Italian Grinder Sandwiches

Italian Grinder Sandwiches

For spicier sandwiches, use hot Italian sausage or a mix of spicy and mild Italian sausage.

30 min. prep time
16 sandwiches
151 Rating


2 pounds lean ground beef
2 pounds mild bulk Italian sausage
1 cup water
2 large (2 cups) onions, chopped
2 medium (2 cups) green bell peppers, coarsely chopped
2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce with Italian herbs
2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste with Italian herbs
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic
16 brat buns
16 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Deli Provolone Cheese, cut in half


Cook ground beef and sausage in 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until meat is browned (15 to 20 minutes). Drain off fat.

Place meat, water, onions, bell peppers, tomato sauce, tomato paste and garlic in slow cooker. Cover; cook on High heat setting for 2 to 3 hours or on Low heat setting for 5 to 6 hours.

Spoon mixture into buns; top each with 2 pieces cheese.

Recipe Tip

- Tomato sauce or paste with Italian herbs is flavored with basil, garlic and oregano.

- To decrease sodium in this recipe, use low sodium tomato sauce and/or tomato paste.

- What exactly is a grinder? Often called hero, submarine sandwich, hoagie or poor boy, these hearty, hot sandwiches were originally served on Italian rolls. They were once a mainstay of Italian immigrants working in the East Coast shipyards. Our sandwich is a slightly different variation, but still hot and hearty.

Nutrition Facts (1 sandwich)

Calories: 420

Fat: 20g

Cholesterol: 55mg

Sodium: 1080mg

Carbohydrates: 32g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Protein: 27g

Recipe #13321©2005Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I made this recipe for last years super bowl and it was a huge hit. I made the recipe above also made another batch but with ground turkey and turkey sausage for the non beef eaters both were superb. Hit the spot. I will be making these again this year

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