Corned Beef and Knockwurst Sandwich


This corned beef and knockwurst sandwich recipe is an original from my hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Cooked on the griddle, it was created at Richmond's own NY Deli in the 1940's, and soon became a staple of diners and bars across the city. Crazy that it's still completely unknown anywhere else.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
1 sandwich


  • 1 knockwurst

  • 2 teaspoons salted butter, or to taste

  • ¼ pound deli sliced corned beef

  • 2 slices rye bread

  • 2 slices Swiss cheese

  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard


  1. Slice knockwurst into long slices.

  2. Melt butter on a large griddle over medium heat. Throw corned beef onto the griddle and get it sizzling. Add knockwurst slices; cook 4 to 5 minutes.

  3. Add bread, making sure it gets a good coat of butter and grease from the griddle. Cook for 1 minute, then flip. Place Swiss cheese on bread slices. Cover with a lid or pot to steam until cheese melts, about 1 minute.

  4. Remove everything from the griddle and assemble sandwich. Place one slice of bread on a plate with the melted cheese facing up. Pile on corned beef, knockwurst slices, and mustard. Top with second slice of bread, cheese facing down. Eat hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

837 Calories
53g Fat
37g Carbs
50g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 837
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 53g 67%
Saturated Fat 26g 129%
Cholesterol 188mg 63%
Sodium 2986mg 130%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 50g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 524mg 40%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 688mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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