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Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders on pan

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Slider Recipe

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders are an outstanding snack when you're craving a classic chicken wing but want to change it up a bit. We deconstruct a classic chicken wing and turn it into a flavorful meatball for sliders. A healthier alternative to fried wings!
Course Appetizer, Game Day Recipe
Cuisine American
Keyword buffalo chicken meatball sliders, buffalo chicken meatballs, buffalo chicken meatballs recipe, buffalo style sliders
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 sliders
Calories 169kcal
Cost $15.00


  • Brush for Butter


  • 2 slices bacon, blended into a paste (cold, thick cut, bacon works best)
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • ½ cup Buffalo wing sauce (separated into two ¼ cup portions)
  • ¼ cup diced celery
  • 1 tablespoon SPG Rub

Slider Sauce

  • ¼ cup ranch
  • 2 tablespoons Buffalo wing sauce
  • 1 tablespoon softened cream cheese


  • ¼ cup wing sauce
  • 1 12-count package Hawaiian or Brioche style slider buns
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  • 12 slices dill pickles
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic


  • Preheat Grill: Prepare the grill for indirect grilling targeting 350 degrees Fahrenheit as the ambient temperature.
  • Make Bacon Paste: Place two slices of bacon into a food processer and pulse until the bacon is a paste-like texture. Some small chunks are fine.
  • Make Meatballs: In a large bowl, combine the bacon paste, ground chicken, ¼ cup of wing sauce, celery, and dry rub, and mix with your hands until incorporated. Using an ice cream scoop, make 12 golf ball size meatballs. Place on a tray and store in the refrigerator for 15 - 20 minutes to set.
  • Grill Meatballs: Place the meatballs on the preheated grill straight from the refrigerator and cook until the internal temperature of the meatballs reaches 160 - 165 degrees Fahrenheit (about 20 minutes).
  • For the Ranch Sauce: While the meatballs are grilling, combine the ranch, wing sauce, and softened cream cheese in a medium sized bowl. Stir to incorporate. It's ok if it's a little chunky.
  • Finish Meatballs: When the meatballs reach 160 - 165 degrees, remove them from the grill and place in a large bowl. Toss remaining ¼ cup of the wing sauce in the bowl and stir to combine.
  • Make the Sliders: On a wired drying rack sheet, cut the 12 pack of bread in half placing the tops next to the bottoms and try to keep them all in one piece. On the bottoms of rolls layer the cheese. Next add the meatballs and top with a sliced pickle. The last step is brushing the tops of the rolls with melted butter, and sprinkling the salt and garlic for extra flavor.
    how to make Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders
  • Grill the Sliders: Place the sliders back on the grill for up to 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Remove and then top each meatball with about a small spoonfull of the ranch sauce, then place the tops back on, cut up the sliders and then serve.



This recipe can easily be replicated with ground turkey, or beef. We just like the chicken with a nod to chicken wings.


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 2294mg | Potassium: 372mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 1mg