My Favorite Reuben Sandwich

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There is nothing like a great Reuben Sandwich all year around and especially on St Patrick’s Day! Delicious melted swiss cheese paired with tangy sauerkraut and the flavor of good corned beef in between layers of rye bread.

I love to make these classic reuben sandwiches at home for my family. It is one of my husband’s favorite sandwiches!

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, we are enjoying some of our favorite Irish dishes during the next couple of weeks. We love corned beef and cabbage, and make these easy rueben sandwiches for lunch the next day. It’s a simple and delicious way to use up your leftovers!

Reuben Sandwiches on a plate with sauerkraut and pickle slices

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These sandwiches make a perfect way to add a touch of Irish flavor to your Saint Patrick’s Day dinner, or just a delicious addition to your weekly menu, any time of the year!

What is a Reuben Sandwich?  I make a traditional Reuben Sandwich with rye bread and Thousand Island or Russian Dressing. I usually often get the corned beef sliced to order at the deli and prefer a bit of a thicker slice but to be honest, a Reuben sandwich with homemade corned beef is insanely good. Making Corned Beef in the Slow Cooker is pretty effortless (skip the cabbage/veggies if you’d like) and the leftovers are great for this recipe!

What Goes On a Reuben Sandwich?

  • DRESSING: Thousand Island or Russian. To make a quick Thousand Island, combine the following:
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tbs each ketchup and sweet relish, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, dash of Worcestershire
  • SAUERKRAUT: I buy canned or jarred. Squeeze your sauerkraut well so it doesn’t make the sandwich soggy.
  • CORNED BEEF: Store bought, deli or leftover homemade corned beef will all work.
  • SWISS CHEESE: Place it on the bottom when making the sandwiches so it melts well.

Reuben Sandwiches in a pan

How To Make A Reuben Sandwich

To make a delicious reuben sandwich you’ll follow similar steps you would when making a grilled cheese sandwich:

  1. Butter the bread and place buttered side down in the pan.
  2. Spread each side of the sandwich with dressing
  3. Top with dressing, cheese, corned beef, and sauerkraut.
  4. Cook until golden and serve with additional dressing for dipping.

More Ways with Corned Beef

Reuben Sandwiches on a plate with sauerkraut

This makes a great option for a lunch to fuel you for the rest of the afternoon or even as a dinner with a side of Baked French Fries. Chances are after trying this perfect Reuben Sandwich it will become a family favorite at your house too!

Reuben Sandwiches on a plate with sauerkraut and pickle slices
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Review Recipe

My Favorite Reuben Sandwich

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Author Holly Nilsson
There is nothing like a great Reuben Sandwich! Delicious melted swiss cheese paired with tangy sauerkraut and the flavor of good corned beef in between layers of rye bread! 


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 16 oz corned beef sliced
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup sauerkraut drained and squeezed dry
  • ½ cup russian dressing (or thousand island)

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  • Butter each slice of bread. Place 4 slices butter side down on the table or a cutting board.
  • Spread each slice with 1 tablespoon dressing and top with 1 slice of cheese, ¼ of the sauerkraut and ¼ of the corned beef.
  • Spread remaining dressing on the second piece of bread and place on top of sandwich, butter side out.
  • Place in a pan over medium low heat and cook until just golden and crisp. Flip and cook on remaining side.
  • Cut in half and serve with additional dressing for dipping.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 780, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 37g, Fat: 52g, Saturated Fat: 23g, Cholesterol: 142mg, Sodium: 2499mg, Potassium: 571mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 815IU, Vitamin C: 36.1mg, Calcium: 515mg, Iron: 4.4mg

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

Keyword reuben sandwich
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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  1. YUM! First time making these sandwiches. Thanks for sharing your method and recipe. I used homemade Thousand Island dressing and Gruyere cheese because that’s what I had on hand. Delicious!5 stars

  2. Very tasty. I’ve substituted the cheese for whatever cheese I’d had in the refrigerator and chicken noodles soup leftovers and it was the best lunch ever.5 stars

  3. Oh. My. GOODNESS.
    I’ve never made Rubens before, but my boyfriend loves them so i figured I would give them a shot. These were THE BEST Rubens I’ve ever had! We used habanero pepperjack cheese instead of swiss to add a little heat. I never comment on recipe posts, but I had to on this one! Definitely sharing this with my friends.5 stars

  4. Oh my… the best Rueben sandwich I’ve ever had was at Katz’s Deli in NY. It was amazing but I think this might possibly top it… I’ve always wanted to recreate it at home and now I know how!

  5. I absolutely love Reuben Sandwiches! It looks and sounds delicious! It’s one of my favorite sandwiches!

  6. I can see why it’s one of your husbands favorite sandwiches! And I love the little pickle you put on top! :)