Cheesy Meatball Sliders

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Cheesy Meatball Sliders feature seasoned ground beef wrapped around wedges of Babybel cheese. Individual sandwiches are drizzled with barbecue sauce, then topped with smoked gouda for a cheesy extravaganza!

stack of meatball sliders on a white plate.
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Why This Recipe Is Special

Enjoy this Cheesy Meatball Sliders recipe that’s stuffed with cheese inside and out! A wedge of Babybel hides in the middle which creates juicy meatballs that are packed with flavor.

Add your favorite bbq sauce to these cheese sliders, and you’ve got a popular appetizer that tastes like a mini meatball sub.

Set them on the table and they’ll be the first to go! They’re simple to make, and even more fun to eat!

Nothing hits the spot like oven baked meatball sliders, especially when they’re created from scratch. Sliders are great to serve at parties, for weeknight dinners, and make the perfect game day snack.

cheesy meatball sliders on a white plate with Koss Sauce in background.

Ingredients

If you love meatballs that are tender and melt in your mouth, this recipe is for you! When wrapped around wedges of melted Babybel, they’re a warm and cheesy delight.

  • ground beef – use 85% for best results
  • panko bread crumbs – make a great binder
  • egg – holds everything together
  • onion – gives the meatballs great flavor
  • sweet red pepper – a little goes a long way
  • steak seasoning – the perfect spice
  • barbecue sauce – the star of this recipe!
  • Babybel cheese – melts perfectly in the middle
  • smoked gouda cheese – adds a smoky flavor
  • brioche slider buns – hold up well to the sauce
  • butter – use it to brush the tops of the buns
  • bagel seasoning – the final touch

See the recipe card for quantities.

ingredients needed for cheesy meatball sliders.

Equipment

To make Cheesy Meatball Sliders, start by preparing your work station. You’ll need a large mixing bowl, several spoons, measuring cups, a sheet pan, mini scoop and a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

All of the simple ingredients for these easy meatball sliders came from Aldi grocery store except for the barbecue sauce, which is a local brand. Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce works great too, or use your favorite!

Gather your ingredients and equipment ahead of time so preparation will be easier.

Instructions

1 – Chop onion and sweet red pepper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2 – In a large bowl, mix ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, red pepper, onion, steak seasoning and bbq sauce together until combined.

mixture to make meatballs in a glass bowl.

How to Make Meatballs

1 – With a one inch scoop or your hands, roll ground beef mixture into small balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place on a sheet pan to make 24 meatballs.

2 – Use the back of a cookie scoop to make an indention in each meatball.

3 – Cut each Babybel cheese round into 4 wedges and insert one into the middle of every ball.

4 – Roll ground beef mixture around cheese to create a ball. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, then remove from oven.

How to Make Sliders

1 – Cut slider rolls lengthwise down the middle and place the bottom buns into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Place meatballs on each roll.

2 – Drizzle meatballs with bbq sauce, then top with slices of smoked gouda cheese.

3 – Place top of the buns over cheese and brush with butter mixture. Finish with a sprinkle of bagel seasoning.

4 – Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350 degrees for an additional 15 minutes.

Recipe FAQS

Is there a substitute for Babybel cheese?

Babybel is a soft cheese that melts well in this recipe. Feel free to try another soft cheese like mozzarella or havarti as a substitution.

Can the meatballs be frozen?

Yes! These meatballs can be frozen on a sheet pan or baking sheet in a single layer, then transferred to an airtight container. Frozen meatballs will last up to 3 months. Freeze before adding your favorite sauce. Thaw and use in the recipe as directed.

What type of slider buns work best?

There are many types of slider buns out there and all of them can be used in this recipe. However, the thicker the bun, the better it will hold up to the finishing sauce. We used brioche slider buns because they’re heartier.

single layer of meatball sliders on a baking rack.

Top Tips

  • Gather ingredients and equipment ahead of time to ensure faster prep.
  • Babybel cheese might start oozing out of the meatballs during their first bake in the oven. If this happens, just scoop up the cheese and stuff it back into the meatballs.
  • Be sure to cover the sliders tightly with aluminum foil before baking for the final 15 minutes. This helps the rolls stay soft and yummy.

Variations

Mix things up a little and make Cheesy Italian Meatball Sliders instead! Just use marinara sauce instead of barbecue, and add Italian seasoning and garlic powder to the ground beef. Top with mozzarella slices or provolone. Garnish with fresh basil leaves!

Use hawaiian sweet rolls or dinner rolls, but go easy on the sauce. These rolls are not as thick so they tend to break apart easier.

Make turkey meatballs instead of beef. Or try my Buffalo Meatballs made in an air fryer that make the perfect party appetizer!

meatball sliders on a cooling rack with Koss Sauce in background.

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Recipe Card

cheesy meatball sliders with bbq sauce on a white plate.

Cheesy Meatball Sliders

Cheesy Meatball Sliders feature seasoned ground beef wrapped around wedges of Babybel cheese. Individual sandwiches are drizzled with barbecue sauce, then topped with smoked gouda for a cheesy extravaganza!
5 from 2 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Game Day, Sandwiches
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12
Calories: 389kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Equipment

  • bowl and spoon
  • scoop
  • 13 x 9 inch baking dish
  • pastry brush

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds 85% ground beef
  • 1 cup dried panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 2 mini sweet red peppers (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons steak seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 6 rounds of Babybel cheese (cut into 4 wedges per round)
  • 8 slices of smoked gouda cheese (cut into 3 sections per slice)
  • 6 ounces barbecue sauce (for drizzling)
  • 12 brioche slider buns
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon bagel seasoning

Instructions

GROUND BEEF MIXTURE

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, onion, sweet red peppers, steak seasoning and 2 tablespoons of bbq sauce together in a large bowl. Mix with a spoon or hands until blended together.

MEATBALLS

  • Scoop 24 balls from the ground beef mixture onto a sheet pan using a 1 inch cookie scoop or your hands. 
  • Use the back of the cookie scoop to make an indention in each meatball.
  • Unwrap Babybel cheese and cut each round into 4 wedges. Insert one wedge into every meatball.
  • Roll ground beef mixture around cheese wedge to create a ball. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, then remove from oven.

SLIDER ASSEMBLY

  • Slice slider rolls lengthwise down the middle and place the bottom halves into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. 
  • Place 2 meatballs on each roll.
  • Drizzle meatballs and bread with bbq sauce, then top with slices of smoked gouda cheese.
  • Place the top rolls on the cheese and close the sandwiches. Brush the rolls with melted butter. Sprinkle with bagel seasoning.
  • Cover baking dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes until cheese melts and meatballs are cooked throughout. 

Notes

  • Use your favorite barbecue sauce in this recipe. 
  • Gather ingredients and equipment ahead of time to ensure faster prep.
  • Babybel cheese might start oozing out of the meatballs during their first bake in the oven. If this happens, just scoop up the cheese and place it on the rolls.
  • Be sure to cover the sliders tightly with aluminum foil before baking for the final 15 minutes. This helps the rolls stay soft and yummy.

Nutrition

Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 458mg | Potassium: 361mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 205mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe the other day and it turned out great. The cheese in the middle of the meatballs is a nice touch. My husband said these were the best meatballs he’d ever tasted.

  2. What are the EXACT ingredient MEASUREMENTS??? Like how many pounds, or cups, tablespoons or teaspoons of each ingredient???You’re leaving out the most important part of the recipe, lending it useless otherwise!

    1. Hi Kathleen. All of the exact measurements are listed in the Recipe Card in detail at the bottom of the page. Nothing has been left out. Perhaps you were looking at the top of the page where I list the ingredients and discuss them? If you scroll down further you will see the exact measurements in the card. I’ve also included a Jump to Recipe button at the top of each post where you can see the quantities immediately.

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