Recipe By sweetie26
Published Dec 12th
Prep 10m Cook 35m Additional - Ready In 45m
Servings 12 sliders Calories 949.8

I just came up with this recipe for meatball sliders tonight, and was blown away. Moist, delicious! Goes well with Caesar salad.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 4 ounces bulk Italian pork sausage
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar tomato and basil spaghetti sauce (such as Ragu®)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 12 (3 ounce) ciabatta buns
  • 3 tablespoons garlic butter, or to taste
  • ⅓ cup shredded Italian cheese blend, or to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Mix ground beef, pork sausage, bread crumbs, egg, Cajun seasoning, seasoned salt, garlic powder, pepper, and salt together in a large bowl until well combined. Form mixture into twelve 2-inch meatballs. Form any remaining meat mixture into meatballs or patties, and freeze for another time.
  2. 2 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. 3 Heat oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Place meatballs in the hot oil and cook until browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer meatballs to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. Drain all but about 1 tablespoon grease from the pan.
  4. 4 Add onion to the pan; cook and stir until onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add spaghetti sauce, garlic powder, and seasoned salt; bring to a simmer. Return meatballs to the pan and simmer until no longer pink in the centers, about 5 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the meatballs should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
  5. 5 Meanwhile, slice ciabatta buns in half and spread butter over the cut sides. Place on a baking sheet.
  6. 6 Bake in the preheated oven until buns are slightly crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn on the broiler. Place 1 meatball on each bottom bun, top with 1 to 2 tablespoons of sauce, and sprinkle with shredded Italian cheese. Sprinkle top buns with more Italian cheese.
  7. 7 Broil until cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 949.8
  • Carbohydrate 106.8 g
  • Cholesterol 128.4 mg
  • Fat 36.1 g
  • Fiber 8.1 g
  • Protein 45.8 g
  • Saturated Fat 12.8 g
  • Sodium 2412.2 mg
  • Sugar 12.4 g

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Chef's Notes

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of meat. As a portion of the meat is frozen for a later use, the actual amount of meat consumed will vary.
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