really craving them.

  4. And I want one for breakfast!!! These look excellent!

  5. I want one right now, even though it's only 7:45am!

  6. Gosh, I love meatballs. They're the best! I would be quite content with this slider hoisted between my hands during the big game!

  7. Your sliders are like the best of football food - big on taste but you can eat 3 or 4 of these and not be stuffed.

  8. I'm with Carolyn! It's breakast here and I would eat one RIGHT NOW! :)

  9. What a fun Super Bowl nummy. :) Looks delicious.

  10. mmm! these look amazing- I could definitely take one of these down!

    Are you in town for the super bowl?

  11. Thanks Claire! I'm back in SoCal now so I will be watching (the commercials) on tv :-) Stay warm - I hear it's bad there right now!

  12. That really looks like it would hit the spot!

  13. You just can't go wrong with meatballs! And these look so delicious!

  14. Wow, this looks delicious! Love the ketchup mayo sauce!

  15. Veronica - these look wonderful. We don't have Super Bowl here in New Zealand and I confess that I don't really get it, but I'd happily give it a go if I could have a couple of these.
    Sue :-)

  16. I just love the idea of sliders . . . a mini something fools me into thinking I'm indulging. These look great. And I'm happy to see another Penzey's lover!

  17. Kind of like Lay's Potato Chips, can't eat just one. Also, I'm sharing and caring and I've left an award for you on my blog. Check it out and thanks for the great recipe and pictures.

  18. I love meatballs. The idea of making sliders out of them is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing - they look delicious!

  19. Super fun food and great photos....Thanks!