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 Details

Classic Club Sandwich Recipe

Active 20 mins
Total 20 mins
Serves 2 servings

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


  • 6 slices (about 1/2-inch thick) white Pullman loaf

  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon mustard (optional)

  • 4 large leaves green leaf lettuce

  • 3 ounces thickly sliced deli turkey

  • 6 strips thick-cut bacon, cooked until crisp

  • 1 large beefsteak tomato (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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
555 Calories
46g Fat
15g Carbs
21g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 555
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 46g 58%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 1602mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 19mg 93%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 612mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)