24 Sandwiches That Make Lunch Way More Exciting

A good sandwich is a thing of beauty. A truly amazing sandwich is filling, toothsome, delicious, and makes you want to enjoy it again and again. This list of twenty-four sandwiches offers just that. Each sandwich is chosen for its flavor and its filling texture. You can’t go wrong with any of these amazing sandwiches. Try one, or try them all.

1. Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

A closeup of a Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken sandwich topped with creamy coleslaw on a whole grain bun.
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These delicious Carolina gold BBQ chicken sandwiches are a fabulous upgrade to traditional barbecue chicken sandwiches. If you love a truly flavorful chicken sandwich, this is the one to try. It’s a wonderful blend of sweet and spicy, and the coleslaw added to the sandwich seals the deal.

2. Mediterranean Sandwich

A stacked Mediterranean grilled cheese sandwich on a cutting board.
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This Mediterranean sandwich combines the comfort-food factor of the American grilled cheese sandwich with the deliciousness of Mediterranean flavors. It’s a delicious sandwich that is not only healthier but also full of the delicious flavors characteristic of the Mediterranean.

3. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

A pulled pork sandwich on a white plate on a white background.
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These slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches are filling, totally tasty, and will definitely leave you hoping for leftovers! This was such an easy dinner! I was exhausted when I got home after running errands all day, and this pulled pork was ready when I got there. How awesome is that?

4. Cucumber Sandwich

A finished cucumber sandwich cut in half.
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The cucumber sandwich has become a popular finger food or even lunch. But how can you enjoy this at home without fancy tea time or expensive ingredients? Make your own!

5. Strawberry Sandwich

A strawberry sandwich on a white plate.
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A good strawberry sandwich is a delicious, satisfying lunch. It’s a great balance of both sweet and salty ingredients, and the healthy fats help fill you up and keep you that way.

6. Tuna Fish Sandwich

A closeup of a tunafish sandwich on a white background.
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This classic tuna fish sandwich is as quick and easy as it gets. A canned tuna, mayonnaise, veggies, and a couple of slices of bread will get you the perfect lunch or dinner that won’t take more than 10 minutes to assemble.

7. Sloppy Joe’s

A fully assembled Healthy Turkey Sloppy Joe sits on a cutting board.
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Sloppy Joes are the ultimate kid’s meal. But that doesn’t mean adults won’t enjoy them too. On the contrary! They are a classic American family meal!

8. Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Serve on buns and drizzle with ranch.
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These Buffalo chicken sandwiches are great for a lazy weekend meal or a get-together with friends. They make a great appetizer on slider buns or a main meal on bigger buns

9. Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A cut Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich lays on a cutting board with melted cheese oozing out of it.
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This jalapeño popper grilled cheese sandwich might just be the best grilled cheese to ever come out of your kitchen! It’s cheesy and filled with that classic jalapeno popper flavor we all know and love.

10. Chicken Sliders

A single chicken slicer on a white plate.
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These barbecue chicken sliders are super easy to make in a pressure cooker, and with this recipe, you can have a meal on the table in under an hour. Just add burger buns!

11. Tuna Melt

A Tuna Melt served on a white plate.
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This tuna melt recipe is simple, uses minimal ingredients, and is a total, absolute comfort food. Making a tuna melt is easy stuff. It’s something most people will love and, for many, is right up there with a grilled cheese sandwich.

12. Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe With Blackberries

A closeup of a stacked grilled cheese with blackberries.
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This grilled cheese sandwich with blackberries is the reason grilled cheese sandwiches exist. Grilled cheese sandwiches are a thing of beauty, even for a healthy food enthusiast. And this recipe is absolute comfort food when you need it.

13. Meatball Sandwiches

A single meatball sandwich on a whole grain bun sits on a wood cutting board.
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If you like sloppy Joe’s, you’ll love these meatball sandwiches. Some comfort foods just can’t be equaled. You can try to make something else that measures up, but it just won’t happen. At least not the way it should. So your only option is to try this recipe, of course.

14. Grownup Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A Grownup Grilled Cheese Sandwich, cut in half and placed on a white plate.
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Your grilled cheese sandwich just grew up. That’s not to say you can’t occasionally enjoy the sandwiches of your youth, but sometimes, it’s nice to age well. And this grownup grilled cheese sandwich certainly fits that description.

15. Egg Salad Sandwich

An Egg Salad Sandwich sitting on a white plate.
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An egg salad sandwich is not only simple to make, but it also fills you up and truly delivers delicious flavor. You can’t go wrong with this kind of sandwich. It’s easy to pack up to take to work, too.

16. Air Fryer Tuna Melt

A closeup of a half of an air fryer tuna melt sandwich on a cutting board.
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If you love a good tuna melt, do not pass up the opportunity to make one in your air fryer. The buttered crispiness of the bread and the melty goodness of the cheese make a perfect sandwich nobody can resist.

17. Lentil Sloppy Joes

Two lentil sloppy joes sit on a parchment-lined baking pan.
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If you love sloppy joes but prefer to skip the meat, these lentil sloppy joes are an epically delicious replacement. Serve with a side salad to round out the meal for a delicious Meatless Monday meal.

18. Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups

Grilled Cheese Roll Ups with a side of marinara for dipping on a white plate.
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These grilled cheese roll-ups make a delicious snack or easy meal for busy weeknights. They may seem like something you’d pack for the kiddos, but both kids and adults will love them. You can even dip them in ranch dip. Make a big batch of these on the weekend to take during the week.

19. Italian Sausage Sandwiches

A hot dog bun stuffed with Italian sausage, mushrooms, and caramelized onions.
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Smothered in tomato sauce, onions, and mushrooms, these sweet or spicy sausages are perfect for family dinners or lunches, parties, Super Bowl, or any time you want an awesome sandwich. Prepare these delicious sandwiches quickly and easily, and make the whole family happy in the process.

20. Turkey Bacon Ranch Sliders

Stacked turkey bacon ranch sliders on a white plate.
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These turkey bacon ranch sliders are buttery, savory, and baked to melty perfection. With just 7 ingredients, they’re perfect for effortless entertaining or an easy weeknight meal the kids will love.

21. Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich

A buttermilk chicken sandwich on a rack, sitting on a table.
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These golden, crispy, buttermilk chicken sandwiches are golden and crispy, deep-fried to perfection. They are perfect for an indulgent dinner and a great meal for picky eaters. Nobody can turn down this crispy goodness inside of a sandwich.

22. Egg And Cress Sandwich

A closeup of an egg and mayo sandwich.
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This egg and cress sandwich is the perfect type of sandwich to serve at a lady’s luncheon with afternoon tea. It’s light and healthy, and it’s great with other finger foods or a green salad for a healthy lunch.

23. BBQ Pulled Lamb Sandwich

A closeup of a bbq pulled lamb sandwich.
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This lamb is cooked to perfection, shredded, and piled high on a bun for a delicious lamb sandwich you’re unlikely to forget. If you love lamb, don’t skip this one. Print out the recipe and make this immediately.

24. Chickpea Sandwich

A chickpea salad sandwich cut in half on a white plate.
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If you love tuna salad but want to try something plant-based, this chickpea salad sandwich is the perfect plant-based option for lunch. It’s creamy, filling, and tasty enough to entice tuna lovers to eat this again and again.

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Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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