Chopped Cheese Sandwich

March 10, 2022 15 Comments

Chopped cheese sandwiches are a delicious twist on the traditional cheeseburger.

Chopped Cheese Sandwich

From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito

I saw this chopped cheese sandwich on my friend Southern Vibin’s Tik Tok page and had to make it immediately.

I literally drooled at the screen. The cheesy beef, toasted buns and yum yum sauce gave me such bad food envy.

Lucky for me these are super easy to make. If you can make a cheeseburger you can make a chopped cheese sandwich.

This is my version of his recipe. If you want to check his out visit him here.

If you’re looking for a super easy dinner idea these chopped cheese sandwiches are it. My Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes happen to go perfectly as a side to these, too.

No fuss, no hard work and a ton of delicious reward.

Don’t forget to add some Yum Yum Sauce to the top of these, too. It totally makes the sandwich.

Other easy and delicious dinner ideas you’ll love:

CHopped Cheese sandwich recipe video:

What is a chopped cheese sandwich?

This style of sandwich was originally made first in NYC. So what is it?

A chopped cheese sandwich is pretty much a cheese burger made a little differently.

For instance, the burger patties are broken down into little pieces while cooking.

Most of them add onion also.

Kind of like a “loose meat” sandwich.

There’s cheese added to the beef and mixed in as a binder. So it’s not too sloppy to eat.

More cheese (traditionally American) is added to the top and served.

Instead of a burger bun, chopped cheese sandwiches are usually served on a roll.

What bread should I use for a chopped cheese sandwich?

Ditch the burger buns for this one.

Try to find a really nice round roll. I used a sesame roll here but choose your favorite.

As long as it’s bigger and thicker then a burger bun, you’ll be good.

Long rolls are great for chopped cheese sandwiches, too.

It’s all completely your preference.

Ideally grab something from your local deli or from the deli department of your grocery store.

What toppings go well with a chopped cheese sandwich?

Anything you’d put on a cheeseburger would be incredible on a chopped cheese sandwich.

Here are some great topping ideas:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Pickles
  • Caramelized onions
  • Sautéed mushrooms
  • Bacon
  • Hot pepper relish
  • Ketchup
  • Mayo
  • Yum Yum Sauce (my favorite one)

Get creative though and add whatever toppings you love.

Chopped cheese sandwich ingredients:

  • “Good” deli rolls
  • Ground beef (or beef burgers)
  • American cheese
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Onion powder
  • Chopped onion
  • Lettuce
  • Yum Yum Sauce


1. First, brown the ground beef. If you’re using burgers break them down using a wooden spoon or spatula into little pieces as the meat cooks. Drain the fat from the pan if you need to.

2. Next, add the minced onion.

3. Now add the seasonings and Worcestershire sauce.

4. Add the shredded cheese and stir everything together.

5. Then slice the rolls in half and add bottom to a baking sheet. Add one slice of American cheese and a big scoop of the beef mixture to the top.

6. Next add another slice of American cheese and another big scoop of the beef.

7. Lastly add the top of the roll and bake it until the cheese is melted and the bread is nice and toasty.

8. Finish it with some of that delicious Yum Yum sauce, lettuce, and whatever other toppings you’d like.

If you liked this dinner idea you’d probably also really love my Cheeseburger Casserole and Easy Blueberry Cobbler, too.

Chopped Cheese Sandwich

This chopped cheese sandwich is loaded with flavor and so easy to make
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chopped cheese, chopped cheese sandwich, sandwich ideas
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound ground beef or beef burger patties
  • 1/2 onion minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 3 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 4 Deli Rolls
  • 8 slices American Cheese
  • Toppings & Yum Yum Sauce optional


  • Brown the ground beef or burger patties and break the meat into small pieces using a wooden spoon or spatula. Add the minced onion and cook for another 3 minutes Drain the skillet if there's a lot of extra fat
  • Season the beef and add the Worcestershire sauce.
  • Add the shredded cheese and stir everything together until the cheese is melted evenly into the beef.
  • Place the bottom bun of the roll onto a baking sheet. Add a slice of American cheese then a big scoop of the beef filling on top.
  • Add another slice of cheese and another big scoop of the beef mixture.
  • Place the top of the roll on top and bake it at 375 degrees for about 5 minutes or until the bread gets nice and toasted
  • Serve with any toppings you'd like and yum yum sauce
  • The recipe for the yum yum sauce is linked above.

Don’t forget to leave me a comment here if you tried this recipe. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Thank you!

Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • Anonymous March 11, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Looks delicious!

  • Tera March 12, 2022 at 4:04 am

    When do you add the onions? 😉

    • Al Dente Diva March 12, 2022 at 1:43 pm

      OH NO I just added it. Thanks so much for the heads up.

    • Al Dente Diva March 12, 2022 at 4:22 pm

      Ha thanks for the heads up! I changed it 💜

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  • Tami Mullins March 16, 2022 at 3:56 am

    I made your chopped cheese sandwiches for dinner and it was a huge hit! I love the versatility of this recipe. One family member wanted swiss, another went with provolone, and another with sliced American and the Boom Boom sauce elevates the recipe to new heights. Thanks so much for sharing this new family favorite.

  • Tami March 28, 2022 at 2:07 am

    This was a huge hit with my family. Easily adapted to everyone’s personal “cheese” taste.

    • Al Dente Diva March 28, 2022 at 2:12 am

      I love that! Thanks so much for trying it and letting me know what you thought. I appreciate it

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  • Summer May 20, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    Fantastic. I’ve made this twice now! It’s a hit with my husband and son. I added some relish to the meat and cheese for a minute in the skillet. Yum 😋

    • Al Dente Diva May 21, 2022 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks so much for letting me know. I love the relish addition.

  • Stacy September 26, 2022 at 4:05 am

    I’ve made this a few times for my family. They absolutely love it! I have to double the meat because they love it so much. Can’t wait for your cookbook!

    • Al Dente Diva October 7, 2022 at 4:19 pm

      I’m so happy to hear this!! Thank you so so much I’m so exited

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