Quinoa Meatball Sliders Recipe


  • 1/2 cup, uncooked Red Quinoa
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef*
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded Italian blend or Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  • Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add bouillon cube and stir to dissolve. Stir in quinoa. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Coat a large baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except the marinara sauce, cheese and parsley. Form into walnut-sized balls and arrange on baking dish.
  • Roast in oven for approximately 20 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown.
  • Spoon sauce on top, then sprinkle with cheese; bake an additional 5 minutes or until sauce is hot and cheese is melted. Remove from oven and sprinkle with parsley.
  • Make sliders by slicing a dinner roll in half and placing meatball on top, sprinkle with fresh parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
  • *Note: ground turkey or pork can be substituted.
*Cooking tip: This recipe can substitute any RiceSelect Quinoa product, including White Quinoa, Red Quinoa, or Tri-Color Quinoa.