16 Legendary Sandwich Recipes to Level up your Lunch

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Sandwiches are a lunchtime staple, but they don’t have to be boring! Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a gourmet experience, these 16 legendary sandwich recipes will take your lunch game to the next level. From classic deli favorites to inventive new creations, and ooey gooey grilled cheese variations, each recipe features bold flavors and satisfying textures. Perfect for a weekday meal or a weekend treat, these sandwiches are guaranteed to impress and level up your lunch.

Pizza Grilled Cheese

A toasted sandwich stuffed with melty cheese and pepperoni slices.
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Elevate your weekend lunch or snack with a Pizza Grilled Cheese, combining delicious pizza toppings with a crispy grilled cheese sandwich. This irresistible combination will have you craving more!

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GET THE RECIPE: PIZZA GRILLED CHEESE

Vegan Cucumber Sandwich

Hands holding a halved sandwich filled with cucumber and greens.
Image Credit: Erika Piper for The Veggie Yaya.

This straightforward classic checks all the sandwich boxes: freshness, crunch, and simplicity. Crisp cucumber slices seasoned with salt and pepper, layered on fluffy buttered bread, topped with peppery arugula.

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Vegetable Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Two stacked toasted sandwiches with cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
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Take the classic grilled cheese sandwich to the next level by stuffing it with fried onions and mushrooms, crispy lettuce, and juicy tomato. This delicious twist makes for an exceptional diner style breakfast or lunch.

GET THE RECIPE: VEGETABLE GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH

Spinach And Feta Grilled Cheese

A halved stacked toasted sandwich filled with cheese and spinach.
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Elevate your grilled cheese with this gourmet twist featuring fresh spinach and tangy feta cheese in a tribute to Greek spanakopita. This crispy, melty masterpiece is perfect for a quick lunch, or effortless dinner.

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Kings Hawaiian Ham And Cheese Sliders

A closeup of small buns topped with onions and filled with meat and greens.
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Why make 1 sandwich at a time when you can make 52? These King’s Hawaiian rolls are stuffed with thinly sliced deli ham and gooey Swiss cheese, smothered in a tangy double mustard and Vidalia onion sauce. Delish!

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Vegan Coronation Chicken Sandwich

A stacked halved sandwich with a yellow jackfruit filling.
Image Credit: Erika Piper for The Veggie Yaya.

This curry jackfruit sandwich filling features jackfruit seasoned with curry powder, cinnamon, mango chutney, raisins and chives, all layered between two sliced of buttered bread. It’s a unique yet comforting combination, perfect for taking care of your vegan friends.

GET THE RECIPE: VEGAN CORONATION CHICKEN SANDWICH

Cheese Croissant Sandwich

A croissant on a plate stuffed with lettuce, cheese, and pickled red onions.
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These air fried croissant sandwiches are crispy, cheesy, and effortlessly prepared. Flaky croissants become golden and crispy, while Havarti cheese melts into gooey goodness in just 4 minutes.

GET THE RECIPE: CHEESE CROISSANT SANDWICH

Steak Po Boy

Three sub buns on a baking tray, stuffed with meat and veggies.
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Indulge in this flavourful po’ boy steak sandwich, made with marinated and grilled steak, and a buttery hoagie bun, topped with a simple combination of mayo and crisp lettuce.

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Pumpernickel Sandwich

A halved stacked sandwich on dark brown pumpernickel bread filled with a white sauce and cucumber slices.
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Dark, subtly sweet pumpernickel bread slathered with a homemade garlic and dill cream cheese, topped with crisp cucumber slices. This simple yet tasty pairing makes for an ideal quick lunch.

GET THE RECIPE: PUMPERNICKEL SANDWICH

Grilled Cheese In An Air Fryer

A stacked halved toasted sandwich filled with melty white cheese.
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Whip up air-fryer grilled cheese sandwiches with sourdough bread and Havarti cheese in just 5 minutes! Perfect for a quick work-at-home lunch or a fast dinner on busy nights.

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Chickpea Avocado Sandwich

Two stacked sub buns filled with smashed chickpeas, spinach, and cucumber slices.
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Make your lunch more satisfying with this chickpea avocado salad sandwich spread. This creamy blend of smashed chickpeas, avocado, green onions, and fresh herbs pairs perfectly with your favourite bread or bun.

GET THE RECIPE: CHICKPEA AVOCADO SANDWICH

New York Club Sandwich

A sliced sandwich in a bowl with chips, filled with meat, cheese, tomato, and lettuce.
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Similar to the classic BLT sandwich, this New York club sandwich features an array of cheeses, deli chicken or turkey, bacon, crisp lettuce, juicy tomato, and mayonnaise.

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Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Closeup of a halved stacked toasted sandwich filed with melty cheese, tomato slices, and basil.
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Enjoy a classic grilled cheese sandwich with a twist. Stringy, melty mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, and fragrant basil leaves. It’s a fun and delicious take on a lunchtime staple.

GET THE RECIPE: CAPRESE GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH

Peanut Butter Cucumber Sandwich

A stacked halved sandwich filled with peanut butter and cucumber slices.
Image Credit: Erika Piper for The Veggie Yaya.

Once you try this combo, you’ll never look back! This simple but refreshing peanut butter and cucumber sandwich is incredibly easy to prepare and makes an ideal quick snack or lunch.

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Turkey Pesto Sandwich

A sandwich on focaccia with green pesto, turkey sliced, tomato sliced, and lettuce leaves.
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Whip up these incredibly easy turkey pesto sandwiches on fluffy focaccia bread. Layer on a creamy pesto mayo sauce, spicy cheese, crisp romaine lettuce, roasted turkey breast slices, and tomatoes for a delicious meal.

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Fried Oyster Mushroom Sandwich

Two sub buns filled with crispy fried mushrooms, pickled, tomato slices, lettuce, and a white sauce.
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Soft French bread topped with crispy fried oyster mushrooms, fresh lettuce, juicy pickles, and tomatoes. Topped off with a tangy, creamy remoulade-style sauce for a satisfying sandwich.

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