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Little Monster Meatball Sliders Recipe

These playful sliders bring a savory twist to Halloween, typically dominated by sweets. Saucy meatball sliders turn into cartoonish “monsters”, complete with cheese teeth and stuffed-olive eyes. They’re fun and not too complicated, perfect for a family Halloween get-together.


  • 1 pound frozen meatballs
  • 1 (14-ounce) jar pizza sauce
  • 8 ounces deli sliced mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 slider rolls, split
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces (about 1 cup) pimiento-stuffed olives


  1. Preheat & Prep: Set your oven to 350 F and arrange a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Meatballs & Sauce: In a sizable pot, combine meatballs with pizza sauce and heat over medium-low. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 15-20 minutes until meatballs are thoroughly heated.
  3. Cheesy Teeth: As the meatballs are cooking, shape the mozzarella slices into teeth-like points. Make sure to keep the cheese in the refrigerator until you’re ready to put the sliders together.
  4. Garlic Butter Spread: Mix the melted butter, garlic, and parsley in a small bowl until well combined.
  5. Prepare the Buns: On the baking sheet, lay the split slider rolls so that the inside of the bottom buns are facing up and the outer part of the top buns are facing up. Brush them with the garlic butter mixture and then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  6. Toasting: Bake the buns in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, or until they’ve toasted nicely.
  7. Eyes for Your Monster: While the buns are in the oven, spear each olive with a toothpick. Keep them aside for later.
  8. Assemble & Serve: Once your buns are toasted, start assembling the sliders. Lay 2 meatballs on each bottom bun and crown with a slice of mozzarella shaped like teeth. Cap each with a toasted top bun. Secure the slider with 2 olive-threaded toothpicks to resemble “eyes.” Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving):

  • Calories: 433
  • Total Fat: 24.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.8g
  • Trans Fat: 0.4g
  • Cholesterol: 66.1mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 34.3g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.2g
  • Total Sugars: 2.5g
  • Sodium: 691.9mg
  • Protein: 18.3g

You can prepare various components of this dish in advance, ensuring your monster sliders are fresh and not soggy when served. Additionally, this recipe can be adapted to a slow cooker or Instant Pot for an even more hands-off approach. Regardless of the method, these sliders are sure to be a hit at your Halloween festivities.

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