How To Make The Perfect Club Sandwich

How To Make A Club Sandwich: The perfect club with roasted turkey, baked ham, mayo,  bacon, lettuce and tomato ….worth the effort!

How To Make A Club Sandwich: The perfect cluw with roasted turkey, baked ham, homemade mayo, and bacon....worth the effort!

I love a good club sandwich.  It’s one of those things in life that is quite simple, and so good.  A simple pleasure in life.  Made with simple ingredients, this sandwich is a classic for a reason.

This club sandwich is what dreams are made.  If you’ve ever wondered how to make a club sandwich, look no further!

I have long been a fan of the club sandwich. It’s a lunchtime restaurant go-to for me. I’ve had them in many different places, and never really met one I didn’t like. It’s kind of an old faithful. Some are better than others though, and I have to say that this one ranks up there among the best.

how to make a club sandwich

Like so many things in life, this sandwich is really pretty simple, but it is made great by using great ingredients. The occasion for making this great club sandwich at home, was the perfect storm of Thanksgiving leftovers.  We had some delicious roasted turkey leftovers and slow roasted ham leftovers also. Usually we just have turkey at Thanksgiving. We love turkey on my side of the family, like have one for Christmas and another a week later for New Years, kind of love.

Leftovers Never Looked So Good

We’re not traditionally ham people. But this year my Mom bought the turkey before she finished inviting people to dinner, and we feared there won’t be enough. I was elected to bring a ham. I actually did it in the crock pot.  Our car has a power outlet, so I started it around noon, and when we headed up to my mom’s later in the afternoon, I just plugged the crock pot in in the car and it kept on cooking as we drove up. Great solution to the only one oven problem (you might want to remember this for Christmas) 😉

The Perfect Club Sandwich

Leftover turkey and ham, are the perfect reason to make a club sandwich at home. And since it seemed ordained we took it all the way, by making homemade garlic mayonnaise….I know. And, it was kind of amazing.

Clubhouse Sandwich

The history of one of the most iconic sandwiches dates back to the end of the 1800’s when it was supposedly served at a gambling club in New York city.  It became popular on different country clubs menus, and the recipe to make one was in a Good Housekeeping cookbook in 1904.  It was a favourite of former King Edward VIII of England and his wife, Wallis Simpson, and they helped it to gain popularity.  Today it’s served all over the world.


One of the unique characteristics of a club sandwich is that it is served not just between two slices of bread like a regular sandwich, but with a third piece of bread.  Some people theorize that it was originally served on double decker trains, and that the double decker sandwich was because of that.  Others suggest that the three layers of bread help create stability and give the sandwich structure.  The three pieces of bread also help keep the sandwich from becoming soggy and deliver crunchy toast.

Whatever the reason, we love the three layers.  Club sandwiches are traditionally made with white bread, although you can have them on sourdough, whole wheat bread, or even rye bread.  The bread is always served toasted to a golden brown,  The toasted bread slices are then buttered, and spread with mayonnaise.

Turkey or Chicken

There is some debate about whether the best clubs are made with chicken or turkey.  A traditional club sandwich is made with roasted chicken or turkey.  Although it’s often common and more convenient to use deli turkey or chicken.  Any of these options will work well in this sandwich.  Use what you have, or whichever you prefer.

Ham and Bacon

We included ham on our club sandwich.  Many people make club sandwiches without ham, since it has to include bacon.  It’s up to you whether to include it or not.  The layers of ham add another great element to the sandwich.  We used our leftover ham, but deli ham is a great option too.

Bacon is an essential element for your club sandwich.  The slices of bacon are traditionally served as crispy bacon, and they add amazing flavor and a crunch to the sandwich.

Tomato and Lettuce

A clubhouse sandwich also contains slices of juicy tomatoes and crisp lettuce.  This is best made with ripe tomatoes.  Use some iceberg lettuce.  Be sure to wash it and thoroughly dry it before adding it so that it doesn’t make the toast soggy.  The crispy lettuce and delicious slice of tomato add a lot of freshness to the sandwich.


Is cheese one of the typical ingredients in a clubhouse sandwich?  No.  Cheese isn’t part of a classic club sandwich recipe.  Of course you can add cheese to your sandwich if you would like to, and many people do.  Cheddar cheese is a great choice if you do want to add a slice of cheese.

Yield: 1 Sandwich

The Perfect Club Sandwich

How To Make A Club Sandwich: The perfect cluw with roasted turkey, baked ham, homemade mayo, and bacon....worth the effort!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 3 slices white bread
  • 2 roasted turkey slices
  • 2 roasted ham slices
  • 2 pieces of lettuce
  • 2 large tomato slices
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1 tbsp mayonaise
  • 1 tbsp butter, softened


    1. Toast bread, and spread each slice with butter and mayonnaise.
    2. Cook bacon slices until they are crispy.
    3. To make the sandwich, on the first slice of bread layer ham, lettuce, and tomato. On another slice layer turkey, and bacon, and then stack the two layers together, with the third slice as the lid.
    4. Secure each piece with a long toothpick, and slice into triangles. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1186Total Fat: 55gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 304mgSodium: 5221mgCarbohydrates: 76gFiber: 9gSugar: 23gProtein: 99g

Serving Suggestions

This triple-decker sandwich is stacked and held together with cocktail sticks.  Place four fancy toothpicks, one in the middle of each side of the sandwich ,going through all the pieces of toast and layers of meat, and fresh ingredients.  The use a sharp knife and from corner to corner to create four pieces.

A clubhouse sandwich is usually served with a side of french fries.  Other great side dishes to have with your clue would be potato chips, potato salad, or a side salad.  If you love dill pickles , a pickle spear on the side is a great idea too.

how to make a perfect club sandwich

This is my idea of the perfect sandwich.  Make this restaurant-worthy lunch at home and enjoy one anytime you want.  This hearty sandwich is sure to delight your taste buds.  It’s especially delicious if you have leftover roasted turkey and ham to make it with, but even  regular deli meat makes a great club sandwich.

With The Perfect Club Sandwich, life really is a party!

club sandwich made from leftovers

More Recipe Inspiration

You might also like our Easy Turkey Sandwiches with Cranberry Mayo here.

Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry Mayo

Also check out our Vietnamese Sandwich Recipe here.

You might also enjoy our Chicken Salad Toast Cups recipe here.

Chicken Salad Toast Cups: use store bought rotisserie chicken and regular old white bread to make these easy and delicious tea sandwiches.


  1. I just realized that I could totally make this right now…I have left over turkey my mother in lase packed for us from last week . I hope still ok to eat…Thanks D…xo

  2. Delicious!! I am a sandwich girl through and through. That is my fav comfort food is a good grilled cheese sandwich so I am all about this. Looks amazingly good.

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