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Easy Meatball Hawaiian Roll Sliders

This Meatball Hawaiian Roll Sliders recipe is one of the easiest, most delicious toasty buttery treats for game days or parties. Leaving you plenty of time to cheer your favorite team, cook more food, chat with friends, or just kick back and enjoy!

Closeup view of Meatball Hawaiian Roll Slider with basil, marinara and melting mozzarella cheese

When I made these meatball sliders for the first time, even my guys were distracted from the game. Seconds turned into thirds and fourths… and finally, “When can you make these again?”

I didn’t tell them how simple they were to make.

You don’t have to tell either. Unless you want to.

Closeup view of Meatball Hawaiian Roll Sliders with fresh basil and mozzarella cheese

What to Love About Meatball Hawaiian Roll Sliders

  • Requires only a handful of ready-made ingredients
  • Melty cheese and gooey sauce in warm toasty buns
  • Garlic and butter… toasted in the oven. Happy sigh.
Top view of ingredients for Meatball Sliders on parchment paper

Hawaiian Roll Sliders Ready Made Ingredients

I promised these were easy sliders to make on game day– for snacks– Friday nights… obviously I can come up with tons of excuses to make these little gems.

Here are the handful of ready-made ingredients you will need:

  • Italian-style cooked meatballs (I’m using a frozen meatballs baked in the oven according to package instructions.
  • Ready made marinara sauce (or your favorite pasta sauce)
  • Slices of mozzarella cheese
  • Package of Hawaiian Rolls (or any other in-tact dinner rolls you prefer)
  • Fresh basil or parsley for garnish and garlic butter sauce
  • Butter, garlic, and Parmesan for garlic butter sauce

How to Make Meatball Hawaiian Roll Sliders

While the step-by-step instructions (and exact ingredient measurements) are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post, here’s an overview with photos on how easy they are to make!

Begin by cooking the meatballs according to package instructions. Then preheat the oven to 375° F and line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with foil or parchment.

Top view of unbaked Meatball Hawaiian Roll sliders split in half and topped with marinara sauce and cooked meatballs

Split the rolls in half lengthwise and spread marinara sauce over the bottom half and place one meatball on every roll.

Top view of Meatball Hawaiian Roll Sliders unbaked with Mozzarella cheese on top

Lay over the mozzarella over the top and cover with the top half of the rolls.

Top view of unbaked Meatball Hawaiian Roll Sliders with garlic butter brushed on top

In a small bowl, combine the garlic butter ingredients and pour over top of the sliders. Bake for 20 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown and the cheese is melted. Cut into individual sandwiches, and serve.

Slider Questions

How to you keep sliders from becoming soggy?

Bake uncovered. It’s the best and easiest tip to keep sliders from becoming soggy! If you cover the sliders, they tend to steam instead of toast.

What are Hawaiian Roll Sliders made of?

Rich and buttery, these delicious sliders are made with from slightly sweet Hawaiian Rolls, savory meatballs, tangy marinara sauce and toasted with an incredible garlic butter sauce.

When do you serve Hawaiian Roll Sliders?

They are absolutely perfect for game days and tailgating, but also for a quick and easy appetizer for parties or gatherings. I love to serve on New Year’s Eve as well.

Can you make Hawaiian Roll Sliders Ahead?

These sliders are best baked just before serving for fresh flavor and crispness. However, you can most definitely prep the meatballs by baking them ahead. It only take a couple of minutes to assemble the sliders before baking.

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Top view of baked Meatball Hawaiian Roll Sliders pulled apart
Closeup view of Meatball Hawaiian Roll Slider with basil, marinara and melting mozzarella cheese

Easy Meatball Hawaiian Roll Sliders Recipe

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This Meatball Hawaiian Roll Sliders recipe is one of the easiest, most delicious toasty buttery treats for game days or parties. Leaving you plenty of time to cheer your favorite team, cook more food, chat with friends, or just kick back and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 meatballs
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil
  • 12 Hawaiian dinner rolls (intact)
  • 6 slices Mozarella cheese slices

Garlic Butter

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook meatballs: follow the package instructions to cook until browned and cooked through. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with foil. Set aside.
  3. Split the rolls in half lengthwise, ensuring they remain attached at their sides. Lay the bottom half in the baking pan. Spread the marinara sauce over the bottom half and place one meatball on every roll. Lay over the mozzarella over the top and cover with the top half of the rolls.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, garlic, basil, and parmesan, stirring until evenly mixed. Pour the garlic butter mixture over the top of the sliders.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the rolls are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  6. Cut into individual sandwiches, and serve.

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Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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