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 sandwich 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.

Casamento's Fried Oyster Loaf Sandwich
Casamento's Fried Oyster Loaf Sandwich
An oyster loaf served unadorned, the way Joe Casamento insisted it should be. Get the recipe for Casamento's Fried Oyster Loaf Sandwich »Denny Culbert
Classic Sausage and Pâté Banh Mi
Classic Sausage and Pâté Banh Mi
The pâté and cold-cut combo might be the best-known banh mi, but it's not your only option. Get the recipe for Classic Sausage and Pâté Banh Mi »Zachary Zavislak
Beet Smorrebrod
Beets, Shallots, Tarragon Smorrebrod, Copenhagen
Tarragon and yellow beets give this Danish open-face sandwich its unique flavor. Get the recipe for Beet Smorrebrod »Marcus Nilsson
Waffle Sandwiches with Cecina, Avocado, and Arugula
Waffle Sandwiches with Cecina, Avocado, and Arugula
Gooey cheese, salty cured meat, and avocado are pressed between crispy waffles at a modern café in Paris. Get the recipe for Waffle Sandwiches with Cecina, Avocado, and Arugula »Joann Pai
Roast Chicken Pan Bagnat with Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese
Roast Chicken Pan Bagnat with Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese
This hearty twist on the classic Provençal pressed sandwich pan bagnat combines black olive tapenade, goat cheese, roasted chicken, and thinly sliced vegetables. Make it at least two to three hours before you plan to serve it to really let the flavors marry. Get the recipe for Roast Chicken Pan Bagnat with Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese »Matt Taylor-Gross
Grilled Chicken and Avocado Banh Mi
Grilled Chicken and Avocado Banh Mi
A riot of colors and flavors, this banh mi pairs smoky grilled chicken with creamy, cooling avocado. Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken and Avocado Banh Mi »Zachary Zavislak
Smørrebrød of Eggs, Shrimp, and Dill
Smørrebrød of Eggs, Shrimp, and Dill
A classic Danish open-face rye sandwich recipe. Get the recipe for Smørrebrød of Eggs, Shrimp, and Dill »Marcus Nilsson
Canned Sardine, Tomato, and Caper Sandwiches
Canned Sardine, Tomato, and Caper Sandwiches
Cherry tomatoes are tossed with canned sardines here, along with fresh oregano, olives, capers, and a red wine vinaigrette. The whole thing is layered with thin slices of heirloom tomato between slabs of focaccia. Get the recipe for Canned Sardine, Tomato, and Caper Sandwiches »Kyle Johnson
Chinese BBQ Pork Banh Mi
Chinese BBQ Pork Banh Mi
Get the recipe for Chinese BBQ Pork Banh Mi »Zachary Zavislak
New Jersey Pork Roll Meatball Sub
Pork Roll Meatball Sandwich
Two great New Jersey tastes that taste great together: juicy meatballs fortified with New Jersey pork roll (a.k.a. Taylor ham). Get the recipe for New Jersey Pork Roll Meatball Sub »Matt Taylor-Gross
Salmon Gravlax, Apple, and Crispy Kale Smorrebrod
Smorrebrod, Copenhagen, Gravlax, Kale, Apples
Gravlax—cured, unsmoked salmon—meets crispy fruit and vegetable nubbins in this open-face sandwich. Get the recipe for Salmon Gravlax, Apple, and Crispy Kale Smorrebrod »Marcus Nilsson
Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich with Horseradish Cream
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
Open-Faced Rye, Poached Red Snapper, Pickled Radish, and Salsa Verde Sandwich
Open Faced Rye, Poached Red Snapper, Pickled Radish, and Salsa Verde Sandwich, Tasmania
For this open-faced sandwich at Betsey Cafe, chef David Moyle uses the fish bones to make a flavorful stock, which is then used for poaching the fillets. Get the recipe for Open-Faced Rye, Poached Red Snapper, Pickled Radish, and Salsa Verde Sandwich »James Fisher
Roman Braised Beef with Tomato and Onion (Picchiapò)
Braised beef sandwich
Beloved throughout modern trattorias and osterias in Rome, this simple, rustic dish of shredded beef braised in tomatoes and onions make a great stew and a fantastic sandwich filling. Get the recipe for Roman Braised Beef with Tomato and Onion (Picchiapò) »Matt Taylor-Gross
Calf's Liver, Caramelized Onion, and Tomato Sandwiches
Calf's Liver, Caramelized Onion, and Tomato Sandwiches
In this classic Roman sandwich, thin strips of calf's liver are seared, then mixed with sweet caramelized onions and tomatoes and piled on toasted ciabatta rolls. Get the ready for Calf's Liver, Caramelized Onion, and Tomato Sandwiches »Andrea Wyner
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
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
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 »Ingalls Photography
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. Get the recipe for 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
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
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
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
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
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
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