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Turkey Meatball Sliders with Cabernet Sauce

Homemade Italian turkey sausage and ground turkey meatballs make for satisfying and delicious meatball sliders! Slathered in a red wine Cabernet marinara sauce, these are perfect game day food!
Course Dinner
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 16 sliders
Author Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl


  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 lb. ground mild Italian turkey sausage
  • 1/2 c. egg whites
  • 1 c. Parmesan cheese
  • 1 c. quick oats
  • 3 tbsp. prepared pesto
  • 1/2 c. Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2 - 14 oz. jars marinara sauce
  • 2/3 c. Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 16 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 16 dinner rolls or slider buns


  1. In a large saucepan over low heat, combine the garlic and olive oil.
  2. Keep a close eye because garlic toasts very quickly. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes, until it's light golden brown.
  3. Add the onions, and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the onions are soft, translucent, and brown. (The onions add moisture, so they keep the garlic from continuing to toast).
  4. Set aside to cool.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine ground turkey, turkey sausage, egg whites, Parmesan cheese, oats, pesto, and wine.
  6. Add onions, and combine.
  7. Roll the mixture into 2-inch balls and place the meatballs on a large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-28 minutes, flipping the meatballs after 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. In a large stock pot, combine the marinara sauce and wine.
  11. Add the meatballs, stirring gently to coat.
  12. Bring to a simmer, and cook for at least 10-15 minutes. You can turn the stove on low, and leave them for several hours if you want them to continue to meld and absorb flavor.
  13. To assemble sliders, place a meatball on the bottom half of the bun, top with a slice of mozzarella cheese, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and the top half of the bun. Serve and enjoy!