These irresistible sandwich recipes are the best way to make non-boring meals! Jazz up your lunch or dinner with a tasty sammie.
Looking for meal-time inspiration? Look no further than The Sandwich. Contrary to what you might think, the sandwich is anything but boring. It’s endlessly customizable: it works for breakfast, lunch or dinner and lots of different diet choices. And here’s the thing: a sandwich done right can be one of the most delicious meals on the planet.
Here are all the best non-boring sandwich recipes to jazz up your mealtime! These tasty ideas work for either lunch or dinner and feature a variety of fillings from tuna salad to vegan BBQ. Even better? Each concept is drop dead delicious (promise). Tell us which you try in the comments below!
Want the best sandwich recipes? Enter: the perfect Egg Salad Sandwich! It’s the best kind of basic. This is a sandwich you can sink your teeth into, that tastes like an elevated version of what you’re used to. It’s fresh and healthy, not the mayo-laden kind you can find at the store. It’s stuffed with fresh herbs, to give you a beautiful pop of flavor. You’re going to want to try this: stat.
One taste of this tuna salad sandwich recipe, and it will become your go-to. Yes, tuna salad is something you can wing with the ingredients you have on hand. BUT! If you’re looking for the best tuna salad sandwich on the internet, you’ve come to the right place. It’s perfectly creamy, bright and tangy, with just the right crunch from the vegetables. Make your sandwich dreams come true with this recipe! We can’t stop making it. (Truth.)
This sandwich is so irresistible, with one bite it will become part of your kitchen repertoire. Meet this Italian eggplant sandwich recipe! Inspired by a little sandwich shop from a trip to Italy, this mighty sandwich has all the best Mediterranean flavors. Tender grilled or roasted eggplant, creamy fresh mozzarella, basil pesto, and a unique flavor maker: olive spread. Place it all on foccacia bread, and it’s the stuff dreams are made of:
The falafel sandwich is the sandwich to top all sandwich recipes. The crunch of the fried chickpea fritters, the soft herby interior, and the sauces that dribble down your chin….it’s our ultimate meal. It features crunchy fritters, ultra soft flatbread, crunchy veggies and creamy, garlicky sauces. Here’s how to make it at home!
How to make the best egg sandwich? You’ve come to the right place. We are cookbook authors and professional recipe writers, and we love “foodie” fare. At the same time, we both agree: there’s really nothing better than a great fried egg sandwich recipe! This one is our ultimate: gooey, messy, requiring lots of napkins, and slathered with smoky mayo. It’s the best easy breakfast, quick lunch, or fast dinner around.
There’s something about tangy Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and rye bread that’s the absolute most delicious combination. Enter: the Reuben sandwich recipe! This one is vegetarian: it swaps out the meat altogether for a terribly cozy, comforting grilled cheese version of this classic.
Here's a sandwich recipe that's a plant-based version of the lunch standard. Instead of chicken salad...it's chickpea salad! This one has become a fan favorite, featuring a flavor-popping filling that's creamy and savory. Spread the bread with hummus before serving to add even more flavor!
Here’s an easy sandwich recipe that hits the spot: the Avocado Club! Contrary to what you might think, simply slapping an avocado on a sandwich is not as delicious as it sounds. But this Avocado Club: it's full of umami flavor and so satisfying that it will surprise you. The combination of smoky, rich, hearty, crunchy and savory is so irresistible…you’ll want to eat it all over again once it’s gone.
Here's a comfort food sandwich recipe at its finest: a gooey, tangy BBQ sandwich! Jackfruit stands in as pulled pork, and it's so good you might even fool some meat eaters! You'll make a homemade BBQ sauce with a splash of bourbon, then add the jackfruit and simmer until it's tender and looks just like pulled pork.
Here’s a genius idea for busy days or even a lightening fast weeknight dinner. This Ultimate Hummus Sandwich recipe! That’s right: hummus on a sandwich. It works as a sandwich spread that’s full of plant-based protein to keep you full for hours. Throw it on bread with all your favorite crunchy veggies and it’s a lunch or snack that couldn’t be easier to whip up.
Who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese sandwich recipe? Here’s one with a glamorous twist: the avocado grilled cheese. Simply adding an avocado and tomato to a standard grilled cheese makes it fit for serving to company! Although it’s a simple dish, grilled cheese can be gussied up as much or as little as you like. Serve this avocado grilled cheese with tomato alongside a bowl of homemade tomato soup or a green salad, and you’ve got instant dinner.
Banh mi is a Vietnamese sandwich served on a baguette, with a usually meat filling and pickled vegetables on top. This vegan spin is filled with ginger lime hummus, quick pickled red onion, cabbage and cucumber, and of course jalapeño peppers and cilantro! In just 20 minutes, you’ve got a vegan sandwich that’s bursting with flavor.
Ready for an insanely delicious sandwich recipe? This one tastes like a healthy version of a Big Mac! What makes this coleslaw & Swiss melt sandwich so savory and delicious? Well, start with our best coleslaw ever. Add a melty cheese on top of a salty pretzel bun. What puts it over the edge is our secret sauce: Russian dressing, the star ingredient in a Reuben sandwich.
Here’s a healthy sandwich recipe idea to spice up your routine: avocado tuna salad! This spin swaps out the classic mayonnaise for nutrient-rich avocado. The flavor is so fresh and delicious, you may give up the mayo version altogether. You might like this even better than classic tuna salad. It takes only a handful of ingredients and 10 minutes to put together.
Is it odd to count a tuna melt in your “best of” foods? It might sound basic or ordinary. But this tuna melt: this is the stuff dreams are made of. Yes, the humble tuna melt is one of our very favorite foods! Between crusty bread is sandwiched a creamy, gooey mess so perfectly seasoned that you won’t be able to stop taking bites.
More meal time inspiration?
Want more than these sandwich recipes? We’ve got lots more ideas for making healthy, easy meals on the regular:
In a bowl, stir together all ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. (Tastes best freshly made. You can also refrigerate for up to 3 to 5 days; after refrigerating taste and add a little salt and/or mustard to refresh the flavors.)
If desired, toast the bread. Place the egg salad on the bread and top with lettuce, red onion, and any other toppings desired.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.