13 Utterly Genius Gourmet Sandwich Recipes

We're under no illusions here: we know a killer sandwich doesn't need a ton of ingredients or professional culinary skills. But, it doesn't hurt to jazz them up sometimes! All you need are classic flavors, creative interpretation, and expert execution, which are exactly what you’ll find in these 13 next-level sandwich recipes. They’re deceptively easy, ridiculously tasty, and a million times better than your average brown-bag lunch.

French toast sandwich with mozzarella and bacon

With hunks of sugary French toast, gooey globs of mozzarella, and extra-crispy bacon, this goes way beyond breakfast. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Large eggs
  • Milk
  • Sandwich bread
  • Bacon
  • Mozzarella

Dr Pepper pulled pork

It might seem kind of weird, but the sweetness and distinct taste of the soda is just right with the other spicy elements. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Boneless pork shoulder
  • Dr Pepper
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Worcestershire

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Hot dog grilled cheese

Thrillist's own recipes editor Perry Santanachote does not shy away from excess, or America, and finally answers that divisive question: yes, a hot dog is a sandwich.

Key ingredients:

  • Hot dog bun
  • American cheese
  • Hot dog
  • Butter

Smoked meatball sandwich

Smoked meatballs made of beef, pork, and bacon paste (sounds gross, is not) are stuffed into a sub and smothered with mozzarella and sauce before being broiled to melty perfection. Make it here!

Key ingredients:

  • Bacon
  • Ground beef
  • Ground pork
  • Sub roll
  • Mozzarella

Bacon cheddar grilled cheese with sweet mustard 

It's hard to beat a classic white bread/Kraft Singles grilled cheese, but mozzarella and cheddar, thick slices of bacon, and sweet Dijon mustard really kick things up a notch. Find it here!

Key ingredients:

  • Bacon
  • Mozzarella
  • Cheddar
  • Dijon mustard
  • BBQ sauce

White BBQ brisket sandwich

There's no reason for the buttermilk biscuit to be a side. Use it in lieu of bread! The pimento cheese and a white BBQ sauce -- made with mayo and horseradish -- cut and cool the sweet-and-spicy meat. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Brisket
  • Cream cheese
  • Pimentos
  • Buttermilk biscuits
  • White BBQ sauce

Shepherd’s pie grilled cheese

Give leftovers new life by sandwiching them into... erm... a sandwich. All food groups represented here.

Key ingredients:

Chicken and waffle sandwich

Wedge buttermilk fried chicken between pimento cheese waffles and then douse 'em in warm maple syrup. Make it here!

Key ingredients:

  • Eggs
  • Buttermilk
  • Pimento cheese
  • Chicken breast
  • Flour

Toasted ciabatta sandwich

Between the crisp ciabatta, salty prosciutto, sweet onions, and buttery Brie, this recipe is a real tasty mouthful. Toast it up here!

Key ingredients:

  • Caramelized onions
  • Arugula
  • Prosciutto
  • Brie
  • Ciabatta

Jalapeño cheddar chicken meatball sandwich

This simple, classic sub packs major flavor with the help of jalapeño chicken meatballs and a thick layer of cheddar cheese. It’s here!

Key ingredients:

  • Ground chicken
  • Egg
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Jalapeño peppers 
  • Cheddar cheese

Mahi-mahi bánh mì  with spicy curried mayo and fried eggs

Expertly sautéed mahi-mahi is given the bánh mì treatment with spicy curried mayo, Sriracha mustard, and a slew of sliced and pickled veggies. Add a fried egg! Here's the recipe.

Key ingredients:

  • Mahi-mahi 
  • Mayo
  • Sriracha
  • Baguette
  • Eggs

Pickled pineapple BBQ pork sandwich

Juicy pineapples are pickled in jalapeño-infused vinegar before topping BBQ pulled pork to create a perfectly sweet, tangy, and savory sandwich. Find it here.

Key ingredients:

  • Pork butt or shoulder
  • Jalapeño
  • BBQ sauce
  • Pineapple juice
  • Sandwich bun

White pizza grilled cheese

This seriously cheesy sandwich lives up to its pizza predecessor with a roasted garlic mascarpone spread and three layered cheeses (provolone, mozzarella, and Parmesan) for an exploding grilled chee’ that’s anything but ordinary. Grill it here!

Key ingredients:

  • Garlic
  • Mascarpone
  • Rosemary
  • Provolone cheese
  • Sourdough bread

Christine Fischer is a freelance writer dedicated to a strict diet of Champagne, cookies, and the occasional pizza. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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