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Barbecue Meatball Waffle Sliders

Saucy barbecue meatballs in crispy little waffle sliders with melty cheese, tomato, and Arugula aioli for easy party finger food. So, be the rockstar and try this little appetizer. This post was sponsored.

hand holding up a waffle slider

About the waffles

Good news guys! Kellogg’s overhauled the ingredient profiles for their entire line of waffles. Kellogg’s Eggo Mini Waffles and all the others in the whole product line now have colors and flavors only from natural sources. And no artificial flavors. I do love when companies listen to their customers.

Especially when I want to make a recipe that requires teensy little waffles that I am not about to make on my own.

profile view of the assembled sliders on a white dish

So, I love waffles. Who doesn’t, right? But I like realllly love waffles especially in savory recipes where you would not expect them.

Prime example is my Honey Sriracha Pulled Chicken and Waffles. That is good stuff right there. Really really good. Is it weird that I prefer to use waffles in non-breakfast recipes? I’m talking dinner waffles.

And during the hectic workweek especially, I have been known to pick up some of these frozen waffles as an easy shortcut. …Don’t judge.

tomatoes, arugula, and parsley on a cutting board

I also love sliders. In general.

Little complete burgers or whatever in one big bite. I love the whole concept of sliders, because you can make a bunch, try different things, then people will try them ALL because each one is not that much food.

Anyway, to work with Kellogg’s Eggo Mini Waffles, I immediately wanted to do a little waffle slider – something I have not done before.

I wanted the recipe to be ridiculously easy. Like Eggo Minis are easy – you just stick them in a toaster and BAM! …And I wanted them to be pretty.

I wanted them to be easy, but impressive enough that if put out at a party or for an occasion, they would get all scoffed up YUM.

This discussion is so first world. I get it.

mini waffles with arugula aioli on top

And these little Eggo Mini Waffles delivered too. Because they get so toasty, they held up perfectly – and I do mean literally perfectly.

In fact, I was quite pleased how the nice crunch remained even after they had sat out a bit on the platter. Party Perfect.

And so, I give you …the Barbecue Meatball Waffle Slider. Which may seem obvious. It may seem not that creative on its face, but let’s dive in a little into this recipe, shall we? …because the key is everything else.

saucy meatballs in a saucepan

Ingredients

  • Meatballs.
  • Barbecue sauce. Spruced up with a little mustard.
  • Tomatoes.
  • Sharp white cheddar cheese.
  • Mini waffles.
  • Arugula aioli.

Arugula, lemon, and fresh herbs in an aioli (which is legitimately my new favorite thing and I am going to use it everywhere), fresh tomato, melty cheese, and tangy BBQ sauce.

assembled sliders on a white dish with a toothpick in each

The flavors combine for an epic, delicious, phee-nom-enal waffle slider bite. This appetizer was loved by all, and I do serve a tough crowd so that says a lot. 

HA! And oh by the way, the photo at the top, the first one you saw that got your mouth all watering?? THAT is NOT a meatball! THAT is a vegan beef tip, along with all the other ingredients I used). Fooled yuh.

This is what I do a lot now – cook something like this for my family and make a vegetarian version for myself. It is all just too easy. 

side view showing the slider layered ingredients

Steps

The steps to make these meatball sliders are fantastically simple.

  1. Heat the meatballs in the barbecue sauce.
  2. Make the arugula aioli.
  3. Assemble the remaining ingredients: cheese and sliced tomato.
  4. Toast the mini waffles.
  5. Assemble and enjoy.

Too easy!

finished barbecue meatballs in sliders on a white dish

So that’s it folks, and there we are. With such a scrumptious bite. Simple to make and fun, but grown-up and pretty too. I adore this little recipe and I hope you will too.

More party bites

hand holding a meatball sandwiched between mini waffles

Barbecue Meatball Waffle Sliders

Erica
Saucy barbecue meatballs in crispy little waffle sliders with melty cheese, tomato, and Arugula aioli for easy party finger food.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people
Calories 336 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 20 frozen meatballs thawed
  • 1 19 oz bottle barbecue sauce
  • 1 Tbs yellow mustard
  • 20 slices Roma tomatoes
  • 20 slices slider size white sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 Kellogg's Eggo Minis Waffles

For the Arugula Aioli

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 Tbs finely chopped chives
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped arugula
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • pinch kosher salt
  • pinch fresh cracked pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, add the meatballs, barbecue sauce, and mustard. Let it go on low for a while until the meatballs are heated through and it all gets saucy. This can be done in a slow cooker.
  • In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the aioli.
  • Toast the Eggo Minis Waffles until lightly browned and toasty.
  • For each slider: layer a waffle, a teaspoon aioli, meatball, cheese, and another waffle. If you would like your cheese melty, sliders can be popped in the microwave for 10 seconds.

Notes

For a vegetarian option, substitute meatballs with vegetarian meatballs or “beef tips”.

Nutrition

Calories: 336kcal (17%)

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Keyword barbecue meatballs, waffler sliders
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment below and let me know!

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