10 Sandwich Recipes That'll Revolutionize Your Sad Lunch Routine

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<p>Serious Eats / Kevin White</p>

Serious Eats / Kevin White

I don't know about you, but the best part of my workday is all of the eating that happens throughout it. (This, of course, said with total respect for and enjoyment of my coworkers!) Breakfast? I'm thrilled! Snack time #1? I'm elated! Snack time #2? I'm buoyed all over again! But lunch? Lunch is always more disappointing than I think it's going to be. And while I oftentimes try to jazz up whatever I'm squishing together at 6 a.m. for 11.30 a.m.-2 p.m. consumption, I also oftentimes fail.

But I've recently realized I don't have to fail if I go back to basics. Between a few of the below quick-and-painless (and so very good!) sandwich recipes and our 2024 Starch Madness bracket, I've found that returning to the straightforward sandwich can absolutely change the trajectory of a work day. Or any day, for that matter!

Below, you'll find some quick sandwiches that come together quickly, hold their integrity well, and are deeply satisfying despite the lack-of-lift it takes to create them. Happy lunching!

Classic Mayo-Dressed Tuna Salad Sandwich

<p>Serious Eats / Qi Ai</p>

Serious Eats / Qi Ai

An all-time top-performing Serious Eats recipe, this bright and easy tuna salad sandwich should be in your rotation once a week.

Get Recipe: Classic Mayo-Packed Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe

Ham & Cheese Sandwich

<p>Serious Eats/Amanda Suarez</p>

Serious Eats/Amanda Suarez

Yes, like that ham & cheese. But for grown-ups!

Get Recipe: A Better Ham and Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Smoked Salmon & Dill Tea Sandwiches

<p>Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez</p>

Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

A quick and sophisticated tea time moment...in edible form.

Get Recipe: Smoked Salmon and Dill Tea Sandwich Recipe

The Best Classic Chicken Salad Sandwich

<p>Serious Eats / Qi Ai</p>

Serious Eats / Qi Ai

Another all-time great Serious Eats recipe, this chicken salad sandwich comes through in a hearty, nostalgic way.

Get Recipe: Chunky Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

PB&J Sandwich

<p>Serious Eats / Jordan Provost</p>

Serious Eats / Jordan Provost

...Yes, like that PB&J. But for grown-ups! Kinda!

Get Recipe: A PB&J "Recipe"

The Best Egg Salad Sandwich

<p>Serious Eats / Eric Kleinberg</p>

Serious Eats / Eric Kleinberg

You've never had a creamier egg salad experience. And paired with bread!? And veggies!? Divine.

Get Recipe: Chunky, Creamy Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe

Pastrami Sandwich on Rye

<p> Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez</p>

Serious Eats / Amanda Suarez

Assemble a little, enjoy a lot. You'll be thinking about this sandwich for days.

Get Recipe: Perfect Pastrami on Rye Recipe

Kaya Toast

<p>Serious Eats / Michelle Yip</p>

Serious Eats / Michelle Yip

Once you've got kaya jam in your fridge, you'll exist on it for weeks.

Get Recipe: Kaya Toast Recipe

Roast Beef Sandwich

<p>Serious Eats / Kevin White</p>

Serious Eats / Kevin White

This roast beef sandwich (1) requires two hands and (2) will have you excited for lunch the night before.

Get Recipe: Roast Beef Sandwich Recipe

Muffuletta Sandwich

<p>Serious Eats / Mateja Zvirotic Andrijanic</p>

Serious Eats / Mateja Zvirotic Andrijanic

Briny, hefty, and filling, muffulettas made at home are always a good idea.

Get Recipe: Homemade Muffuletta Recipe

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