Find more than a dozen easy, quick, and nourishing sandwich lunch ideas for adults and kids of all ages. Use these to take some of the work out of coming up with ideas for what to pack for lunch for school, work, or serving at home.
Sandwich Lunch Ideas
Sandwiches are one of the go-to lunches around because they are easy. They can be very quickly become boring and it can take time for little kids to learn how to manage the mix of textures, so for all of those reasons, this post is here.
You’ll find over a dozen easy sandwich ideas for lunch that you can pack for daycare, preschool, or elementary school—or that you can pack for yourself for work. (Why not make everyone lunch at once, right?!)
There are a mix of filling options here and types of bread to give you lots of examples so you can use these ideas as you like.
Lunch Sandwich Ideas for Work
I’m a huge proponent of making sure that we parents feed ourselves, too, so know that you can enjoy these ideas for yourself. You may prefer different condiments or more crunchy veggies in your sandwich, but you can start with the same basic ideas.
Pack them in a lunch box or bento box with some simple lunch sides for a meal to fuel your busy day.
Sandwiches for Kids
Being able to eat a real sandwich is a milestone that never gets mentioned in any of the baby books, but which is exciting nonetheless—it opens up so many easy meal options! For any of these ideas, you can dice them up into smaller pieces for easier eating as needed (12/14+ months), you can cut them into sticks (great for 16/18+ months), or you can even serve them open faced with just one piece of bread.
Learn how to make a batch of healthy, homemade Uncrustables to stash into the freezer for fast kids lunch ideas. I love this method so much because you can decide exactly what to put inside, they’re crazy fast, AND they freeze beautifully. (Plus, you can adjust for allergies as needed!)
You can make one sandwich at a time, or make a batch of a few to stash in the freezer. Adjust this as needed for your preference.
Transform a basic sandwich into a super fun Sandwich Roll-Up with a simple method anyone can do. This works with a variety of fillings and can be served at home or packed for school lunch. It’s an easy option to have in the kids lunch mix!
Pair a soft sandwich bread with your filling of choice to make this easy toddler lunch or school lunch. You can even make them the night before.
Roll up a few simple ingredients to make this delicious Turkey Wrap recipe in minutes. It’s a great lunch wrap for home or school, and you can easily adjust the ingredients to suit the preferences of your child. Win!
Roll up a few simple ingredients to make this delicious Turkey Wrap recipe in minutes. It’s a great lunch wrap for home or school, and you can easily adjust the ingredients to suit the preferences of your child. This makes one wrap, so scale up as desired.
Roll up just a few ingredients for satisfying (and really versatile) Vegetarian Hummus Wraps. This no-cook meal is an easy lunch for school or for work or home for you. And you can make it in less than 5 minutes!
Quickly combine a few simple ingredients to make a really yummy lunch wrap. This recipe makes one wrap, so increase the serving size as necessary.
These finger sandwiches are both easy and fun to make. And it’s so simple to change up the fillings according to what your kids like. These are fun at home as a special lunch and packed in a lunch box.
Learn how to make quick tea sandwiches for kids to have at a tea party or a special lunch or snack. There are 6 filling options here, plus tips for cutting bread, which breads to use, and which tea to pair with the finger sandwiches.
Veggie Grilled Cheese
This grilled cheese sandwich is a favorite option to serve up a little mashed sweet potato smack in the middle of a classic gooey sandwich. I love the added flavor, how it adds some moisture to the filling, and how easy it is to make for any age. You can even pack it in a thermos.
With just 4 ingredients, including a veggie that blends right in, this Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a yummy kids lunch to share. It packs extra nutrition in the filling, yet only takes a few minutes to make. Such a great easy meal!
The basic idea of this is that you spread nut butter (or seed butter) onto a tortilla, add a banana, and roll it up. You can either serve it like that—like you’d eat a taquito!—or slice it into round with a serrated knife. So good.
Banana Sushi is a seriously fun and fast lunch for kids—that’s filling too! Plus: You only need three nutritious ingredients to make this lunch.
Ham and Cheese Wrap
This one is inspired by a snack they used to make at our daycare where tortilla and ham were rolled around a cheese stick. This works really well to slice into bite-size rolls (and the cheese stick works better than a slice of cheese shape-wise).
Try these easy wraps for kids as an easy lunch or meal when you want to change up the usual sandwich options. Nutrition info will vary according to the ingredients you use.
Salmon Salad Sandwich
Offering healthy fats to kids is easy when you keep a can of wild salmon on hand to make a simple open-face Salmon Salad Sandwich. The process is easy and doesn’t require any fancy tools—and a yummy meal can be ready in about 5 minutes!
This salmon salad is packed with protein, healthy fats, and calcium and can be used as a dip or a spread for sandwiches. We use homemade relish in this recipe, but you can use any that you like the flavor of.
Chicken Caesar Salad Sticks
Bake up frozen chicken tenders (store bought from a brand like Applegate or homemade) and place onto lollipop sticks with bread cubes and lettuce for a fun (and still easy) take on a chicken club.
Spinach Grilled Cheese
Spinach Grilled Cheese is a veggie-packed variation on the classic sandwich that’s just so delicious. (This favorite kids sandwich is equally appealing to adults too!) It’s also easy to make and packed with iron…which is a nice bonus.
You can also do this with full size spinach if that’s what you’re able to find. Just discard any stems before starting the recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Simple sides including sliced apple, grapes, sliced peach, canned fruit, yogurt (in a container or a tube), a simple smoothie, whole grain crackers, salad, thinly sliced raw veggies, or warmed frozen veggies are all easy options to pair with a sandwich for lunch.
For adults, you can use soft or lightly toasted bread and be sure to use a mix of condiments for moisture and fillings with a variety of texture (so include some crunchy veggies like lettuce or cucumber).
For kids, the key is to make sure that it’s easy to eat, which may mean dicing or slicing up a pb&j. Or serving the elements of a turkey sandwich deconstructed so it’s easier for them to chew.
Uncrustables, deconstructed turkey or ham sandwiches, Banana Sushi, Sandwich Roll-Ups, and more are all easy options.
Best Tips for Success
- If making a sandwich for an adult packed lunch, be sure to sandwich any moist ingredients (such as sliced tomatoes) between deli meat or lettuce to protect the bread and prevent sogginess.
- Learn how to make sandwiches easy for toddlers to eat in this Sandwiches for Kids guide.
- Add simple lunch snacks to each sandwich to round out the meal.
- Add a kids drink or drink for yourself as desired.
- Use a cookie cutter to make a simple shape in a sandwich (or in just the top of the bread as shown above).
- Sub a gluten-free bread as needed.