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The 50 Best Sandwiches We've Ever Made

From South African braaibroodjie to Turkish kumru, our best sandwich recipes showcase a world of innovation between two slices of bread

Great sandwiches don't happen by accident: You've got to balance moistness and crunch, weigh toppings and main components, choose bread that will make each element shine, and construct them so that every bite yields the ultimate satisfaction.

Sandwiches are a common-thread dish that unite cultures, peoples, and cuisines from all over the world. Take Cuba’s medianoche sandwich of roast pork, ham, and Swiss on a sweet egg loaf, or Lexington, North Carolina’s pulled pork sammie nestling tender pork shoulder in a tart tomato-based sauce.

The ultimate grab-and-go food, the sandwich is infinitely riffable: you’ve got your pork sandwiches, your beef sandwiches, your open-faced sandwiches, and your sandwiches for dipping in soup.

We’ve sliced our list of favorites down to the 50 essential sandwich recipes to try right now. Your lunch game will never be the same again.

Burrata and Marinated Cherry Tomato Sandwiches

Burrata and Marinated Cherry Tomato Sandwiches

Crusty bread sops up creamy burrata and juicy marinated tomatoes in this pleasantly messy sandwich. Get the recipe for Burrata and Marinated Cherry Tomato Sandwiches »

Michelle Heimerman

Porchetta Sandwiches with Marinated Onions and Salsa Verde

Porchetta Sandwiches with Marinated Onions and Salsa Verde

Fatty homemade porchetta is balanced out by a bright, briny salsa and soft marinated onions in this flavorful sandwich. Get the recipe for Porchetta Sandwiches with Marinated Onions and Salsa Verde »

Michelle Heimerman

Pecorino, Parsley, and Anchovy Sandwiches

Pecorino, Parsley, and Anchovy Sandwiches

This crusty sandwich only calls for a handful of ingredients—pecorino, parsley, and anchovy—but has big flavors. Get the recipe for Pecorino, Parsley, and Anchovy Sandwiches »

Michelle Heimerman

Classic Louisville Hot Brown Sandwich

Classic Louisville Hot Brown Sandwich

This open-faced sandwich was created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, by chef Fred K. Schmidt, who was looking for a unique midnight snack to serve to all the revelers dancing in the ballroom until the wee hours. The classic is slightly updated with the use of sweeter cherry tomatoes instead of large tomato wedges. Get the recipe for Classic Louisville Hot Brown Sandwich »

Matt Taylor-Gross

The Schimmel Reuben Sandwich

reuben

Pressing down on this sandwich with a spatula while it toasts in the pan is the key to achieving the outer crispness and well-melted cheese that you want in a Reuben. Pile the meat on generously but not more than an inch or two thick or else the interior won't get sufficiently warmed. Get the recipe for The Schimmel Reuben Sandwich »

Matt Taylor-Gross

Braaibroodjie (South African Grilled Cheese)

Braaibroodjie

"You won't find a more authentic braai dish than this," says butcher Andy Fenner, who feeds guests these cheesy sandwiches when they crack their first beers. Braaibroodjie translates to "barbecue bread," and this version stacks slices with cheddar, tomato, onions, and chutney before grilling. The chutney is key: Mrs. Ball's, an iconic brand in South Africa, is made from dried fruits and vinegar, but any sweet and sour chutney will do. Get the recipe for Braaibroodjie (South African Grilled Cheese) »

Crookes and Jackson

Raegan Steinberg, co-owner of Arthur's Nosh Bar in Montreal’s hip Saint-Henri neighborhood, calls her partner chef Alex Cohen an “everything and the kitchen sink kind of cook.” Called the McArthur Sandwich, this high-piled schnitzel-filled creation adapted from the restaurant is the perfect example of his genius. Pounded and breaded chicken is topped with sweet honey, salty dill pickles, and vinegar-y iceberg slaw, then served upon crispy challah toast. The secret to the crunchy yet hearty schnitzel breading: instant mashed potato flakes mixed into the breadcrumbs. Get the recipe for The Ultimate Fried Chicken Sandwich »

Turkish Grilled Cheese

Kumru

This specialty of Çesme, a small beach town in Turkey, is one of the world's great grilled cheese sandwiches, in which the cheese itself is grilled before getting slipped into toasted bread with raw tomato and optional (but highly recommended) toppings of griddled sausage and pickled cucumbers and chiles. Get the recipe for Turkish Grilled Cheese »

Matt Taylor-Gross

Salvadoran Turkey Sandwich (Panes con Pavo)

Salvadoran Turkey Sandwich (Panes con Pavo)

This gently spiced sandwich is a unique and tasty way to serve turkey. Pack some up to satisfy a crowd for a day of tailgating. Get the recipe for Salvadoran Turkey Sandwich (Panes con Pavo) »

Matt Taylor-Gross

Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches

FRIED MOZZARELLA SANDWICHES

These crisp mini-sandwiches are deep-fried and filled with molten cheese. Get the recipe for Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches »

Matt Taylor-Gross

Braised Brisket Burgers with Pimento Cheese

Braised Brisket Burgers with Pimento Cheese

Brisket is braised in stout, bourbon, and soy sauce in these spicy pimento cheese-topped sliders from Edward Lee, executive chef at 610 Magnolia in Louisville, KY. Get the recipe for Braised Brisket Burgers with Pimento Cheese »

Matt Taylor-Gross

Cuban Medianoche Sandwich

Stacked Medianoche sandwich with ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles

With roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles, it's almost identical to a Cuban sandwich, save for the bread, a sweet egg load that's similar to challah. Get the recipe for Cuban Medianoche Sandwich »

Farideh Sadeghin

Smoked Gouda and Apple Butter Sandwich

Smoked Gouda and Apple Butter Sandwich

This combination is autumn on a slice of bread: sourdough spread with rich apple butter, topped with slices of mild smoked gouda and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. Get the recipe for Smoked Gouda and Apple Butter Sandwich »

Helen Rosner

Trout "Reuben"

Reuben sandwich with trout

Chef Steven Brown uses pumpernickel rolls for this "punk rock sandwich with a $25 cleaning bill;" but you could use any roll you like. Get the recipe for Trout "Reuben" »

Ariana Lindquist

Softshell Crab Sandwich with Slaw

Softshell Crab Sandwich with Slaw

A crisp collard slaw and tangy tartar and cocktail sauces top pan-fried softshell crabs in this classic sandwich, which comes to us from Virginia native Patrick Evans-Hylton. Get the recipe for Softshell Crab Sandwich with Slaw »

Matt Taylor-Gross

Chivito (Uruguayan Cheesesteak) Sandwich

cheesesteak recipe, chivito sandwich

This is chef Ignacio Mattos' version of a hearty cheesesteak sandwich that is served in restaurants and cafés throughout Uruguay. Get the recipe for Chivito (Uruguayan Cheesesteak) Sandwich »

Matt Taylor-Gross

Pork Roll Breakfast Sandwich

Pork Roll Breakfast Sandwich

Make these hangover helpers with the processed meat pride of New Jersey: pork roll (a.k.a. Taylor ham). Get the recipe for Pork Roll Breakfast Sandwich »

Matt Taylor-Gross

Provençal Tuna Sandwich

Provençal Tuna Sandwich

Marinated artichokes and briny niçoise olives dot this Provençal-inspired tuna salad, paired with hard boiled eggs and roasted peppers for an easy, dressed-up sandwich. Get the recipe for Provençal Tuna Sandwich »

André Baranowski

Alabama-Style Chicken Sandwiches with White Sauce

Alabama-Style Chicken Sandwiches with White Sauce

These hickory-smoked chicken sandwiches are served with a tangy, mayonnaise-based white sauce. Get the recipe for Alabama-Style Chicken Sandwiches with White Sauce »

Todd Coleman

Pork Schnitzel Sandwich

Pork Schnitzel Sandwich

Capers and mustard cut through the richness in this satisfying pork sandwich. Get the recipe for Pork Schnitzel Sandwich »

Farideh Sadeghin

Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich with Horseradish Cream and Radicchio

Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich

This sandwich is Mile End Deli's Eli Sussman's fun take on the fried chicken classic; the horseradish cream offsets the bitterness of the radicchio and the richness of the schnitzel nicely. Get the recipe for Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich with Horseradish Cream and Radicchio »

Farideh Sadeghin

Bel-Air Club Sandwich

Bel-Air Club Sandwich

Slathered with herb aïoli and enriched with a pan-fried egg and Gruyère cheese, this turkey and ham club is a decadent version of the diner staple. Get the recipe for Bel-Air Club Sandwich »

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Roast Beef Sandwich with Walnut Romesco

Roast Beef Sandwich with Walnut Romesco

Walnut romesco brings out the beefiness in this sandwich. Get the recipe for Roast Beef Sandwich with Walnut Romesco »

Joseph De Leo

Pimento Cheese Sandwich with Homemade Pickles

Pimento Cheese Sandwich with Homemade Pickles

Adding sriracha to the chunky pimento cheese recipe in this sandwich ups the spice factor and helps to offset the creaminess of the cheddar. Get the recipe for Pimento Cheese Sandwich with Homemade Pickles »

Joseph De Leo

Fried Oyster Po'Boys with Kale and Tartar Sauce

Fried Oyster Po'Boys with Kale and Tartar Sauce

Crispy and crowd-pleasing, these sandwiches are a gateway preparation for oyster neophytes. Feel free to use pre-shucked oysters to save time. Get the recipe for Fried Oyster Po'Boys with Kale and Tartar Sauce »

Ted Cavanaugh

Tomato Sandwich

Tomato Sandwich

This simple sandwich is a good way to use ripe summer tomatoes. Get the recipe for Tomato Sandwich »

Farideh Sadeghin

Radish and Butter Sandwich

Radish and Butter Sandwich

It's très French to pair crisp, spicy radishes with softened, salted butter; a thin-sliced baguette is the perfect vehicle. Radish and Butter Sandwich

Helen Rosner

Ricotta and Honey Sandwich

Ricotta and Honey Sandwich

A dollop of ricotta on earthy-sweet oat bread is delicious; add a drizzle of sourwood honey and it's elevated to the exquisite. Get the recipe for Ricotta and Honey Sandwich »

Helen Rosner

Brazilian Roast Beef Sandwich (Bauru)

Brazilian Roast Beef Sandwich

Brazil's bauru is made by smothering roast beef with melted mozzarella and tomato. Get the recipe for Brazilian Roast Beef Sandwich (Bauru) »

Todd Coleman

Provençal Tuna Sandwich (Pan Bagnat)

Provençal Tuna Sandwich (Pan Bagnat)

This sandwich is effectively a salade niçoise on crusty bread. Get the recipe for Provençal Tuna Sandwich (Pan Bagnat) »

Todd Coleman

Grilled Lamb Burgers with Red Onion Aïoli

Grilled Lamb Burgers with Red Onion Aïoli

Grilled red onion aïoli, smashed avocado, and sunny-side-up eggs top these rich cumin-spiced lamb burgers. Get the recipe for Grilled Lamb Burgers with Red Onion Aïoli »

Mark Roper

Pork Belly Gyro

Pork Belly Gyro

By starting with a low cooking temperature and then switching to a high one, this pork belly with perfect texture. Get the recipe for Pork Belly Gyro »

Joseph De Leo

Mozzarella Cheese Dream Sandwich

Mozzarella Cheese Dream Sandwich

This grilled cheese includes Aleppo pepper, which adds a dimension of spiciness to balance the tangy sourdough bread and the creamy mozzarella. Get the recipe for Mozzarella Cheese Dream Sandwich »

Todd Coleman

The Dagwood

The Dagwood

This catchall for whatever ingredients you might have on hand was inspired by the towering sandwich that the character Dagwood in the syndicated comic strip "Blondie" liked to eat. Get the recipe for The Dagwood »

Todd Coleman

Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo

This beautiful monster is a double-decker of Swiss cheese, ham, and chicken or turkey, battered, fried, and dusted with confectioners' sugar, served with jelly on the side. Get the recipe for Monte Cristo »

Todd Coleman

Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich with Rajas Salsa

Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich with Rajas Salsa

Meaty sweet potatoes serve as the base for this vegetarian sandwich. Get the recipe for Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich with Rajas Salsa »

Joseph De Leo

Stir-Fried Vegetable Sandwich (Asaltado Vegetariano)

Stir-Fried Vegetable Sandwich (Asaltado Vegetariano)

The mayonnaise-based sauce in this hearty vegetable and cheese sandwich is flavored with ground fresh rocoto, a spicy South American chile. Get the recipe for Stir-Fried Vegetable Sandwich (Asaltado Vegetariano) »

Todd Coleman

Tuscan Tuna Sandwich

Tuscan Tuna Sandwich

Mixed with capers and sun-dried tomatoes, tuna salad pairs well with classic Italian ingredients in this Tuscan-inspired sandwich served on ciabatta with mozzarella and basil. Get the recipe for Tuscan Tuna Sandwich »

André Baranowski

Curried Tuna Sandwich

Curried Tuna Sandwich

Currants and chopped dried apricots bring sweetness to curried tuna salad, which we like to serve on folded naan. Get the recipe for Curried Tuna Sandwich »

André Baranowski

Lexington Pulled Pork

Lexington Pulled Pork

In Lexington, North Carolina, pork shoulder is chopped and served with a tart tomato-based sauce. Get the recipe for Lexington Pulled Pork »

Todd Coleman

Taco Truck Tuna Sandwich

Taco Truck Tuna Sandwich

The bright flavors of lime, cilantro, and jalapeño are puréed together and combined with canned tuna fish for a unique, taco-inspired wrap. Taco Truck Tuna Sandwich

André Baranowski

Lemon-Pepper Tuna Sandwich

Lemon-Pepper Tuna Sandwich

Peppery arugula and zesty red onion are an ideal garnish for this flavorful, light, lemon-pepper tuna salad. Get the recipe for Lemon-Pepper Tuna Sandwich

André Baranowski

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich

The chicken in this sandwich gets dredged once in buttermilk and twice in flour, which ensures a crisp coating. Get the recipe for Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich »

Joseph De Leo

Fennel-Orange Tuna Sandwich

Fennel-Orange Tuna Sandwich

Tuna salad gets a sophisticated makeover with crème fraîche and fennel brightened by both orange zest and juice. Get the recipe for Fennel-Orange Tuna Sandwich »

André Baranowski

Spiedies

Spiedies

These tangy pork kebabs are rubbed with dry herbs and basted with a vinegar wash. Get the recipe for Spiedies »

Todd Coleman

Salsa Fresca

Salsa Fresca

Use peak season tomatoes for this simple salsa, then spill it over everything from burgers to omelettes. Get the recipe for Salsa Fresca »

Helen Rosner

Lemon-Caper Tuna Sandwich

Lemon-Caper Tuna Sandwich

This briny, tangy sandwich benefits from sitting awhile after assembly. The oils from the tapenade will seep into the bread, making it moist but not soggy, and the sharp flavors of pickled fennel, capers, and olives will mellow pleasantly. Get the recipe for Lemon-Caper Tuna Sandwich »

Joseph De Leo

California Sandwich

California Sandwich

A version of a California classic, this sandwich is a healthy mix of vegetables, whole-grain bread, and Jack cheese, topped with ranch dressing. Get the recipe for California Sandwich »

Todd Coleman

Mexican Bean and Cheese Sandwiches (Molletes)

Mexican Bean and Cheese Sandwiches (Molletes)

The bolillo, a French-style crusty white bread roll from Mexico, is the traditional foundation of this comforting dish, but a kaiser or most any other sandwich roll will work well. Get the recipe for Mexican Bean and Cheese Sandwiches (Molletes) »

Todd Coleman

Peach-Braised Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Dijon-Peach Spread

Peach-Braised Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Dijon-Peach Spread

Canned peaches melt deliciously into the braise for the pork shoulder in these satisfying sandwiches. Get the recipe for Peach-Braised Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Dijon-Peach Spread »

James Roper