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These venison meatball sliders are a great way to use up leftover baked venison meatballs! It’s so easy! Combine the meatballs with bakery-fresh buns, canned tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese and you’ll be enjoying these portable Italian-inspired bites in no time!
I love an easy recipe that is also delicious! And these meatball sliders totally fit that bill. Plus, they’re also full of melty cheese, lots of red sauce, and one of my favorite venison recipes - tender baked meatballs! So, it’s nothing but a win-win-win in my book![adthrive-in-post-video-player video-id="vqX9YFMI" upload-date="2023-05-17T17:47:56.000Z" name="Venison Meatball Sliders" description="These venison meatball sliders are a great way to use up leftover baked venison meatballs! It’s so easy! Combine the meatballs with bakery-fresh buns, canned tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese and you’ll be enjoying these portable Italian-inspired bites in no time!" player-type="default" override-embed="default"]
Ingredients for this recipe
- Venison Meatballs
- Slider Rolls - Kings Hawaiian rolls are PERFECT for this recipe!
- Tomato Sauce - homemade or from a jar
- Mozzarella cheese - shredded and/or sliced, whatever you have on hand, my friend
- Italian Seasoning
How to make baked meatballs sliders
- Cut all the buns. The Kings Hawaiian rolls are easy to cut in one large slab.
- Place the bottoms of the buns in a baking dish.
- Spread with tomato sauce. Be as generous or as stingy with the sauce as you’d like. I love a saucy meatball slider, but you do you, baby.
- Add a layer of cheese.
- Add the meatballs. If they weren’t cooked in or served with sauce, add another dollop of sauce on top. We don’t want dry sliders!
- Cover with another layer of cheese. I like to add more on top because it forms a sort of cheesy blanket and encases the entire sandwich in its deliciousness.
- Finish with the top of the bun. Be sure to brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle with the Italian seasoning for a beautiful finish! The butter will help the buns crisp up in the oven and the seasoning adds so much flavor!
- Bake until melted. Cover the tray in tinfoil and bake in a 350-degree oven for about 25 minutes. Serve and enjoy! I like to do extra sauce on the side for dipping, too!
Storing and reheating leftover meatball sliders
As with any leftover, I’m all about wrapping those suckers in tinfoil and putting them in the fridge. This makes reheating a breeze too!
Simply wrap the leftovers in the foil you had on the baking dish and refrigerate, when ready to reheat pop the whole foil packet into a 350-degree oven until warmed through!
They can also be reheated in the microwave, but the buns will get very soft and squishy, so be careful!
Meatball Sliders Recipe
- 9x13 baking pan
- 12 slider rolls sliced in half
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 12 venison meatballs
- 3 tablespoons salted butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with baking spray and place the bottoms of the bakery rolls in a single layer in the dish.
- Spread the buns with 1 ½ cups of the tomato sauce before sprinkling half of the shredded mozzarella cheese over the top.
- Place one meatball on each bun bottom and dollop with a bit more tomato sauce, if desired. Cover cover with the remaining shredded mozzarella cheese before placing the bun tops on top.
- Brush the tops of the buns with melted butter and sprinkle with the Italian seasoning.
- Cover the dish with tinfoil and bake in preheated oven for 25 - 35 minutes, or until cheese is melted and meatballs are warmed through.
- Serve with extra tomato sauce for dipping, if desired.
- Leftover sliders can be wrapped in foil and store the fridge. To reheat simply place the entire foil packet into a 350 degree oven for 20 – 25 minutes, or until warmed through again.