While you likely don’t need a recipe for a BLT, I’m sharing my fave tips since it’s a go-to for our family!

Lots of crispy bacon, fresh lettuce, and juicy sliced tomatoes make a perfect sandwich.

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

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Why You’ll Love This Sandwich…

  • A classic BLT sandwich is perfect for lunch or a quick weeknight dinner.
  • It’s quick to prepare – about 15 minutes.
  • Made with layers of fresh and tasty ingredients, including lots of bacon for the perfect bite.
  • Don’t stop there – try new additions like avocado or a fried egg.
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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: Cook bacon in the oven for an easy no-mess way to make crispy bacon.

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: A great BLT is made with the best ripe, juicy tomatoes. I love Beefsteak or heirloom tomatoes, but any ripe tomatoes can be used.

Bread: I prefer a nice thick bread like sourdough or a loaf of artisan bread however, sandwich bread works just fine too.


  • Adding sliced avocado
  • Turn it into a BELT by adding a fried egg.
  • Swap the mayo for Chipotle Aioli for a little kick.
  • Add a bit of Dijon mustard.

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

  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. Enjoy!
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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 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches


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


  • Wash lettuce, dry, and slice it into thin shreds if desired. 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. Drain the bacon on a paper towel lined plate.
  • 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 parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet, place slices on the baking sheet, then bake for 18-20 minutes or until crisp.
Bread can be toasted 4-inches from the broiler for 3 minutes or until lightly toasted.
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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, Sandwich
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!