The United States of Sandwiches

Written by Carly Hallman

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich? We took a look at each individual state to put together the United States of Sandwiches, featuring some of the most classic specialty sandwiches ever. From Alabama’s pulled chicken with white sauce to the trout sandwich in Wyoming, you’ll have to try a few (or all of these) because they’re not only tasty but you’ll be trying plenty of new sandwiches!

So who’s hungry? Let’s take a look at the specialty sandwiches from every state across America.

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United States of Sandwiches Transcript

State Sandwich Description
Alabama Pulled Chicken With White Sauce A combination of mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and a dash of horseradish smothers dry-rubbed chicken.
Alaska Salmon Sandwich Add some mayo, lettuce, and bread to your grilled or smoked salmon.
Arizona Navajo Taco This open-faced sandwich is a fried flatbread with meat, beans, cheese, and lettuce.
Arkansas Fried Bologna Sandwich Bologna is best served hot with lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, and mayonnaise.
California French Dip A hefty serving of roast beef on a French roll with provolone and a side of au jus
Colorado Denver Sandwich It’s an omelet between two slices of bread, with eggs, ham, cheddar, onions, and sautéed peppers.
Connecticut Hot Lobster Roll A quarter-pound of lobster meat drenched in melted creamery butter and heaped onto a bun
Delaware The Bobbie It’s basically Thanksgiving on a roll, with turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayonnaise.
Florida The Cuban Chewy Cuban bread smothered with layers of ham, roast pork, pickles, and Swiss cheese
Georgia Pimento Cheese Sandwich This southern staple sees creamy pimento cheese spread on sandwich bread and then griddled with butter until it turns toasty brown.
Hawaii Hawaiian Barbecue Kalua Pork Sandwich Slow-roasted pork shoulder inside a bun and topped with buttery lettuce and pickled kimchi
Idaho PB & Huckleberry Jam Simple but fantastic, this classic peanut butter sandwich is much tastier with huckleberry jam instead of strawberry jelly.
Illinois Italian Beef Thinly sliced and seasoned beef topped with au jus and peppers or giardiniera
Indiana Pork Tenderloin Sandwich A breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet topped with traditional burger fixings like pickles, onions, lettuce, ketchup, and mustard
Iowa Loose Meat Sandwich Flavorful ground beef topped with sautéed onions, paprika, and cheese
Kansas Burnt Ends The crispy ends of smoked brisket are tossed with barbecue sauce and thrown onto a bun or sliced bread.
Kentucky Hot Brown This open-faced sandwich has roast turkey topped with creamy cheese sauce, bacon, and tomato and is broiled until it’s crispy.
Louisiana Muffuletta With slices of ham, salami, bologna, Swiss, and provolone, this is best topped with olive oil.
Maine Lobster Roll Fresh lobster is tossed in mayo with a little bit of chopped celery and a squeeze of lemon juice, then served up cold on a lightly grilled hot dog bun.
Maryland Crab Cake Sandwich A big portion of fried crabmeat on chewy white bread and topped with lettuce and tomato is simply unforgettable.
Massachusetts The Fluffernutter This sticky, sweet, and delicious sandwich is comprised of Marshmallow Fluff and peanut butter.
Michigan The Reuben This grilled classic consists of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on rye or pumpernickel.
Minnesota Fried Walleye These breaded fish fillets are best served on a soft roll with lettuce, tomato, onion, and tartar sauce.
Mississippi Grilled Shrimp Po’ Boy Battered shrimp tossed in a spicy, buttery garlic sauce and topped with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and pickles
Missouri Hot Salami Thick-sliced salami is topped with cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
Montana Pork Chop Sandwich Lightly breaded and deep-fried pork sirloin on a bun with mustard, pickle, and onion
Nebraska The Blackstone Reuben The Reuben you know and love, but with chunks of meat rather than slices and toasted instead of grilled
Nevada Patty Melt A grilled cheese sandwich with the addition of a burger patty and grilled onions
New Hampshire Roast Beef Sandwich This classic is a favorite in the Granite State, with many delis specializing in rare, thinly sliced roast beef.
New Jersey Italian Sub Sliced salami, ham, and provolone slapped onto an Italian roll makes this iconic sandwich truly special.
New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger A burger with melty American cheese along with minced green chiles
New York Pastrami on Rye This classic deli sandwich is best served with a crunchy dill pickle on the side.
North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich Dry-rubbed and smoked pork shoulder tossed in sweet barbecue sauce
North Dakota Sloppy Joe This classic is ground beef with sautéed onions and spicy sauce on a hamburger bun.
Ohio Polish Boy This unique dish is kielbasa on a bun covered with barbecue sauce, French fries, and coleslaw.
Oklahoma Chicken-Fried Steak Sandwich A hefty piece of breaded meat on a kaiser roll topped with lettuce, tomato, and mayo
Oregon Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwich Bacon, cheese, thick gravy, and an egg on top of fried chicken
Pennsylvania Cheesesteak With thin-sliced beef, melty cheese, and sautéed onions, it’s a timeless classic.
Rhode Island Fried Clam Roll This favorite features seasoned and breaded clams on a grilled hot dog bun.
South Carolina Pulled Pork With Gold Sauce A pulled pork sandwich topped with a tasty sauce made from yellow mustard, brown sugar, and vinegar
South Dakota Pheasant Sandwich Shredded pheasant with mayonnaise, onions, celery, and relish
Tennessee The Elvis Peanut butter, banana, and bacon are the three main ingredients for one of Tennessee’s favorite sandwiches.
Texas Smoked Brisket Brisket topped with mayo and pickled onions on rich brioche
Utah Pastrami Burger Pastrami, onions, cheese, and Thousand Island dressing atop a grilled beef patty
Vermont The Vermonter This tasty sandwich consists of roasted turkey, thinly sliced green apples, sharp cheddar cheese, and honey mustard.
Virginia Country Ham Sandwich Country ham on white bread smothered with mayo
Washington Banh Mi Roasted pork, pâté, and pickled vegetables on a baguette make this one you must try.
West Virginia Sausage Biscuit With sausage and a buttery base, you can spice this up with egg, cheese, and even potato.
Wisconsin Grilled Cheese The Badger State takes their cheese seriously, and they’ll often top their grilled cheese sandwiches with things like broccoli, roasted carrots, and red onion.
Wyoming Trout Sandwich It’s no surprise that one of the premier fly-fishing destinations in the world is synonymous with a fish sandwich.

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Connecticut and Maine prefer their lobster rolls slightly different.

This classic is a staple in two Northeast states, but Connecticut and Maine have their own unique takes on the popular lobster roll. In Connecticut, they prefer to serve it hot, tossing a quarter-pound of lobster meat onto a bun and drenching it in melted, creamy butter. In Maine, on the other hand, you’ll see that the lobster is served cold on a grilled, hot bun. The lobster itself is tossed with mayonnaise, chopped celery, and a squeeze of lemon. You can’t go wrong with either!

Wisconsin is the place to get the greatest grilled cheese sandwiches.

The Badger State is known for their cheese, as they produce a good amount of America’s cheese supply! As you might expect, those in Wisconsin have been known to get creative with their grilled cheese sandwiches. One of the classics is a traditional grilled cheese sandwich topped with broccoli, roasted carrots, and red onions. To those in Wisconsin, there’s not much better than putting on a cheese hat, tailgating with some unique grilled cheese sandwiches, and watching a Green Bay Packers home game at Lambeau Field.

The classic pulled pork sandwich is a staple in both North Carolina and South Carolina, each with their own unique twists.

People in these bordering states love a good pulled pork sandwich, but you’ll find that they present them a little differently. In North Carolina, the sandwich more often than not consists of dry-rubbed and smoked pork shoulder tossed in some sweet barbecue sauce. Below the state line, it’s more common to find this same sandwich topped with “gold sauce,” which is a tasty mix of yellow mustard, brown sugar, and vinegar.
Here are 50 sandwiches representing all 50 states across America!

  1. Alabama: Pulled chicken with white sauce
  2. Alaska: Salmon sandwich
  3. Arizona: Navajo taco
  4. Arkansas: Fried bologna sandwich
  5. California: French dip
  6. Colorado: Denver sandwich
  7. Connecticut: Hot lobster roll
  8. Delaware: The Bobbie
  9. Florida: The Cuban
  10. Georgia: Pimento cheese sandwich
  11. Hawaii: Hawaiian barbecue Kalua pork sandwich
  12. Idaho: Peanut butter and huckleberry jam
  13. Illinois: Italian beef
  14. Indiana: Pork tenderloin sandwich
  15. Iowa: Loose meat sandwich
  16. Kansas: Burnt ends
  17. Kentucky: Hot brown
  18. Louisiana: Muffuletta
  19. Maine: Lobster roll
  20. Maryland: Crab cake sandwich
  21. Massachusetts: The fluffernutter
  22. Michigan: The Reuben
  23. Minnesota: Fried walleye
  24. Mississippi: Grilled shrimp po’ boy
  25. Missouri: Hot salami
  26. Montana: Pork chop sandwich
  27. Nebraska: The Blackstone Reuben
  28. Nevada: Patty melt
  29. New Hampshire: Roast beef sandwich
  30. New Jersey: Italian sub
  31. New Mexico: Green chile cheeseburger
  32. New York: Pastrami on rye
  33. North Carolina: Pulled pork sandwich
  34. North Dakota: Sloppy joe
  35. Ohio: Polish boy
  36. Oklahoma: Chicken-fried steak sandwich
  37. Oregon: Fried chicken biscuit sandwich
  38. Pennsylvania: Cheesesteak
  39. Rhode Island: Fried clam roll
  40. South Carolina: Pulled pork with “gold sauce”
  41. South Dakota: Pheasant sandwich
  42. Tennessee: The Elvis
  43. Texas: Smoked brisket
  44. Utah: Pastrami burger
  45. Vermont: The Vermonter
  46. Virginia: Country ham sandwich
  47. Washington: Banh mi
  48. West Virginia: Sausage biscuit
  49. Wisconsin: Grilled cheese sandwich
  50. Wyoming: Trout sandwich

How many of these sandwiches have you already tried? If it’s not all 50, then now is the time to start checking off the list!


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