Mix up your grilled cheese sandwich with a delicious Reuben Sandwich! Grilled Rye bread stuffed with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing. The tangy sauerkraut and melted cheese is the perfect combo. It’s a favorite sandwich that’s quick, easy and perfect for your lunch.
Serve with a few crunchy pickles and chips, maybe Dill Pickle Dip to dip them into, to make it a lunch!
Did you know it’s really easy to make a classic Reuben sandwich at home? I know! Forever we only ordered them at restaurants but they’re actually pretty simple to make. If you can make a grilled cheese sandwich you can make a Reuben.
What is a Reuben?
It’s a classic sandwich made with rye bread, corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. All the ingredients are layered on the bread and then grilled until melty and hot. It’s delicious! The combination of flavors is so good.
It’s very easy to make and once you try it, you won’t need to go out to a restaurant to get one. Trust me, it’s a lot less expensive to make it yourself and it tastes just as good! A fun twist on a Reuben is a Rachel sandwich, so you might want to give that a try, too!
Did I mention you only need SIX ingredients to make this?
What is Rye Bread?
Rye bread has a distinctive flavor that is a little sour and earthy. Some rye bread is very dark and others are lighter in color. It’s denser than your average sandwich bread so it’s really great for grilled sandwiches. A classic Reuben is made with rye bread – I’m not sure you can still call it that if you use something different!
Russian Dressing vs. Thousand-Island Dressing
The two dressings are similar and you can choose your favorite for this sandwich. Russian dressing has a little more spice and heat than Thousand-Island, which is sweeter and also is made with pickles. I’ve had this sandwich with both and they are both great!
How to Make a Homemade Reuben
If you can make a grilled cheese, you can make a Reuben. It’s a quick 10-minute sandwich!
Step 1: Butter one side of each slice of bread.
Step 2: On the opposite side spread the dressing on in and even layer
Step 3: Pile the sliced corned beef on the bread, then the sauerkraut and cheese and top with other piece of bread.
Step 4: Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat. Grill the sandwich on both sides until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden and toasty!
This sandwich will have you looking forward to lunch! I love having all of the ingredients on hand because it’s so easy to make and it’s more fun (and delicious!) than a plain old turkey sandwich.
What to Serve with Reuben Sandwiches
We just open a bag of potato chips or I’ll bake up a batch of French fries! If you like soup with your sandwich you might want to try my tomato soup on the side.
If you’ve been wanting to switch up your lunch routine, you have to give this Reuben a try! It’s hearty and filling and so delicious.
More Hot Sandwiches
I love to make hot sandwiches so here are a few other recipes you might like to try:
- For a real treat, you have to try my Monte Cristo sandwich. Ham, turkey and cheese sandwich between bread that’s battered and grilled. So good!
- I love to use my Instant Pot to make French dip sandwiches. Tender beef on a toasted hoagie roll with au jus on the side for dipping!
- My crockpot pulled pork sandwiches are so easy you’ll want them in your weekly dinner rotation!
- If you haven’t had crack chicken you have got to try it! Shredded chicken, cream cheese, Ranch and bacon is the best combination for a hot sandwich.
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- 2 slices rye bread
- 2 tablespoons Russian or Thousand Island dressing
- 1/4 pound thinly sliced corned beef
- 2 to 3 slices Swiss cheese
- 1 tablespoon butter softened
- 1/4 c. fresh-style sauerkraut drained
- Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place butter side down.
- Spread the opposite side of each slice of rye bread with dressing. Then top with cheese, sauerkraut and corned beef.
- Then top with the remaining slice of bread, butter side up.
- Place a heavy skillet or griddle over medium heat. Place the sandwich on the hot pan and cook until the bottom has browned. Carefully turn it over and cook until the other side has browned and the corned beef is warmed and the cheese has melted.
- A classic Reuben is made with rye bread, but if you'd like to switch it out for a different type of bread you can. I recommend a heartier whole grain bread so it holds up to the amount of filling in this sandwich.
- Russian Dressing vs. Thousand-Island Dressing - The two dressings are similar and you can choose your favorite for this sandwich. Russian dressing has a little more spice and heat than Thousand-Island, which is sweeter and also is made with pickles.