25 Mind-Blowing Ways to Upgrade a Classic Sandwich
When you’re tired of all the same, boring sandwich recipes, it’s time for a twist. You’ll love these upgrades to your classic, standby favorites.
If you’re looking for a gourmet grilled cheese recipe, your search is over. With five kinds of cheese and fresh blackberries, this sandwich is impressive enough to serve to guests.—Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist
There’s no better way to makeover a classic than with this PB&J pork sandwich! Combine the savory flavors of your favorite pulled pork with creamy peanut butter and sweet apricot preserves.
Who doesn’t love a grilled cheese sandwich? This version kicks it up a notch with avocado, tons of cheese and extra-crispy bread. —Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist
We love the sweet and tangy addition of pineapple to the standard ham and cheese sandwich. It not only makes it taste like my favorite pizza, but using the slow cooker transforms the classic into something warm and cozy
Upgrade your favorite deli sandwich by making it significantly bigger! This sandwich is loaded with roast beef, ham, bacon, tomatoes, onions, spicy horseradish, and melted American cheese. It’s so large, you’ll wonder how to eat it!
This sandwich doubles up on melty cheese, but the star of the show is the sweet and salty date-bacon jam. It makes for a truly grown-up version of grilled cheese. —Kathy Cooper, Tucson, Arizona
Looking to spruce up your favorite turkey sandwich? Add some berries! The strawberries add a nice, sweet flavor to standard deli turkey, and the combination of cream cheese and chopped pecans is craveably good.
The classic Reuben sandwich gets a makeover when you turn boring slices of Swiss cheese into an ooey, gooey cheese sauce. Top it off with fresh coleslaw instead of sauerkraut for a fun twist.
Amp up the nutrition of the most classic sandwich combination – peanut butter and jelly – by twisting things up a bit. Lather peanut butter on whole wheat pita pockets before adding on fresh apples and bananas.
Make a sweet and savory twist on the classic ham sandwich by swapping out the Swiss cheese and opting for melty brie cheese instead. Add in some apricot preserves and crisp these sandwiches up to make something really special
Turn regular-old beer brats into a tangy Reuben-style sandwich. Using high-quality hoagie rolls really elevate the brats, and Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and 1,000 Island dressing makes it taste just like your favorite Reuben!
Trade in the regular flavors of pickles and onions for tangy cilantro and creamy avocados in this fun twist. Some simple additions really add some herbacious flavors to this tuna salad!
Who needs mayonnaise when you have leftover hummus? Using hummus as the main spread really adds a nice twist on your favorite turkey sandwich, and the pepperjack cheese brings a punch of spice, too.
Using this spread recipe, turn any old piece of bread into a revamped version of a classic Reuben. Use the spread for easy, on-the-go sandwiches, or serve ’em up as appetizer sandwich toasts.
Turn your favorite gyros recipe into a Meatless Monday celebration. These vegetarian pita sandwiches will even satisfy the meat lovers in your life
This grown-up grilled cheese recipe hits the spot with sweet and spicy add-ins like apricot jelly and jalapeno peppers. —Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist
Give regular old egg salad a kick of flavor with curry powder. That’ll make these sandwiches slightly spicy and super savory.
Forget everything you knew about regular sloppy Joe’s. With flavors reminiscent of hot wings, this buffalo chicken sloppy Joe recipe is a better tasting twist.
The tastes of summer abound in this easy Italian-style grilled cheese sandwich. Not only is it delicious, it’s super-fast, so you can get back to those summer outdoor activities. —Sylvia Schmitt, Sun City, Arizona
Who needs pulled pork when you have this BBQ chicken sandwich? They have all the flavor of pulled pork but cook up in a fraction of the time.
Amp up the flavors in your grilled cheese by adding gourmet ingredients. The addition of date-bacon jam goes a long way to making this sandwich fancy!
Combine the flavors of Taco Tuesday with your favorite Philly cheese steak. You may never want to go back to the original sandwich after eating this!
If you’re looking to add a little bite to your classic grilled cheese recipe, look no further than pickled onions. We love sandwiching a few inside this sandwich for a touch of acidity and some foodie flair. —Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist
Turn your view of turkey upside down by making this open-faced sandwich. It’s smothered in gravy to make it reminiscent of your favorite diner meals.
Take your grilled cheese sandwich to a place it’s never been before with crispy bacon and tangy tomatoes and five—yes, five!—types of cheese. —Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist