Hamburgers are great and all, but this 4th of July, why not make meatball sliders for your backyard (or even rooftop) barbecue?

Watch Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow of The Meatball Shop in New York City, share their favorite meatball recipe for summer entertaining, in a video from our friends at TV Guide.

Looking for more meatball inspiration? Here are 7 of our favorites!

1. Basic Italian Meatballs


This no-fry, no-bake meatball recipe is bare-bones: Just slip the raw meatballs into simmering tomato sauce. Get our Basic Italian Meatballs recipe.

2. Turkey Meatballs with Ricotta


The meatballs brown in the oven, essentially unsupervised, so you’re free to deal with the rest of the BBQ. A final simmer in a simple tomato sauce and you’re ready to plate or pack them into sandwich rolls. Get our Turkey Meatballs with Ricotta recipe.

3. Elk Meatballs with Bourbon BBQ Sauce


Season the ground elk and add some ground pork for extra juiciness; form it into meatballs and broil. Then place the meatballs in a pot of homemade bourbon-barbecue sauce and keep them warm on the stovetop. Get our Elk Meatballs with Bourbon BBQ Sauce recipe.

4. Lamb Meatballs with Lemon-Cumin Yogurt


Fresh mint and cilantro pair with the classic Mediterranean spices of cinnamon, cumin, and coriander to liven up ground lamb and plain yogurt. Get our Lamb Meatballs with Lemon-Cumin Yogurt recipe.

5. Meatballs Braised with Kale


This recipe is lighter than meatballs simmered in tomato sauce—the braise was inspired by an Italian brodo, with chicken broth, white wine for acidity, and rich-tasting kale. Get our Meatballs Braised with Kale recipe.

6. Frankie’s Meatballs


Frank Falcinelli, one of the two Franks behind the popularFrankies Spuntino in New York City, learned this dish from his Naples-born, Brooklyn-raised friend Tony Durazzo. Tony is the inspiration for the raisins and pine nuts—they add texture and a hint of sweetness. Get our Frankie’s Meatballs recipe.

7. Swedish Meatballs


Swedish meatballs can be served as an appetizer, as part of a smorgasbord, or as a main dish. They are small in size and versatile for any party. Get our Swedish Meatballs recipe.

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