Meatball Patty Melt

Smash the competition and make a lasting impression with this signature Italian comfort food-spin on the trendy smashed burger concept showing up in fast casual restaurants everywhere. Sandwich features an oversized housemade meatball smashed into a delicious patty, layered on garlic toast with slices of melting Grande® Mozzarella Cheese, caramelized onions and banana peppers.

Meatball Patty Melt

5 oz. (1 each) Jumbo Meatballs, chilled (see recipe)

As needed Salt and black pepper

2 slices Italian bread slices

1/2 oz. (1 tbsp.) Garlic butter, melted

1 oz. (3 tbsp.) Caramelized onions

1/2 oz. (2 tbsp.) Pepperoncini pepper slices, drained

2 oz. (1/4 cup) Marinara sauce, warm

Jumbo Meatballs

33/4 lb. Prepared meatball mixture, raw


Meatball Patty Melt
Yield: One Sandwich
  1. Place 1 Jumbo Meatball Patty on an oiled flat top griddle. Using a spatula, smash into a thin burger-size patty. Cook over medium heat on both sides until fully cooked. Season with salt and black pepper.
  2. Brush outer surfaces of 2 bread slices with garlic butter. Layer 1 cooked meatball patty on bottom slice of bread; top with 1 slice Grande® Sliced Mozzarella Cheese, 1 oz. caramelized onions and 1/2 oz. pepperoncini pepper slices. Close with top slice of bread. Grill patty melt on a flat-top griddle over medium heat on both sides until bread is golden brown and cheese has melted.
  3. Slice sandwich in half and plate with 2 oz. marinara sauce portioned in a ramekin.
Jumbo Meatballs
Yield: 60 oz. (12 servings)
  1. Using a #8 scoop, portion twelve 5-oz. scoops of meatball mixture on a sheet pan lined with baking paper. Cover and chill.