There's no doubt that fillings make a sandwich, so take yours to the level level with these tasty and easy ideas to make at home.
Ingredients for tasty sandwich fillings couldn’t be easier to come by either, as many of them can be found on the supermarket shelves.
We’ve got recipes and ideas for great twists on classic fillings like hot cheese and chutney, chick satay and lettuce wraps, beef brisket and falafel pittas. As well as new and exciting things to make, like homemade hummus and sweet potato and bean, along with our favourite – sausage and mozzarella melt. There have always been so many flavour combinations to choose from, but it’s easy to get in a sandwich rut and routine.
So have a scroll through some of these ideas and give your lunch a break from plain cheese and ham sandwiches, as these fillings will bring a lease of life to your lunchtime. They’re great for making the night before and will be something to look forward to the following day as well.
You don’t have to stick to two slices of bread and something in between either. A tortilla wrap, pitta, naan or bap will also make a great base but help to mix things up. These especially make excellent summer lunch ideas, for when the weather gets warmer and you don’t fancy a hot meal.
Another source of sandwich filling inspo if your leftovers. Got some leftover roast beef from your Sunday lunch, ragu from spaghetti bolognese or falafel from a light lunch? They can all be transformed into a sandwich with some extra salad leaves here or a slick of mustard here and there.
All of these are easy ways to make sure you’re not having the same thing for lunch over and over again, which is a situation that everyone can find themselves in unless they put a little extra thought into it.
Need a little something for later? Try our collection of summer cupcakes for a tasty afternoon snack.
Scroll through to see some of these tasty sandwich fillings…
Who doesn't love a toastie? Warm and filling, this cranberry and cheese toastie seems like it should come right out of a Christmas recipe book but it's also great for summer, as the cranberry offers a refreshing kick with the cheese.
Get the recipe: Cranberry and cheese toastie
Jump aboard the Joe Wicks' train with this fish finger sandwich from Lean in 15. Whether you're looking to keep your weight down or fill up on protein, this fish finger sandwich filling has it all. It's also a great one for kids - as it's a healthier alternative to sausages - and adults as you can get lots of fingers onto one tray, for batch sandwich fillings.
Get the recipe: Joe Wicks' Fish finger sandwich
A classic American tradition, Sloppy Joes may not sound all that nice but they're delicious! Made from lean mince and vegetables you'll likely already have in your store cupboard, you can make this filling sandwich from the comfort of your own kitchen. It's a perfect one for those summer evenings when you want something tasty, but not too difficult to make.
Get the recipe: Sloppy Joes
This Vietnamese turkey sandwich recipe really is the bees knees. While it might be extra special on Boxing Day, turkey makes a great meat for the summer as it's lighter than beef and (some believe) tastier than chicken. Add a flair to your turkey sandwich with this exciting recipe, which uses rich Vietnamese pate.
Get the recipe: Vietnamese turkey sandwich
These roll up sandwiches are great for fussy tummies. Using just normal bread, styled in a whole new way with some exciting fillings like peanut butter and jam or hummus, you can create a whole new way to serve up sandwiches.
Get the recipe: Roll up sandwiches
These chicken satay lettuce wraps are light and easy to make. They're perfect lunch box fillers or picnic treats. The chicken is left to marinate in a creamy coconut and Thai paste mix to give them a spicy kick. Once they're cooked all you have to do is assemble your wrap - don't forget the satay sauce, it's the highlight of this recipe!
Get the recipe: Chicken satay lettuce wraps
This is the ultimate sandwich. Succulent pieces of melt-in-the-mouth beef brisket, melted Cheddar cheese, fresh reb cabbage and a tangy BBQ sauce - need we say more? This mouth-watering BBQ beef brisket sandwich will be the highlight of your afternoon.
Get the recipe: BBQ beef brisket sandwich
If you love beef as much as we do, you're going to love this mouth-watering salt beef recipe - beef brisket has never tasted so good! The salt beef can be kept for up to 1 week in the fridge too, which means you can have it for lunch over a few days during the week.
Get the recipe: Salt beef
We bet you never thought to put these two ingredients together; ham and fig. The sweetness of the fig in this prosciutto and fig recipe makes this sandwich extra special along with the creamy, goat's cheese spread. You can serve this sandwich filling in an open sandwich or if you're a fan of the bread, give it a topper - go on, treat yourself!
Get the recipe: Prosciutto and fig open sandwich
Scrambled eggs are not just for breakfast you know, you can have them for lunch too! Soft, buttery scrambled eggs and salty smoked salmon will transform your sarnie into one flavour-packed delight. Your colleagues at work are going to be rather jealous of your salmon and scrambled egg bagel.
Get the recipe: Salmon and scrambled egg bagel
Have you ever made falafel before? No? Well, now's your chance to try! This homemade falafel pitta recipe guides you through how to make falafel from scratch and what delicious ingredients to serve it with too like rocket and plain yogurt. Falafel can be sandwiched between all different types of bread - it's up to you!
Get the recipe: Falafel pittas
Melted cheese and sweet chutney sandwiched between thick slices of lightly toasted bread - what more could you want? This cheese and chutney sarnie combo really does work wonders and is perfect if you fancy something filling and just a little bit naughty at lunch time. Well, everyone deserves a treat every now and then!
Get the recipe: Cheese and chutney sandwich
Love the spice of Mexican food? Well, if you've answered yes you're just going to love these tasty lamb and guacamole wraps. It's a great way of using up any leftover lamb you might have from your Sunday roast plus they only take 10 mins to prepare.
Get the recipe: Lamb and guacamole wraps
A classic club sandwiches for all ages, this children's club sarnie comes with a cream cheese, bacon and simple tomato salsa filling.
Get the recipe: Children's club sarnie
Everyone loves a classic tuna sandwich! This delicious crunchy tuna filler takes a favourite one step further by adding small pieces of chopped pepper, onion and cucumber to the mix. A dash of lemon juice and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar show that there's no need for mayo in this recipe - it's the healthy alternative!
Get the recipe: Crunchy tuna filler
Fancy something healthy and filling? These delicious roasted vegetable pittas are sure to do the trick - they're a great lunch box filler for the kids too. The soft roasted veg and the creamy mozzarella make a delicious combo that can be popped into pitta, bread or a tortilla wrap - the choice is yours!
Get the recipe: Roasted vegetable pittas
Tuna, red onion and black olives make a really flavoursome combo. Topped with heaps of cheese and melted under the grill, this tuna and cheese ciabatta melt can be served on ciabatta, toasted bread or a slice of crusty loaf.
Get the recipe: Tuna and cheese ciabatta melt
Make your own hummus with chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, paprika and cumin. Hummus is great alternative to butter and is full of protein too thanks to the chickpeas. Spread on bread and top with fresh salad leaves and tender chicken pieces.
Get the recipe: Homemade hummus
You just need canned tuna, butter, lemon juice and capers to make this delicious tuna and caper sandwich filling. Add crispy lettuce or cucumber to make it even healthier.
Get the recipe: Tuna and caper spread
If you're looking for something different to sandwich between your bread or tuck away in a tortilla wrap, then you've got to try this Mexican sweet potato and bean combo. Perfect for vegetarians, it's a really refreshing change from your usual ham and cheese or tuna sarnie and is sure to keep you fuller for longer.
Get the recipe: Mexican sweet potato and bean wrap
If you need lunchtime inspiration, this salmon, avocado and brie combo is a winner in the taste stakes.
Get the recipe: Smoked salmon, avocado and brie on rye
First up, this delicious piccalilli recipe. If you love this chunky vegetable pickle, make it at home with cauliflower, beans, courgettes and onions with our homemade piccalilli recipe. Delicious in sandwiches with cheese or ham, or both.
Get the recipe: Piccalilli
If you're looking for a sandwich filling just for kids - this is it! It's a great way to turn a simple baguette into a tasty packed lunch treat - and your kids can help make it too. Cream cheese, red pepper, cucumber and sweetcorn makes up this healthy stuffed baguette sandwich recipe.
Get the recipe: Stuffed baguette sandwich
An absolute classic. This BLT recipe adds some avocado into the mix, but you can just stick with bacon lettuce and tomato if you wish.
Get the recipe: Classic BLT
Chicken and pesto is a classic combination. If you've got any leftover chicken from your Sunday roast you can pop it into this sarnie along with a generous spoonful of pesto, a sprinkling of cheese and a slice of tomato. Serve this chicken pesto panini hot or cold.
Get the recipe: Chicken pesto panini
Complete your soft brown rolls with a creamy egg mayo filling. Add a handful of fresh, crisp lettuce leaves and this sandwich is ready to be enjoyed!
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Make these creamy coronation chicken and fresh coriander salad sandwiches in under 10 mins. A traditional British classic with a healthy twist.
Get the recipe: Coronation chicken and fresh coriander salad sandwich
This Woman's Weeky mustard horseradish butter is great in ham sarnies.
Get the recipe: Ham and Tewkesbury butter sandwich
If you're looking for something creamy and delicious to spread on that crusty loaf why not make some chicken liver pate? Homemade pate beats shop-bought any day! A dash of double cream and a handful of chopped walnuts makes this sandwich filling a favourite.
Get the recipe: Chicken liver pate
This blue cheese and avocado panini filling makes a delicious combo. The soft cheese and juicy avocado make a delicious vegetarian alternative.
Get the recipe: Blue cheese and avocado panini
This Mediterranean layered sandwich combines green pesto, sweet grilled peppers, juicy tomatoes and mozzarella cheese in one - delicious!
Get the recipe: Mediterranean layered sandwich
All you need is crusty rolls, cheese, wafer-thin ham, tomatoes and cucumber to make these impressive stripy picnic rolls. Perfect for packed lunches.
Get the recipe: Stripy picnic rolls
If you're looking for something comforting to keep you warm on those cold winter days then Bill Granger's sausage and mozzarella melt is sure to please. Tender sausage pieces smothered in a thick layer of creamy, melted cheese. Pop this sandwich filling on top of a bagel, slice of crusty loaf or ciabatta.
Get the recipe: Bill Granger's sausage and mozzarella melt
Get the recipe: BLT Fried egg and cheese toastie
This hearty and flavoursome steak and onion sandwich is meaty and moreish packed with a tender steak and tangy onions.
Get the recipe: Steak and onion sandwich
Push the boat out with these fancy aubergine, courgette pesto and cream cheese open sandwiches. They're quick to make and will look very impressive come lunch time.
Get the recipe: Aubergine, courgette pesto and cream cheese open sandwich
Ooh la la! The star of the menu in many a Parisian café, this chic little sandwich is like our humble cheese on toast taken to another level. With egg yolk, butter and a heap of grated cheese, it's not one for those who are watching their weight, but done right, it's a delicious, decadent treat that will take you right back to those French boulevards.
Get the recipe: Quick croque monsieur
We love this easy pastrami stuffed sandwich loaf. It's much less fiddly than individual sarnies and makes for a delightful surprise.
Get the recipe: Pastrami stuffed sandwich
Butternut squash and egg mayonnaise sandwich filling is a delicious choice for your kids lunch box with one of your 5-a-day.
Get the recipe: Butternut squash and egg mayonnaise sandwich filling
BBQ chicken baguettes are made with mini chicken fillets smothered in BBQ sauce and piled with onion rings and salad. That's what we call loaded!
Get the recipe: BBQ chicken baguettes
Salmon and cream cheese sandwiches are a great healthy lunch option for grown up dinners and little ones alike.
Get the recipe: Salmon and cream cheese sandwich
Our venison sandwich is quick and easy to make, while using this delicious game in a delicious way!
Get the recipe: Venison sandwich
Fancy a light dinner? Sabich are sandwiches from the Middle East and they are perfect for lunch or dinner. It's hearty and satisfying and full of flavour! It can be enjoyed warm but it's also tasty the next day.
Get the recipe: Sabich
Our reuben sandwich loaf is a sharing-style layered sandwich that can be easily packed up and taken on picnics.
Get the recipe: Reuben sandwich