This grilled meatloaf sandwich recipe is better than a burger and tastier than a meatball sub. Make this lunchtime favorite with last night’s leftover meatloaf!
My favorite meatloaf recipes are made with turkey and the other with lean ground beef.
The best way to use up last night’s meatloaf dinner is to make leftover meatloaf sandwiches.
Better than a grilled cheese sandwich, this delicious sandwich stacks up to any panini sandwich.
We love homemade classic meatloaf and it’s the ideal hearty meal during the colder months when you are craving comfort food.
I follow a recipe for diner style meatloaf that is a hit in my house with plenty of leftovers.
It’s juicy and delicious and we always have plenty for the next day.
Who can say no to leftover meatloaf and homemade barbecue sauce!
I get tired of eating the traditional sandwich.
Turkey and ham from the deli counter are fine for school lunches but on the weekend, I crave something a bit more substantial.
When you have leftovers in the fridge that need to be eaten or thrown away, it’s best to be creative and come up with something new and delicious.
I love a good meatball sub on a hoagie roll or using up pulled chicken and adding buffalo wing sauce to it.
But today…lunch is calling for something different!
What goes on a meatloaf sandwich
Bread. White bread or wheat as long as they are soft and thick slices. Even a hamburger bun would work.
Condiments. Flavored mayonnaise, a dash of hot sauce or ketchup would be tasty but for me a little barbecue sauce is the way to go.
Veggies. Load this hearty sandwich with your favorite toppings. I’m partial to lettuce and tomatoes. I bet red onions or cooked onions would be tasty as well.
Cheese. What is your favorite piece of cheese? I went with provolone on the bottom of sandwich. But the deli counter has every flavor you can imagine. Jalapeño flavored cheddar would give the sandwich just the right amount of heat. Don’t you think?
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How to make this easy meatloaf sandwich
The big dilemma when grilling a sandwich in a skillet is how to keep it from falling apart.
I don’t know about you but I’ve been known to lose my sandwich on the flip the taller the stack.
If you don’t have a Panini press or George Foreman grill try this method: Griddle the bread on both sides until the cheese melts.
Next, build your sandwich in the pan and top with the other piece of bread.
By grilling your sandwiches at a lower heat you’ll end up with the sandwich that’s perfectly grilled on the outside and melted and warm on the inside.
Serve this sandwich with potato chips, French fries or onion rings.
Try these other lunchtime favorites
- Hawaiian Calzone
- New York Strip Steak Sandwiches
- Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sliders
- Crockpot Turkey Meatball Subs
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The Best Grilled Meatloaf Sandwich Recipe
- 2 bread slices (any type of bread)
- 2 slices leftover meatloaf, room temperature
- 2 slices provolone cheese, pepper jack cheese or mozzarella cheese
- Spreadable butter
- BBQ sauce, optional
- Lettuce and tomato for garnish
- Heat a large skillet or cast iron pan over medium-high heat.
- Then reduce the heat to medium low.Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread
- .Place both slices of bread butter side down in the cast-iron skillet.
- Layer on one slice of cheese, a thick slice of meatloaf and lettuce and tomato.
- Once the second slice of bread has toasted golden brown use a spatula to place on top of the stacked sandwich.
- Wait another minute or until the cheese melts before removing to a plate.
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10 thoughts on “The Best Grilled Meatloaf Sandwich Recipe”
I absolutely love this sandwich! I used to always eat them with just ketchup and this is so much better ! I love the fresh tomatoes!
Thanks Beth…it’s a hit in my house too. The fresh tomatoes make the sandwich. 🙂
Sounds so good! I don’t have a panini press so I really appreciate the alternative method! This will be put to the test for sure!
Sometimes I just prefer the cast iron skillet. But if you have a panini maker, it does keep things easy 🙂 Hope you like it.
We love using our panini press to make grilled sandwiches! This is the perfect way to use up leftovers!
A panini maker is a great idea for making the sandwiches. Keeps everything nice and tidy! Thanks Suzy 🙂
LOVE meatloaf. And this leftover meatloaf grilled sandwich is So good. Such amazing flavors! Pinned this for later!
Thanks Jessica…you can’t go wrong with leftovers this good. Yes…it is very flavorful.
THIS is a serioulsy good looking sandwich! I’m off to make meatloaf just to try it in sandwich form!
It’s seriously the best sandwich for the winter months. Hope you love it!