A sandwich is a combination of one or more varieties of food items, such as cheese, vegetables or meat, put together and placed on top or in between slices of bread as ready-to-eat food. Sandwiches are generally eaten as a snack or could be served as lunch or dinner, even taken to work, school or picnics as packed food. Depending on the kind of filling, they could be savory or sweet.

Food historians generally attribute the creation of the sandwich as we know it today, to John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. This Englishman was said to have been fond of gambling and as the story goes, in 1762, during a 24-hour gambling streak, he instructed a cook to prepare his food in such a way that it would not interfere with his game.

The cook innovatively presented him with sliced meat placed in between two pieces of toast, this worked very well as it stayed long and could easily be eaten with one hand without any cutlery, thus leaving the other hand free to continue with the game.

Here are some popular sandwiches around the world...

1. Breakfast Sandwich

Eggs Benedict – eggs and bacon atop an English muffin may have been the first official open-face breakfast sandwich.

2. Cheese Steak/Philly Cheese Steak

This sandwich originates in Philadelphia and is made of thin slices of grilled steak covered in melted cheese on a long roll.

3. Doner Kebab

Literally meaning “rotating roast”. The Döner kebab is a Turkish sandwich made of lamb cooked on a vertical spit, thinly sliced off to order and generally placed in pita bread.

4. Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This is a form of a pan-fried sandwich that consists of two slices of bread, usually buttered with cheese melted in between.

5. Hamburger Sandwich

America’s most popular food is actually a sandwich made of a beef patty inside a sliced round bun.

6. Hot Dog

It’s simply a sausage in a roll. The hot dog first came to be in the U.S. in 1871 when an enterprising sausage vendor in Coney Island came up with the idea to put a sausage in a roll.

7. Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

This sandwich was supposedly made by the GI’s during World War II, who combined their rations, where the jelly was used to make the sticky peanut butter easier to eat. Ever since, PB&J has been an America hit.

8. Tea Sandwich

Tea sandwiches are small sandwiches created in bite sizes and in a variety of shapes, to go with afternoon tea.

9. Tostada

A tostada is the Mexican equivalent of an open-face sandwich, made on crisp tortillas instead of bread.

10. Wrap Sandwich

A sandwich made by rolling sandwich fillings in a wrap, usually made of tortilla.

Apart from their traditional and regional preferences the world over, sandwiches are versatile and their ingredients could be changed according to a person’s preference. In this episode, you will be learning to make popular sandwiches from around the world.

Sandwich Recipe of the Day - Classic Beef Burger

About Classic Beef Burger

In the late eighteenth century, the largest port in Europe was in Hamburg, Germany. Sailors who visited Hamburg ate this sandwich and brought back with them the term "Hamburg Steak". Due to its popularity and also to attract German sailors, the eating stands along the New York City harbour offered, "steak cooked in the Hamburg style".

A Hamburger (also called a beef burger, hamburger sandwich or cheeseburger when served with a slice of cheese) is a sandwich consisting of one or more cooked patties of ground meat, usually beef, placed in between two round buns.

Hamburgers may be cooked in a variety of ways, including pan-frying or barbecuing, and served with lettuce, bacon, tomato, onion, pickles, cheese along with condiments such as mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup or relish.

This Dish

The warm toasted bun compliments the succulent grilled beef patty paired with the cooling mayonnaise, juicy slices of tomato, and served along with crispy French fries.

Recipe Card (to serve 4 pax)

Ingredients Quantity
For Beef Burger
Lean minced beef 500 g
Egg 1 large
Onion (minced) 1/2 cup
Bread crumbs 1/4 cup
Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp
Garlic (minced) 2 cloves
Sea salt 1/2 tsp
Black Pepper 1/4 tsp
Parsley 1 tbsp
Olive oil 2 bsp
To Serve
Burger buns 4 pieces
Mayonnaise 1/4 cup
Ketchup 1/4 cup
Iceberg lettuce leaves 4 pieces
Ripe tomato (thinly sliced) 1 piece
Red onion (thinly sliced) 1 piece
French fries as required

Method of Cooking 

  1. In a bowl, mix ground beef, egg, onion, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, sea salt, and pepper until well combined. Divide mixture into four equal portions and shape each into a patty about 4 inches wide.
  2. In a grill pan over high heat add olive oil (let it heat) and lay the burgers. Grill burgers, turning once until browned on both sides, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from grill.
  3. Lay buns, cut side down on grill and cook until lightly toasted, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  4. Spread mayonnaise and ketchup on different sides of the buns. Add lettuce, tomato, burger and onion. Cover with the other half of bun.
  5. Serve with French fries.