If you’re tired of the same old lunch, we’ve got twelve protein-packed sandwich recipes to fuel you through the rest of your day and then some. These are some of the tastiest, man-sized sandwich ideas you’ve ever tried.
1. Pambazos (Mexican Salsa-Dunked Sandwiches)
An incredible handheld feast served on rolls that have been dunked in guajillo salsa, then skillet fried. They are fully loaded with chorizo, potatoes and refried beans.
2. Steak & Potato Barbecued Grilled Cheese
It’s described as a, “steak sandwich on steroids,” and it definitely takes grilled cheese sandwich recipes to the next level. Sirloin steak, grilled potatoes, caramelized onions and provolone between two slabs of hearty bread, all cooked on the barbecue.
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3. Pulled Pork Banh Mi
Beer-braised pork, flatbread slathered with garlic-chili mayo, pickled vegetable slaw, jalapeños with sweet and sour sauce served up Vietnamese style.
4. Mexican Milanese Style Sandwiches
Here’s another of our favorite Mexican-inspired sandwich ideas, courtesy of Marcela Valladolid. Battered chicken, beef or pork cutlets with chipotle mayo, avocado and jalapeños. Simple yet so good.
The Puerto Rican Tripleta is the king of protein packed sandwich recipes so you better be hungry! Get ready for Swiss cheese — and here’s why it’s called Tripleta — roasted pork, boiled ham and chopped steak topped with fried plantains.
6. Curried Lamb or Turkey on Naan
This is a thin sandwich that’s all about Indian-style flavor. Ground lamb or turkey with a spicy curry masala bring the heat. Greek yogurt and mint balance cool it down.
7. BBQ Black Bean
You don’t need to be a carnivore to get your protein fix. This recipe is super quick and easy — black beans, barbecue sauce and bread.
8. Pancetta & Apple Chutney
Here’s an international combo with an “aggressive” marinade of salt, rosemary, thyme, peppercorns, star anise and brown sugar. Apple chutney adds a touch of zest.
9. Surf n’ Turf Pork Belly and Shrimp Sausage Sandwich
Surf n’ Turf in a sandwich never tasted so good. This recipe was inspired by a trip to Lisbon and the name says it all. Just add spicy aioli and serve on an English muffin.
10. PB & Mayo
Speaking of mayo, we’ve got another veggie option. Peanut butter has plenty of protein but it’s also got a lot of fat (the good kind, but still…), as does mayo so this definitely isn’t something you want to eat every day. That said, you haven’t lived till you’ve tried it.
12. Sloppy Bao
It’s the Vietnamese version of a Sloppy Joe. Instead of plain tomato sauce, ground meat is cooked in Thai red curry paste and swimming in a tantalizing blend of ketchup, basil, fish sauce, mustard and brown sugar. Serve on a baguette with sliced mango.