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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
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 sliders
Calories 104kcal
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