Reuben Sandwich

Make a deli-style Reuben sandwich at home with this top-rated Reuben recipe.

a reuben sandwich cut in half and stacked to show off all the tasty layers
Mike Phillips

What Is a Reuben Sandwich?

A Reuben is a grilled sandwich featuring corned beef on rye bread. The Reuben is a menu staple in Jewish-style delicatessens, but it's not technically kosher because it combines meat and cheese.

What Is On a Reuben?

A traditional reuben sandwich consists of thinly sliced corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut on rye bread slathered with Russian or Thousand Island dressing.

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How to Make a Reuben

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make reuben sandwiches at home:

1. Spread the dressing on one side of each slice of bread.
2. Assemble the sandwiches. Butter the top of each sandwich.
3. Place the sandwich butter-side down on the hot skillet or griddle.
4. Butter the other side. Flip when the bottom slice is golden brown.
5. Grill until both sides are golden brown.

side view of a grilled and sliced reuben sandwich layered with pastrami, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese

How to Serve Reuben Sandwiches

Pair your Reuben with a pickle, potato chips, French fries, or one of these classic deli sides:


Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This recipe was so good," says . "My family loved it and I will definitely make it again. It was so easy and quick to make."

"Here's a tip that works for all grilled sandwiches: Instead of butter, spread the outside of the bread with a thin layer of mayonnaise," according to . "It makes a lovely, crispy sandwich, and no one will guess you used mayo."

"These sandwiches were super easy to make," says . "Tasted just as good, if not better, than at a restaurant."

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Reuben Sandwich

a reuben sandwich cut in half, served with potato chips
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 sandwiches


  • 8 slices rye bread

  • ½ cup Thousand Island dressing

  • 8 slices Swiss cheese

  • 8 slices deli sliced corned beef

  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened


  1. Gather all ingredients and preheat a large griddle or skillet over medium heat.

    ingredients gathered on a cutting board

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  2. Spread one side of bread slices evenly with Thousand Island dressing.

    Thousand Island dressing spread on slices of bread

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  3. On four bread slices, layer one slice Swiss cheese, 2 slices corned beef, 1/4 cup sauerkraut, and a second slice of Swiss cheese. Top with remaining bread slices, dressing-side down. Butter the top of each sandwich.

    bread layered with cheese, corned beef, and sauerkraut

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  4. Place sandwiches, butter-side down on the preheated griddle; butter the top of each sandwich with remaining butter. Grill until both sides are golden brown, about 5 minutes per side.

    tops of bread buttered and placed butter side down on a hot griddle

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  5. Serve hot. Enjoy!

    a reuben sandwich cut in half, served with potato chips

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Editor's Note

Try this and top with homemade .

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

657 Calories
40g Fat
44g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 657
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g 52%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 1930mg 84%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin C 6mg 6%
Calcium 517mg 40%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 412mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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