There鈥檚 something completely comforting about having your entire meal at your fingertips鈥 literally. Maybe it鈥檚 the fact that sandwiches begin and end with two pieces of carb-loaded goodness, but there鈥檚 a reason why they鈥檝e been your go-to since you were a tiny tot. We鈥檒l eat them sweet and savory, for breakfast or even filled with holiday leftovers. Whether you鈥檙e packing them for an epic spring picnic with girlfriends or fixing yourself lunch on a workday, these 17 creative sandwich recipes for lunch will rock your world *and* your taste buds.


1. Waffled Hash Brown Croque Monsieur: Just to be clear, what you鈥檙e looking at is a sandwich with waffled hash brown 鈥渂read,鈥 black forest ham, fontina cheese and a healthy dose of b茅chamel sauce for good measure. Throw an egg on top, and you have a complete breakfast. (via Real Food by Dad)


2. Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Don鈥檛 be intimidated by the name of this grilled cheese sandwich. It may be a labor of love, but the time spent is well worth the major flavor payoff you get in the end. You鈥檙e going to want to eat the fried chicken as soon as it鈥檚 done, but your patience will be rewarded with a sandwich that鈥檚 unmatched. (via Curious Nut)


3. Curried Chickpea Salad Sandwich: If you鈥檙e a fan of hummus, then you鈥檒l be all over this sweet curry spiced sandwich. Chunks of apple, raisins and celery are tossed with roughly mashed chickpeas for a quick and easy 鈥 but totally mind-blowing鈥 vegetarian lunch. (via She Likes Food)


4. The Best Meatball Sandwich: This sub uses two different types of sausage, homemade tomato sauce and a fresh basil paste in an attempt to back up its 鈥渂est meatball sandwich鈥 claim. The results are in: It totally delivers! (via Good Dinner Mom)

Meatloaf Sandwhich

5. Italian Stuffed Meatloaf Sandwich: This is *not* your momma鈥檚 meatloaf sammie. Mix up a flavorful Italian meatloaf one night, and you鈥檒l have a lunch the next day that鈥檒l make all your co-workers super jealous. (via Homemade Food Junkie)


6. Eggplant Roulades With Feta: Even though they鈥檙e open-faced, these roulades eat just like a sandwich from a fancy restaurant. They鈥檙e stuffed with creamy feta + crunchy walnuts and doused in a balsamic reduction. Enjoy with a glass of ros茅 to complete the bistro vibe. (via Cooktoria)


7. Banana Berry Monster PB&J Recipe: This is a far cry from the crustless PB&Js you had as a kid. First of all, that isn鈥檛 just any bread 鈥 it鈥檚 homemade banana bread. Wedged between the slices are layers of peanut butter, strawberry jam, freeze-dried strawberries and sliced bananas. Your 12-year-old self wishes it had this sandwich every day after school. (via Handmade Charlotte)


8. Fajita Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwiches: Spice up fajita night by ditching the tortillas and opting for a hearty hoagie roll. This mashup of a Philly cheesesteak and fajitas is a fun meal that would make a great lunch or dinner. (via Dinner at the Zoo)


9. Grilled Cheese With Gouda, Roasted Mushrooms and Onions: Even if you鈥檙e not a mushroom lover, this grilled cheese could potentially convert you. Roasting the mushrooms and onions gives them an intense and rich flavor that鈥檚 only matched by a perfect mound of shredded gouda. Good luck making it to a table before you devour this one. (via She Wears Many Hats)

10. BBQ Havarti Burgers With Sweet Potato Curly Fries: It鈥檚 unacceptable to have your curly fries next to your burger; you need to have them on your burger. And drenched in BBQ and havarti cheese. A cold beer is highly recommended in this situation. (via How Sweet It Is)


11. Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich With Apples, Pesto, Kale and Blue Cheese: Rustic wheat bread loaded with seeds would be a perfect vehicle for the earthy ingredients in this sandwich. It鈥檚 so hearty and palatable, you won鈥檛 even miss the meat. (via Two Peas and Their Pod)


12. Meatball B谩hn M矛 Sandwich: This sub may look (and sound) difficult to make, but the whole thing comes together in just 25 minutes. You may want to double the meatballs to freeze and serve as an appetizer on another day鈥 they鈥檙e that good. (via Hapa Nom Nom)


13. Chicken and Pesto Sandwich: Save money, and make your favorite chicken pesto deli sandwich at home with this simple recipe. It鈥檚 a good thing homemade pesto is a cinch to make, because with so few ingredients, it really shines in this sandwich. (via A Cookie Named Desire)


14. Buffalo Chicken Sandwich With a Gorgonzola Slaw: Buffalo sauce and blue cheese go together like peanut butter and jelly. You haven鈥檛 experienced a flavor explosion until you sink your teeth into a bite of juicy fried buffalo chicken topped with a cold and crunchy Gorgonzola slaw. (via Say Grace)


15. Blackened Tofu Sandwich: At first glance, you may think there鈥檚 a blackened piece of fish on top of that hoagie roll. With a generous sprinkle of cajun seasoning and a high-temperature sear, tofu suddenly stars in a sandwich that could pass at a seaside restaurant. (via Vegan Food Lover)


16. The 9 Combination Sandwich: This genius hack lets you try nine different sandwiches in one meal. Six fillings arranged on your bread in a particular pattern 鈥 some width-wise, some length-wise 鈥 create nine unique flavor combinations. (via Kitchen Sanctuary)


17. Bacon Cheddar Grilled Cheese With Sweet Mustard: There鈥檚 not a lot that can go wrong here: sweet BBQ dijon spread, cheddar AND mozzarella cheese and, of course, bacon. This sammie is for sure going to get you major brownie points. (via Fashion Edible)

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