Mamma’s Meatball Parmesan Sliders

All-American sliders become "molto Italiano" in this crowd-pleasing recipe that features authentic meatballs, melted mozzarella and fresh leaves of basil.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 12

1
lb ground chuck or lean (at least 80%) ground beef
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2
eggs, beaten
1
cup Progresso™ Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese
3
cloves garlic, very finely chopped
2
tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley or 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
5
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
4
cups marinara sauce
12
mini hamburger buns
12
slices mozzarella cheese
12
fresh basil leaves, if desired

  • 1 In medium bowl, place beef; sprinkle well with salt and pepper. Add eggs, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic and parsley; mix lightly until combined. Shape mixture into 12 (2-inch) balls.
  • 2 In 3- to 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Pour marinara sauce over meatballs. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered 30 minutes until meatballs are thoroughly cooked and no longer pink in center.
  • 3 On each bun bottom, place 1 meatball, 1 slice mozzarella cheese and 1 basil leaf. Cover with bun tops.

Expert Tips

Ground pork can be used in place of the beef, or for a lighter version use ground turkey or chicken.

If you double the recipe, brown the meatballs in batches and then add them back to the pan with only 6 or 7 cups of marinara sauce.