Introduction: Banh Mi Meatloaf Sandwiches

I love a perfect Banh Mi sandwich! The combo of tender grilled meat, crunchy baguette, snappy fresh herbs and veggies toppped with a rich spicy mayo always hits the spot, and it is so much more exciting than your run of the mill cold-cut laden sub. I decided to come up with a make at home version that hit all the right notes, and would be easy to scale up for a party or BBQ. Meatballs are usually a choice on the Banh Mi menu, but seemed tricky on the grill....why not go for a meatloaf version? And yes, you can grill a meatloaf!

Step 1: Combine Ingredients and Form Into a Long Flat Loaf on a Greased Sheet of Tinfoil.

In a large bowl, thoroughly combine

  • 1.5 lbs ground pork
  • .5 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup panko or coarse bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup minced green onion
  • 1/3 cup minced cilantro (stems ok)
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp minced shallot
  • salt and pepper

Place mixture on a piece of greased tinfoil on top of a cookie sheet. Form into a long, flat loaf, about 14 inches long by 5 or 6 inches wide.

Step 2: Place Loaf Tinfoil Side Down on a Hot Grill. Cook for 5-10 Minutes Then Flip Loaf Directly Onto Grill by Picking Up Edges of the Tinfoil. Peel Off Tinfoil and Cook for an Additional 10-15 Minutes or Until Loaf Reaches 160 Degrees.

If you want to turn the loaf during grilling for more even cooking, use 2 spatulas.

Step 3: Slice the Loaf, Assemble Sandwiches With the Traditional Toppings and Enjoy!

Topping suggestions:

  • fresh cilantro
  • thin sliced jalepenos
  • shredded carrots and radish dressed with sweetened rice vinegar
  • romaine lettuce
  • lime
  • mung bean sprouts
  • mayo + sriracha or sweet chili sauce to taste

For a party, either have guests assemble their sandwiches themselves on crunchy rolls, or make giant Banh Mi subs on baguettes, slice in to finger-food size sandwiches and arrange on a platter.


LeOBaoChau made it! (author)2015-02-07

This food is from Vietnam, it's so delicious and famous, thank you for your guidance.

oliveannie made it! (author)2015-01-31

Oops! Banh not Bahn! Thank you qvu1 and ttrang3. I was going on memory, and should have double checked myself, plus I'm a little dyslexic. Bad spellers of the world Untie!

qvu1 made it! (author)qvu12015-01-31

Thank you for this. I'll follow for posts of you

qvu1 made it! (author)qvu12015-01-31

of yours

kuma.rhyu made it! (author)2015-01-31

I live by myself and make this meatloaf, cook, slice and freeze it 2-3 slices in a package, so I can take a package out, microwave or (even better) pan fry the slices and make a fantastic Banh Mi sandwich quickly and easily. Thanks for a great idea Annie!

qvu1 made it! (author)2015-01-31

It's from my country, Vietnam and we spell it Banh Mi. So glad that many people like it. Enjoy!

ttrang3 made it! (author)2015-01-31

thank you for loving our bánh mì. in fact "banh" not bahn :)

dnguyen50 made it! (author)2015-01-31

Banh Mi is great

3366carlos made it! (author)2015-01-31

delish - my coworkers are vietnamese and I see them eating sandwiches like that, they look & smell good.

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