Sandwiches are a special thing — humble, easy to eat, and most importantly delicious. Whether it’s called a banh mi, a Rueben, or a po'boy, every cuisine and culture has its own version of this school lunchtime favorite. This simple food is always comforting and so versatile that it will never go out of style.
The beauty of a sandwich is that the options and flavor profiles are endless and only limited to your imagination. Although simplicity is usually a common theme, new and upscale combinations like fontina, mushrooms, and truffle deliver the same familiar satisfaction that eating a classic PB&J would. That’s because there’s nothing intimidating about a sandwich… everyone loves them. When you bite into a sandwich that has the perfect ratio of bread, fillings, and condiments, you experience a truly harmonious moment.
Because of the pure adoration this timeless food inspires, we have rounded up our favorite sandwich recipes that we just cannot get enough of, and many of them are a lot more exciting than the sandwiches you ate as a kid. From the classic club to fried soft-shell crab with harissa aioli and everything in between — in between two slices of bread, that is — these 30 sandwich recipes are better than mom used to make.
The club sandwich (like all great things in history) was supposedly created accidentally by a ravenous man in the late 1800s. Sure, the first sandwich may have been a crude amalgamation of bread and cold meats. But today, the club sandwich has evolved into the signature, staple dish at many diners.
Click here to see The Classic Club Sandwich recipe.
On the weekends, it’s time to kick back — and the best way to start off your relaxation is with a delicious breakfast sandwich. Make soft scrambled eggs with spinach and tomatoes and top with feta for a breakfast sandwich you’re going to want to make again and again.
Click here to see the Open-Faced Scrambled Egg Sandwich With Spinach and Feta recipe.
Banh mis are Vietnamese sandwiches that have become international sensations, but there are few vegetarian variations for this traditionally meat-centric sandwich. This recipe replaces meat with marinated tofu, while still including all the lovable fixin’s like pickled vegetables, thin slices of spicy jalapeño, and bright cilantro.
Click here to see the Tofu Banh Mi Sandwich recipe.
Impress your friends with this Southern-fried take on the BLT. Featuring homemade jalapeño cornbread, pimento cheese spread, classic fried green tomatoes, and plenty of bacon.
Click here to see the Fried Green Tomato BLT recipe.
The most important part of a familiar sandwich like this is to not think too hard about the ingredients. Supermarket bologna and some nice sourdough will shine in this perfect combo.
Click here to see the Fried Bologna Sandwich recipe.
This recipe was designed for when having company and is a great way to feed a crowd with ease. All the ingredients are easy on your wallet, also making this a budget friendly meal.
Click here to see the Mini Baked Ham Sandwiches recipe.
A healthier take on the classic Elvis sandwich, this protein-packed peanut butter and banana sandwich is easy to make, tasty, and healthy.
Click here to see the Healthy Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich recipe.
Tossed in a smoky barbecue sauce and topped with coleslaw, this pulled pork is a pretty remarkable version of the classic sandwich.
Click here to see the Pulled Pork Sandwich recipe.
Simplicity is key in this recipe. With only a few ingredients make sure to buy the best quality you can find. This sandwich is best on a French baguette, crusty on the outside with a soft interior.
Click here to see the Best Baguette Sandwich recipe.
Prosciutto, mushrooms, and truffled cheese make for an upscale version of your childhood favorite grilled cheese sandwiches. Enjoy this with a nice glass of white and you have an easy meal perfect for any weeknight.
Click here to see the Fontina, Mushroom, and Truffle Grilled Cheese Sandwiches recipe.
Crispiness, saltiness, and seafood are the defining ingredients for a summer sandwich that’s warm-weather appropriate, which is why we love fried oyster sandwiches.
Click here to see the Fried Oyster Sandwich With Cajun Cream Cheese recipe.
The simple combination of prosciutto and tomato is heavily underrated. This recipe understands that and gave our usual BLT a fancy, savory upgrade.
Click here to see the Prosciutto, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich recipe.
Soft-shell crabs are an East Coast delicacy only available during the warmer months. Their crispy texture and rich flavor match up well against the dynamic spices and heat of the harissa aioli.
Click here to see the Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich With Harissa Aioli recipe.
Want to take your avocado and egg sandwich to the next level? Add on some delicate, delicious lobster for a touch of decadence.
Click here to see the Lobster, Egg, and Avocado Breakfast Sandwich recipe.
This hot American sandwich is truly a classic recipe with corned beef, melted Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and creamy Russian or Thousand Island dressing all on fresh rye bread.
Click here to see the Reuben Sandwich recipe.
There is nothing more satisfying than a melt-in-your-mouth sandwich. This shredded beef French dip is savory and succulent after stewing in the slow cooker all day!
Click here to see the Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich recipe.
This is a quick and easy sandwich that gives a slight kick of heat. Have this one on hand when you want to impress your guests.
Click here to see the Cajun Shrimp Po'Boy recipe.
Philadelphia is known for its cheesesteaks, which is why Eagles fans can grab one whenever they head to Lincoln Financial Field for a game. This meaty sandwich is traditionally covered in yellow cheese for the ultimate experience.
This recipe brings together the key elements of a Jewish deli — all in a burger. Homemade Russian dressing and a unique pastrami burger make one of our favorite deli sandwiches.
Click here to see the Pastrami Burger recipe.
If you are craving the taste of Thanksgiving without the fuss, then this is the perfect recipe. Turkey, cranberry sauce, and cheese are a match made in heaven.
Click here to see the Turkey Tenderloin Cranberry Sandwich recipe.
Using liquid smoke eliminates the need for smoking and reduces the cooking time by almost half in this wonderful recipe.
Click here to see the Apple Butter Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches recipe.
A delicious, spicy take on a tuna salad sandwich with Thai flavors, this recipe is perfect lunch or even an easy weeknight dinner.
Click here to see the Smokin’ Fish Spicy Thai Style Tuna Salad Sandwich recipe.
A great way to serve this salad is on crusty baguette. This sandwich makes the best picnic meal, as you can make them in advance, wrap them up, and take them on the go with ease.
Click here to see the Mediterranean Tuna Salad recipe.
A fun take on the classic chicken salad, this recipe tastes incredible and is packed into a pita pocket for a mess-free solution to lunch.
Click here to see the Indian Chicken Salad Pockets recipe.
These meatball subs (or heroes/hoagies, whatever you grew up calling them) are a favorite comfort food. You don't have to make them into a sub if you don't want. Just eat them the Italian way, on their own, but maybe with a hunk of bread to dip in the sauce.
Click here to see the Meatball Sub recipe.
For some of us, there’s nothing like a fresh BLT sitting poolside during the summer. That is until we came across this recipe, swapping bacon out for one of its pork cousins: pork belly. Make the pork belly on a cold and rainy summer day and keep it in the fridge for your summertime picnics.
Click here to see the Pork Belly BLT recipe.
This elevated egg salad sandwich recipe is comfort food at its finest. A flakey croissant brings the whole dish together balancing out the salty bacon and peppery arugula.
Click here to see the Warm Egg Salad on Croissants With Country Bacon and Arugula recipe.
Whether you are planning a lazy day or are in the mood for a special treat, this delicious breakfast combination is perfection itself. The combination of sweet and salty is a match made in heaven.
These Mexican-style grilled steak sandwiches are a great weeknight or cookout party option. Flat iron is a super-flavorful cut from the shoulder; it’s quite lean, so cook it no further than medium-rare to ensure that it’s tender and juicy.
Click here to see the Grilled Flat Iron Tortas recipe.
Grilled hot sauce-marinated chicken breasts give these sandwiches a spicy kick. Topped with crunchy celery slaw and creamy blue cheese mayonnaise, these chicken sandwiches are perfect for a hot summer barbecue. For a complete spread, make sure to serve them with these 12 barbecue sides to wow your guests at your summer cookout.
Click here to see the Buffalo Grilled Chicken Sandwiches With Celery Slaw recipe.
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