November 29, 2022

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BLT Sandwich – The Cookie Rookie®

Keep things classic and enjoy a homemade BLT Sandwich for lunch! Bacon, lettuce, and tomato served between two pieces of your favorite bread is always sure to hit the spot. Oh, and don’t forget the mayo!

close up of blt sandwiches resting on a bed of potato chips.

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Is there anything better than a good ol’ BLT Sandwich? I think not! It’s one of those sandwiches that is popular for a reason. It’s the perfect combination of ingredients, simple and delicious!

Making your own BLT at home means you can make sure that it’s the best it can be! I always use fresh, crisp lettuce, juicy red tomatoes, and freshly fried bacon. It all comes together with a little mayo between two slices of bread to really hit home every single time!

A classic BLT takes just under half an hour to make and never disappoints.

Why You’ll Love this BLT Sandwich Recipe:

  • CLASSIC: Everyone knows and loves a good BLT! It’s a sandwich that’s earned the title of classic for good reason.
  • FILLING: It’s simple but satiating, and you can add as much bacon as you want to make sure it really hits the spot.
  • SO EASY: This is a recipe that’s hard to mess up! Fry up the bacon, assemble the three key ingredients between the bread with a little mayo, and enjoy. That’s all there is to it!

Bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches seem to have been around forever in American kitchens, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. They’ve only gotten more popular with time!

close up of 2 stacked blt sandwiches.

How to Make a BLT Sandwich

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  1. Cook the bacon until crispy, then let the excess bacon grease drain on a paper towel.
  2. Spread mayonnaise onto both sides of the bread.
  3. Add lettuce, tomato, and bacon to one slice of bread.
  4. Add the other slice of bread on top.
step by step photos for how to make a blt sandwich.
overhead view of 5 blt sandwiches resting on a bed of potato chips.
What goes in a BLT sandwich?

A classic BLT contains bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise.

What is the best bread for a BLT sandwich?

In my opinion, the best bread for a classic BLT is a hearty white bread, such as Texas toast. The great thing about BLTs is that they’re customizable, so feel free to use your favorite bread! This homemade sandwich bread is a great option too.

Should I toast the bread for a BLT before assembling the sandwich?

This is really up to personal preference. If you’re using a nice, thick bread, you shouldn’t need to toast your BLT, but you absolutely can if you want to. If you’re using a thinner or more delicate bread, you may want to toast it so that it doesn’t get soggy too quickly.

How can I keep my BLT sandwich from getting soggy?

A BLT is the perfect bring-to-work sandwich. To keep your sandwich from getting soggy, I recommend packaging all of the components separately and assembling them just before eating. However, if that’s not an option, you may have good luck toasting the bread before assembling the sandwich.

A midday BLT is the perfect lunch. You can easily bring it with you to work, school, or anywhere else you have to be, and it’ll keep you full until dinnertime. Even the kids will love this one!

2 stacked blt sandwiches.
2 blt sandwiches stacked askew on a bed of potato chips.

Make Ahead Instructions

A BLT sandwich is best enjoyed immediately after it is made. I recommend packaging all of the components separately and assembling them just before eating. However, if that’s not an option, you may have good luck toasting the bread before assembling the sandwich.

Storage Instructions

If you plan to have leftovers, I recommend storing each component separately and assembling as you plan to eat them. However, fully-assembled BLT sandwiches will keep well for up to 2 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy cold or reheated in a 300°F toaster oven for 7-10 minutes.

Variations

A classic BLT is a truly perfect sandwich. However, there are endless ways to customize your BLT! Try adding:

  • Sliced avocado or guacamole
  • A fried egg
  • Pickled veggies
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Cheese, such as cheddar, feta, provolone, muenster, or mozzarella
  • Bacon jam in place of the bacon
  • Fried green tomatoes in place of the tomato slices
  • Garlic aioli, Buffalo sauce, walnut pesto, fry sauce, burger sauce, or ranch instead of the mayo

Scaling Up

Easily double, triple, or quadruple this recipe to feed the whole family! Cut individual sandwiches into quarters to create fun game-day bites!

For 4 sandwiches, you’ll need:

  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 8 slices of Texas toast
  • 4-8 tablespoons of mayo
  • 4 pieces of lettuce
  • 8 slices of tomato

Tips for the Best BLT Sandwich

  • For crisp bacon, use thin-cut bacon rather than thick.
  • Let the bacon drain completely to avoid greasy sandwiches.
  • Choose a hearty bread that can stand up to juicy tomatoes.
  • Stir sauces or seasonings into the mayonnaise to change up the flavor.
  • Choose a crunchy lettuce, such as green leaf, romaine, or iceberg.
  • Use fresh, firm slicing tomatoes! If they’re extra juicy, you can pat them dry.
overhead view of a bitten blt sandwich resting atop a second blt sandwich on a bed of potato chips.

Enjoy a classic BLT Sandwich for lunch, as a laid back dinner, or make a whole bunch to serve at a game day party! There’s really never a bad time or place to enjoy a sandwich made with bacon, lettuce, and tomato after all.

If you make this recipe be sure to upload a photo in the comment section below or leave a rating. Enjoy!