Grilled Open-Faced Beef, Cheese and Gravy Sandwiches

You'll need a large cast iron skillet. Remember to not grab the skillet handle without a heat-proof glove once you've placed it onto the grill.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Author Inspired by a recipe from the BBQ Pit Boys


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup sweet onion chopped (about 1 large onion)
  • 1 14-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 4-ounce can roasted diced chiles
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons your favorite BBQ rub
  • 8 slices Pepper Jack cheese
  • 4 slices large thick-cut bread I used a rustic ciabatta

For the beef gravy

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking. Charcoal is definitely best for this recipe.
  • Form the beef into equal-sized patties.
  • Sear over direct heat on both sides, but do not cook all the way. Remove from heat and place in a large bowl.
  • Add the onion, tomatoes, chiles, Italian seasoning and rub. Use a potato masher or fork to combine all ingredients and break the ground beef into chunks.
  • Place a large cast iron pan on your grill over indirect heat.
  • Add the meat mixture and spread out evenly. Use a spatula or the back of a large spoon to lightly compact the meat into the pan.
  • Cook for 20 minutes or until the beef is cooked and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Top mixture with the cheese slices, cover and cook another 2-3 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  • Remove the pan from the grill. Lightly toast the bread slices on the grill.
  • Serve meat over the bread topped with the beef gravy.

For the beef gravy

  • Add a small skillet to the grill over direct heat. Add the butter and melt.
  • Add the beef broth. Bring to a boil.
  • Add the butter to the skillet and melt.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of broth. Bring to a boil.
  • Combine the flour and water in a cup and whisk into the beef broth.
  • Continue stirring until the gravy is thickened. Remove from heat.