Meatball Sliders


Upgrade your appetizer game with these easy slow cooker Meatball Sliders. Keep the meatballs simmering all day and allow guests to build their own if the bash is an open house or all day affair.

Meatball Sliders with cheese and sliced tomatoes
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
24 appetizers


  • 1 red onion cut into thin wedges (1 1/2 cups)

  • 2 12 ounce package frozen cooked Italian meatballs (24)

  • 1 24-26 ounce jar marinara or pasta sauce (about 2 1/4 cups)

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 6 slices provolone cheese, quartered (6 ounces)

  • 4 roma tomatoes, sliced

  • 24 cocktail buns, split and toasted, if desired


  1. Place onion wedges in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Top with frozen meatballs. In a medium bowl combine marinara sauce, balsamic vinegar, and crushed red pepper. Pour over meatballs.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

  3. Gently stir through mixture in cooker. Place a cheese and a tomato slice on the bottom of each cocktail bun. Top each with a meatball;replace bun tops.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

217 Calories
11g Fat
20g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 217
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 516mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Protein 10g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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