Cheeseburger Oven Sub

Cheeseburger Oven Sub
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The Cheeseburger Oven Sub is a classic that you will want to have often. It’s just too good. This recipe is in the style of how Greco does them. A Delicious Cheeseburger Oven Sub brushed with Garlic Butter and sauced with Pizza Sauce topped with Ground Beef, Bacon and Onions with that beautiful Mozzarella and Provolone Cheese blend and some Cheddar too.

Cheeseburger Oven Sub Ingredients

For this Awesome Oven Sub, we use Ground Beef, Bacon, & Onions. You could add Mushrooms, Dill Pickles, Jalapeño, and more.

Cheeseburger Oven Subs

Ground Beef

Cook Ground Beef with a dash of Soy Sauce or Worcestershire Sauce for added flavor over medium heat.

Ground Beef

Ground Beef


Use Natural Bacon no flavorings like Maple or use Canadian Bacon or Both. Chop up the Bacon Raw and cook in the skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain out and save the grease for other recipes.

Pizzeria Bacon

Chopped Bacon


For the Onions, you can soak these in water to take the edge off. I sometimes make these with Red Onions as well, and I like to Garnish with Green Onions.

Yellow Onions


Garlic Butter

Garlic Butter is one of the secret to making these Fantastic Oven Subs. The Garlic Butter gets brushed onto the bread before the Pizza Sauce goes on.

An even faster Garlic Butter that works pretty well is JAH Garlic Sauce. This can be made up in less than 5 minutes.

Papa Johns Garlic Sauce
Papa Johns Garlic Sauce


The Second Secret is French’s Ketchup or Heinz Chili Sauce with the Base Pizza Sauce. Not too much where it’s noticeable. Just enough to give the sauce some lightness.

Heinz Chili Sauce
Heinz Chili Sauce

Greco uses this for their Sauce. That’s the secret. Yep! Just a touch of Ketchup with the Pizza Sauce. Or the Quick Tomato Sauce, which already contains the Ketchup as well as additional seasonings that go really well with this oven sub.

JAH Quick Tomato Sauce
JAH Quick Tomato Sauce
Cheeseburger Oven Sub
Cheeseburger Oven Sub


The Cheese is basically a mix of High Moisture Mozzarella Cheese and Provolone at a ratio of 3:1. For this Oven Sub, we mix in a little Shredded Cheddar Cheese as well.

Saputos Mozzarella Cheese
Saputos Mozzarella Cheese

Oven Sub Bread

Greco uses French Style Bread. But any Oven Sub Bread will work. Usually, I pick up the long loaves – Artisan, Baguettes, or Ciabatta. One loaf will give 2 portions. Just cut them in half and then slice them to separate the top from the bottom.

You can also make these on the 6-inch Hoagie buns or Sub Buns.

Cheeseburger Oven Sub
Cheeseburger Oven Sub
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Cheeseburger Oven Sub

Greco Style Cheeseburger Oven Sub brushed with Garlic Butter and sauced with Pizza Sauce topped with Ground Beef, Bacon and Onions.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: cheeseburger oven sub, Greco Style Cheeseburger Oven Sub, Oven Sub, SOS, Superior Oven Sub
Servings: 4 portions
Author: JAH


  • 1 Skillet
  • 1 Baking Sheet


  • 4 Sub Buns
  • As Needed Garlic Sauce - For brushing the bread
  • As Desired Quick Tomato Sauce - or Pizza Sauce
  • 1 lbs Ground Beef
  • 8 strips Bacon - chopped
  • 1 Medium Onion - diced
  • As Desired Mozzarella & Provolone Cheese Mix (3:1)
  • As Desired Cheddar Cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 450 F. Prepare the Quick Tomato Sauce or Pizza Sauce and the Garlic Sauce, set these aside for now.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the chopped bacon until crisp. Drain the grease out and save for other recipes.
  • Add the Ground Beef and Cook until done. Optionally, with a splash of Soy Sauce or Worcestershire sauce.
    Add diced Onions and cook for a few seconds to a minute, or add the Onions fresh on the oven subs before they go into the oven.
  • Brush the Sub buns with Garlic Sauce then Quick Tomato Sauce and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle over top the Beef, Bacon, and Onions and then Cheese Blend.
  • Place on middle rack and bake for 5 minutes. Broil if additional color is needed.
    Garnish with Green Onions, Parsley, Aleppo/Chili Flakes or your favorite Pizza Shake.


The Cheese Blend is a blend of 3 parts High Moisture Mozzarella Cheese with 1 part shredded Provolone Cheese. A bit of Shredded Cheddar Cheese is added. 
Add Sautéed Mushrooms!
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