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mozzarella cheese bbq meatball siders

Instant Pot Mozzarella Cheese BBQ Meatball Sliders

Instant Pot Mozzarella Cheese BBQ Meatball Sliders is a quick and easy pressure cooker recipe with lean ground beef, bbq sauce, and gooey cheese.
Course dinner, lunch
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 177kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 16 whole wheat slider buns or sliced dinner rolls
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • McCormicks Grill Mates Hamburger Seasoning to taste
  • Italian Seasoning to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • cooking spray
  • toothpicks


  • Combine the beef,  breadcrumbs, egg, and seasonings in a large bowl. Mix completely.
  • Using clean hands, place a small amount of beef in your hands. Roll the beef to create a ball. As a guide, this recipe will make about 16 meatballs. I measure out the size of each ball beforehand before rolling. This ensures each is pretty equal in size.
  • Repeat for the remaining meatballs.
  • Place the Instant Pot on the saute function. Add the onions and garlic. Cook for a couple of minutes until fragrant.
  • Pour 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce into the pot and the 1/2 cup of water. Spread the sauce around so that the pot is equally coated. The water will allow additional pressure to the cooker, and does NOT dilute the BBQ flavor.
  • Carefully, add the meatballs to the pot. It is ok to layer them. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce to the pot. 
  • Set the Instant Pot on Manual/High Pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Quick release the steam on the Instant Pot once the pot indicates it has finished.
  • Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Add the bottoms of the slider buns to the pan. Top each with a meatball. 
  • Using a cooking brush, brush BBQ sauce from the Instant Pot over the meatballs. I also spooned some of the onions onto the sliders as well.
  • Sprinkle the mozzarella over the balls.
  • Add the top buns to each. Secure each with a toothpick. Bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  • Serve.


Feel free to add more BBQ sauce to your recipe if you wish. I didn't use a lot of sauce for this recipe because the meatballs are going to be used as sliders. Typical "Slow Cooker Meatballs" are usually filled with a lot of sauce, so that the meatballs have a liquid base to stay warm on the "Keep Warm" setting. Do what works best for you.


Calories: 177kcal