Air Fryer Italian Sliders.

February 7, 2023

Air Fryer Italian Sliders.

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Air Fryer Italian Sliders: Italian meats, cheeses, and pickled peppers are sandwiched between sweet rolls, topped with garlic butter, then cooked in the air fryer. Additional oven instructions are below! Marinara for dipping (optional but recommended). 😋

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15 Quick & Easy Air Fryer Appetizer Recipes

Air Fryer Italian Sliders

If we’re going to a party or gathering, or hosting a last-minute get-together at our house, chances are I’m making these Air Fryer Italian Sliders!

This air fryer appetizer recipe has limited ingredients, is super quick, easy to pull together, and so flavorful and delicious. Everyone always loves them. 🙂

The Ingredients

These air fryer Italian sliders are loaded with flavors! There are ways to customize them, too. Have a look at the ingredients list below, then keep reading for optional additions and substitutions (meat, cheese, pickled veggies)!

  • King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet Rolls: Providing a sweet and soft base for the sliders!

  • Mozzarella and Provolone Cheese: The cheeses bind the ingredients together as they melts. Mozzarella has the creamiest texture, and provolone adds a slightly sharper flavor, enhancing the cheese blend!

  • Salami, Pepperoni, and Ham: Providing layers of savory, super delicious cured meats!

  • Banana Peppers: Offering a tangy and slightly spicy kick, balancing out the richness of the meats and cheeses.

  • Salted Butter, Fresh Parsley, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Italian Seasoning, Red Pepper Flakes: Combined to create a flavorful garlic butter spread! Parsley adds a pop of freshness and color, complementing the savory fresh garlic and spices.

  • Optional: Marinara Sauce for Dipping: Being from New York, this is mandatory for my husband and I! It adds a tangy and zesty element for those who enjoy an extra burst of flavor with each bite. 🙂
Air fryer Italian sliders ingredients in separate dishes on a white surface.

Optional Additions/Substitutions

You can certainly substitute the meat and cheese choices to fit your taste buds. Add your favorites, and maybe even make your own delicious hot Italian sub.

Here are some ideas:

Meat – Prosciutto, Mortadella, Capicola, Pancetta, Soppressata, etc.

CheeseSmoked Ricotta, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Gorgonzola, etc.

VeggiesGiardiniera (Italian Pickled Vegetables), Black Olives, Roasted Red Peppers, etc.

How to Make Air Fryer Italian Sliders

First, slice the rolls in half with a serrated knife.

King's Hawaiian rolls being sliced in half.

Place the bottom half in your air fryer basket. Then, place a layer of cheese, and a layer of each of the meats.

Top with the final layer of cheese. Scatter the banana peppers then place the other layer of buns on top.

How to Make Garlic Butter

Garlic butter is my weakness. There I admitted it. It’s just the flavor that makes me do the happiest dance around the kitchen. Fresh garlic, parsley, butter? Yes, please.

The smell immediately takes me back to my teenage years, working my first-ever job at a pizza restaurant in my hometown in New York. I loved that job so much! I remember hating waking up for the morning shift, but it wasn’t terrible since I got to eat (sneak) the freshly made breadsticks and garlic knots from the brick oven. 😋

If you’re a huge garlic butter fan like me, you’d love my Roasted Tomato Basil and Red Pepper Soup with Cheesy Garlic Bread recipe.

Start by melting the butter over low heat. When it’s close to being fully melted, add in the minced parsley, grated garlic, and seasonings. Stir and cook on low for a couple of minutes, just until the flavors are infused together. Brush the garlic butter evenly over the Italian sliders!

Garlic butter being spread onto air fryer Italian sliders.

How to Cook the Air Fryer Italian Sliders

 Set your air fryer to a low temperature (around 325° F or 163° C). Bake in the air fryer for eight to ten minutes. Everyone’s air fryer is different, so just keep an eye on them to ensure the cheese is melting, and the top buns are not getting too dark. They should be a nice golden-brown color!

See the notes section below for oven instructions.

Air fryer Italian sliders in the air fryer basket.

I love dipping these Air Fryer Italian Sliders in Mezzetta marinara sauce (unless I feel like making my homemade sauce). Their version is so tasty and is definitely worth a try if you haven’t yet! Such great flavor. 🙂

Air fryer italian sliders being dipped into a bowl of Mezzetta marinara sauce.

I’d love to hear from you! About your experience with this dish, any alterations you may have made and loved (or didn’t love), or just life and cooking in general. Please leave a question, comment, and/or review below, or get in touch via email.

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I hope you and your guests enjoy every last bite of these air fryer Italian sliders!! – Jenna G.

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    Air fryer Italian sliders on a black plate with a side of marinara sauce.

    Air Fryer Italian Sliders.


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    • Author: Jenna
    • Total Time: 20 minutes
    • Yield: 12 servings 1x

    Description

    Air Fryer Italian Sliders: Italian meats, cheeses, and pickled peppers are sandwiched between sweet rolls, topped with garlic butter, then cooked in the air fryer. Marinara for dipping (optional but recommended)!


    Ingredients

    Units Scale
    • 12-count King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet Rolls
    • 1 cup shredded or 4-6 deli slices mozzarella cheese
    • 1 cup shredded or 4-6 deli slices provolone cheese
    • 9 slices (just under .25 pounds) salami
    • 9 slices (just under .25 pounds) pepperoni
    • 3 slices (just under .25 pounds) ham
    • handful of banana peppers
    • 4 tablespoons salted butter
    • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
    • 34 garlic cloves, grated or minced
    • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
    • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

    OPTIONAL:

    • marinara sauce, for dipping

    Instructions

    1. SLICE AND LAYER THE SLIDERS. First, slice the rolls in half with a serrated knife. Place the bottom half in your air fryer basket. Then, place a layer of cheese, and a layer of each of the meats. Top with the final layer of cheese. Scatter the banana peppers then place the other layer of buns on top.
      1. MAKE THE GARLIC BUTTER TOPPING. In a small pan, begin melting the butter over low heat. When it’s almost fully melted, add in the minced parsley, grated garlic, and seasonings. Stir and cook on low for a couple of minutes, just until the flavors are infused. Brush the garlic butter evenly over the Italian sliders. You can reserve a tiny bit of the butter to brush over the air fryer Italian sliders right before you serve them, to get that glossy buttery look.
    2. COOK THE AIR FRYER ITALIAN SLIDERS. Set your air fryer to a low temperature (around 325° F or 163° C). Bake in the air fryer for eight to ten minutes. Everyone’s air fryer is different, so just keep an eye on them to ensure the cheese is melting, and the top buns are not getting too dark. They should be a nice golden-brown color! Serve with marinara if desired and enjoy!

    Notes

    • You may want to place a piece of foil over the sliders if you notice the tops are getting too browned.
    • If you buy a quarter pound of each of the meats from the deli, you may have a little bit leftover of each (if you do one layer of each as I did). You can always add the extra meat to the sliders or use the leftovers for a sandwich!
    • See the section in the post above “Optional Additions/Substitutions” for a list of different Italian meats, cheeses, and veggies.
    • Oven Instructions: Prepare the Air Fryer Italian Sliders in an oven-safe baking dish. Cover the dish with foil and bake in a preheated 350° oven for about thirty minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
    • Prep Time: 10 minutes
    • Cook Time: 10 minutes
    • Category: Appetizers, 30 Minutes or Less
    • Method: Air Fryer
    • Cuisine: American
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