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34 Tasty Sandwiches

Prepare a filling and delicious meal in a flash by thinking outside the box

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Chicken Tortas

People flock to Santa Fe's Pollo Asado food truck for its mesquite-grilled chicken. The secret is the citrus and achiote seasoning, which co-owner Olivia Arizmendi learned from her sister in Mexico. They tuck the meat into telera rolls and add pickled onions, hot sauce, and shredded iceberg lettuce. Mashed avocado makes it even better.

Recipe: Chicken Tortas

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Grilled Steak and Beans Sandwiches

At Napa Valley's Contimo Provisions food truck, chef-owners Ryan Harris and Kevin Folan bring fine-dining creds and from-scratch components to their craft. For this take on one of their best-loved sandwiches, pile grilled skirt steak (seasoned with garlic, salt, and pepper), homemade pico de gallo, and cilantro sprigs onto sandwich rolls. Their bean spread takes it to the next level—although they use freshly simmered dry beans, this simpler recipe using canned pintos or pinquitos also delivers lots of flavor.

Recipe: Grilled Steak and Beans Sandwiches

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Tofu Banh Mi

The vegan bánh mì by San Diego's TigerTiger, a pub specializing in sandwiches, is every bit as hearty as its meaty cousins. The original recipe is complicated, but you can create a delicious version fairly quickly with a few shortcuts: Toss shredded daikon and carrots with seasoned rice vinegar; season mayo with minced chipotle chile; and season hoisin with minced ginger and lemongrass. Layer into a baguette with sprigs of cilantro and this super-flavorful tofu.

Recipe: Tofu Bánh Mì

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Caprese Sandwiches

For a sandwich rendition of the classic Italian salad, Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop (located in San Francisco and the Seattle area) loads up French or whole-grain sandwich rolls with cherry tomatoes (such as Sun Gold) and mini mozzarella balls. A thick layer of pesto makes it extra-memorable. Then the sandwiches bake just until the bread gets crusty and the fillings soften.

Recipe: Caprese Sandwiches

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The Fairfax

You might be perfectly fine with your usual egg-and-cheese sandwich—until you try the version at L.A.'s Eggslut. On slices of warm brioche spread with Sriracha mayo, the cooks layer soft-cooked eggs, caramelized onions, and a thick slice of sharp cheddar cheese such as Tillamook (the cooks briefly heat a cheese slab in a nonstick pan on the stove to melt it slightly before adding it to the sandwich).

Recipe: The Fairfax

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Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

Think of the flavors of buffalo chicken, but grilled instead of fried.

Recipe: Spicy Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

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Pressed Italian Sandwiches

These hearty sandwiches pack beautifully for toting along on a tailgate in the fall, and perfect for a picnic or the beach in the summer.

Recipe: Pressed Italian Sandwiches

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Spicy Chickpea Sandwiches

In the streets of Palermo, Sicily, you'll find panelle, fried chickpea-flour patties served on a roll. Try our simplified version with carrot slaw and spicy lemon mayonnaise for an exceptionally tasty vegetarian sandwich.

Recipe: Spicy Chickpea Sandwiches

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Golden Gate Grilled Cheese

This version is like a Monte Cristo ― only better. The parmesan crust is pure genius.

Recipe: Golden Gate Grilled Cheese

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Lemony Egg Salad Sandwiches with Capers and Dill

Bright seasonings, crunchy radishes, and buttery brioche buns give egg salad sandwiches a gourmet spin.

Recipe: Lemony Egg Salad Sandwiches with Capers and Dill

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Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwiches

For these vegetarian sandwiches, the grill adds a smoky complexity to eggplant, mushrooms, and zucchini, and it also crisps up the bread.

Recipe: Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwiches

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Hanger Steak Sandwiches with Chile-Lime Mayo

A Sunset reader flavors steak with a quick soy marinade, then grills it and sandwiches the meat with vegetables and a spicy mayo.

Recipe: Hanger Steak Sandwiches with Chile-Lime Mayo

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Crispy Cod Bánh Mì

Club soda and baking powder help create the light coating for the fish in these Vietnamese-style sandwiches; raw carrots and radishes add extra crunch.

Recipe: Crispy Cod Bánh Mì

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Grilled Pastrami, Swiss, and Sweet Onion Marmalade on Rye

Make the marmalade ahead so you can whip these babies out in just a few minutes. Leftover marmalade is also terrific on pork chops and roast beef.

Recipe: Grilled Pastrami, Swiss, and Sweet Onion Marmalade on Rye

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Toasted Turkey, Brie, and Apple Sandwiches

Apple butter used as a spread makes these grilled turkey sandwiches special, and apple slices add a little crispness.

Recipe: Toasted Turkey, Brie, and Apple Sandwiches

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Annabelle Breakey

This sandwich version of the classic salad is excellent as is, but feel free to change it up by adding roasted peppers, garlic, or other favorite ingredients.

Recipe: Grilled Caprese Sandwiches

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Chile and Lime Steak Tortas

We loaded up the crusty Mexican sandwiches called tortas with grilled marinated steak, avocado, jack cheese, and jalapeños.

Recipe: Chile and Lime Steak Tortas

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Shrimp “Louis” Sandwiches

A generous mound of shrimp, diced vegetables, and fresh herbs go into our sandwich version of the classic salad.

Recipe: Shrimp “Louis” Sandwiches

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Tandoori Naan Chicken Sandwiches

A Sunset reader made a nontraditional—and delicious—version of tandoori chicken by pairing spicy yogurt-marinated meat with feta with tomato.

Recipe: Tandoori Naan Chicken Sandwiches

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Korean Steak Sandwiches

The combination of a sweet-salty marinade for grilled flank steak with a spicy napa cabbage slaw makes these pretty much addictive.

Recipe: Korean Steak Sandwiches

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Chicken, Bacon, and Blue-cheese Sandwiches

Wimpy lunch? Not this knockout sandwich. Crunchy bread gets a creamy kick from blue cheese and mayo; top it with chicken and avocado. It's an extra-special midday pick-me-up, or an all-in-one weeknight dinner.

Recipe: Chicken, Bacon, and Blue-Cheese Sandwiches

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Grilled Eggplant Naan Wraps with Tahini-Yogurt Dressing

When you’re looking for a good grilled option for vegetarian diners, these hearty vegetable wraps are one of our favorites.

Recipe: Grilled Eggplant Naan Wraps with Tahini-Yogurt Dressing

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Roast Beef and Two-Chile Grilled Cheese on Onion Rolls

We love how spicy this sandwich is, but if you prefer less heat, cut back on the chipotle mayo and the green chiles.

Recipe: Roast Beef and Two-Chile Grilled Cheese on Onion Rolls

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Grilled Chicken Bánh Mì

Chinese five-spice, hoisin sauce, and a generous topping of fresh herbs give this version of bánh mì plenty of personality.

Recipe: Grilled Chicken Bánh Mì

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Island-style Pulled Pork Sandwiches

A long, slow braise with citrus juices makes the meat meltingly tender; then you brown it in the oven to develop the flavor even more.

Recipe: Island-style Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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BBQ Chicken Salad Subs

These summer-inspired sandwiches are perfect for a quick and satisfying weeknight dinner that works anytime of the year.

You can find most of the ingredients for these quick subs pre-prepped at the grocery store.

Recipe: BBQ Chicken Salad Subs

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Spiced Pulled Pork Sandwiches

We've borrowed the deep-South tradition of pulled pork sandwiches and pointed it in the direction of the Caribbean by using classic Jamaican seasonings: thyme, allspice, and garlic.

Recipe: Spiced Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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Grilled Basil Chicken Sandwiches

Make a quick basil mayo, then use it to baste the chicken and spread on bread for the grill, and smear inside the sandwiches.

Recipe: Grilled Basil Chicken Sandwiches

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Tuna Tortas with Pico de Gallo

We love the way the fresh tastes of cilantro and lime brighten the flavor of canned tuna in this Mexican-style sandwich.

Recipe: Tuna Tortas with Pico de Gallo

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Italian Beef Sandwiches

Try dipping these hefty sandwiches in the broth the meat cooks in, or sip the broth alongside.

Recipe: Italian Beef Sandwiches

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Vietnamese-style Turkey Subs

Try using less expensive dark meat in this sandwich; it will stand up well to the pungent dressing.

Recipe: Vietnamese-style Turkey Subs

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BBT (Bacon Basil Tomato) Sandwich

Here's a fun twist on the classic BLT: Instead of lettuce, sub in 4 to 6 basil leaves. We recommend Sunset's Red Horizon tomato for this recipe, its meaty, heart-shaped fruit is perfect for sandwiches.

Recipe: BBT (Bacon Basil Tomato) Sandwich

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Argentine-style Sausage Sandwiches

Chimichurri, a fresh herb vinaigrette made with garlic and red chile flakes, takes just a few minutes to make but adds loads of bold flavor to these sandwiches.

Recipe: Argentine-style Sausage Sandwiches

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California Niçoise Sandwich

The French salad only gets better when you add avocado and tuck it all between sourdough bread.

Recipe: California Niçoise Sandwich

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