BBQ Meatball Sliders with Bacon

Bacon lovers unite! This recipe is a bacon lover's dream, with bacon 2 ways! Due to the BBQ sauce being sweet, I recommend using a spicy cheese (like habanero Jack).

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
10 meatball sliders


  • 7 slices bacon

  • 8 ounces 93% lean ground beef

  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs

  • ¾ cup barbeque sauce (such as Sweet Baby Ray's®), divided

  • 1 tablespoon steak sauce

  • 10 slices pepper Jack cheese

  • 10 slider buns

  • 10 slices cooked bacon

  • ¼ cup slivered onion

  • ¼ cup roasted red pepper, cut into strips


  1. Attach the meat grinder attachment to an electric stand mixer (such as KitchenAid®). Run enough bacon through the meat grinder to make 8 ounces ground bacon.

  2. Combine ground bacon, beef, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup barbeque sauce, and steak sauce in a bowl. Mix until well combined and shape into 2-inch round balls. Set meatballs on a baking sheet.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Bake meatballs until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads 160 degrees F (71 degrees C), about 25 minutes.

  5. Place a slice of cheese on top each meatball. Toast slider buns if desired. Place a meatball between each slider bun. Top with cooked bacon slices, onion, remaining barbeque sauce, and roasted red bell peppers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

325 Calories
17g Fat
170g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 325
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 803mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 170g 62%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 208mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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