21 Classic Deli Sandwiches You Can Make at Home
Sometimes you just get hit with a hankering for a seriously good sandwich — and not just any sandwich, but a staple sandwich at your neighborhood deli. Whether you're looking to save a bit of money or just turn your kitchen counter into a deli counter, these deli sandwich recipes give you the comfort of the real thing in the convenience of your own home. Check out our collection of favorite deli sandwiches, melts, and wraps, and even a few twists worth trying.
Pickled Egg Salad Sandwich
If you want to add a little zing to your egg salad, pickle your eggs first. It makes a great twist on a classic and might just become your preferred egg salad sandwich.
"Wow - these definitely are 'Restaruant' quality Italian subs!" says reviewer Jillian. "I mean why order out when you can make these yourself at home with fantastic results."
Caprese Salad Sandwiches
One of the few vegetarian sandwiches on this list, the caprese makes up for its lack of meat with huge slices of buffalo mozzarella. Fresh tomatoes and basil, salt and pepper, balsamic vinegar, and artisan bread add every complement necessary to make that cheese really sing.
Awesome Turkey Sandwich
Sometimes, the best deli sandwich is the most simple, and the humble turkey sandwich is here to prove that point. This deli-style turkey sandwich is kept simple, with mayo, mustard, tomatoes, and lettuce, but you can follow recipe creator FORTUNATEPASS's suggestion for adding a bit more decadence with sliced avocado and crunchy bean sprouts.
"I've avoided Rueben for one main reason -- sauerkraut," says reviewer Michelle H. "We thought we'd try this recipe out, despite my reservations! this sandwich is really good and extremely quick. i tasted the sauerkraut first, alone, and it was horrible -- but, all the ingredients are together for a reason, and make a tasty combination. try this recipe, even if you're a little afraid! we'll be making this one again."
Original Homemade Italian Beef
Italian beef sandwiches are a brothy, savory favorite, and this recipe is the closest you can get to one outside of Chicago. If you want a sandwich with less fatty mean, opt for a sirloin tip roast instead.
This BLT recipe is proof that you can never go wrong with the classics. Reviewers recommend using thick cut, applewood smoked bacon for best results, but any kind will do. Homegrown or in-season tomatoes will really make this sandwich sing.
Multiple meats and cheeses layered between crusty bread make this classic New Orleans sandwich heaven on a loaf. For extra zing, make the olive salad ahead of time and let it marinate for a few hours.
Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
Cold ham and cheese sandwiches just won't cut it sometimes. In that case, upgrade to a hot ham and cheese by wrapping the sandwiches in foil and letting them slowly steam until they're tender, hot, and finger-licking delicious.
After School Antipasto Pinwheel Sandwiches
These antipasto pinwheels give you the taste of a deli-style wrap, minus the responsibility of eating an entire sandwich. Try them as a snack, or set them out for a super-sharable appetizer.
It's the hearty salad you love, but in sandwich form! Be sure to toast the bread before assembling the sandwich to prevent any unwanted sogginess.
Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich with Garlic Mayo
What makes a Philly cheesesteak even better? Two words: garlic mayo. "I've wanted to try making Philly cheesesteak sandwiches for literally years and finally was brave enough to try them tonight," says reviewer Lisa Michelle. "I will definitely make this again."
California Club Chicken Wraps
These chicken wraps get taken up a notch thanks to bacon, dressing, and avocado. Plus, they're the perfect way to use up leftover chicken.
Corned Beef Special Sandwiches
This isn't your average corned beef on rye. Russian salad dressing and cole slaw give it an extra dose of texture and flavor. If you don't care for Russian dressing, try blue cheese or another creamy sauce.
Best Tuna Melt (New Jersey Diner Style)
This New Jersey-style tuna melt lets you enjoy that classic diner vibe from home. It may seem odd, but don't cut out the vinegar or you'll lose a lot of flavor.
Dan's Meat Wrap
This wrap may be Dan's recipe, but it tastes just like something you'd get at the deli. Best of all, it's super easy to make and bring along for a quick lunch.
This quick vegetarian sandwich has a simple, fresh taste and makes a great lunch. Many reviewers recommend adding seasoning, such as garlic powder, to the mushrooms before sauteeing.
Lorraine's Club Sandwich
Basic isn't always boring, and this club sandwich recipe proves it. Enjoy this as-is or use the recipe as a building block for something a little more detailed.
Creator Starr ate this lobster roll growing up in Nova Scotia and got the recipe from her family. This New England classic also tastes great with shrimp or imitation crab.
Classic Cuban Midnight Medianoche Sandwich
Creator Pretty Pink Bullets got this deviation of the Cuban sandwich from her uncle. Using a sweet roll gives a nice bit of contrast to the salty, savory pork and ham.
Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches
Chicken salad is great, but curried chicken salad is even better. The curry powder complements the apples and cranberries perfectly, giving the entire sandwich a bit of sweetness.