Gallery: 25 Sandwich Recipes We Love

Muffuletta Shooter's-Style Sandwiches
Muffuletta Shooter's-Style Sandwiches

The classic New Orleans cold cut and olive salad sandwich gets pressed for a more intense, flavorful experience. It's a sandwich fit for a picnic (or let's be real: it's also a sandwich fit for your Sunday afternoon lie-about on the couch).

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Anchovy, Basil, and Tomato Sandwiches with Aioli
Anchovy, Basil, and Tomato Sandwiches with Aioli

Rustic Italian bread slathered with garlic aioli and layered with fresh basil, sliced tomatoes, and a sprinkling of capers all make for a great match with anchovy fillets—almost like a Provencal BLT of sorts with the salty anchovies subbing in for the bacon, and basil in place of the lettuce.

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[Photograph: Marvin Gapultos]

Make-Ahead Salami Sub with White Bean Spread and Kale-Slaw
Make-Ahead Salami Sub with White Bean Spread and Kale-Slaw

The key to a make-ahead sub is choosing toppings that won't wilt or dry out, and to choose a bread that won't quickly turn stale or soggy. This sandwich iteration of the classic beans 'n' greens pairing fits all the criteria, and takes less than 20 minutes to throw together.

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[Photograph: Suzanne Lehrer]

Grilled Merguez Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions, Manchego, and Harissa Mayonnaise
Grilled Merguez Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions, Manchego, and Harissa Mayonnaise

Grilled merguez on a toasted baguette with sweet caramelized onion, sharp Manchego cheese, fresh cilantro, and spicy harissa mayo makes for one insanely awesome sandwich.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Double Stacked Crab Cake Sandwiches with Avocado and Bacon
Double Stacked Crab Cake Sandwiches with Avocado and Bacon

Crab cakes are a welcome addition to any table. And while a jumbo lump crab cake is a wonderful treat, this version loosens up the mix; the thinner cake is perfect for a lighter, but no less impressive-looking, breakfast sandwich. Some added layers of avocado and crisp bacon balance the tender and meaty cakes with creaminess and crunch.

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[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Grilled Jalapeño-Marinated Steak Sandwiches With Charred Onions and Cotija Mayo
Grilled Jalapeño-Marinated Steak Sandwiches With Charred Onions and Cotija Mayo

Spicy and beefy jalapeño-marinated hanger steak is paired with salty cotija mayo, charred onions, and fresh cilantro, which come together in one incredibly flavorful sandwich.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Warm Beef and Cheddar Sandwiches With Horseradish Sauce
Warm Beef and Cheddar Sandwiches With Horseradish Sauce

This homemade play on Arby's Beef n' Cheddar sandwich—a roast beef sandwich blanketed in cheese sauce—is made with a full-flavored sharp Cheddar-cheese sauce and gets some extra oomph from a bracing, nose-clearing horseradish sauce.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

The Ultimate Lobster, Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, and Tomato Sandwiches
The Ultimate Lobster, Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, and Tomato Sandwiches

Awesome lobster, bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato sandwiches, made with bacon sheet, tomato filets, perfectly cooked lobster, homemade mayonnaise, and bread toasted in bacon fat.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled cheese sandwiches with nutty charred brussels sprouts and sweet, lightly caramelized onions.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Grilled Halloumi Pita Sandwiches
Grilled Halloumi Pita Sandwiches

Salty halloumi cheese browns beautifully on the grill and is perfect for making filling pita sandwiches with tomato, red onion, lettuce, and creamy tzatziki.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Crispy Fried Chickpea Cake and Slaw Sandwiches
Crispy Fried Chickpea Cake and Slaw Sandwiches

Hearty and crispy vegan chickpea patties flavored with cumin and coriander, topped with a bright tahini-based slaw.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Fried Chicken and Cole Slaw Sandwiches
Fried Chicken and Cole Slaw Sandwiches

Brined, fried chicken thighs in soft toasted buns with cole slaw. With its moist meat, crispy exterior, and fresh slaw accompaniment, this sandwich is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

The Steak Bomb With Flap Steak, Scallions, and Salami-Cheese Crisps
The Steak Bomb With Flap Steak, Scallions, and Salami-Cheese Crisps

Grilled flap steak, charred scallions, salami-cheese crisps, a rich pepper-and-onion sauce, all packed into a soft roll with salami baked into it. These sandwiches are the bomb. The reinvented Steak Bomb, to be exact.

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[Photograph: Aki Kamozawa]

Steak and Chimichurri Sandwiches
Steak and Chimichurri Sandwiches

Broiled skirt steak, bread, and chimichurri sauce is really all you need for this simple sandwich—you'll find yourself plunging the sandwich into the chimichurri before every bite.

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[Photograph: Marvin Gapultos]

Braised Oxtail and Gruyère Sandwiches
Braised Oxtail and Gruyère Sandwiches

A savory sandwich made with braised oxtail, pickled cherry peppers, and melted Gruyère cheese. Serve it with some good cornichon-style pickles and a glass of full-bodied red wine to wash it down. It's a sandwich that eats like a steak.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Game Day Roast Pork and Broccoli Rabe Sandwiches
Game Day Roast Pork and Broccoli Rabe Sandwiches

These little sandwiches are time consuming, but super-simple to make, with only about 30 minutes of actual work involved. The rest is all about waiting for the slow-cooked pork to fully tenderize. It's a long wait, but it's worth it.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Leftover Lamb Sandwiches With Tapenade Mayo, Watercress, and Caciocavallo Cheese
Leftover Lamb Sandwiches With Tapenade Mayo, Watercress, and Caciocavallo Cheese

These lamb sandwiches with caciocavallo cheese, watercress, and an olive-anchovy mayonnaise are a great way to use leftover lamb as a distinct and hearty meal.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Easy Oven-Baked Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Easy Oven-Baked Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Oven-roasted pulled pork is just about the easiest and most inexpensive way to feed a crowd of meat lovers. Treated with just a bit of patience and know how, it'll be as tender and flavorful as you'd ever want it.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Sautéed Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches With Pickled Vegetables, Cilantro, and Ginger-Chili Mayo
Sautéed Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches With Pickled Vegetables, Cilantro, and Ginger-Chili Mayo

Inspired by both the Cantonese dish of crabs sautéed with scallions and ginger, and Vietnamese banh mi, these oversized soft-shell crab sandwiches feature lightly toasted soft baguettes packed with three crisp sautéed soft-shell crabs each, along with ginger-chili mayo, quick-pickled carrots and cucumbers, fresh scallions, and cilantro.

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[Photograph: Daniel Gritzer]

Butter-Sautéed Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches With Tomato Salsa
Butter-Sautéed Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches With Tomato Salsa

The classic Maryland-style soft-shell crab sandwich usually comes on white sandwich bread with mayo, sliced tomato, and lettuce. In this variation inspired by the original, we add a delicious tomato salsa made from oven-dried tomatoes, olive oil, basil, and red wine vinegar.

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[Photograph: Daniel Gritzer]

Vegan
Vegan "B.L.A.T."s: Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado, and Crispy Smoked Mushroom Sandwiches

A 100% vegan sandwich made with smoked mushroom bacon, tomato, lettuce, and avocado. Hearty, varied in texture, and full of refreshing veggies!

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Avocado, Arugula, and Walnut Sandwiches
Avocado, Arugula, and Walnut Sandwiches

This simple sandwich consists of nothing more than avocado, arugula dressed in lemon juice and olive oil, chopped walnuts, and some salt and pepper sprinkled about, all intermingled between two pieces of wheat bread. While this sandwich may seem perfect for this particular time of year—healthy resolutions, and all—it's dang tasty and hefty, good enough to work into your regular year-round sandwich rotation.

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[Photograph: Marvin Gapultos]

Lamb and Orange-Herb Gremolata Sandwiches
Lamb and Orange-Herb Gremolata Sandwiches

In this recipe, the heady, rather pungent lamb is paired with a bright gremolata made up of finely grated orange zest, fresh oregano, thyme, rosemary, and a generous amount of garlic. What turns out to be a swanky sandwich also includes a kick of spicy mustard and slivers of nutty, sharp sheep's milk cheese.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwiches
Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

In these impressive sandwiches, brining ensures the breasts are moist, then a barbecue glaze gives them their sweet and spicy character. Sugar and chili-rubbed bacon is the icing on the cake, adding a bit of crispness and saltiness. Put these all together on a buttered and toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion, and you've got one stellar bird on a bun.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

The Best F&$king Grilled Chicken Sandwich Ever
The Best F&$king Grilled Chicken Sandwich Ever

Packed with crushed potato chips, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and two different sauces, this juicy, drippy, delicious grilled chicken sandwich is not only surprisingly quick and easy, it'll also rival any burger out there.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]