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Barbecue Bacon Meatball Sliders

These tasty meatball sliders have ground bacon mixed right in! Topped with creamy coleslaw and served on sweet Hawaiian rolls, it's a match made in heaven.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword meatball sliders, meatball sliders on hawaiian rolls, meatball sliders recipe, mini meatball sliders, slider recipes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 sliders
Calories 104
Author Lisa B.


For the meatballs:

  • 3 slices of bread torn up into small pieces
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 6 slices raw bacon
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dry ground mustard
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce

For the coleslaw:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bag (14 oz.) coleslaw mix


  • 2 packages (12 oz. each) King’s Hawaiian rolls
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine


For the meatballs:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Process bread in a food processor until it becomes course crumbs. Pour bread crumbs into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, brown sugar, and FIVE slices of the bacon in the food processor. Combine until the mixture forms a thick paste.
  • Scrape the paste out into the mixing bowl with the breadcrumbs. Add the ground beef, milk, egg, Worcestershire, and mustard. Mix until ingredients are evenly combined.
  • Form beef mixture into 1 ½ inch balls, roughly the size of a golf ball. Spread them out evenly on a greased cooking sheet or rack.
  • Spread barbecue sauce over the top of each meatball.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

For the coleslaw:

  • Combine the mayonnaise, white sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, ground black pepper and salt in a small mixing bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over the coleslaw and stir until the cole slaw is thoroughly coated with the dressing.

To assemble the sliders:

  • Preheat the broiler.
  • Slice the buns in half. Butter the insides of each roll. Toast for about five minutes until the bread is toasted. Keep a close eye on the rolls so they don’t burn.
  • Tear the rolls apart. Place one meatball on the bottom of each roll. Top with cole slaw. Place the top of a bun on each slider.


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 383mg | Potassium: 96mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.6mg