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Cheeseburger Grinder with Lettuce on a Sub Roll

Updated on July 29, 2013

What is a grinder?

I'm from the Northeast. I grew up eating grinders. Grinders in our area come with a variety of deli meats, cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato, and oil/vinegar.

For instance, if you order a salami grinder down the street at the pizza restaurant, you will get a six inch sub roll, stuffed with freshly sliced salami, provolone cheese, shredded lettuce and thinly-sliced tomatoes tossed with vegetable oil, salt and pepper (plus vinegar upon request).

Just typing this is making my mouth water.

When I visited Texas about 20 years ago, I called the local deli and tried to order a grinder. The phone operator asked me what type of grinder I wanted. I told him I would like a genoa meat grinder on an Italian sub. There was a pause and then this response, "if you want a meat grinder ma'am, you'll have to go to the local hardware store and place one on order. We only sell the meat here already sliced, not the instrument for slicing it!"

Chucking to myself, I went down to the deli in person and explained I was trying to order a sandwich. Then the terminology was explained to me. Heroes, subs, hoagies, but no grinders. That's just a northern term.

Fast forward to about 10 years ago, I took a job in the city. I'm a country girl, barely understanding how to operate a parking meter, never mind trying to figure out the sophisticated restaurant menus. One day I ordered a grinder from a take-out place that specialized in fresh fish and vegetarian wraps. They did make me a grinder, but I soon realized there is no place like home when it comes to making grinders. The lettuce was in chunks like in a tossed salad. I never realized shredded lettuce wasn't the standard on all grinders until I ordered one in the city.

Here's my version of a cheeseburger grinder. I made these for dinner last night and had to save half for lunch today it was so filling.


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Bake on 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until rolls are brown.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 3/4 to 1 pound ground beef, shaped in to four patties
  • 4 slices (or 1/4 pound from the deli) provolone cheese
  • 1 head lettuce (iceberg preferably), shredded (cut into small strips)
  • Garlic salt & ground black pepper to taste
  • Condiments of your choice Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 2 Italian Grinder Rolls

Instructions

  1. Brown hamburger patties over medium heat in a pre-heated skillet.
  2. Season patties with garlic salt and ground black pepper, to taste.
  3. Slice rolls in half, butter inside, and place on cookie sheet.
  4. Flip hamburgers occasionally while cooking to cook thoroughly.
  5. When meat is completely cooked, top with cheese and turn off stove.
  6. Add 2 patties to each grinder roll.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes or until brown. Don't let rolls get too crunchy.
  8. Remove from oven, top with lettuce (shown here with Romaine) and add condiments of choice.
  9. Serve with a side of French fries or chips.
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This one didn't have lettuce.

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Warning dairy allergy!

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: Leave off cheese for lactose.
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • CraftytotheCore profile image
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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thank you so much Moonlake! I really appreciate it.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Looks so delicious thanks for sharing. Will share with followers and voted up.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Thanks for your comment! There is an old pizza restaurant in town that has been here for years. I often wonder what tourists think when they stop in for a bite to eat and see the menu consists of pizza and grinders. I live in a military town that neighbors a heavily visited tourist area.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      It sounds like you're a grinder expert! I enjoyed the anecdote about trying to order a grinder in Texas. Where we grew up in the Midwest, such sandwiches are called "subs", although I'd heard of the other terms...except grinders! I didn't realize it's almost the same thing. I look forward to trying this delicious sandwich. It sounds like a hybrid hamburger. Thanks for sharing!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Wow! I haven't seen that one, but that does sound good!

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Ooh! That sounds good too. What your Hub made me think of was the hamburger tacos I've seen on TV lately. Hamburger patties slid into a taco shell. Another interesting twist to regular hamburgers.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      You really had me thinking there for a minute V~ LOL. (Like yeah, how is this different? hehe!) The restaurant down the street makes chicken parmesan grinders too! Triple yum! :)

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Oh, that's makes a lot of sense. Meatballs with provolone on an Italian sub sounds absolutely scrumptious. I guess you just had to speak my language! :) Yummy! Yummy! Now I want a meatball sub!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Hi V~ Thanks for stopping by! Where I live, there is nothing "plain" (LOL) about a grinder! They are so yummy and tempting. The difference between a hamburger on a bun and a cheeseburger grinder is that yes it's true the burger is prepared the same way any burger would be, however, shredded lettuce, provolone cheese and tasty Italian bread toasted together make it that much more tasty. I guess it would be like the difference between meatballs in a crockpot eaten by themselves or meatballs topped with provolone cheese, spread out on Italian bread and baked. We call that a meatball grinder here. It was something different, yet still inexpensive that we enjoyed the other night for dinner. The shredded lettuce (usually iceberg lettuce) really does something to the texture. That's my favorite part of grinders. I used the nutrition section to point out the fact that there is a dairy allergy warning. It shows up on mine. My son is lactose intolerant, so I like to point that out to people to let them know they can substitute a lactose intolerant cheese rather than using provolone like I did in this recipe.

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      However, this just sounds like a recipe for a hamburger. How are two hamburger patties on a bun with lettuce and french fries any different than a plain old hamburger? You have also posted a nutritional information box with no nutritional information in it.

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      Victoria Van Ness 4 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I enjoyed the grinder story too. It reminds me of moving to Arizona and asking for Mrs. Baird's bread. No one had any idea what I was talking about.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      LOL! I know, I still laugh about it to this day!

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      LOL........the grinder story from Texas is hilarious! OMG, this looks delicious! I have never heard of a grinder before but this looks easy enough to make. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose