Ham sandwich with cheese and avocado on a red plate

In this article, we're focusing on the unsung heroes of every sandwich—the sandwich meats that turn a simple stack of ingredients into flavorful creations. While you're likely familiar with the common types of sandwich meats, we're here to inspire you to create something exceptional with a couple of other options.

If you're anything like us, you know that a great sandwich is like a little slice of heaven—the perfect combination of flavors and textures that can brighten up even the gloomiest of days. Sandwiches have been a beloved staple all over the world for as long as we can remember. They span cultures, generations, and taste preferences. From school lunches to picnics, busy workdays to lazy weekends, a well-made sandwich is a culinary masterpiece and universal comfort food that always brings a smile to our faces.

So, grab your favorite bread and join us as we explore the eight most popular types of sandwich meat. And who knows, you might discover a new favorite combination or a unique twist that elevates your sandwich game!


Presenting the most popular types of sandwich meat

Let’s run through the top eight types of sandwich meat, including some mouthwatering options from Buddig. Get ready to elevate your sandwich game to a whole new level!

1. Pastrami, The Flavor Powerhouse

Homemade Russian Reuben Sandwich with Cheese and Chips

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This irresistible, oh-so-tender meat instantly elevates any sandwich to gourmet levels. The delicately seasoned Pastrami slices are like a party in your mouth with their smoky, peppery, and slightly tangy notes. The best part? You can enjoy this sandwich meat in various ways beyond just piling it between two slices of bread. For example, you can use it as a topping on a Biscuits and Gravy breakfast, or in a tortilla snack wrap.   

And speaking of sandwiches, here’s a simple yet mouthwatering recipe: Stack Buddig Pastrami on rye bread with melted Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and a generous slather of tangy Russian dressing. Heat it in a panini press for a warm and satisfying treat.


2. Ham, The Timeless Delight

Grilled ham and cheese sandwich

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Next up, we have the timeless favorite—ham. This succulent and slightly sweet meat is incredibly versatile, making it a go-to choice for sandwiches that suit every palate. From breakfast bagels to hearty grilled cheese sandwiches, ham brings that comforting familiarity we all love.

Try this: Craft a mouthwatering Monte Cristo—layer slices of Buddig Original Honey with your favorite cheeses between two slices of French toast. Dip the assembled sandwich in beaten egg and pan-fry until golden and crispy. Serve it with a side of raspberry jam for a delightful sweet, and savory experience.


3. Turkey, the Lean Hero

turkey sandwich with tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado

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If you’re looking for a leaner option without sacrificing taste, turkey is your star player. With its mild flavor and tender texture, turkey slices bring a lighter touch to your sandwich creations.

Try this: Stack slices of Buddig Oven Roasted Turkey onto whole grain bread, layering with crisp lettuce, juicy tomato, and creamy avocado. Spread a zesty garlic dip on the other slice of bread for an extra kick. This well-balanced sandwich offers a delightful blend of textures and flavors that will have you craving more.


4. Premium Deli, The Ultimate Indulgence

Grilled ham sandwich and dips on a wooden plate

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When you're in the mood for indulgence, turn to premium deli slices. These top-tier meats offer an extra layer of flavor and quality—whether succulent roast beef, mouthwatering turkey breast, or savory ham, premium deli meats blend perfectly with your favorite toppings and condiments.

Try this: Create a delightful masterpiece by layering Buddig Premium Deli Black Forest Ham onto freshly toasted artisanal bread. Add a spread of zesty Dijon mustard for a tangy kick, and pile on crisp lettuce, juicy tomato slices, and thinly sliced red onions for a refreshing crunch. 


5. Prosciutto, The Italian Delight

Open sandwich with prosciutto and figs

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This delicate and thinly sliced Italian dry-cured ham adds elegance to any sandwich. With its slightly salty and savory profile, prosciutto brings a touch of Mediterranean charm. 

Try this: Make a Prosciutto and Fig Sandwich by layering prosciutto, fresh figs, arugula, and goat cheese on a baguette. Drizzle with honey for a sweet and savory delight.


6. Salami, The Savory Bite

salami and greens on multigrain buns

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This Italian-originating delight is crafted from a mixture of finely ground meats, including beef, pork, and sometimes veal. This bold cured meat adds a punch of spiciness to your sandwich. With its robust taste and satisfying chew, salami is a must-try for those who crave a bit of zing.

Try this: Create a delectable Salami and Walnut sandwich by layering thin slices of salami, crunchy walnuts, and fresh arugula. Give it a finishing touch with a delightful drizzle of balsamic glaze.

7. Chorizo, The Flavorful Adventure

Breakfast Chorizo Egg Sandwich

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This spicy and smoky sausage adds heat and a touch of cultural flair to your sandwich. Chorizo, a staple in Spanish and Mexican cuisines, is a highly seasoned pork sausage infused with robust spices like paprika, garlic, and chili. Its distinctive red color and intense aroma make it a standout choice for those craving a lively kick in their meals.

Try this: Begin your day with a zesty Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Sandwich. Layer cooked chorizo, fluffy scrambled eggs, creamy avocado, and pepper jack cheese on a toasted bagel. Ignite your taste buds with this spicy and satisfying start to your morning!


8. Pancetta, The Savory Crisp

grilled cheese and pancetta sandwich

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Last, we have pancetta, the Italian bacon that's cured and air-dried to perfection. Crafted from pork belly, pancetta is often rubbed with a blend of spices, including black pepper, garlic, and sometimes even nutmeg, before it’s rolled and tightly wrapped. With its intense savory flavor and crispy texture, pancetta is a gourmet addition to any sandwich.

Try this: Make a Grilled Cheese and Pancetta Sandwich by layering pancetta and your favorite cheese between two slices of sourdough bread. Grill until the cheese is melty and the pancetta is crispy.


Mix and match different types of lunch meat from Buddig

Now that you know about these top eight sandwich and lunch meats, the sky's the limit! Don't be afraid to mix and match different meats, cheeses, veggies, and condiments to create your signature sandwich creations. With Buddig's delectable options, your sandwich possibilities are endless! 

Experiment, create, and most importantly, enjoy every delectable bite. With these fantastic meats and a touch of creativity, your sandwiches will never be the same again. It's time to take your lunch game to new heights, one mouthwatering sandwich at a time!

Stock up on Buddig products and head to the store near you! Use our handy store locator as your northern star, pointing you in the direction of yummy Buddig meats!


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Buddig offers a variety of affordable and packed-to-go lunchmeat, sliced just right for any meal. Find a store near you that carries all our delicious flavors. With no gluten or MSG, you can enjoy lunchmeat that tastes good, and really IS good.

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