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Italian Grinder Sandwich

Copycat Italian Grinder

This Italian Grinder sandwich is crunchy, saucy, meaty and cheesy! After one bite, you’ll understand why I love it so much! The recipe is fairly simple – and the number one thing you need is a GOOD Italian sausage – that makes the recipe!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 1146 kcal


  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1/2 green pepper diced
  • 14 oz pizza sauce
  • 2 loaves french bread sliced in half horizontally & vertically
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese grated
  • 2-4 tbsp butter softened
  • 2 tsp garlic salt


  • If sausage has casings remove them and crumble into pan with the ground beef. Brown both meats together until no longer pink. Drain fat.
    1/2 lb Italian sausage, 1/2 lb ground beef
  • And pepper & onion
    1/2 onion, 1/2 green pepper
  • add garlic salt, red pepper flakes & pizza sauce.
    1 tsp garlic salt, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, 14 oz pizza sauce
  • stir to combine and heat for 5 min
  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Cut the split French loaf into 2 separate sandwiches. Repeat with second loaf. 
    2 loaves french bread
  • Pull a small amount of bread out of the bottom and top of the loaf to make a bowl for the meat.
  • Fill the bowl with meat mixture.
  • Cover the meat mixture with shredded Mozzarella cheese.
    1 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • Place the top of loaf onto the sandwich
  • Lay out foil for each sandwich and spray with non-stick spray. Lay sandwich on foil and wrap. Bake for 10 minutes in the oven
  • Open foil up and brush with butter and sprinkle with garlic salt. Bake 5 min more with the foil packet open
    2-4 tbsp butter, 2 tsp garlic salt
  • Remove from foil packets and serve


Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 1146kcalCarbohydrates: 44.1gProtein: 46.6gFat: 89.5gSaturated Fat: 28.8gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 1752mgPotassium: 892mgFiber: 6.1gSugar: 9.8gCalcium: 101mgIron: 10mg
Keyword copycat, grinder, sandwich
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