Spicy Chopped Cheese Sandwich


The chopped cheese sandwich originated in New York City. Traditionally, it is made on a flat-top grill and is not spicy. I do not have a flat top and wanted to incorporate some heat, so here is my not-so-traditional version!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
2 sandwiches

Have you ever had a New York-style chopped cheese sandwich? If not, it's time to remedy that ASAP! This chopped cheese recipe, which is spiced up with Sriracha, comes together quickly and makes for a fun weeknight meal.

What Is Chopped Cheese?

A chopped cheese (or chop cheese) is a type of sandwich that originated in New York City and is sold in bodegas throughout Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. It's similar to a Philly cheesesteak, but it features ground beef and the cheese is mixed into the meat during the cooking process.

Chopped Cheese Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make this spicy chopped cheese recipe at home:

· Onions and butter: To start this chopped cheese recipe, chopped onions are sautéed in butter until they're tender.
· Beef: You'll need a 12-ounce package of lean ground beef.
· Sriracha: A tablespoon of Sriracha heats things up a bit. You can always add more if you'd like it a bit spicier.
· Seasonings: After the meat is formed into patties, it's simply seasoned with salt and pepper.
· Cheese: Three slices of plain American cheese is enough to make two chopped cheese sandwiches.
· Buns: Opt for hoagie buns for traditional, New York-style chopped cheese sandwiches.
· Toppings: Top each sandwich with tomato slices and shredded lettuce. Add ketchup and mustard, if you like.

spicy chopped cheese on a hoagie bun with lettuce and tomato
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How to Make Chopped Cheese

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make chopped cheese sandwiches:

1. Sauté the onions in butter.
2. Mix the beef and Sriracha, form into patties, and season.
3. Cook the patties in a skillet until a crust forms on the bottom. Flip.
4. Chop the patties into large pieces. Sprinkle with onions and layer with cheese.
5. Continue cooking until the cheese is melted.
6. Divide the mixture between the hoagie rolls. Add toppings and serve.

Nicole's Best Chopped Cheese Tips and Tricks

"Something magical happens when that meat has been chopped up and combined with that melty cheese," says culinary producer Nicole McLaughlin (a.k.a. NicoleMcMom). We can't disagree! Here are a few of Nicole's best tips and trees for making the perfect chopped cheese sandwich:

· Toast your buns in the skillet alongside the sautéing onions. It'll enhance the flavor and make the bread sturdy enough to hold the hearty filling.
· Cover the cheese-topped meat pile with a lid to help the cheese melt into the beef faster.
· Add chopped peppers to the onion mixture for a little extra color and flavor.

How to Store Chopped Cheese

If you have leftovers (which is unlikely), store the filling separately from the hoagie rolls. Place it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to five days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove, then assemble the sandwich.

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • ¼ cup chopped onions

  • 12 ounces lean ground beef

  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 slices American cheese

  • 2 hoagie buns, split and toasted

  • 1 cup shredded lettuce

  • 1 roma tomato, thinly sliced


  1. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until onions are tender and starting to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  2. Combine ground beef and Sriracha sauce in a large bowl; mix well until Sriracha is evenly distributed. Form mixture into two thin patties and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add hamburger patties and cook for 5 minutes or until a crust forms on the bottom. Flip patties over and cook for 3 minutes.

  4. Break patties up into large pieces using a wide spatula. Sprinkle cooked onion in between hamburger pieces. Layer cheese on top and cook for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

  5. Divide hamburger and cheese mixture evenly between toasted hoagie rolls. Top each with shredded lettuce and sliced tomato.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

763 Calories
45g Fat
40g Carbs
50g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 763
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g 58%
Saturated Fat 22g 109%
Cholesterol 166mg 55%
Sodium 1498mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 50g
Vitamin C 13mg 63%
Calcium 346mg 27%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 715mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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