I’ve got an exciting recipe to share with you all today! These beef and mushroom meatball sliders are a lightened up version of meatball sliders that I know you will love. Sliders are quickly becoming one of my favourite things to make in the summer, while I love a good burger there is just something so adorable about the mini slider buns. Don’t you think? Other than being absolutely adorable, I think they are the perfect dish for entertaining because they are bite-sized and can be assembled a day in advance (make the meatballs the day before and they will be just as good.)
For these beef and mushroom meatball sliders I used a blend of mushrooms and lean ground beef to make the actual meatballs. This is similar to the technique used in my beef and mushroom stuffed peppers of extending portions by combining beef and mushrooms together. I know, it sounds crazy, but the beef and mushrooms blend together seamless and this works out to be an absolutely delicious dish – I wouldn’t be sharing it otherwise. The best part is, you get the added vitamins from the mushrooms and because this recipes uses less ground beef, it means that it’s lighter on your wallet. Anything that saves me a couple of dollars here and there is a good thing in my mind – especially if it’s for a decadent and delicious slider.I recommend trying this technique for many of your favourite dishes that use ground beef like tacos, sloppy joes and even burgers. And you won’t even miss the ground beef in here. Because mushrooms carry flavour so well, they work to carry the flavour of the beef and your favourite barbecue sauce resulting in a flavourful slider. I also decided to add some red pepper flakes in here to make these sliders slightly spicy, but those red pepper flakes can be left out if you’re looking for something on the mild side.
You may be wondering whether the mixture of beef and mushrooms stays together and how easy it is to form the meatballs? Well, I used a standard ice cream scoop to get the perfect shape and I recommend you do the same. These are a little more difficult to roll out by hand, but it is doable if you don’t have an ice cream scoop available. I also baked these in the oven as I found they started to break apart easily when I tried to fry them on the stove.
You won’t believe how simple and delicious this recipe is, and to get the recipe you need to hop on over to Mushrooms Canada blog, plus you can read the story about how I fell in love with sliders. It involves Canada Day, a group of 20-somethings, and a bit of a panic at the grocery store.
Disclosure: I was compensated to create this beef and mushroom meatball slider recipe. Thank you for supporting Living Lou!