Our Very Best Burgers, Sliders, and Melts

published Sep 8, 2023
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Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe; Food Styling: James Park

It’s official: These sandwich recipes are the best on the internet! (Find all our editors’ picks here.) The Kitchn 100 is presented in partnership with Target Good & Gather; it was created independently by our editorial team. 

With smash burger tacos and grinder salad hoagies, sandwiches of all sorts are making their way into the spotlight. As sandwich-lovers ourselves, we’re eager to jump on board, so we rounded up our best burgers, sliders, and melts that are totally worth the hype.

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The Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger

Inspired by the bacon cheeseburgers at both Carl’s Jr. and In-N-Out, this copycat recipe has a few smart tricks of its own. Grilling the mustard into the bun gives it a toasty-tangy essence, and crisping the bacon in the oven frees up the stove to cook the burgers.

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Portobello Mushroom Burger

Our heartiest, “meatiest” veggie burger isn’t made from black beans or tofu, but rather thick portobello mushrooms that become tender and smoky when grilled. Pile them onto buns with roasted red peppers and arugula, and you’ve got a colorful, flavor-packed sandwich that will satisfy even the biggest steak-lovers.

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Cinnamon Toast Grilled Cheese

We know, we know: Cinnamon swirl bread for grilled cheese? But try it once, and you’ll quickly be converted. This defines salty-sweet perfection.

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Spicy Labneh Fried Chicken Sandwich

Born out of necessity (no buttermilk at the store!) this labneh-fried chicken might be even better than the classic. The thick and creamy “yogurt cheese” offers just as much flavor and tang, and also helps the flour stick to the chicken.

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Extra-Cheesy Chicken Sliders

It’s practically impossible to dislike Hawaiian rolls — especially when they’re filled with a creamy, cheesy chicken dip. Whether you leave them as-is or stir in some crispy bacon, don’t be surprised when you’re asked to bring them to every party.

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Cheesy Chickpea Melts

These choose-your-own adventure toasts are designed to use up what you’ve got: You pick the bread, the beans, the tomatoes, and the greens and we’ll help you turn them into dinner. Vegetarians, bookmark these immediately.

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The Perfect BLT

After years of trial and error, we’ve created the ultimate BLT: bacon (not thick-cut!), crunchy romaine, a small tomato (likely to have more flavor than a big one), and toasted white sandwich bread. Prepare to eat it all tomato season — and crave it all year long.

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Salmon Burgers

An unsung pantry hero for far too long, canned salmon is ready for its moment. When mixed with mayo and Dijon, fresh herbs, and a beaten egg for binding, it forms delightfully crispy patties that are packed with flavor and protein.

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Copycat Cane’s Sauce

Whether you’re a Raising Cane’s devotee or simply enjoy a peppery sauce, we’re confident you’ll be drizzling this sauce on everything. Don’t skip the overnight rest; it sounds unnecessary, but is essential for its iconic flavor.

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