The 10 Best Sandwich Recipes to Liven up Your Lunch

Cyd Converse

Nothing against a simple sandwich, but the best sandwich recipes (in my opinion) are the ones that pack a little extra punch.

Maybe it's by adding roasted vegetables or toasting the bread or slathering on a homemade dressing, but I am here for a slightly fancy sandwich.

At the same time, a sandwich can't become a lot of work. A sandwich is a beloved lunch mainstay for a reason - it's as easy as it is tasty!

My default lunch lately has looked a lot like tossing greens into a bowl with whatever leftover grains and veggies I have in the fridge.

Being able to quickly make lunch on the go is for sure one of the perks of working from home, even if it is a bit uninspired.

The best thing about a sandwich is that they take just a couple minutes to make, but you can also pack them to go if you work from the office.

I'm going to go ahead and call it - these are the best sandwich recipes to liven up your stale lunch routine! If you're in a lunch rut then rut no more.

While a few involve slightly more prep than others, you can easily roast a batch of veggies or prep chicken over the weekend to enjoy all week long.


1. Broiled Eggplant Sandwich Recipe

This broiled eggplant sandwich is packed full of flavorful vegetables and smothered with a lemony avocado mash for a sandwich that may just surprise you. If raw onions aren't your thing, use pickled red onions instead for a sweet yet briny addition. To make it easy to whip up, prep the eggplant in advance or use leftovers from dinner!

2. Smoked Salmon BLT Recipe

A bright new twist on the classic BLT sandwich, this smoked salmon BLT boasts a fresh and tangy lemon herb mayonnaise. Everything is piled onto a crisp, toasted English muffin then piled high with smoked salmon, bacon, tomato and arugula in lieu of the typical lettuce. Packing arguably more flavor than the original, this is the BLT your stale lunch routine has been craving.

3. Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Recipe

I'm a fan of any kind of grilled cheese sandwich, if I'm honest, but this jalapeño popper grilled cheese takes things to a whole new level. It's savory, spicy, creamy and crunchy (yes, crunchy) with the addition of thinly sliced fresh jalapeños, cream cheese and corn flakes. I know, I know. It sounds a little wild, but this one is amazing. And, bonus points for being able to make it in the toaster oven!

4. Everything Avocado Turkey Bagel Sandwiches Recipe

Growing up I was always the kid who wanted a turkey sandwich with slices of tomato over ham or bologna or sometimes even PB&J. This everything avocado turkey bagel sandwich is like the turkey sandwich of my childhood only all grown up! Made on an everything bagel it's stacked with turkey, of course, plus roasted tomatoes and a chipotle cream cheese that you'll go crazy over.

5. Chicken Tikka Masala Sloppy Joes Recipe

We don't often think of making Sloppy Joes for lunch, but I'm here to change all of that. Make the chicken tikka masala filling at the beginning of the week and use it for sandwiches all week long! This unique twist on the classic Indian dish is seriously impressive. The chicken itself is richly flavorful, spicy and slightly creamy, making it perfect on a sandwich.

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