Our Best Easy, Fast, and Delicious Hot Sandwiches

Fried Fish Sandwich With Tartar Sauce and Hand-Cut Chips

The Spruce / Maxwell Cozzi

Even beginning cooks can whip up a simple and satisfying hot sandwich for a satisfying lunch, light supper, or savory breakfast or brunch. Many of our favorite recipes include an array of cheeses, meats, and even roasted vegetables for the non-carnivores among us.

When you make your own sandwiches, pay close attention to the bread, which is a crucial part of any sammie recipe. Choose bread that holds its shape and won't squish too much when you bite into it to avoid the dreaded filling slip. Fresh-baked bread tastes best, so spring for the good stuff. Try these easy recipes as written, or use them as inspiration to create your own custom 'wich.

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    Cubano Sandwich

    Traditional Cuban Panini

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    A Cubano sandwich is grilled, with roasted pork, ham, cheese, mustard and pickles nestled inside. The classic recipe calls for Cuban bread, but you can use French or Italian bread and get similar results. And if you don't have time to make roasted pork, don't worry—the ham will be enough to create a savory and filling sandwich.

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    Baked Grilled Cheese Pesto Sandwiches

    Panini with tomato, pesto and mozzarella
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    Got a crowd to feed? This easy oven method is the best way to make a big bunch of baked grilled cheese pesto sandwiches quickly and easily. This recipe calls for whole wheat, but you can use your favorite bread. 

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    Chicken and Apple Grilled Sandwiches

    Chicken apple sandwich


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    This classic chicken and apple grilled sandwiche is a nice alternative to plain old grilled cheese. The apple adds crunch and the chicken makes it filling enough for dinnertime. This recipe calls for canned chicken, but feel free to use shredded rotisserie chicken​ or leftover grilled chicken. This sandwich is perfect with a cup of soup on a cold fall evening.

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    Kentucky Hot Brown Turkey Sandwich

    Kentucky hot brown turkey sandwich recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    Created in 1926 at the Brown Hotel (hence the name) in Louisville, this open-faced Kentucky hot brown turkey sandwich comes layered with turkey, a cheese sauce, bacon, and tomato all browned up under the broiler. This is a great way to use up leftover turkey after the holidays! 

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    Fried Chicken Donut Sandwich

    Fried Chicken Donut Sandwich

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    Sweet and savory fans: Elevate your fried chicken sandwich by using a glazed donut as the bread and adding gooey American cheese, hot sauce, and your favorite fixins to round it all out. It makes a decadent brunch treat.

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    Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches

    Instant Pot French dip sandwiches with jus.
    Diana Rattray

    Using your Instant Pot to cook chuck roast for French Dip sandwiches yields tender, juicy meat in under an hour. Just add crunchy rolls that can stand up to some sauce (baguettes or hoagie rolls work well) and your favorite cheese.

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    Lasagna Sandwiches



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    Maybe this lasagna sandwiche is not truly lasagna in sandwich form, but it evokes the flavors of the quintessential Italian dish. Plus, this recipe is much easier than assembling the real thing, it's fun to make, and kids love it. Get the family to help hollow out the rolls and fill them with rich meat sauce and then top with cheese and bake until golden. Just be sure to let the sandwiches cool a bit before you take a bite because the filling is hot!

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    Fried Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwiches

    Fried shrimp po boy sandwiches

    ​The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    Take your tastebuds on a trip to the bayou with a traditional Louisiana Po' Boy. Grab a big, crusty roll, some shredded lettuce, Cajun seasoning, and Come Back sauce (or mayonnaise, if you can't find the sauce) and fry up some shrimp for a crispy, crunchy, satisfying treat.

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    Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwich

    Smoky Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

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    Pulled chicken sandwiches make great game day chow, especially this slow cooker version that basically cooks up all by itself once you put together the finger-lickin' homemade sauce. Serve with extra sauce and coleslaw, then pair with baked beans, French fries, or potato salad for a whole meal.

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    Grilled Macaroni and Cheese and Short Rib Sandwich

    grilled macaroni and cheese sandwich with braised short ribs
    grilled macaroni and cheese sandwich with braised short ribs. Grilled Cheese Social

    Put your favorite barbecue (short ribs) and side (mac n' cheese) on bread for a handheld meal that really goes the extra mile. If you have leftovers from your last 'cue run, those work great. If not, go ahead and make the blue box or your homemade recipe and the included instructions for short ribs before assembling your masterpiece.

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    Vegetarian Philly Cheesesteak

    Vegetarian Philly Cheesesteak
    Grilled Cheese Social.

    Tempeh, roasted mushrooms, onions, and peppers combine for a vegetarian version of the Philly Cheesesteak. Use vegan cheese to keep it animal product-free or your preferred cheese (or whiz, for those in the know) to top it all off.

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    Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese

    Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese
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    Using garlic bread as the base for grilled cheese gives it that extra zip that tastes all grown up. We like cheddar, American, or mozzarella for their maximum cheese-pull meltiness, but feel free to mix it up with your favorites.

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    Vegan Millet Burgers

    Homemade vegan millet patties recipe

    ​The Spruce Eats / Anastasiia Tretiak

    Get a taste of your favorite burger joint at home by whipping up these millet burgers. Millet is a grain with a sturdy texture that works well for these basic burgers. Once you figure out the technique, switch up the flavor profile by adding cumin, cayenne pepper, paprika, or some Cajun or barbecue seasoning. Serve the same way you would any burger.

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    Korean Egg Sandwich

    Korean Egg Sandwich

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    For breakfast, brunch, or anytime, this Korean egg sandwich features chopped veggies in a blanket of egg, topped with ketchup and brown sugar, and served on white bread. A popular street food in Korea, it's often called tost-u (toast) or gaeran tost-u (egg toast).

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    BBQ Tofu Sandwich

    Easy BBQ Flavored Baked Tofu
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    Even if you usually stuff your sandwiches with meat or toss animal protein on the grill, give barbecued tofu a try. It has a smoky, slightly sweet flavor and tender texture that even avowed meat-lovers will enjoy. Serve it on a roll with lettuce, tomato, coleslaw, or your favorite barbecue toppings.

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    Bistro Steak Sandwich

    steak sandwich

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    When you're missing your favorite cafe, whip up a bistro-style steak sandwich at home. Flank steak, peppery arugula, aged cheddar, and a zippy horseradish sauce gives this easy version lots of flavor. Serve with potato chips, fries, or a green salad.

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    Fried Fish Sandwich With Tartar Sauce and Hand-Cut Chips

    Fried Fish Sandwich With Tartar Sauce and Hand-Cut Chips

    The Spruce / Maxwell Cozzi

    A fried fish sandwich with tartar sauce and crispy chips just seem to say summer—even if it's cold outside. In this recipe, the fish is coated in a tempura-like batter, fried until crisp, and then served on a toasted bun with homemade tartar sauce and a side of hand-cut potato chips.

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    Copycat Popeye's Chicken Sandwich

    Copycat Popeye's Chicken Sandwich

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    We have the ultimate copycat recipe for you to make at home, without the wait—or the infamous fights—that people had to endure to be able to get a bite of the famous chicken sandwich. Our recipe doesn't disappoint, as the buttermilk-marinated chicken is so incredibly juicy that it could become your new go-to fried chicken. 

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    Grilled Chicken Panini Sandwich With Pesto

    Grilled chicken panini sandwich recipe

    The Spruce / Victoria Heydt

    This chicken panini comes together in no time thanks to pre-grilled chicken, prepared pesto, cheese, and pre-cooked bacon, all of which are layered in between bread and grilled until crispy. To serve, you can simply toss some chips on the plate, or accompany this hot sandwich with a salad of mixed greens, or french fries.