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Bacon Cheeseburger Stuffed French Bread Sandwiches

A savory bacon and hamburger meat mixture is served in a crispy french bread boat and topped with melted cheese, thinly sliced onion strips, juicy diced tomatoes, and crisp fresh lettuce.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 482kcal
Author: Meaghan @ 4 Sons R Us

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup diced white onion
  • 3 strips crisp-cooked bacon excess grease removed, and crumbled
  • 1 10 3/4 oz can of condensed tomato soup
  • 1 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of seasoning salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1 full size loaf of French bread a plain Italian loaf can be substituted
  • 2 tbsp butter softened
  • 5-6 slices of thickly sliced cheese pictured we used white American, but cheddar, Pepper jack, and even provolone would all work well

Additional Toppings

  • shredded lettuce
  • diced tomatoes
  • crisp slices of bacon
  • thinly sliced red onion strips
  • mayonnaise

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, saute the ground beef and onion together until the ground beef's cooked through and the onion is soft. Strain the meat and onions to remove grease, then return to the skillet. Stir in the crumbled bacon and continue to cook the meat mixture for an additional minute or two.
  • Stir in the soup, sauces, and spices until evenly incorporated. Let the mixture simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While the mixture simmers, slice the top third off of bread, and pull out pieces of bread in the middle of the bottom of the loaf forming a trench to hollow out bottom half of loaf, being careful not to thin it out too much so it doesn't 'leak' when filled. Set aside the discarded bread-- it can be stored to use as stuffing, or in meatloaves and meatballs.
  • Spread the butter out over the bottom of the 'top' piece of the loaf.
  • Transfer the hollowed out bottom piece to a flat baking sheet and put it in the oven under the broiler just until it's lightly browned.
  • Remove the toasted loaf from the oven and fill it with the warm meat mixture. Spread the cheese slices out evenly overtop. It's ok if they overlap some!
  • Place buttered top next to it, face up, on the baking sheet. Transfer the loaf back into the oven. Bake at 350 degrees, checking occasionally so the top toasts but doesn't burn, for 10-15 minutes-- until the cheese is melted and the meat mixture's heated through.
  • Top the melted cheese with toppings of choice. We listed our favorites in the ingredients, but this meal is made for mixing it up, so get creative!
  • Spread a thin layer of mayo onto the bottom of the toasted top slice. Put the top on the loaf, and use a serrated knife to slice the prepared loaf into sandwiches, about 3-4" wide each, or smaller 'strips' for appetizer/party-sized slices.

Notes

If serving a big crowd, use multiple loaves and double the ingredients as necessary.
 
 
recipe adapted from Wildflower's Cottage Kitchen

Nutrition

Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 866mg | Potassium: 714mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 7.7mg | Calcium: 217mg | Iron: 4.8mg