35 Fan-Favorite Sandwiches Perfect for Game Day

Whether you root for Reubens or cheer for cheesesteaks, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for in this collection of heroes, hoagies, subs and more.

January 24, 2023

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We’re big fans of an epic spread of game day snacks featuring everything from nachos and wings to beer cocktails and sweets. There’s no denying, though, that a hearty and satisfying main dish is always the star player. And, while there are lots of great options to choose from, nothing is quite as easy to make (or as guaranteed to please) as a good, old-fashioned sandwich. Whether you choose pulled pork piled high on pillowy potato buns or opt for tender meatballs tucked into crusty rolls, you’re sure to pick a winner—starting with Jeff’s sloppy Joes. He says, "This is a classic bolognese…turned into an awesome sandwich." You can make it up to two days in advance and double the recipe for a crowd. And feel free to substitute ground turkey or all beef for the beef, pork and veal combo this recipe calls for.

Get the Recipe: Italian Sloppy Joes

Monster Muffaletta

The Sandwich King says, "This is a classic New Orleans sandwich that's hard to mess with, so I stuck to the original as much as possible. The olive salad can be done at least four days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It's great on everything!" For serving, Jeff says BBQ chips are a must.

Get the Recipe: Monster Muffaletta

Caprese Salad Sub Sandwich

To avoid sogginess, grill or broil the bread for a nice toasted texture before putting together the caprese sandwich.

Get the Recipe: Caprese Salad Sub Sandwich

French Dip Sandwiches

The thin slices of beef and strips of onions come together in this precious sandwich with every dip it takes in its own flavorful juices.

Get the Recipe: French Dip Sandwiches

Soppressata Sandwiches

The best use of a baguette is filling it with folds of colorful meats, cheese and greens in a layer of tastiness!

Get the Recipe: Soppressata Sandwiches

Instant Pot Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches

The best time to pull out the Instant Pot are for these classic pulled pork sandwiches.

Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Slow-Cooker Cuban Sandwiches

A classic Cuban with all its flavors locked into the slow cooker and kept warm before serving on the mustard smeared rolls.

Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Cuban Sandwiches

Alton's Mini Man Burgers

Follow Alton's lead for classic sliders, a perfect football party food.

Get the Recipe: Mini Man Burgers

Sheet Pan Sausage and Pepper Hoagies

Sausage and pepper are always a good idea, especially one made for a hoagie with all its seasoning fixings!

Get the Recipe: Sheet Pan Sausage and Pepper Hoagies

Italian Party Sub

Stock up on your favorite Italian deli meats and create your own giant party sub sandwich for the big game.

Get the Recipe: Italian Party Sub

Ranch Muffaletta Sandwich

For this sandwich, it’s all about the balance of taste. Alternate from the top to the bottom halves of the bread when distributing the meats and cheeses and when coating the ranch dressing and spicy olive spread. Now each bite of the sandwich will be evenly delicious.

Get the Recipe: Ranch Muffaletta Sandwich

Oven-Roasted Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Try this “fall-apart” roast pork deliciousness to serve up on game day.

Get the Recipe: Oven-Roasted Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Sliders

Triple the excitement with these pulled pork sliders. These will have you busy in the kitchen but satisfied in the stomach when your team scores a touchdown!

Get the Recipe: Pulled Pork Sliders

Mushroom Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Be a fan of this Philly cheesesteak no matter what side you’re rooting for! This version is filled with lots of love aka seasoned mushrooms for a tastier sandwich.

Get the Recipe: Mushroom Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Fish Sandwiches With Jalapeno Slaw

Fried tilapia fillets make great sandwiches topped with spicy jalapeno slaw.

Get the Recipe: Fish Sandwiches With Jalapeno Slaw

Beef Sliders for a Crowd

These sliders are game day ready with loads of cooking tips from the best pan to use to how to stack your burger.

Get the Recipe: Beef Sliders for a Crowd

Asian Meatball Subs With Hoisin Mayonnaise

Crusty baguettes are perfect for soaking up the juices from the gingery pork meatballs and spicy hoisin mayonnaise layered with crunchy sprouts and scallions.

Get the Recipe: Asian Meatball Subs With Hoisin Mayonnaise

Ranch Chicken Sandwiches

Take a bite of this sweet and juicy chicken sandwich while watching the game. An easy marinade of honey, mustard and a handful of seasoning will do the trick.

Get the Recipe: Ranch Chicken Sandwiches

Tyler's Ultimate Steak Sandwich

A creamy cheese bechamel sauce, arugula mayo and crisp fennel slaw make this steak sandwich stand out.

Get the Recipe: The Ultimate Steak Sandwich

Reuben Meatball Sliders

"What's better than a meatball? What's better than a Reuben? A Reuben meatball. Easy, quick and totally tasty, this sandwich combines all the elements of a classic Reuben, just in spherical form," says Sandwich King Jeff Mauro. "People love a ton of dressing on this, so be sure to place a bowl of it near the sliders and let people drown their sandwich in as much sauce as they want."

Get the Recipe: Reuben Meatball Sliders

Guy's Chicken-Tequila Tailgate Sandwiches

Guy knows how to tailgate, and to make this sandwich he takes foil-packet cooking to extremes.

Get the Recipe: Chicken-Tequila Tailgate Sandwiches

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Boneless chicken thighs make this sandwich juicy and flavorful, but you can use chicken breasts if you prefer — just butterfly them before browning and be careful not to overcook them. Serve with homemade ranch dressing.

Get the Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Philly Cheesesteaks with Melted Fontina and Sauteed Red Onions

By freezing this beef before slicing you're able to get ultra-thin slices, perfect for authentic cheesesteaks at home.

Get the Recipe: Philly Cheesesteaks with Melted Fontina and Sauteed Red Onions

Turkey Picadillo Sandwiches

This is like a turkey sloppy joe sandwich topped with creamy avocado slices.

Get the Recipe: Turkey Picadillo Sandwiches

Pork Loin Sandwich

Prepare for game day, hours in advance with this pork loin and pretzel bun creation. The extra time will be worth it in the end – you’ll be able to devour the hot sandwich right away and standing up too if there’s no seats by the tv.

Get the Recipe: Pork Loin Sandwich

Chinese BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders with Pickled Cukes and Carrots and Sweet-and-Hot Mustard Sauce

This sandwich is all about classic Chinese food flavors. Jeff Mauro says, "I love the succulent pork coupled with the tangy and crunchy veggies and hot-and-sweet mustard." You can make cute sliders, or pile the pork onto a large French loaf for game-day serving.

Get the Recipe: Chinese BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders with Pickled Cukes and Carrots and Sweet-and-Hot Mustard Sauce

Grilled Meatball Subs

A crowd-pleaser favorite with traditional meatballs, crispy scallions and charred peppers wrapped up in a toasted roll.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Meatball Subs

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

Melissa cooks her pork in a slow cooker with homemade barbecue sauce. Heap the finished pork onto buns and top with tangy carrots and extra barbecue sauce once you're ready to serve.

Get the Recipe: BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

Steak Sandwiches With Blue Cheese and Peppadew Mayo

Nothing's better at a sports party than a meaty, dressed-up steak sandwich.

Get the Recipe: Steak Sandwiches With Blue Cheese and Peppadew Mayo

Grilled Cheese With Bacon and Thousand Island Dressing

Make a Super Bowl-ready grilled cheese sandwich by using fresh sourdough bread, maple-glazed bacon and a flavorful cheese.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Cheese With Bacon and Thousand Island Dressing

Hoosier Pork-Tenderloin Sandwich

To make these fantastic sandwiches, you pound pork tenderloin out to make a thin disk of meat and then coat it in a buttermilk batter and fry to perfection.

Get the Recipe: Hoosier Pork-Tenderloin Sandwich

The Sandwich King's Chicago Steakhouse Sandwich

Jeff Mauro serves up a classic sandwich but makes it better with garlicky spinach and blue cheese dressing.

Get the Recipe: Chicago Steakhouse Sandwich

Marathon Sandwich

Pile on the deli meat, roast beef, turkey, pastrami and corned beef for this towering sandwich, and serve with Russian dressing.

Get the Recipe: Marathon Sandwich

The Sandwich King's Squash, Manchego and Balsamic-Onion Grilled Cheese

For an unexpected twist, Jeff Mauro adds squash to this melty, toasty grilled cheese sandwich.

Get the Recipe: Squash, Manchego and Balsamic-Onion Grilled Cheese

Ode to the Rooster

Claire Robinson's chicken sandwiches are the perfect make-ahead tailgating food.

Get the Recipe: Ode to the Rooster