Cheese Stuffed Meatball Sliders


Serve these super-cute, ultra-delicious, Cheese Stuffed Meatball Sliders for the big game, or a fun weeknight dinner!


Cheese Stuffed Meatball Sliders

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Makes 16 sliders

2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, divided
2lbs 90/10 ground beef
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 cloves garlic, microplaned or finely minced
3 mozzarella string cheese sticks, each cut into 6 pieces (for a total of 18 pieces)
24oz jar marinara sauce
8 slices provolone cheese, thinly sliced
16 cocktail buns


  1. Preheat 1 Tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Combine ground beef, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, egg, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and garlic in a large bowl. Mix to thoroughly combine all ingredients.
  2. Shape meatball mixture into 16 balls, making an indent in the middle of each ball and pushing a piece of mozzarella cheese into the middle. Seal the meat around the cheese completely.
  3. Place half the meatballs into the hot skillet and sauté until golden brown on one side, about 2-3 minutes. Flip the meatballs and brown on the other side. Meatballs do not need to cook all the way through. Remove to a plate. Re-heat the pan with the remaining oil and cook the second half of the meatballs. Return all the meatballs to the skillet.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium-low and pour the marinara sauce into the skillet.  Place a lid on top and simmer for 15 minutes, spooning the marinara sauce over the meatballs every so often to keep them moist.
  5. Cut each slice of provolone cheese in half. Place a cooked meatball onto a bun, and top with provolone cheese.





  1. holly 10.28.2011

    great job on the news this morning! these look so yummy!

  2. Kathe 10.28.2011

    Great job on KCCI this morning! I am obsessed with your website and can’t wait to try out the Cheese Stuffed Meatball Sliders this weekend!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 10.29.2011

      Thanks Kathe! This should be a good weekend to make them – cool and crisp! :)

  3. TESS 10.28.2011

    Awesome job on kcci this am… I made these sliders for supper this evening they were a hit… I find myself on your website often looking for a recipe..

  4. Linda 10.29.2011

    Watched you on KCCI yesterday. The meatballs are simmering and smell wonderful. Can’t wait to enjoy.

  5. Charlotte 10.29.2011

    Great job on KCCI. Can’t wait till your next time on. I pulled ground beef out of freezer as soon as you were done. Then hit the store after work for a few more of the ingr. Made them last night and had the left overs for during the football games today. Husband loved them too. Can’t wait to try another recipe. Good luck on the future foodnetwork show!! lol

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.03.2011

      Thanks Charlotte! They are perfect for football games, so I’m glad they worked out for you :)

  6. Marta 11.01.2011

    Made these for dinner last night, and they were delicious. My four year old granddaughter had a blast helping me shape the meatballs and hide the cheese inside to surprise Grandpa later!

  7. nicole 11.09.2011

    Just wanted to say….because you are using ground beef for these meatball sliders, you need to be sure that the internal temp of the meatball is 160 degrees. {It seems that most people under cook ground beef.}
    I have pinned these, and plan to make them soon! :)

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