When you want a quick and easy meal, there’s nothing better than sandwich recipes!
As we’re coming up to a year of on-again, off-again lockdowns, I’ve been finding myself dreading dinner time.
Do I have to cook again? I just made lunch!
The good news is, sandwiches are here to save us. Because what’s more satisfying than some soft, fresh bread filled with meats and cheeses?
Or a crunchy baguette or toasty grilled cheese?
Sandwiches are crazy versatile, plus, they’re just so easy to throw together.
So if you’re looking for some carb-errific recipes that go beyond just deli meat, this list of 30 satisfying sandwich recipes is for you.
1. Best Egg Salad Recipe
Egg salad is such a classic, and though you might not want to bring it on a plane or train anytime soon, you can’t deny that it’s creamy and delicious.
One tip I love is to mash your cooked yolks with the chopped egg whites.
It’s such a genius way to get that fantastic yolk flavor and silky smooth texture in every bite.
2. Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe
Grilled cheese is my go-to late-night snack, and I even have it for dinner when I’m not overly hungry.
When you have the right kind of bread and plenty of freshly grated cheese, it’s just the best!
I think people shy away from these sandwiches because they’re not willing to think outside the box… or the bread bin.
This other-worldly sandwich is sweet, decadent, and maybe not something to make every day.
But if you’re looking for a weekend treat, it should be at the top of your list.
4. The Best Ham Sandwich You’ll Ever Eat
Yes, that’s a bold claim, and no, some of you won’t agree. But this is a pretty spectacular sandwich.
Between the crusty French bread and the spicy pepper jam, I was sold.
Pair that with some salty ham and tangy goat’s cheese, and you’ll have a flavor combo that will knock your socks off.
5. Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich
I once worked in a small vegan cafe, and I was in awe of their use of chickpeas. Have you ever tried chickpea blondies? Get ready to be amazed!
But my favorite recipe was definitely the sandwiches. Chickpeas are super mild in flavor, so you can add so much great stuff to the mix.
When they’re mashed, you’ll get a similar texture to that of chicken salad.
6. Banh Mi Sandwich
Banh mi is a Vietnamese word meaning “bread,” and it typically refers to a crunchy baguette-style sandwich.
They’re a hugely popular street food that often contains pickled carrots, mayo, daikon, chiles, cucumber slices, and some protein.
This recipe uses tofu, but you can add in whatever you might have on hand.
7. Elvis Presley’s Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
I’ve talked about this sandwich before, and I know you wanted to try it then. Well, if there were ever a time, it’s now!
Elvis knew what he liked, and he liked some indulgent stuff.
Not only does this sandwich have peanut butter and banana, but its also has bacon and a drizzle of honey, too.
8. Leftover Meatloaf Sandwich Recipe
This sandwich is similar to a burger in so many ways, and I love that it uses sliced bread rather than a thick bun.
Meatloaf is extra flavorful, in my opinion, and makes for one delicious faux-burger.
Of course, you could use a burger bun for this, but a thick slice of sourdough would be even better.
9. Apple, Cheddar & Turkey Panini
Isn’t it funny that we’ll try out things like this if it’s on a menu but not at home?
They’re so easy to recreate, and the sweet and salty flavors will elevate your sandwich game in a snap.
I like to use a mandolin to ensure I get nice thin slices of apple, or you could even dice it up and mix it with the mustard into a chunky spread.
10. Danish Smørrebrød (Open Sandwiches) with Remoulade
Remoulade, or remy, is a sauce I make often, and I have it with everything. It’s chunky, salty, tangy, and I haven’t found anything it doesn’t make instantly better.
As for the sandwiches, you’ll need some rye bread, which is typically quite dense and dark in Scandinavia. But you can use anything you like.
11. Easy Tuna Melts
Confession: I’m not a big lover of tuna melts. I don’t know if it’s the smell or the mix of tuna and cheese, but it just doesn’t work for me.
However, I know they’re wildly popular, so I had to include them for tuna lovers!
Even I have to admit that these toasted English muffin-melts look pretty delicious. Maybe they’ll convert me!
12. Spaghetti Sandwich
I was skeptical here. Spaghetti in a sandwich? It’s still pretty wild, but I can’t lie; it’s pretty tasty.
I love spaghetti with meat sauce and lots of cheese, and I’ll often have a side of garlic bread, too. This is all of that in one convenient package!
13. McDonald’s Sausage and Egg McMuffin Recipe
When I’m making McMuffins, I like to make a big batch and freeze them for quick, delicious sandwiches on the go.
Bake your sausages or bacon on a sheet tray, assemble, and wrap. It’s so simple.
If you don’t have any steel rings to make your eggs circular, it’s not the end of the world. It tastes the same either way.
I’ve even made my eggs on a tray and sliced them into Wendy’s-style squares.
14. Grilled Potato Sandwich
This carb-lover’s dream is a no-brainer. Potatoes in a sandwich? I’ll take two!
I’m a massive fan of these spicy potatoes and make them all the time. Now, I don’t often have leftovers, but when I do, this is the best way to use them up.
Just mash them a little and throw in some cheese, and it makes such an unusual but tasty grilled sandwich.
15. How to Make the Perfect BLT
There are five essential elements to make the perfect BLT: bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and bread.
You can make it with just four, or maybe three of the five, but in my humble opinion, each ingredient serves a specific purpose, and it’s just not the same otherwise.
Thick-cut bacon is best since it holds up better for cooking. Although, I actually prefer to use back bacon like the Brits!
It has so much more meat and has a better texture.
As for the rest? Be sure to cut nice thick slices of tomato, don’t go overboard with the lettuce, and lightly toast your bread before smearing with a generous helping of real mayo.
16. Semi-Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
This might not be one to replace your dinner, but it’s absolutely one to make with the kids. Who doesn’t love an ice cream sandwich?
These don’t have to be neat and tidy, and you’ll spend a lot of time licking your fingers! And don’t be afraid to experiment.
Raspberry ice cream with white chocolate chunks, maybe? Or peanut butter swirl and crushed Oreos sounds good to me!
17. Meatball Sub
Tender meatballs on a garlic toasted loaf with lashings of marinara sauce is the stuff of dreams. Oh, and I forgot the cheese!
Hoagie rolls are the perfect bread for these, being soft and tender and crisping up on the edges as it toasts.
I like to spread mine with the garlic butter and toast with the cheese on the bread.
Another top tip to make things easier: cut your meatballs in half. It makes the sub so much easier to eat!
18. Homemade Sloppy Joes
Sloppy joes are so nostalgic. One bite will take you back to those summer camp days.
Serve them with fries, chips, pasta salad, or a few crunchy pickles for the perfect comforting meal.
Ideally, you’ll want a brioche roll for this since it’s softer, and the filling won’t seep out as you bite in.
Although, they are called sloppy joes, so don’t worry if you make a bit of a mess.
This is such a great mix to bulk out with veggies.
You can use anything from diced carrots and peppers to fresh tomatoes and squash, and the kids won’t even know it.
19. Veggie and Hummus Sandwich
This vibrant sandwich is so full of goodness; you won’t miss the meat.
Between the thick and juicy tomatoes, grated carrot, spinach, and cucumber slices, it’s is super filling.
I love to use hummus as a sandwich spread, letting it provide flavor and a bit of moisture to the mix. You can even keep it vegan by omitting the cheese.
Replace it with a sprinkling of nutritional yeast to add a cheesy, savory flavor.
20. The Ultimate Clubhouse Sandwich
For some reason, I just can’t resist a club sandwich. If it’s on the menu, you can almost guarantee I’ll order it.
I prefer mine with grilled chicken and avocado, but sliced ham or turkey is also a winner. The key to making a club sandwich, though, is in the bread.
As in, one, two, three slices! If you leave out the middle piece, your sandwich will lose its structure, and things will start to slide out.
21. Louisville’s Historic Brown Hotel’s Original “Hot Brown” Sandwich Recipe
If you’re looking specifically for a sandwich that’s filling enough for dinner, it’s this one.
This simple turkey and tomato club becomes something extra with the addition of a creamy mornay sauce that covers the sandwiches before the whole thing gets baked.
This dolled-up grilled ham and cheese is worth the extra few steps, I promise.
Like with the recipe above, you’ll need to make a creamy mornay sauce, which gets poured on top of the sandwich before being covered in cheese and grilled.
The sauce is so creamy and really elevates this simple sandwich.
23. Braaibroodjie (South African Grilled Cheese Sandwich)
Given my love for grilled cheese sandwiches, you won’t be surprised to hear I go looking for fun new ways to make this classic dish.
This one caught my eye because of the mango chutney.
Not only does this have sweet and spicy mango chutney, but it’s also loaded with caramelized onions, tomatoes, and plenty of cheese.
24. Mozzarella in Carrozza (Italian Fried Mozzarella Sandwich)
This was the first time I’d ever seen this recipe, and boy, am I glad I did. Are you a mozzarella stick lover? Then this one’s for you.
All you’ll need is to fill some white bread with slices of mozzarella and dredge it in egg and breadcrumbs, like how you would with chicken tenders.
Once it’s fried, the whole outer crust is golden and crunchy, with an ooey-gooey, cheesy center.
25. Best Falafel Sandwich
I guess these are more of a wrap than a sandwich, but I like to think they’re all in the same family.
Falafels are super tasty, but putting them into bread might be a little much. The lighter wraps are just what you’ll need to hold it all together.
If you’re not a huge fan of tahini, you can use mayo, or Greek Tzatziki Sauce is another excellent option to complement the falafel and salad.
26. BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with Avocado Slaw
If you’re suspicious of this wonder-fruit, I feel you. I was too! How on earth could it taste like pulled pork?
But, you guys, it does!
Jackfruit has such a meaty texture, and when it’s doused in BBQ sauce, I’ll bet you’d be able to fool the most avid meat eater.
27. Cuban Sandwich
If you’ve never had a Cuban sandwich, I suggest you hop on a flight to Miami asap!
It’s where I had my first and fell in love with the salty, pickle-loaded sandwich.
Between the ham and the pork, there’s no going vegan here. And if you’re not a pickle-lover, I suggest you move on to the next because they’re essential.
28. Vegan Cauliflower Sandwich
Cauliflower steaks are deceptively meaty and can be super filling when you’re not a meat-eater (or trying to cut back).
Top it with garlic greens and some vibrant romesco sauce for something truly decadent.
If you want something nut-free, I’ve made a similar romesco sauce but used breadcrumbs in place of the almonds.
You’ll get the same great, thick texture without worrying about nut allergies.
29. Apple Peanut Butter Sandwiches
These little fruit stacks are super cute, crisp, sweet, and so much healthier than a carb-filled baguette.
The beauty of these is you can indulge in some peanut butter, or even Nutella, without worrying too much about the waistline.
30. Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches
From one extreme to another, I know! But I just had to include this recipe.
Thick slices of toasted bread with real chocolate, sea salt, and just a touch of cinnamon? These are dangerous.
Go ahead and throw in some mini-marshmallows, too. Why not?
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