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Cheesy Meatball Sliders

Hawaiian Roll Meatball Sliders are just absolutely delicious. Last year was the year of the “slider” for me. I started buying the cute little Hawaiian rolls from Trader Joe’s or by King’s Hawaiian and I put so many delicious combinations of fillings in them. They fed my family really well, were really easy to make, and really tasty. These Cheesy Meatball Sliders were created out of a craving for a meatball Parmesan hoagie (or sub, depending on where you live). I got some ingredients to make this easy to put together, and then I started making it.

I like using pre-made frozen meatballs in my Cheesy Meatball Sliders recipe because it makes the whole meal come together even faster. It is important to thaw the meatballs before you use them in this recipe. Once they are thawed, the only thing that needs to be done is to assemble the sandwich. First the layer of bread, then cheese, a little sauce, a meatball, a little bit more sauce, more cheese, and finally the top layer of bread. I then bake this alltogether with some garlic butter on top. These become the cutest little portable sandwiches for dinner, get togethers, and for game day!

What toppings go well on Cheesy Meatball Sliders?

I like to use mozzarella or provolone or BOTH, parmesan, marinara sauce, and garlic butter on these, but you can use any cheese you like. For these hawaiian Roll meatball sliders I used frozen meatballs that I let thaw, but you can make homemade meatballs too. Another option is grilling some onions and peppers too!

Cheesy Meatball Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls

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Cheesy Meatball Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls

Cheesy Meatball Sliders

Classic Meatball Parmesan in slider form! Perfect for the whole family!
4 from 2 votes
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, Italian


  • 1 pack Hawaiian Rolls 12 should come in a pack
  • 12 Frozen Meatballs Thawed! You can also use homemade meatballs
  • 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella
  • 12 slices Provolone Cheese optional
  • 1.5 Cups Marinara Sauce You need about 1.5 tbsp per slider
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 3 tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese For the topping


  • Thaw your meatballs. This step is important so that the sliders cook easily in the oven.
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Cut the Hawaiian Rolls in half and lay the bottom half in a baking dish. I like to seperate each roll a head of time so that it makes it easier to pull apart when it is hot.
  • Put a layer of cheese on top of the rolls. If you are using Provolone slices, cut each slice of cheese in quarters and then put two quarters on top of the bread. Top with some shredded mozzarella.
  • Add some sauce on top of the cheese.
  • Add a meatball, then a little more sauce, and then the cheese. If you are using provolone slices, you would now add two more quarters of cheese per sandwich.
  • Put the top of the rolls on top of the sandwich and make your garlic butter by combining the butter and the garlic powder in a microwable bowl. Heat for 20 seconds or until it is completely melted.
  • Brush the butter on top of the rolls, add grated parmesan over the butter, and cover the rolls in tin foil. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • remove from oven, remove the tin foil and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve with marinara sauce for dipping! Enjoy!
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  1. Jay Aronowitz says:

    5 stars
    Love these sliders. Btw, where I grew up in Brooklyn they didn’t say hoagies or subs. We called ‘em hero sandwiches.

  2. Worried these might get soggy? Is that an issue?

    1. Hi Christy,

      The baking dish I cook these in actually helps the outside of the bread stay crispy. I actually sometimes put on extra sauce.

  3. Denny Giny says:

    3 stars
    Bread stuck to the bottom of the pan and meatballs were too big for the rolls which made them fell apart and were hard to eat.

    1. Hi Denny,

      So sorry you didn’t love these. Would you mind telling me what kind of pan you used and what brand of meatballs you used? This info can help other people in the future. Thank you!