There’s nothing like biting into a perfect sandwich when you’re hungry. Crispy bread, smeared with mayo, mustard, or cheese spread, sliced meat and cheese, and fresh veggies, the best sandwich recipes are delicious and nutritious.
After making sandwiches for two decades since I first learned how to cook from my mom and dad, I’m sharing my best sandwich ideas for you and your family. Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, you can make most of these recipes in less than 15 minutes.
The Best Recipes
Continue reading this blog post or click on one of the links below to scroll straight down to one of my 17 ideas for the best sandwich recipes:
- Smoked ham special
- Black Forest croissant
- Beef steak ciabatta
- Jambon-beurre sandwich
- Caprese sandwich
- Currywurst hot dog
- Buttermilk fried chicken sandwich
- Kalamata tapenade and prosciutto bruschetta
- Grilled cheese and sweet corn sandwich
- Grilled ham and cheese classic
- Club sandwich
- Smoked salmon bagel
- Double-cheese chicken sliders
- Chicken arugula sandwich
- Egg-fried bread
- Pastrami cold deli sandwich
- Classic grilled cheese sandwich
1. Smoked Ham Special
Choose a good whole-wheat bread. Smear mayonnaise on the bottom slice. Build your sandwich with smoked ham, a couple of tomato slices, and salad lettuce. Serve and enjoy.
2. Black Forest Croissant
Slice a croissant from your local baker in two. Spread Dijon mustard on the inside of each slice. Add iceberg lettuce, brie cheese, and Black Forest ham between the slices.
Black Forest ham is a German ham, known as Schwarzwälder Schinken. It’s made from dry-cured and smoked pork. It’s produced in the Black Forest region of Germany, which it’s named after.
To make Black Forest ham, raw ham is salted and seasoned with garlic, coriander, pepper, and juniper berries. The ham is cured for 2 weeks, after which it’s removed from the brine and aged for another 2 weeks. It’s then cold-smoked using sawdust and fir for several weeks. It’s then air-cured for at least 2 weeks before it’s packaged and sold.
3. Beef Steak Ciabatta
Start with an unsliced loaf of ciabatta from your local baker. Cut the ciabatta loaf lengthwise and spread Dijon mustard on the inner sides.
Build your sandwich with thin-cut beef steak, a slice of Emmental cheese, rocket, and pickled peppers (or Jalapeño if you want to add heat to it).
Emmental is a yellow medium-hard Swiss cheese made from cow’s milk. It originated in the area around Emmental in Switzerland, from where the name comes from.
4. French Jambon-Beurre
Jambon-beurre is a super simple, really delicious, and very popular sandwich they make in France. If you speak French, the name is very self-descriptive. “Jambon” is the French word for ham and “beurre” for butter.
Before making this sandwich, I like to put the baguette on the grill pan for a couple of minutes. Then I slice a French baguette open, spread it with unsalted butter, and fill it with slices of ham.
To know more about this amazing sandwich and get the complete recipe that you and your family are going to love, check out my blog post titled Jambon-beurre Sandwich Recipe.
5. Caprese Sandwich
This sandwich is inspired by the Italian Caprese salad.
The Caprese salad dates back to post-World War I Italy. A patriotic mason wanted to make a dish that incorporated the three colors of the Italian flag (green, white, and red) as a tribute to his home country. The Caprese salad allegedly came to be and quickly spread throughout the nation.
Grab a loaf of freshly baked Italian bread from the local deli. Cut it in half lengthwise and build your sandwich with tomato slices, fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, and green pesto. Before serving, I like to sprinkle with some extra-virgin olive oil.
6. Currywurst Hot Dog
You’re going to dream about this German hot dog. For this recipe, you’ll need to go to the supermarket and buy German pork sausage (Currywurst) and red cabbage (Rotkraut).
Brown the sausage on a grill pan over medium-high heat. Cook until it’s nice and charred on all sides. Cut a long and thick bread roll open and transfer the sausage to it. Top with pickled cucumbers and red cabbage.
Add yellow mustard and mayo to taste (skip the ketchup; there’s enough sweetness on your dog from the red cabbage).
7. Buttermilk Fried Chicken In a Bun
Put fast food sandwiches to shame with this homemade buttermilk fried chicken in a bun. Buy chicken breasts, all-purpose flour, and buttermilk from the grocery store for this recipe.
How to Make Buttermilk Fried Chicken
- Preheat canola oil to 360°F (180°C) in a deep fryer or cast iron skillet.
- In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well and set aside.
- In another large bowl, pour enough buttermilk to be able to immerse the chicken breasts in.
- Get your dredging station ready. Make sure you have the flour, buttermilk, and chicken close to one another on the kitchen countertop.
- Take a chicken breast. Dust it in the flour mixture, dip it in buttermilk, then put them in the flour again. Repeat for all the chicken breasts.
- Place each chicken breast in the hot cooking oil. Cook for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
- Remove the chicken from the oil and let it rest on a paper towel for 2-3 minutes. Pat dry to soak up any excess oil.
Build a Fried Chicken Sandwich
Cut a white burger bun open. Add lettuce, tomato slices, a piece of buttermilk fried chicken, and some mayo. Serve when still warm.
8. Kalamata Tapenade and Prosciutto Bruschetta
Cut a whole-wheat baguette into bruschetta slices. Smear with Kalamata olive tapenade and add Prosciutto on top.
Kalamata olives are Greek large, dark, and purple-black olives that have a smooth and meaty texture. They taste every bit as good as they look.
Kalamata olives are usually packed in olive oil or wine vinegar, giving them a distinctive aroma and taste that no other olives have. Kalamata olive tapenade is great for smearing on top of bruschetta.
Prosciutto is an Italian dry-cured ham. It’s usually sliced thin and served uncooked, a style called “Prosciutto crudo” or simply “crudo” in Italian. The ham is cleaned, salted, and left for 2 months.
Next, it’s washed to remove the salt and hung in a dark and well-ventilated drying room. The ham is left until dry, a process that can take up to 18 months.
9. Grilled Cheese & Sweet Corn Sandwich
Kids absolutely love this sandwich. To make it, cut two pieces of sliced bread diagonally into triangles.
Spread butter on the insides and add Mild Cheddar cheese and canned sweet corn. Sprinkle cayenne pepper or chili flakes on top, then put in the sandwich maker until it grills the bread to golden brown. If you and your family are true carnivores, you can also add ham to the recipe.
10. Grilled Ham and Cheese Classic
Put slices of smoked ham and Gouda cheese between two pieces of crusty bread. Cook in the sandwich maker or on a grill pan until the bread is toasted to golden brown and the cheese is neatly melted.
Gouda is a yellow mild-flavored cow’s milk cheese originating from the Netherlands. Today, it’s one of the most popular cheeses in the world and you can buy it in pretty much any grocery store.
11. Club Sandwich
The Club Sandwich is one of the most iconic sandwiches. The Club Sandwich originated at the Union Club of New York. The earliest known reference to the recipe was in The Evening World in an article called, “Have You Tried the Union Club Sandwich Yet?”
When I was a kid, Club Sandwich was one of my favorite things to order at a restaurant. Poultry, bacon, eggs, and veggies between three layers of toasted bread the Club Sandwich is delicious and filling.
How to Make Club Sandwich
- Cut sliced bread diagonally into triangles.
- Spread mayo on toasted sliced bread. Add lettuce, sliced tomato, pan-seared chicken breast, and smoked bacon.
- To build the second layer of the Club Sandwich, spread mayo again and add lettuce, sliced tomato, and fried egg.
- Top with the final slice of bread and pierce with a toothpick to help keep the sandwich intact.
Serve with crispy French fries. Optionally, you can serve with a bowl of mayonnaise as a dip for the fries. You can also substitute the chicken breast for turkey.
Make Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts
You’re going to need boneless chicken breasts, extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and unsalted butter. Here’s the recipe:
- Season the chicken breasts generously on both sides with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Add olive oil to a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. Once you’ve preheated the skillet, add the chicken breasts and leave them to cook on the side for 5 minutes.
- Set a timer on your phone. When the time has passed, flip on the other side and leave to sear for 5 minutes again.
- Add a generous block of butter to the skillet and cook each side of the chicken breasts for 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
Take out of the pan and leave to cool for about 5 minutes.
12. Smoked Salmon Bagel
There’s something about a smoked salmon bagel that can’t be put into words… you have to try it out and see for yourself.
Slice sesame seed bagels in halves. Smear with cream cheese. I like to use Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese. Add slices of smoked salmon, garnish with chives, and serve.
If you live in New York, you can substitute smoked salmon for lox, an American-Jewish staple.
Are smoked salmon and lox the same? Lox is salmon cured in salt-sugar rub or brine. It came about as a way to preserve salmon during transport in the pre-refrigeration days. Smoked salmon is cured or brined, but also smoked afterwards. This gives it its distinct smokey taste and flavor.
13. Double-Cheese Chicken Sliders
To make these chicken sliders, you’re going to need baby brioche buns, ground chicken meat, tomato, mayo, and dry mozzarella cheese.
Make Ground Chicken Burgers
In a large bowl, add ground chicken meat, sea salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, minced garlic, and breadcrumbs. Mix the ingredients together and form small burger patties.
Use your thumb and create a small indentation on the center of each burger patty before putting it on the grill. They will puff back up when you put them on the heat and this trick will help you cook them evenly.
Cook the chicken burgers in a skillet preheated to medium-high (about 400°F or 200°C) and brushed with a little extra-virgin olive oil. You can use a grill pan or a cast iron skillet. Cook until the meat is nice and tender, reaching an internal temperature of about 165°F or 75°C.
Make Chicken Sliders
Slice the baby brioche buns in halves. Put them on the same pan you used to grill the chicken burgers, again on medium-high heat. Leave them on for 2-3 minutes to add some burn and color to the bun.
Spread mayo on each inner side of the buns. Build your burger by adding a slice of dried mozzarella, a slice of tomato, the chicken burger, and a slice of mozzarella again.
14. Chicken and Arugula Sandwich
Make this tasty and healthy chicken sandwich at home, and I guarantee you it’s going to become a family favorite.
Cook pan-seared chicken breasts and, before building the sandwich, leave them to cool for 5-10 minutes. Once the time has passed, slice the chicken breasts into small chunks.
Go to your local baker and buy a loaf of freshly baked ciabatta bread. Cut the bread open and brush each side with extra-virgin olive oil. Build the sandwich with chicken breasts, basil pesto, and arugula.
15. Egg Fried Bread
Egg fried bread can become a basis for salty and sweet sandwiches.
Add extra-virgin olive oil and unsalted butter to a cast iron skillet. Preheat to medium-high.
Beat free-range eggs with a whisk in a large bowl. Add sliced bread and soak well in the egg mixture on each side.
Fry the bread until golden brown on each side, then serve. Complement with ingredients that will help your family build do-it-yourself-sandwiches.
I like to add maple syrup, marmalade, and fruit for sweet sandwiches. Or cured meat (like ham and salami) and cheese slices (like Gouda and Emmental) for salty sandwiches.
16. Pastrami Cold Deli Sandwich
Head to the neighbourhood deli and buy some Pastrami.
Very popular in American and particularly New York, pastrami is raw beef brisket that’s brined, dried, seasoned with herbs and spices, then smoked and steamed. It’s soft, chewy, and has an unrivaled deep and rich taste.
A staple of American-Jewish cuisine, Pastrami also goes great on a sandwich. You’re going to need sliced bread, Pastrami, sauerkraut, pickles, and whole-grain mustard.
Before building your sandwich, grill the bread on a pan or in the oven. Smear with mustard and add sauerkraut, pastrami, sliced pickles. Top with some mustard and serve.
17. Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich
What’s the best bread for a grilled cheese sandwich? The best bread for a grilled cheese sandwich is white bread or sourdough bread. If you like the taste of whole-wheat bread or rye bread, they will also do great.
For this recipe, I’m going to use American cheese. Any melty cheese will do, though, from Gouda and Emmental to aged Cheddar.
Preheat a cast iron skillet over low heat. When you use low heat to make a grilled cheese sandwich, you’re giving the bread the time it needs to get that golden-brown color.
Spread mayo on the inner sides of each slice and add the cheese slices on top. Season with black pepper or white pepper.
Grill for about 5 minutes until golden brown. Flip and grill on the other side.
Serve the grilled cheese sandwich while it’s still warm.