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Italian Stuffed Meatloaf Sandwich

This Italian Meatloaf Sandwich makes the perfect lunch. The meatloaf is juicy, manageable on a sandwich, and a meal in itself. Just add bread, mayo and ketchup, and maybe some fresh peppers, pickles or red onions for a bit of crunch and heat.

This sandwich is similar in taste and style to an Italian meatball sub, but with more flavor and loaded up with extra ingredients for a hearty bite. A simple, rustic meatloaf will work just as well if you want a lighter sandwich. The bread can be a traditional roll or sub, a hearty multi grain bread like we used.

Italian Stuffed Meatloaf Sandwich
Make a juicy, delicious Italian Stuffed meatloaf sandwich!

Is a Meatloaf Sandwich a burger?

No, meatloaf sandwiches cannot be classified as burgers because meatloaf is different from a ground beef patty. Meatloaf is made with oatmeal or bread crumbs and egg to hold it together. The use of a slice of meatloaf on this sandwich disqualifies it from the burger category. You can enjoy it on a bun, a roll, or two slices of bread; it’s still a sandwich.

What can you put on a Meatloaf Sandwich?

Mayo is a popular choice of condiment to enjoy on this sandwich, but extra ketchup and even mustards have been known to make an appearance.

Fresh veggies like tomato, red onion, lettuce, jalapeno, peppers, even mushrooms are delicious on a meatloaf sandwich. The added crunch and flavor complexity is a welcomed experience because this sandwich is otherwise very soft and can lack variety of texture.

The bread is another personal choice. Crispy French breads are popular to use, but ciabatta rolls, burger buns, and simple white breads are all common ways you will find this rustic sandwich served. We also love it on hearty sourdough slices or multi grain breads for flavor depth.

Meatloaf Sandwich

What is the best Meatloaf?

This particular Italian Meatloaf recipe is juicy and full of cheese and rich Italian flavor. It brings the majority of flavor to the sandwich which means you don’t need a lot of extras. Of course, if you prefer a loaded sandwich with lot’s of fresh, crunchy extras you could use our Simple Meatloaf.

Those of you who are looking for a hearty meatloaf with a different flavor profile could try the food network stuffed meatloaf. It is a combination of beef, pork and veal; traditional spices and provolone cheese. What really makes it stand out is the ciabatta stuffing with chestnuts and pancetta.

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How can I spruce up my Meatloaf Sandwich?

If you are looking to add some flair to this hearty sandwich we have some ideas. Here is a list of our favorite suggestions to get you going.

  • Serve it on a buttered and toasted bread
  • Make a meatloaf melt with extra cheese and thin sliced meatloaf
  • Add some heat with chipotle, hot sauces, or peppered cheeses
  • Make it a loaded meatloaf sandwich by adding bacon
  • Serve as an open faced meatloaf melt on a sub roll with melted cheese
  • Add caramelized onions and BBQ sauce

Italian Stuffed Meatloaf Sandwich

This meatloaf sandwich is made from our Italian Stuffed Meatloaf recipe. A beautiful meatloaf full of Italian cheeses, homemade marinara sauce, herbs and olives! The red pepper is a Krimson Lee roasting pepper for a tasty bit of crunch, just the right companion to this meatloaf!

Italian Stuffed Meatloaf Sandwich

Your Printable Recipe:

Italian Stuffed Meatloaf Sandwich
Yield: 1 serving

Italian Stuffed Meatloaf Sandwich

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Italian Stuffed meatloaf Sandwich makes the perfect lunchbox manwich! The meatloaf is juicy, manageable on a sandwich, and a meal in itself. Just add bread, mayo and ketchup, and maybe some passilla type peppers for a crunchy bit of zing.


  • 1 slice meatloaf
  • 2 pieces of whole wheat bread
  • one passilla pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon mayonaise
  • 1 tsp. ketchup


  1. Lay your bread pieces side by side, on a board
  2. Slather on mayo and ketchup to taste
  3. Slice the pepper into strips
  4. Cut a bread sized slab of Italian stuffed meatloaf, and lay it on one slice of the prepared bread
  5. Lay the pepper strips on top of the meatloaf
  6. Set the last piece of bread onto the top, making a sandwich!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 597Total Fat 31gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 129mgSodium 1271mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 6gSugar 10gProtein 35g

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Monday 21st of September 2015

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Debra @ Bowl Me Over

Tuesday 15th of September 2015

I'm with Dave, it's all about the meatloaf and holy cow does that look good! Pinned & shared lady - thanks so much for sharing with us at #TryaBiteTuesday, see you next week!


Wednesday 16th of September 2015

Thank you Debra!

Pie Rivera

Friday 11th of September 2015

I know you've mentioned that men usually prefers meat in their sandwiches BUT I love meaty sandwiches too - when I bring sandwiches at work. This is so timely as I am running out of easy recipes for my sandwiches. Reason why I prefer meat at work, it makes me full longer which is perfect since it saves me on a lot of costs since I am at work for 12 to 14 hours particularly during editing. Thanks Diane, you're heaven sent :)


Friday 11th of September 2015

Pie, I'm so glad this sandwich is a good fit for you! In my family the guys are just so into meatloaf! Enjoy this delicious meatloaf sandwich! I'm pretty sure you'll love it in your lunch box!

April @ Girl Gone Gourmet

Wednesday 9th of September 2015

Meatloaf was always a favorite growing up - you've reminded me I need to make it this winter! Love the leftovers for sandwiches - such a great idea :)

Byron Thomas

Wednesday 9th of September 2015

I had managed to get this image out of my head after seeing it on your Facebook page a day or two ago, and now, it's back! I have not had meatloaf in so long - it's such a comfort food, but placing it between bread like that makes it a million times better!


Wednesday 9th of September 2015

Lol. Sorry to be haunting your vegetarian dreams, Byron! Glad your enticed though:)

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