Classic Club Sandwich Recipe

Thick-cut bacon and fresh produce star in this classic sandwich.

Photographs: Maria Del Mar Sacasa

The classic club is a triple-decker sandwich made up of three slices toasted white bread, deli-sliced turkey or chicken, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and mayonnaise. The middle slice of bread has been decried, most famously by James Beard, however, if the club was to be robbed of that slice, where would the signature toothpicks be that hold it together?

Third slice arguments and toothpicks aside, the Club is built with minimalist ingredients, which means each one will stick out quite prominently. For best results use only fresh ingredients: crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, good-quality turkey or chicken, thick-cut bacon, and sturdy bread. This recipe shines a spotlight on each ingredient, for instance, seasoning the tomatoes and griddling mayonnaise-spread bakery bread slices until golden.

Texture in this layered sandwich is important as well, so stay away from limp greens, mushy tomatoes, and undercooked bacon. Mayonnaise is the single official condiment in the club, but I like to sneak in a little Dijon mustard. A Hellmann's fan myself, use whatever mayonnaise you like, and, should you have a few minutes to spare, make it from scratch.

Oh, and, always remember to cut your Club sandwich into four neat little triangles.

Recipe Facts



Active: 20 mins
Total: 20 mins
Makes: 2 sandwiches

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  • 6 slices (about 1/2-inch thick) white Pullman loaf
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (optional)
  • 4 large leaves greenleaf lettuce
  • 3 ounces thickly sliced deli turkey
  • 6 strips thick-cut bacon, cooked until crisp
  • 1 large beefsteak tomatoes (about 6 ounces), sliced
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Spread both sides of each bread slice with 4 tablespoons mayonnaise. Toast bread in 2 batches over medium heat, about 5 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking. Transfer to cooling rack.

  2. Spread 4 slices of bread with remaining mayonnaise and mustard. To build sandwiches, arrange 1 lettuce leaf on 1 piece of mayo-mustard-spread toast. Top with turkey, then toast, then lettuce, bacon, and tomatoes. Season tomatoes with salt and pepper. Top with remaining slices of bread and secure each with 4 toothpicks. Cut each sandwich in quarters. Serve.

Special equipment

Large skillet, wire cooling rack