Today is the day to swap your standard sandwich routine for something more exciting. We all do it, we all get stuck running the same old sandwich.
Whether it be a classic ham and cheese or pastrami and pickle, when you think about it, it’s actually quite impressive how we find ourselves tirelessly chomping down the same three ingredients.
In a way, this is a testament to just how perfect the sandwich is.
Your favorite ingredients nestled between slices of your favorite bread, there is a reason why millions of people around the world eat a sandwich a day.
Now, we’re not saying it will keep the doctor away, but it sure is a convenient and delicious meal.
The recipes in this article are here to offer inspiration so that you can shake things up and discover your new favorite sandwich.
Name a more iconic city-specific sandwich than the mighty Philly Cheesesteak? We’ll wait. This recipe keeps it authentic with nothing but steak, fried onion, and cheese.
The beef is tender and sliced thin. The onions get sauteed down to a gooey and delicious mess. The mild provolone is melted into an even gooey-er mess.
Served in a long bread roll, this is a perfect representation of why Philadelphians don’t order BLTs very often.
Typically, egg salad is the kind of sandwich you find in transit. Its connection with plane, train, and bus stations means this classic sandwich doesn’t get the credit and respect that it deserves.
Mayo, mustard, egg, and salad, there is nothing hard or out of the ordinary about this sandwich recipe and that is the point.
It’s simple, delicious, homemade and it’s bringing egg salad back.
This fish sandwich recipe isn’t called easy for anything. Next time you’re at the store grab a packet of frozen fish fillets and your job is almost done.
The rest of the lineup features the kinds of ingredients that most home fridges/ pantries already have.
Tomato, cheese, lettuce, slap them between a hamburger bun with a crispy fish fillet and call it dinner. Easy dinner!
Yes, it’s true, turkey and cranberry are two essential ingredients of any Christmas feast (see also ‘28 Festive Christmas Salad Recipes‘).
However, just because they are a match made in the north pole doesn’t mean they can’t be eaten at other times of the year as well.
The addition of orange in this smoked turkey and cranberry sandwich recipe, dare we say it, gives it a summery feel.
Buck the trend and give this salty, sweet, and savory delight a run in the summer months. We dare you.
Though this may not be a quick-dinner idea for the kids, it could certainly be dessert. A grilled chocolate sandwich really does taste as oozy and gooey as it sounds.
Butter some bread and whack in the pan with your favorite chocolate nestled in between. Once the chocolate is melted and the bread is grilled you know it’s done. Let the mess commence.
Do you know how we said it was time to ditch your overworked ham sandwich for something more exciting? Well, this take on the classic is officially it.
Crusty French bread, spicy pepper jam, tangy goat’s cheese, salty ham, this pairing of flavors is nothing short of genius.
Take your daily ham sandwich routine to a whole new level and wait for your coworkers to get green with envy.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of sitting down to a wafflewich, today is the day. By swapping out bread for waffles, lunch suddenly becomes a whole new thing and there is no turning back.
This recipe involves crispy bacon, buttery Havarti, and sweet peaches, and it is a gourmet sight to behold.
Cauliflower is one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen. There really is nothing that cauliflower can’t do, so it was only a matter of time before it ended up inside a sandwich.
The recipe includes panko-crumbed thick-cut cauliflower steaks, a vibrant romesco sauce, garlic-ey greens, sliced pickles, and plenty of mayo.
This is a seriously scorched sandwich that is veggie by design and gourmet by nature.
Banh Mi is a Vietnamese baguette-style sandwich that has become one of the most “on-trend” sandwiches of the minute. This is another recipe for the veggies and vegans amongst us.
Instead of featuring BBQ’d meat as per a usual Banh Mi, there is zesty marinated tofu in the mix.
Other ingredients include pickled carrots, daikon, chiles, mayo, and cucumber slices. Fresh, fabulous, and filling, there is a reason why Banh Mi has hit the big time.
In a controversial twist, this recipe leaves the lettuce leaves on the kitchen table for a no-fuss take on the classic BLT.
Bacon, tomato, and mayonnaise are heavily portioned between two slices of white – really, it doesn’t get any simpler than that. The best thing about this sandwich? You can convincingly devour it at any time of the day.
If you’re a fan of PB&J and you enjoy your pork, then this gift of gastronome is a no-brainer.
Combining the savory feels of pulled pork with the salted creaminess of peanut butter, this gourmet ciabatta roll sandwich is something of a phenomenon.
We aren’t going to lie, it is a fairly involved recipe. But, from great effort comes great reward, and tucking into one of these bad boys will be your pot of gold at the end of prep.
12. Cuban Sandwich
Originating in Cuban-owned cafes of Tampa Bay and Key West, the Cuban is now one of our nation’s most treasured sandwiches.
Melted Swiss cheese, tangy pickles, dijon mustard, salted ham, roasted pork – we could go on and on about how delicious this sandwich is but its ingredients speak for themselves.
Jackfruit is another ingredient that has risen to glory in the current trend toward a plant-based diet.
This BBQ jackfruit sandwich is very reminiscent of a classic BBQ pulled pork burger just minus the meat.
Jackfruit and chickpeas are fried with a bunch of spices and then mixed through a healthy amount of BBQ sauce.
Piled high atop a toasted sesame bun with a portion of slaw and this scintillating jackfruit sandwich will have you questioning everything, pork and all.
Grilled cheese is an All-American sandwich that needs no introduction. This modern take on the time-honored classic leans on the avocado to give it a delightfully creamy edge.
For anyone who is apprehensive about warm avocado, you really shouldn’t be. Married with grilled cheese, avocado turns into a thing of warm and gooey beauty.
15. Falafel Sandwich
For vegan-eaters, falafel is the answer to everything. Balls of herby chickpeas get deep-fried into a crisped and delicious submission and you don’t question it for a second.
The textures, the flavors, the smells – once these falafels are packed out in a pita with a hefty helping of hummus, your tastebuds will be transported straight to the back streets of Athens, Greece (see also ‘16 Easy And Delicious Greek Desserts‘).
The recipe also walks you through how to whip up a quick-fire tahini salad as a side, ah-yum!
16. Big Sandwich
Aptly named the Big Sandwich, you will want to have worked up an appetite before sitting down to this behemoth.
The Big’s lineup features a no-holds ingredient list of ham, bacon, roast beef, tomato, onion, and spicy horseradish, with the finisher being melted American cheese.
Big by name, big by nature, this offering will have vegetarians running for the hills and meat lovers lining up.
17. Turkey Panini
Panini (see also ‘The 23 Best Panini Recipes‘) is a popular sandwich right across Europe, and this contemporary recipe has given it a fresh and fabulous facelift.
It may sound a little odd at first, but, give it a try, let this turkey panini into your life, and you will understand the hype.
Gala apple, sharp cheddar, roast turkey, Greek yogurt, peppery arugula, and stone-ground mustard come together to create absolute panini perfection.
There is nothing normal about these slow-cooked Reuban brats.
Taking what we know and love about a classic Reuben sandwich and giving it a German twist in the form of bratwurst sausage (see also ‘28 Bratwurst Recipes You Can’t Ignore‘) is the kind of mad-scientist idea that just seems to work.
When you realize that the brats are simmered in beer you start to understand just how special this fusion of flavors really is.
A special chili sauce and melted cheese round out what could very well be our new favorite sandwich.
This Louisville classic has been appeasing big southern appetites for over 100 years. In Louisville, it is sacrilege to mess with the original Hot Brown sandwich lineup and this recipe knows that.
Turkey, bacon, tomato, cream, cheese, and seasonings are all you need to be transported back to the golden age of big Southern cooking.
Pesto and chicken are another powerhouse pairing of the sandwich equation. This pesto, chicken, and salad sandwich ticks every box in our books.
It’s simple, it’s easy, and compared to some of the other heavier sandwiches on this list, it is a healthy option too.
Parmesan cheese, pesto, mayo, tomato, spinach, and chicken fill out between two whole wheat slices for a filling lunch to see you through the afternoon slump.
Get a little sentimental every time you pass by a McDonald’s? You’re not alone. What would our childhoods be without a cheeky Happy Meal and/ or a McDonald’s breakfast to get excited about?
Sure, it may not be the healthiest option, but, in moderation, stopping by the Golden Arches was, is, and always will be – something to sing about.
This homemade sausage and egg muffin do a very good imitation of the real thing.
It takes inspiration from the classic McMuffin and gives it a gourmet makeover. A naughty weekend treat that you don’t have to leave the house for!
Albeit it was German-inspired, the Reuben sandwich has already got a run in this best sandwich list, this much we know.
It is, nonetheless, getting featured again, and this time as a slider. These delicious bite-sized burgers are made for match day.
Imagine, your entire family will be happily fed minus the sky-high pile of dishes to do after the game. Sounds too good to be true, right?
Well, it’s not, this dream could be all yours with the help of this Reuben sandwich slider recipe.
You can’t tell me you’ve never thought about shoving your leftover spaghetti into a grilled sandwich? Maybe some of you have already tried it? If you haven’t, you really should, because it is delicious.
Doubling down on carbs may not be the best idea if you are dieting. When cheat day comes around this garlic bread spaghetti sandwich will be there for you.
Going in the opposite direction of the carb-heavy spaghetti recipe, this veggie and hummus recipe is a healthy sandwich by anyone’s standards.
Kept purposefully fresh, the sandwich leans on vibrant ingredients like cucumber, banana pepper, red pepper, tomato, feta, and kalamata olives to bring a zesty crunch to every bite.
The best part about it? With so many ingredients to its name, the sandwich is as filling as it is flavor-filled
Talk about being served a big sloppy bun of nostalgia? Sloppy joes (see also ‘16 Best Side Dishes To Serve With Sloppy Joes‘) hold a near and dear place in the hearts of Americans everywhere, and this recipe brings us back to it.
It’s a cool recipe because it leads you through the process of making your sloppy sauce, from scratch, in under two minutes flat.
Sauce, beef, and bun are the three key ingredients to a sloppy joe and you just know that your family will get down and dirty to a stack of these homemade sloppies.
Pork that is slow cooked in root beer and pulled into a gooey mess of perfection is the star of this show.
With a total prep time of one minute (the time it takes you to put pork and beer in the slow cooker), recipes don’t come any easier than this one.
Sure, it may take eight hours to be reduced into tender submission, but that’s the slow cooker working, not you!
27. Caprese Sandwich
This recipe has taken the ingredients of the iconic Caprese salad and elegantly displayed them in a long and crusty roll.
Fresh basil, tomatoes, mozzarella, and rocket are the four pillars of a Caprese and this recipe doesn’t alter traditions, only honors them.
Let’s face it, the fabled grilled cheese sandwich was always going to get a vegan makeover. Luckily, this sweet potato recipe does a mighty fine job of it.
Alongside some roasted sweet potato, the sandwich features coconut oil, vegan mayo, red onion, balsamic reduction, shredded vegan cheddar, and a handful of greens.
Purists may scoff at the idea of vegan grilled cheese, but one thing is for certain, they haven’t tried it yet!
29. Meatball Sub
The meatball sub is an Italian-American institution that has been pleasing the masses long before Subway got a hold of it.
Homemade meatballs are always the best meatballs and this recipe includes a simple and hearty method for that.
Italian seasoning, gooey melted cheese, and saucy meatballs get cozy together inside an Italian-style long roll and, Mumma-mia, the rest is history.
Potato in a sandwich sounds a little crazy at first but the more it sits with you, the better it sounds.
It all starts to make sense when you see that the potato has been spiced, herbed, cozied with cheese, and grilled.
One tip is to mash the potatoes a little before they go to their final grilling place. This will help the cheese to ooze in, on, and all around them.
We like the fact that this ice cream sandwich recipe is “semi-homemade”, because, at the end of the day, who has time to make their own ice cream?
Find your favorite ice cream flavor, source some chocolate wafers, and remember to crush up some nuts for toppings. There isn’t anything else to this recipe that will have the kids and big kids at heart jumping for joy.
It wouldn’t be right to end a list of the best sandwich recipes of all time without giving the BLT a showing. This BLT recipe can also be described as perfect.
There are little tip and tricks in this that must be followed meticulously if you want to sample said perfection. Give the recipe the time and energy it deserves and you will never look at the BLT in the same way again.
We are going to put our hands up and say, once and for all, that we are suckers for sliders. Mac & cheese atop shredded barbeque pork is the answer to your sandwich prayers.
Honey, mustard, and jalapeno are in cahoots to elevate these quick-fire sliders from standard to genius status.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Most Eaten Sandwich In America?
The votes are in and it is none other than the grilled cheese that takes top honors for America’s favorite sandwich.
Thinking about it, grilled cheese has been a big part of American culture for a very long time – seeing kids through their afternoon hunger pains for over 100 years. So, it makes perfect sense why it was voted the number one sandwich in the country.
Why Is It Called A Sandwich?
We’re guessing that you are partial to the munching down of a sandwich? But, have you ever stopped mid-sandwich to question where it all came from?
The story dates back to the 18th century when an English aristocrat by the name of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, ordered his valet to bring him meat “sandwiched” between two chunks of bread.
Though this first example would have been primitive by today’s sandwich standards, its convenience caught on quickly. The rest, well that’s sandwich history.
So there you have it. 32 sandwich recipes that are as eclectic as they are delicious.
Whether you are someone who likes to stick to the classics or you enjoy chomping down new ground, we hope you found a recipe in this article worthy of your next meal.