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Instant Pot Italian Meatball Sliders & Video

Instant Pot Italian Meatball Sliders are versatile enough to be enjoyed for lunch, dinner, a snack, during the big game, and any season! We use simple ingredients found in the fridge and pantry to make this incredibly easy meal for busy families.

If you need an easy recipe to make in your Instant Pot, then this recipe for Italian Meatball Sliders is definitely for you! This takes no time at all to cook, and will have your family raving for you to make it again the next day!





It’s so easy to make meatballs in the Instant Pot! No browning required. Just form the meatballs, place in the Instant Pot along with the sauce, set it and step away!


Are you nervous about using your Instant Pot? There is no need to be scared, trust me, these Instant Pot Meatball Sliders are so incredibly delicious, your mouth will be watering just reading the recipe!

Transform delectable Instant Pot Meatballs into something even more amazing – Easy Italian meatball sliders! Each slider contains a classic Italian meatball smothered in rich tomato sauce and melty cheese, tucked inside a pillowy Hawaiian roll.

My family went crazy for these Meatball Sliders! The great news is I made them again 3 days later because they were begging me to share them with their friends. They are lucky, they have really nice friends!

These flavorful, bite-sized morsels are real crowd pleasers, and are perfect for serving up as a fun lunch or dinner, a great game day snack or a tasty happy hour bite. And once you try them, you may not be able to stop at just one.

In addition to this recipe for the most delectable Italian meatball sliders, you can use Instant Pot Meatballs to serve up a classic Spaghetti and Meatballs dinner. Or swap the spaghetti for some ‘zoodles’ (zucchini noodles) and you have a healthier, but still hearty meal. 

Instant Pot Meatballs are also a great make-ahead solution. You can easily whip up a batch and then store in the fridge or freezer to have on hand for your meal prep throughout the week.

I told them that I needed their help, they couldn’t believe how easy these Italian Meatball Sliders are to make. Hold on to your hats, I am going to show you how as well. Just scroll down to see. Enjoy my newest video here!

Instant Pot meatballs taste better too. By cooking them right in the sauce they turn out so much more tender and flavorful. Plus they retain their shape and don’t can crumble and fall apart, which can happen when baking or pan frying. 

Instant Pot Italian Meatball Sliders Notes:

  • For the sauce, I’ve used freeze dried herbs.  Freeze dried herbs are the closest I’ve found to fresh herbs when they aren’t available.  However, I always use fresh parsley in the meatballs.
  • The quality of the crushed tomatoes will greatly affect the quality of your sauce.  Be sure to use a good quality tomato product.

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Instant Pot Italian Meatball Sliders
Yield: 4-6 servings

Instant Pot Italian Meatball Sliders

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Instant Pot Italian Meatball Sliders are versatile enough to be enjoyed for lunch, dinner, a snack, during the big game, and any season! We use simple ingredients found in the fridge and pantry to make this incredibly easy meal for busy families.


Mix ground beef, Italian sausage, eggs, bread crumbs, 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese and next four ingredients together using a hand held mixer. 

Using a large scooper, form meatballs that are about 1 ½ inches. 

Pour half of the tomato puree into the inner pot of the Instant Pot and then place meatballs on top of the sauce. Add the remaining sauce over the meatballs. 

Close lid on the pressure cooker and turn pressure valve to sealing. Set for a high pressure cooking time of 5 minutes, allowing for a quick pressure release when the cooking time has finished. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.  

Place the bottom of the slider buns in the casserole dish. 

Load up the buns with meatballs and some extra sauce when the meatballs have finished cooking. Reserve some sauce to serve alongside the sandwiches.Top sliders with Mozzerella cheese, and then finish with the tops of the buns. 

Sprinkle 1/8 cup of grated Parmesan cheese over the sliders. 

Melt butter and mix in garlic powder and dried parsley. Pour this over the top of the rolls and brush it over the rolls to spread out evenly. 

Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the tops of the buns are lightly golden. 

Serve with additional sauce, if desired. 


Serves 4-6

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 775Total Fat 53gSaturated Fat 24gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 28gCholesterol 225mgSodium 1458mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 3gSugar 10gProtein 48g

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Sunday 25th of June 2023

Hello,. Although this recipe looks super delicious. I do not own a instant pot and have no interest in buying one. That said. Can these meatballs be made in a slow cooker or in the oven instead? Temps? Times? I look forward to hearing back from you. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


Sunday 25th of June 2023

Absolutely, they can be made in the oven, I would bake them at 350 until cooked through, probably 20-25 minutes until golden brown. For the slow cooker, I would brown the meatballs first, then add them to the slow cooker, cook on low for 2-4 hours.


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