Cheeseburger Sub

Recently, we came across this cheeseburger sub idea, tried it out for ourselves and we were not disappointed. This cheeseburger sub is juicy, indulgent and so easy to make.

cheeseburger subs served with wedges

Sub Roll

For our ultimate sub, we use a slightly toasted brioche roll to hold everything together. Of course, any sub roll will do, but we recommend trying out a brioche roll because it gives the sub a subtle sweetness that complements the saltiness of the meat and the spicy sauce.

Burger

We cook the burger meat with some onion, a little bit of garlic powder, salt, and then mix in some cheese once it’s cooked. We leave the meat crumbly and we try to crisp the meat in a cast-iron skillet. If you don’t have a skillet, that’s not a problem for this recipe. However, if you do, we recommend cooking the meat in the skillet to crisp up the meat a little bit. Whichever method you go for, make sure to drain the meat of any excess liquid before adding the meat to the roll so as not to have a soggy sub!

Caramelized Onion

We love some caramelized onion on this cheeseburger sub - it’s a great addition and it’s well worth spending a little bit of time cooking the onions. We cook one onion with a little bit of sugar and salt on low heat until it’s brown and oozing flavor.

Cheese

What’s a sub without cheese? For our sub, we mix in some cheddar and mozzarella with our crumbly meat mix once all our meat is cooked well. This gives the sub a little bit of tangy cheese with each bite. Of course, you can substitute cheddar or mozzarella for your cheese preferences. We recommend Swiss cheese, Gouda or Gruyère.

Special Sauce

Our special sauce is a mix of mayonnaise, sriracha sauce and garlic powder - this is our perfect burger sauce. If you prefer a milder sauce, skip out on the sriracha sauce and just mix your mayonnaise with garlic powder for a tasty sauce on your sub.

special sauce in a white bowl

Can I store the special sauce in the fridge?

Yes, store the special sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for roughly 2 months. We like to make the special sauce in bulk so that we can use it whenever we need to (really, we use this sauce on anything and everything).

What toppings can I add to my cheeseburger sub?

One addition that we recommend is bacon - you simply cannot go wrong with a cheeseburger sub with some crispy bacon.

If you’d like to make your meat mix a little bit spicier, we recommend chopping up approximately 10 jalapeño slices and mixing them with your minced meat as you add in your cheese. It’s a great kick to a perfect hot sub. If you want more spice, add some more jalapeño slices when you’re assembling your cheeseburger sub.

What can I serve with cheeseburger subs?

Here are some ideas of what you can server with your subs:
- Fries or wedges
- Coleslaw
- Onion rings
- Side salad
- Roasted veggies

cheeseburger subs served with wedges and seen from above

Cheeseburger Sub

Recently, we came across this cheeseburger sub idea, tried it out for ourselves and we were not disappointed. This cheeseburger sub is juicy, indulgent and so easy to make.

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Cuisine
American

Servings
4

Calories
389 kcal

Prep time
15 minutes

Cook time
15 minutes

Total time
30 minutes

Ingredients

    Meat Mix

    • 2 lbs minced beef (20% fat)
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 chopped white onions
    • ½ cup grated cheddar
    • ¼ cup grated mozzarella

    Caramelized Onion

    • 2 sliced white onion
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons cooking oil

    Special Sauce

    • ½ cup mayonnaise
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 2 teaspoons sriracha hot chili sauce

    Assembly

    • 4 toasted brioche sub rolls
    • 4 shredded lettuce leaves
    • 2 sliced tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Add your minced meat and 1 chopped white onion to a pan on medium heat. Cook the meat and onion for roughly 20 minutes while mixing continuously.
  2. In the meantime, start making your caramelized onions by adding 2 teaspoons of oil to a pan on low heat. Add in the sliced white onion and 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon sugar. Mix regularly until the onions are golden brown (approximately 20 minutes).
  3. Prepare the special sauce by mixing ½ cup mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 2 teaspoons sriracha hot chili sauce.
  4. Once the minced meat is browned, switch off the heat and drain the minced meat of any excess liquid. Add 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 teaspoon salt and season to your liking. Then sprinkle ¼ cup mozzarella and ½ cup cheddar to the minced meat and mix until the cheese has melted.
  5. Assemble your cheeseburger subs by spreading special sauce on the brioche bun, add the lettuce and sliced tomatoes and then spoon in the crumbly cheesy meat mix. Top the sub with the caramelized onion and enjoy your decadent cheeseburger sub!

Notes

  • If you are using meat with 20% fat, then you won’t need to add oil to the cast-iron skillet or frying pan when cooking the minced meat since the fat will be enough to oil the pan. If you’re using a leaner mince such as 5% fat, then you might need to add a little bit of oil to the pan.
  • Try using a cast-iron skillet to cook the meat if you have one so that you can crisp up the meat. However, if you don’t have a cast-iron skillet, it’s not a problem for this recipe.

Nutrition

  • Calories 557 kcal | 
  • Carbohydrates 31.8 g | 
  • Protein 29.7 g | 
  • Fat 34.6 g | 
  • Saturated fat 11.8 g | 
  • Cholesterol 96.4 mg | 
  • Sodium 1316.5 mg | 
  • Fiber 4.1 g | 
  • Sugar 9.9 g |