11 Perfect Sandwiches You’ll Actually Want to Bring to Work For Lunch

It’s time to step up your sandwich game. There’s nothing wrong, of course, with bringing peanut butter and jelly to work three days in a row. It’s the same kind of sandwich you’ve been eating all your life, which is perfectly respectable — but also a little sad. Like that kale salad you made yourself eat once. The bottom line? You can do better.

This week, don’t even think about hitting up the deli next door. From classic caprese to elegant tea sandwiches, we rounded up the most mouthwatering, delectable recipes that go way beyond ham and cheese. Everything’s fair game: Whether you opt for white bread or rye, fresh mozzarella or last night’s leftovers — you’re in for the best sandwiches in the history of desk lunches. Ready? Let’s go make your coworkers jealous.

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by Lisa Siva

Caprese with Olive Pesto

While you can’t go wrong with classic caprese, Love and Lemons throws in olive pesto for a delicious twist.

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Mozzarella with Blackberry Balsamic Jam

Craving something a little heartier? Fry up that mozzarella and go sweet-meets-savory, à la Half Baked Harvest.

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Coffee Bacon

Bacon sandwiches are nothing new — except when you infuse your bacon with coffee. Joy the Baker breaks it down.

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Brie, Bacon, & Strawberry

Since you already have that coffee bacon, you better put it to good use. Heather Christo adds a few strips to her grilled Brie sandwich — with slices of strawberry to brighten things up. This recipe is best suited to offices with a toaster oven for reheating.

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The Ultimate Club

Where else should you put that coffee bacon? In your club sandwich, obviously. And if you slip in a few chips from the vending machine, we won’t tell. Thanks, Joy the Baker!

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Tea Sandwiches

For the most adorable desk lunch known to mankind, bring a basket of tea sandwiches. Honestly Yum shows us how it’s done — crumpets not required.

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Avocado Chickpea

Now this is our kind of sandwich. The method? Smash your chickpeas. Smash your avocados. Smear both on bread. Done. Thanks, Love and Lemons!

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Pebre and Taleggio

This is not your ordinary cheese sandwich. Green Kitchen Stories pairs Taleggio with a spicy Chilean salsa.

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Teriyaki Sub

Got leftover teriyaki chicken from last night? Throw it on a sub and call it a day, à la Half Baked Harvest.

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Steak Sandwich

Ditto for steak. Last night’s leftovers get a second chance with zippy pineapple salsa over at Tucker.

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Pot Roast

This is the showstopper you bring when you really have someone to impress. Infused with beer and a handful of spices, How Sweet It Is whips up a pot roast sandwich that’s heaven between two buns.

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