The Best Cheeseburger Sub (Quick and Easy Recipe)

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Are you ready for a really good cheeseburger sub recipe?

I’ve eaten so many cheeseburger subs in my lifetime, I consider myself a cheeseburger sub expert.

Over the years I’ve gone through what I like to call my “favorite sub phases”.  Sometimes I’d always order an Italian sub, sometimes it would be a meatballs sub.  For a while I was on a huge ham and cheese sub kick.

But no matter what phase I was in, I always threw in a cheeseburger sub once in a while.  

There’s something nice about the way the burger patties get arranged inside of soft, long sub rolls.

Every time I get one, I think it’s the best cheeseburger I ever ate.

As a matter of fact, last week I was in the mood for a cheeseburger sub so I decided to make one for myself at home.

Is making a cheeseburger sub rocket science?  Of course not. 

But I thought it would be fun to take a few pictures and videos for the Mortadella Head website and social media.  It was such an easy dinner to make and it was awesome.

Why would I want to share such an easy recipe on the website?  Because a cheeseburger sub is one of my favorite things to eat.  And that’s what I love to do… share my favorite recipes with you guys.

So the next time you can’t decide what to make for dinner you should use this cheeseburger sub recipe.  It’s a winner every time.

Ingredients for the Cheeseburger Sub Recipe

As you can imagine, the ingredients you’ll need to make a cheeseburger sub are pretty simple.

If you want to see a full list of ingredients with measurements, take a look at the recipe card below.

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You need burger patties for a cheeseburger sub.  They don’t need to be the best burger patties out there.  

To be honest, the burger patties I used in this video are a little too good.  I got them at Whole Foods.  

They were nice juicy burgers, but they may have been a little too thick for a cheeseburger sub.

Some of the best cheeseburger subs I’ve ever had were made with thin frozen burger patties.

I also like to use a burger with an 80/20 ratio of lean meat to fat.  You need a good amount of fat in the patties for flavor.

If you use really lean ground beef you won’t get as much flavor. 


Since this is a cheeseburger sub it’s important to use a sub roll. 

You’ll see in the video that I used a baguette from Whole Foods.  When I made it, it was a late Sunday night and that was the best thing I could find. 


A cheeseburger sub needs cheese.  Usually when I order a cheeseburger sub at a sub shop I get American cheese.  

In the video I used a block of Colby Jack cheese and sliced it up.  I had it in the fridge and figured it would be perfect.  

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I made this masterpiece with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles.

I always think a cheeseburger sub needs iceberg lettuce.  And it has to be shredded lettuce.  Really fresh and really crunchy.  This is a necessity for me.


I went the simple route when I made the cheeseburger sub for this article.  I used mayonnaise and ketchup.  

You can also make a simple burger sauce if that’s your style.  

I’ll give some burger sauce tips at the end of this article. 


I kept it simple for this cheeseburger sub recipe.  Salt and black pepper…that’s it.

How to Make an Awesome Cheeseburger Sub

Here we go.  This is such an easy recipe.

Get a large skillet and put it on medium-high heat.  Add a drizzle of olive oil and coat the bottom of the pan.

Season both sides of your burger patties with salt and pepper. 

Burgers on Pan

Add the burger patties to the pan and let them cook.  Don’t touch them until you see the juices start to come through the top of the patties.  It should take 2-3 minutes.

Flip the burgers and let them cook for a couple more minutes on the other side. 

Flip the burgers

Put the cheese on the burgers and turn the heat down to medium heat. 

Pro Tip: Add a tablespoon of water to the frying pan and cover it for a minute.  The steam will get you the perfect melted cheese.

Transfer the burgers with the melted cheese to a plate and let them rest for a few minutes.

Open up the sub roll with a knife and spread the mayo on both sides of the bread.

Squirt some ketchup over the mayonnaise. 


After the burgers have rested, cut the patties in half.

Line burger halves along the bottom of the bread.  

Tomatoes and other vegies

On top of the burgers, add the shredded lettuce, tomato slices, onions and pickles.  I sliced my onion into thin rings.  You can use diced onions if you want.

Make sure everything is evenly distributed. 

Season your veggies with salt and pepper, close it up and slice the cheeseburger sub in half.  Boom!

What’s the best cheese for a cheeseburger sub?

My favorites are American cheese, cheddar cheese and Colby Jack cheese.  If you want some heat you can use pepper jack cheese. 

Swiss cheese is also a good choice as it is a really good cheese for melting. 

What else can I put on my cheeseburger sub?

The sky’s the limit when it comes to cheeseburger sub toppings.  Here are some good ones:

Add some grilled green pepper, onion and mushroom like you would add it to a steak and cheese sub. You can also line a baking sheet with parchment paper and roast the vegetables in the oven.  

I recently wrote an article about how to cook mushrooms and onions for burgers.  This will add big flavors to your sub.

​Hot pepper relish or banana peppers will give the cheeseburger sub some heat.

​Drizzle a really good bbq sauce on the bread instead of the ketchup to add some sweetness.

Make a special sauce by combining ketchup, mayo, yellow mustard, pickle relish, garlic powder and onion powder in a small mixing bowl.  If you have extra you can store it in an airtight container and leave it in the fridge.  It’s a great sauce for dipping french fries too!

​Experiment with some of your favorite toppings and you can’t go wrong.

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How do I know when my burger is done cooking?

​This will depend on how you like your burger.  Are you someone who prefers rare, medium-rare or well done?  It will also depend on the type of burger you are cooking.  Is it thin or thick?  Is the patty fresh or frozen?  

The safest way to know if it’s done cooking is to check the burger with a meat thermometer.  If the internal temperature of the burger is 160 degrees you are good to go.

There it is…my way to make a cheeseburger sub.  It’s not fancy, but it’s really good.


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cheeseburger sub recipe

The Best Cheeseburger Sub (Quick and Easy Recipe)

  • Author: Chuck Sillari



2 80/20 burger patties

1 sub roll 

4 slices of cheese of choice

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons ketchup

4 slices of tomato

56 rings of thinly sliced onion

1 cup of shredded iceberg lettuce

56 dill pickle chips

Salt and pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Put frying pan on medium-high heat
  2. Add olive oil to frying pan
  3. Season both sides of burger patties with salt and pepper
  4. Add burger patties to hot pan and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes or until blood and juices appear on the top of the burger
  5. Flip patties and allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes
  6. Add 2 slices of cheese to each patty.  Add a little water to the frying pan and cover.
  7. Allow the cheese to steam for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Transfer burgers to a plate and allow them to rest for 5 minutes.
  9. Split open sub roll with knife
  10. Spread mayonnaise on both sides of sub rolls
  11. Drizzle ketchup on both sides of roll
  12. Cut burger patties in half and line them up on bottom half of sub roll.
  13. Add lettuce, tomato slices, onion and pickles
  14. Season with salt and pepper
  15. Enjoy!

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