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Hot Meatloaf Sandwich

Have you ever tried a hot meatloaf sandwich? It is, hands-down, the best thing you’ll ever do with leftover meatloaf! Or, who says you need leftover meatloaf really? I’m all about making an entire meatloaf specifically for the purpose of enjoying it in this meatloaf sandwich. And I won’t stop at dinner, either. This one’s a hearty sandwich you can have at any meal, breakfast included. 😉

Closeup of a hot meatloaf sandwich with melted cheese and fresh basil.

meatloaf sandwich: best served hot!

Now for a very important question- do you like your meatloaf sandwich hot or cold? I find that both are pretty tasty, but this meatloaf sandwich recipe is made to be enjoyed hot.

The meatloaf is served on ciabatta buns with marinara, mozzarella (or provolone) and finished off with slices of fresh basil. It’s all heated together in the oven which results in a deliciously toasted hot sandwich, complete with gooey, melted cheese and lots of Italian-inspired flavor! It’s best served hot, but if you’re the type who enjoys cold leftovers, you do you. 😉

how to make it

First things first, you’ll need some meatloaf. We have a few different meatloaf recipes on Savor the Best, including:

Here’s everything you need for this five-ingredient recipe:

  • ciabatta buns
  • marinara sauce
  • grated mozzarella or provolone cheese
  • leftover meatloaf
  • fresh basil, sliced into strips
Overhead photo of 2 hot meatloaf sandwiches on a baking tray.

This hot meatloaf sandwich takes just a few minutes to assemble, and a few more minutes to get it toasted just right! Here’s the process (check out the full recipe at the bottom of the page):

  1. Toast the ciabatta buns- Preheat the oven to 450°F, split the ciabatta buns, and lay them on a baking sheet, cut side up. Toast 5-8 minutes or until they’re golden brown.
  2. Assemble the layers- Spread a thick layer of marinara sauce on top of the buns, place meatloaf on one side of each bun, then pile shredded cheese on top of the meatloaf. Toast in the oven for another 5-8 minutes or until the cheese gets all melted and gooey.
  3. Final touch- Remove from the oven and pile the sliced basil leaves on top of the melted cheese. Close the sandwich and enjoy while hot!
Two hot meatloaf sandwiches on a baking tray.

We know you’ll love this hot meatloaf sandwich- it’s hearty and full of meaty flavor, the best comfort food in sandwich form! Plus, it’s so simple to make and easy to customize based on what you have on hand.

If you have an Instant Pot, you can make our Instant Pot meatloaf in about half the time, which makes this meatloaf sandwich even easier to prep! We love simple and delicious meals made with leftovers, don’t you?

Serving suggestions

This meatloaf sandwich makes a pretty filling meal on its own but if you are feeding a crowd, you may want to serve some sides too. A good old fashioned potato salad or a crunchy Brussels sprouts salad are great options. Toss in some chips and dip for good measure.


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Closeup of a hot meatloaf sandwich with melted cheese and fresh basil.

Hot Meatloaf Sandwich

Yield: 2 sandwiches

This is the best thing you can do with leftover meatloaf. You just might want to make the meatloaf exclusively for this amazing sandwich. This is a sandwich for any time of the day, lunch, dinner or even breakfast.


  • 2 ciabatta buns
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella or provolone cheese
  • 2 thick slices of leftover meatloaf
  • 1 large bunch of fresh basil sliced into strips


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Split open the ciabatta buns and lay on a baking sheet, cut side up.
  3. Toast in the oven until golden brown (about 5 to 8 minutes).
  4. Spread the toasted buns with a thick layer of marinara sauce. Top one side of each bun with the meatloaf then pile shredded cheese over the tops.
  5. Return to the oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  6. Pile the sliced basil leaves on top and close the sandwich.
  7. Enjoy while hot.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 667Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 1876mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 5gSugar: 15gProtein: 38g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Wednesday 1st of July 2020

I did something similar with brioche buns :-) Yours looks super yummy with crusty ciabatta buns.

Dahn Boquist

Thursday 2nd of July 2020

Thanks Angie ;)

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