Prep: 35 min.
Cook: 30 min.
Meatloaf is a textbook meal staple. These sliders rival grandma's classic meatloaf, satisfying your cravings in a single, delightful bite.
Contrary to how meatloaf is typically served, meatloaf sliders are perfect for parties, gatherings, or even casual meals due to their shareability and functional form. No need to carry around a plate, fork, and knife! And they still offer a satisfying bite without the commitment of a full-sized sandwich or burger. Your guests can help themselves to these bite-sized treats, they're a go-to option for buffets or potluck-style events.
What can you do with leftover meatloaf?
Leftover meatloaf is a versatile ingredient that can be repurposed into multiple dishes. For a quick next-day meal, place slices of leftover meatloaf between two slices of your favorite bread or inside a roll, or cut the leftover meatloaf into smaller portions to build sliders.
What's a good side for meatloaf sliders?
Choosing the perfect side dish for meatloaf sliders can complement the flavors and create a well-balanced meal. Try pairing your sliders with sweet potato fries, coleslaw, baked beans, or roasted vegetables to enhance your slider experience.
How can you keep meatloaf from falling apart?
To avoid crumbly meatloaf, this recipe uses breadcrumbs and eggs, which act as binders to hold the meatloaf together. Binders absorb moisture and help create a cohesive mixture.
Meatloaf sliders provide a versatile canvas for various flavors. You can experiment with different types of meatloaf (beef, turkey, or even plant-based), seasonings, and toppings, creating a range of flavor profiles to suit different preferences. Whether you're planning a casual family dinner or entertaining a crowd, they’re sure to be a hit!
1. Warm Up the Oven
Before we dive into the meatloaf, you’ll need to preheat the oven to 375°F. Your oven is the unsung hero of the kitchen, and when it comes to crafting perfect meatloaf sliders, it's the secret weapon that makes the process convenient and foolproof.
The oven allows you to cook multiple mini meatloaf sliders at the same time on a single baking sheet. Plus, you’ll have the freedom to focus on other elements of your meal preparation. Whether you're toasting buns, chopping toppings, or prepping side dishes, you can multitask with ease.
2. Mix and Mingle
In a medium bowl, mix together the egg, milk, breadcrumbs, parsley, basil, salt, and pepper. Then, mix in the ground beef. Get your hands in there and mingle the ingredients until they form a glorious meatloaf mixture. Mix it just until everything is well combined—no need to overwork it.
3. Shape It Up
Transfer your beef mixture into a mini loaf pan (your loaf pan will be filled!). To prevent any fat from leaking into your oven, make sure to place a baking sheet on the oven rack under the loaf pan.
4. Bake to Perfection
Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F. Once the meatloaf is fully cooked through, remove it from the oven and pour off any excess fat.
5. Let It Rest
Allow the meatloaf to rest for a few minutes after baking. This lets the juices redistribute, ensuring a moist and flavorful result.
At the same time, giving the meatloaf a few minutes to cool can help it firm up slightly. This makes slicing much easier and helps prevent the meatloaf from falling apart or becoming crumbly when you cut into it. This way, you can achieve cleaner, more even slices for beautiful, melt-in-your-mouth meatloaf sliders.
Once your meatloaf has cooled down, carefully remove it from the pan and cut it into 12 even slices.
6. Assemble the Slider Dream
Slice the King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet Rolls in half horizontally using a serrated knife. Then, layer on the meatloaf slices and top your sliders with some HEINZ ketchup.
The sweet, buttery flavor of King's Hawaiian Original Sweet Rolls creates a delightful contrast to the savory goodness of the meatloaf. This sweet-and-savory harmony is a flavor pairing that's hard to beat.
Want to take your sliders to the next level? Place a slice of your favorite cheese on each mini meatloaf while they're still warm, letting it melt into gooey perfection. Assemble your sliders with crunchy onions, crispy lettuce, juicy tomato slices, and zesty pickle chips.
7. Enjoy the Mini Feast
Now, separate the sliders and savor the moment! The rolls come conveniently pre-sliced, making assembly a breeze. No need to fumble with a knife—just split them apart and enjoy a little slice of slider heaven.
Take a big, satisfying bite of your delicious meatloaf sliders, relishing the blend of savory meatloaf, gooey cheese, and fresh toppings. It's a flavor explosion that'll have you reaching for seconds.
Prep: 35 min.
Cook: 30 min.
- 12-pack KING’S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
- 4 Tbsp. HEINZ Ketchup
- 1/2 pound lean ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup 2% milk
- 2 tablespoons Panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper