The 11 Best Sandwiches to Bring to Work

Don’t get stuck with a boring ham and cheese every day — try making these more interesting sandwiches instead

The 11 Best Sandwiches to Bring to Work

The 11 Best Sandwiches to Bring to Work


Sandwiches are universally enjoyed and undeniably the perfect food for lunch, but brown-baggers know better than anyone that the same ol’ ham and Swiss day after day can make you go crazy.

There is merit in bringing your own lunch to work: It’s more economical; you're able to make the most of a short lunch break; and you get to decide on the menu. Unfortunately, poor planning and time restraints can lead to sad desk lunches and boring sandwiches. 

This curated selection of sandwiches recipes are meant to be wrapped up, packed away, and taken on the go, and are therefore better eaten cold or at room temperature. Unfortunately, this means no ooey-gooey melted cheese or steamy hot cuts of meat (sorry to disappoint grilled cheese fans). Nevertheless, these sandwiches are perfectly tailored for a lunchbox, and when you show up with one of these bad boys, you’ll be the envy of the break room.

Avocado and Chicken Summer Sandwich

This sandwich features soft French bread, sweet basil pesto, grilled onions, tangy goat cheese, and bitter greens. It may be a good idea to write your name and the warning HANDS OFF” on the wrapper to deflect any jealous sticky hands.

Click here to find the recipe.

Baked Quinoa Falafel Pita With Tzatziki

You can bake a bunch of falafel in advance and freeze them for up to two or three months. When ready to make your sandwich, take a pita and load it up with room temperature falafel, cool creamy tzatziki, cucumbers, and tomatoes for an awesomely satisfying Mediterranean lunch
For the recipe, click here.

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Leftovers are never a bad thing — especially when you can use them to create a delicious second meal like this sandwich.  In this recipe, chicken salad is curried and served on deeply flavorful pumpernickel bread.

Click here to see the recipe. 

Pickled Fig Sandwich With Ricotta and Prosciutto

Pickled Fig Sandwich With Ricotta and Prosciutto

Jessica Chou

Full of flavor and luxurious textures, this great sandwich strikes a fine balance between salty and sweet. Pickled figs pair nicely with prosciutto and creamy ricotta, and when served on good bread, it’s simply divine.

For the Pickled Fig Sandwich With Ricotta and Prosciutto recipe, click here.

Prosciutto, Arugula, and Tomato Sandwich

This Italian-inspired riff on the BLT swaps bacon and romaine for prosciutto and arugula. Serve it on ciabatta for the full experience upgrade.

For the Prosciutto, Arugula, and Tomato Sandwich (PAT) recipe, click here

Roast Pork Vietnamese Sandwich (Bánh Mì)

A recent rise in the prevalence of the bánh mì on sandwich shop menus around the U.S. is nothing to be upset about. Believe the hype: These sandwiches are damn good. Juicy roast pork, sliced cucumber, and refreshingly tangy pickled carrots and daikon radishes (also known as “do chua”) are all marvelously layered on top of a fresh French baguette.

Get the Roast Pork Vietnamese Sandwich (Bánh Mì) recipe here.

Tandoori Chicken Wraps Recipe

Spicy tandoori chicken — South Asian chicken roasted in a marinade of yogurt and chiles — makes for an intriguing lunch that would blow any ham and Swiss out of the water. 

Click here to see the Tandoori Chicken Wraps recipe.

Turkey Aram Sandwiches

Turkey Aram Sandwiches

Jane Bruce

In this recipe, lavash — a tortilla-like Middle Eastern flatbread — is spread with cream cheese and layered with turkey, avocado, tomato, and butter lettuce.

Try making Turkey Aram Sandwiches with this recipe here.

Turkey Tenderloin Cranberry Sandwich

Turkey Tenderloin Cranberry Sandwich


Cranberries and turkey is a match made in food heaven. Made famous by Thanksgiving leftovers, it would be truly disappointing if this sandwich was relegated to only a once-a-year indulgence. Click here for the recipe.

Almond Butter and Marmalade Sandwich with Turkey Bacon

You can’t underestimate the deliciousness of a PB&J sandwich; sometimes nostalgia just hits the spot. With this recipe, the classic gets a serious upgrade with almond butter, fancy marmalade, and a thrilling addition of turkey bacon. For this recipe, click here.

Steak Sandwiches With Tomato-Avocado Salsa

If you happen to find yourself with leftover steak, you must make this sandwich. Few can dispute the tastiness of tomatoes and avocado, and the steak juices will seep into the bread, making this sandwich extra delicious. 

For this recipe for Steak Sandwiches With Tomato-Avocado Salsa, click here.