Anytime is a perfect time for a BLT sandwich! Crafted with crispy bacon, fresh lettuce, and juicy tomatoes, this is a go-to for our family.

Serve it as a hearty lunch option, a simple dinner, and an all-around favorite!

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Why We Love This Sandwich

  • When running short on time or short on ideas, this classic BLT sandwich is always a family favorite.
  • Made with layers of fresh and tasty ingredients, including lots of bacon, it is a go-to sandwich recipe in my house!
  • With just 15 minutes to make, it’s the perfect last-minute lunch or dinner idea.

Ingredients for a Great BLT Sandwich

Part of what makes this sandwich so special is that there are only a handful of ingredients: bread, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo!

Bacon: Thick-cut crispy bacon is the perfect bacon for this recipe. Cook bacon in the oven for an easy no-mess way to make crispy bacon! If you don’t have bacon, you can use sliced ham, Canadian bacon, pancetta, or turkey bacon. Each provides its own delicious flavor for this recipe!

Lettuce: Use green leaf lettuce, iceberg, butter lettuce, or Romaine. You can leave them whole, but I love thinly shredded lettuce in my sandwiches.

Tomatoes: It goes without saying that a great BLT is made with the best ripe, juicy tomatoes possible. I love Beefsteaks because you only need a few slices for a hearty sandwich. Roma tomatoes are firm and full of flavor.

Bread: Almost any bread is perfect for a BLT sandwich; I find thicker breads hold up better. Think beyond basic white bread – try sourdough, rye, or a loaf of artisan bread.

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Delicious Additions & Variations

There are a lot of variations to the BLT. Make a BALT by adding avocado or a BELT by serving with an egg in the middle! Or try these yummy variations:

  • Spicy: Turn these into a great twist on jalapeno poppers and add in some cream cheese and sliced jalapenos, green chiles, horseradish.
  • Mayonnaise: Add a little spicy mustard for a great sauce or try chipotle mayo.
  • Veggies: Add slices of cucumber, coleslaw, onion, or sauerkraut.

Enjoy the flavors of a classic BLT and turn it into a BLT grilled cheese or a BLT pasta salad for a fun and delicious twist!

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How to Make a Perfect BLT

This recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Prep: Shred lettuce, slice tomatoes, and fry or bake bacon.
  2. Toast: Toast bread and top with mayonnaise.
  3. Assemble: Top one slice of bread with bacon, shredded lettuce, and tomatoes. Top with the other slice of toasted bread.
  4. Cut on the diagonal and serve immediately.
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How to Make the Perfect BLT

This BLT recipe is quick, easy and full of flavor. Add avocado or egg for a fun twist!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches


  • 4 slices bread your favorite variety
  • 6 slices thick cut bacon
  • 2 tomatoes large, ripe
  • 4 leaves lettuce iceberg, bibb or romaine
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper


  • Wash lettuce, dry, and slce into thin shreds. Slice tomatoes into thick slices.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the bacon in a single layer. Cook, turning occasionally, until crisp. Place the bacon on a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
  • Place the bread in a toaster and toast until lightly browned, butter if desired.
  • Spread each slice of bread with 1 tablespoon mayonnaise.
  • Top with bacon, tomatoes and lettuce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cut in half and serve.


To cook bacon in the oven, preheat oven to 400°F. Place a rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Put bacon the rack and bake 18-20 minutes or until crisp.
Bread can be toasted 4-inches from the broiler for 3 minutes or until lightly toasted.
5 from 17 votes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 816 | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 66g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1191mg | Potassium: 630mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1145IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
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  1. I’ve been using your blog all month since I found you on Pinterest. I’m saving money and cooking these delicious homemade meals. I used your oven bacon method. I finally know what temp and time to cook the bacon in there! Thank youuuu. I follow ALOT of blogs and yours is my favorite so far! All my meals have been coming out perfectly by following your recipes.5 stars

  2. BLT’s are one of my absolute favorite types of sandwiches! Your recipe looked so good that I had to link to it from my soup post! Definitely adding this to my menu plan.

  3. I love all of your recipes and rarely alter them. This one, however, I have a way of making that my family has raved over. Little things are BIG things, such as assembly. I prefer to soak my lettuce leaves in lukewarm (not hot) water for 3 to 4 minutes. I then drain the lettuce, put in plastic colander over a bowl and refrigerate for 15 min…minimum.
    Toast the bread. Half the slices get butter first. Then spread mayo on the other halves.
    Butter side up, add cold lettuce, salt.pepper to taste, then bacon, then tomato. Top with the mayo side of bread.
    Amazing. Now that has to be for dinner tonight lol5 stars

  4. A trick I learned is to brush a bit of the bacon grease on the toast. Really amps up the bacon flavor!