Italian Grinder Sandwiches
30 min
05 hrs 45 min


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® Provolone Cheese, cut in half

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 2

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

  3. STEP 3

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

Tip #1

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

Tip #2

- 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.


20Fat (mg)
55Cholesterol (mg)
1080Sodium (mg)
32Carbohydrates (g)
3Dietary Fiber
27Protein (g)


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  January 20, 2015

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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