Science: Why Sandwiches Taste Best When Someone Else Makes It + 15 Mouthwatering Sandwiches To Try

I’ve actually been saying this for years, and every time I tell someone, they always say, “Whoa, that is so true…”

Sandwiches taste better if someone else makes them. Of course, when I was a child, this would enrage my mother. She knew I was perfectly capable of making my own lunch, and I tried to explain to her, “But it tastes better when you make it.” Some people live by the Golden Rule, treat other’s like you wish to be treated. I live by the Make Others Prepare Stuff For Me As Often As Possible Rule. It’s not laziness, I truly believe that even someone else preparing a glass of ice water tastes better than if I were to do it to myself.

Now, I finally have some science backing my claims.

According to the New York Times, noted psychologist Daniel Kahneman explains:

When you make your own sandwich, you anticipate its taste as you’re working on it. And when you think of a particular food for a while, you become less hungry for it later. It’s a kind of specific satiation, just as most people find room for dessert when they couldn’t have another bite of their steak. The sandwich that another person prepares is not ‘preconsumed’ in the same way.

This could be used as a diet technique. Studies suggests that if you imagine the food you’re going to be eating, you’ll eat less of it because the novelty of it has already worn off. Or, I can continue to use this study to guilt people into making food for me.

Here’s a list of the 15 most mouthwatering sandwiches you can forward to whoever agrees to prepare your meal.

1. Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly

Grilled Peanut Butter and Jelly

Let’s start out with a twist on an old favorite. This isn’t the sad PB&J you’d find at the bottom of your Power Ranger lunch box. Grilling your peanut butter and jelly with lots of butter probably isn’t as healthy, but the crispy outside and gooey inside is so worth it. The recipe is so simple, you’ll never eat a regular PB&J again.

2. French Dip

French Dip

Warm roast beef, gooey cheese, and delicious au jus for dipping. This is my favorite recipe for the French Dip sandwich, because you cook the roast beef in a crockpot all day. Crockpots are the best when you don’t have anyone to make you dinner, because by the time you come home after a long day at the office, it’s like mom’s been in the kitchen all day making you a special meal.

3. Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork

I actually make pulled pork sandwiches like every week for dinner. It’s so easy, and cheap. All you need is a can of Dr. Pepper, a pork shoulder, BBQ sauce, and a crock pot. This recipe is what I follow. The coleslaw is the most important part, and make sure you make it with plenty of vinegar. I always have a lot of pulled pork left over, which I end up putting in a quesadilla, and it’s the best thing in the world.

4. Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo

The perfect breakfast sandwich? You know it ain’t your basic ham and cheese. Get some ham, cheese, a little mustard and mayonnaise, then dip that bad boy in some egg and make it like french toast. Now you understand why it’s got a fancy French name. Add some powdered sugar if you want to be exceptionally bad ass. Here’s the recipe. But don’t forget some red currant jelly on the side.

5. Banh Mi

Banh Mi

I’m ashamed to admit that I never had a banh mi until like four years ago. I regret every year I’ve spent without it by my side. If you’ve never had one, please do yourself a favor and find a Vietnamese place that does it justice. It’s sweet, tangy, spicy, and crunchy. With a fresh baguette, mayo, pork, jalapenos, and cilantro, it’s probably one of the best sandwiches ever made. it’s traditionally made with pork, or pork bellies, head cheese, or liver pate. Here’s a great resource for different recipes.

6. Italian Sub

Italian Sub

There’s a reason why this sub has the “6 foot long” option. It’s delicious. It’s probably the best cold-cut sandwich ever created. Ham, capicola, provolone, Genoa salami, lettuce, tomato, onion, red wine vinegar and oil, salt, pepper, oregano, and banana peppers. And if you put mayo on this hoagie, may God have mercy on your soul.

7. Reuben


A Reuben is make or break for a deli. If a deli can’t make a killer Reuben sandwich, then what’s the point of it even staying open? With corned beef or pastrami, the classic Swiss cheese (but I prefer a nuttier cheese, like Gruyere,) lots of sauerkraut, and Thousand Island Dressing, all on rye, the Reuben is a huge comfort food for a New Yorker. Here’s a recipe.

8. Philly Cheesesteak

Philly Cheesesteak

There was a point in my life, when I lived in NYC, that I would eat a Philly cheesesteak at least thrice a week. Now that I live in LA, I have to make my own, and it never tastes as good as my old bodega guy could make it. Still, here’s the recipe that I follow when I’m feeling a little homesick for my old stomping grounds.

9. Chicken and Biscuits

Chicken and Biscuits

Crispy fried chicken, sweet biscuits that melt in your mouth, and sour pickles… Chicken and biscuits is a classic, and should be treated as such. Here’s a great recipe for the biscuits, chicken, and honey butter on top.

10. Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan

When’s the last time you had a great chicken Parmesan sandwich? The answer is probably “too long ago.” Here’s a simple recipe to follow.

11. Po’Boy


Fresh bread stuffed with an enormous serving of fried shrimp or oysters, with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo… It’s probably the fattiest sandwich ever, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you cut carbs out of your diet, I’m truly sorry for your life choices. Here’s a recipe.

12. Lobster Roll

Lobster Roll

It’s hard to find a great lobster roll. They’re either in Boston, or in an unassuming food truck. Your best bet is to make it at home. Here’s a classic recipe, but I prefer a lobster roll with no mayo, and just garlic butter, for a pure, fresher taste. Here’s my favorite.

13. Bacon, Egg, and Cheese on a Hardroll

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese on a Hardroll

I miss a lot of New York City, I miss the public transportation, the hustle, the views. But most of all, I miss the morning street carts with their incredible bacon, egg, and cheeses, on a poppy-seed hard roll. It’s the easiest recipe to follow, but it never tastes the same. That’s it, that’s the recipe, fry bacon, egg, and put some cheese on it.

14. The Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving

The best part of Thanksgiving is mashing all the leftovers betwixt to slabs of bread and enjoying the greatest thing about America. The Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich will be served at my wedding. Here’s a recipe, if you want to recreate the magic and November is too far away.

15. Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese

There are so many ways to step up your grilled cheese game, we’ve already made a list for you.