What Are the Different Types of Sandwiches?

Last Updated on March 7, 2023 by Lauren Beck

Sandwiches are a convenient and delicious meal that can be eaten on-the-go or as a sit-down meal. With endless possibilities for fillings and bread, there are countless variations of this beloved food item. 

In this article, we will explore what are the different types of sandwiches, what defines a sandwich, how to make them, and some interesting facts about this ubiquitous food.

15 Different Types of Sandwiches:

  1. BLT – bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich
  2. Reuben – corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on rye bread
  3. Club – triple-layered sandwich with turkey, bacon, lettuce, and tomato
  4. Grilled cheese – sandwich with melted cheese between slices of bread
  5. Po’ boy – a Louisiana-style sandwich with fried seafood or roast beef
  6. Philly cheesesteak – sandwich with sliced beef and melted cheese on a hoagie roll
  7. Croque-monsieur – a French sandwich with ham, cheese, and béchamel sauce
  8. Falafel – a Middle Eastern sandwich with fried chickpea balls, vegetables, and tahini sauce
  9. Banh mi – Vietnamese sandwich with pickled vegetables, herbs, and grilled meat or tofu
  10. Clubhouse – triple-layered sandwich with turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, and tomato
  11. Monte Cristo – sandwich with ham, turkey, and cheese, dipped in egg and fried
  12. Muffuletta – a New Orleans-style sandwich with ham, salami, cheese, and olive salad on a round loaf
  13. French dip – sandwich with thinly sliced beef, au jus sauce, and a crusty roll
  14. Dagwood – sandwich with multiple meats, cheese, and vegetables stacked high on a long roll
  15. Elvis – sandwich with peanut butter, bacon, and banana slices on white bread

What Defines a Sandwich?

A sandwich is defined as two slices of bread or a bread-like item, with filling in between [1]. The filling can be meat, cheese, vegetables, spreads, or any combination thereof. The bread can be sliced bread, rolls, buns, or bagels. The sandwich can be eaten hot or cold and can be served as a meal or a snack.

How To Make Sandwich?

Making a sandwich is a simple process that involves the following steps:

  • Choose your bread – select a type of bread that complements your filling, such as whole wheat, sourdough, or ciabatta.
  • Choose your filling – select your desired meats, cheeses, vegetables, and spreads.
  • Assemble your sandwich – spread your desired spread on your bread, add your meats, cheeses, and vegetables, and top with the other slice of bread.
  • Cut and serve – cut your sandwich in half or quarters and serve.

Sandwich-Making Tips:

preparing a sandwich
  • Choose bread that is fresh and has a sturdy texture to hold the filling.
  • Toasting or grilling the bread can add a new dimension of flavor to the sandwich.
  • Layer the ingredients in the sandwich evenly to avoid spillage.
  • Use a spread or condiment to add moisture and flavor to the sandwich.

How to Pack Sandwiches?

If you are packing sandwiches for a picnic, school, or work, follow these tips:

  • Choose a bread that will not get soggy, such as sourdough, ciabatta, or baguette.
  • Place a barrier, such as lettuce leaves or cheese, between the bread and the filling to prevent sogginess.
  • Pack the sandwich in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out or getting smashed.
  • Keep the sandwich refrigerated until ready to eat.

How To Reheat A Sandwich?

If you need to reheat a sandwich, follow these steps:

  1. Remove any cold toppings, such as lettuce or tomato, that may wilt or become soggy when reheated.
  2. Wrap the sandwich in aluminum foil or parchment paper to help it retain moisture and prevent it from becoming too dry.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350°F and place the sandwich in the center of the oven.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the sandwich is heated through.
  5. Alternatively, you can reheat a sandwich in the microwave on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on the size and thickness of the sandwich.

Facts About Sandwiches:

  • The sandwich is named after John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who is said to have invented it in the 18th century.
  • The average American eats around 200 sandwiches per year.
  • The most popular sandwich filling in the US is ham, followed by turkey and chicken.
  • The world’s largest sandwich was made in Mexico in 2004 and weighed 5,440 kg.
  • The peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a classic American sandwich that is believed to have been popularized during World War II.

What Is the Most Popular Sandwich Ever?

The most popular sandwich ever is the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It is a classic American sandwich that is loved by both children and adults alike. It is simple to make and can be eaten as a meal or a snack.


Sandwiches are a versatile and convenient food that can be enjoyed for any meal or occasion. From classic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to modern gourmet creations, there is a sandwich for everyone. Understanding the different types of sandwiches, how they are made, and how to pack and reheat them can help you make the perfect sandwich for any situation. So next time you’re in the mood for a tasty and satisfying meal, consider making yourself a delicious sandwich.


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