TikTok Grinder Sandwich

Learn how to make this trending Italian Grinder Sandwich of TikTok fame! Made from a thick and crusty bread roll piled with layers of thinly-sliced deli meats, melty Colby Jack cheese, and a zesty grinder salad tossed in a creamy dressing.

A grinder sandwich on a wooden cutting board.

The Viral Italian Grinder Taking TikTok by Storm

Today we’re making the latest food sensation to grace our social feeds! If you’ve been on a scroll lately, you may have already come across this fully-loaded grinder sandwich making the rounds on TikTok. It’s meaty, it’s cheesy, it’s creamy and crunchy – basically, it’s all kinds of satisfying all at once.

This thick submarine sandwich is piled high with three different kinds of Italian meats, cheese, and creamy grinder salad, and is touted as the best Italian-style sub sandwich ever. We think it lives up to the hype!

With some melty Colby jack cheese and zesty mayo dressing, let’s recreate this trending grinder in all its glory. 

Two halves of a grinder sandwich on a wooden cutting board.

What is a Grinder Sandwich? 

These Italian-style subs are typically made with crusty Italian bread and piles of meats, veggies, and cheeses. The bread’s thickness and chewiness make it much harder to bite into than your average ham and Swiss sandwich on fluffy white bread. This earned the “grinder” its name, as your teeth need to grind through every bite!

The ingredients for a grinder sandwich.

What You’ll Need

This recipe makes two full sub sandwiches packed to the hilt with flavorful ingredients. Below is everything you’ll need to make the sandwich itself as well as the tossed grinder salad. Don’t forget to check the recipe card for the full recipe details!

For the Grinder Salad

  • Iceberg Lettuce – A hardy lettuce works best here. Iceberg lettuce, romaine, or butter lettuce all hold up well when combined with the dressing ingredients.
  • Mayonnaise – Mayo forms the base for this creamy salad dressing. If you’d prefer to make a no-mayo version, you can use plain Greek yogurt instead.
  • Parmesan Cheese – Freshly shredded parmesan will have the best flavor.
  • Red Vinegar – Or another similar variety, like white wine or balsamic vinegar, for a nice hint of acidity in the dressing.
  • Seasoning – You’ll season your salad with a combination of dried oregano, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, and (of course) Italian Seasoning.
  • Pepperoncini – These are sweet and mild, pickled chili peppers. They also go by the name of Tuscan peppers or Italian peppers.

For the Sandwich

  • Sandwich Rolls – To make an authentic Italian grinder, you’ll want to use the freshest, thick and crusty Italian sandwich bread you can find. Look for hoagie-style rolls or similar at your local bakery or Italian deli.
  • Cheese – Colby Jack to layer into the sandwich, as well as freshly grated parm to sprinkle over top. You can also use other kinds of cheese, like provolone or Pepper Jack.
  • Deli Meats – This grinder sandwich recipe calls for thinly sliced salami, Capocollo, and turkey breast. Other meat options are prosciutto or parma ham.
  • Tomato – Also thinly sliced.

Let’s Make the TikTok Grinder Sandwich!

While it may look like there’s a lot going on, this grinder sandwich couldn’t be easier to put together! With your ingredients ready to go, it’s time to build this Italian grinder:

  • Make the salad. Toss iceberg lettuce in a bowl with the rest of the salad ingredients to coat. 
  • Melt the cheese. Slice your bread loaves in half. Lay two slices of cheese over one-half of each roll, then place them in the oven at 350ºF until the cheese is melted.
  • Assemble the sandwich. Next, layer the deli meats over the bread with the melted cheese. Follow this up with a few slices of tomato and the dressed salad. Finally, sprinkle the sandwich with parmesan, close it, and serve!

Tips and Tricks

Some bonus tips when making the ultimate grinder sandwich:

  • Pay a visit to your local Italian deli. Not only are you likely to find better quality meats and cheeses, but a deli will be able to slice them nice and thin with their deli slicer. You may even be able to pick up fresh hoagie rolls while you’re there – another important ingredient for a grinder sandwich!
  • Have all your ingredients ready to go. It makes assembling the sandwich a breeze, and leftover ingredients are easy to store!
  • Make the salad in advance. Iceberg lettuce will hold up in dressing without becoming soggy too quickly. For this reason, you can get a head start on your grinder and make the salad a few hours ahead of time if you’d like. Toss the ingredients and then leave them in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble your sandwich.
Two halves of a grinder sandwich on a wooden cutting board.

What to Serve With an Italian Grinder Sandwich

A fully-stacked grinder sandwich is extra filling all on its own, so you don’t need much to round out a meal! Of course, you can never go wrong with a sandwich and a side of chips or fries. Serve your grinder with Homemade French Fries or Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries, or make your own Air Fryer Potato Chips (or try Zucchini Chips for something lighter). 

Other easy side options are Coleslaw, Bacon Potato Salad, or Refrigerator Pickles!

How to Store Leftovers

Like most sandwiches, once assembled, this grinder sandwich is best enjoyed fresh. Storing the sandwich for too long will turn the bread soggy. If you’d like to make it ahead or store leftovers, wrap the sandwich airtight to keep in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Close up of one half of a grinder sandwich on a wooden cutting board.

TikTok Grinder Sandwich

Make the trending Italian Grinder sandwich of TikTok fame! Piled with layers of deli meats, Colby Jack cheese, and a zesty grinder salad tossed in a creamy dressing.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Editor’s Picks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hoagie sandwich, italian sub, sub sandwich
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Calories: 926kcal
Author: Smackeral

Ingredients

Grinder Salad:

  • 1 ½ cups iceberg lettuce
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • ½ tbsp red vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 pepperoncini peppers
  • salt and pepper to taste

Sandwich:

  • 2 medium sandwich bread rolls
  • 4 Slices Colby Jack cheese
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 8 slices Salami
  • 8 slices Capocollo
  • 8 slices Turkey
  • 1 Tomato

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients for salad dressing in a bowl, add shredded iceberg lettuce, and toss until the salad is fully coated.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Cut each bread in half lengthwise. Place the 2 slices of Colby Jack cheese in one half. Cook until cheese is melted for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Top the melted cheese with layers of salami, capocollo, and turkey. Then and slices of tomato over the meat. Top with half of the salad mixture. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Close the sandwich and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 926kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 66g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 2193mg | Potassium: 541mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1802IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 795mg | Iron: 13mg

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