This hearty Grinder Sandwich is made with toasted bread topped with sliced meats and cheese, a creamy salad slaw. The sandwich has become a TikTok sensation and is so popular for lunch or dinner!

Serve the sandwich with French Fries or the easy Sweet Potato Fries for a complete meal.

Close up of finished grinder sandwich.

What You’ll Need:

  • Sandwich Rolls- Your favorite hoagies or subs sandwich rolls will work great.
  • Lettuce- Iceberg lettuce is the classic lettuce used but romaine will work.
  • Tomato- We used a large tomato but cherry tomatoes will work.
  • Onion- Red onion or sweet onion will work in this recipe.
  • Dressing- Mayo and Italian dressing make the dressing.
  • Meats- Slices of ham, turkey, and salami are the best combination for the sub.
  • Peppers- We used a sweet pepper, but you can slice fresh bell peppers, roasted pepper, or leave out peppers completely.
  • Cheese- Sliced provolone cheese works great.
  • Seasoning- Just a little bit of Italian seasoning is all you really need but you can add salt and pepper if desired.
  • Pepperoncini- The pepperoncini add heat to the sandwich. If you don’t want heat, leave them out.
All ingredients separated ready for the sandwich to be made.

How to Make a Grinder Sandwich:

  • Cut lettuce- Finely shred the iceberg lettuce.
  • Cut onion- Slice the onion into thin strands or finely chop.
  • Make the dressing- In a bowl combine the mayo, Italian seasoning, and half of the Italian dressing for the dressing.
  • Slice tomatoes- Slice the tomato.
  • Cut pepper- Slice the pepper into thin strands or slices.
  • Make slaw- In a large bowl, add the lettuce, onion, pepperoncini, peppers and dressing. Toss to combine.
Step by step of how to assemble the slaw salad for your sandwich recipe.

How to Assemble Grinder:

  • Preheat oven– You’ll want to preheat your oven to 400°F.
  • Toast buns- Add the slices of meat and cheese to the bun and toast for 5-8 minutes or until the bread is crispy and the cheese has melted.
  • Add slaw- Take toasted bread from the oven and add the slaw, top with slices of tomatoes.
  • Enjoy- Close the hoagie buns and enjoy the sandwich.
Step by step of how to stack and assemble grinder sandwich recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I make the sandwich in advance?

We do not recommend making the sandwich in advance. This sandwich is best if enjoyed immediately as the lettuce gets soggy.

Is the sandwich spicy?

The pepperoncini do heat the sandwich and if you don’t like spicy food, just leave it out completely.

Can I use cabbage instead of lettuce?

Yes, you can definitely just use a cabbage mix instead of lettuce or romaine.

Close up of grinder sandwich cut in half.

Grinder Sandwich Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Our take on the viral TikTok Grinder Sandwich Recipe made with toasted bread, cheese and sliced meats then topped with a lettuce slaw with vegetables.
Author: Valentina
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • 2 hoagie buns
  • ½ head of lettuce (or 1 romaine) shredded
  • 1 medium tomato sliced
  • ¼ red onion thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp sliced sweet pepper sliced
  • 3 slices provolone cheese
  • 3 Tbsp pepperoncini
  • 3 Tbsp italian dressing
  • ½ tsp italian seasoning
  • 6 slices ham
  • 6 slices turkey
  • 8 slices salami


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine the mayo, Italian seasoning and Italian dressing.
  • In a large bowl add the shredded lettuce, onion, pepperoncini, peppers and dressing and toss to combine.
  • Add the slices of meat and cheese to the bun. Toast 5-8 minutes or until the bread is crispy and cheese has melts.
  • Top the lettuce mixture over the melts and add the sliced tomatoes.
  • Serve and Enjoy immediately.


Calories: 974kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 52gFat: 64gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 19gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 2768mgPotassium: 980mgFiber: 5gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 1866IUVitamin C: 44mgCalcium: 288mgIron: 14mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)