25+ Bagel Sandwich Recipes You’ll Love

There are so many people out there walking around every day eating bagels but never realizing their full potential. Of course, by “potential,” we’re not talking about the people (that’s a whole ‘nother article). We’re talking about the bagels. These folks never realize that they could be eating a delicious bagel sandwich instead of just smearing on cream cheese and calling it a day.

The humble bagel got its start in the Jewish ghettos in Poland. To make bagels, the dough is first boiled, then baked. This process is what makes a bagel chewy. And while bagels with cream cheese are so perfect, you can do so much more with bagels. Bagel sandwiches, anyone?

It’s truly a sad situation, but we’re here to help with some delicious bagel sandwich ideas that will help your humble bagels be all that they can be!


Bagel sandwiches offer a delicious and versatile option for breakfast, lunch, or even a quick snack. The humble bagel’s chewy texture and unique flavor profile create the perfect canvas for an endless variety of flavor combinations. Whether you’re a fan of classic combinations or looking to explore creative culinary adventures, bagel sandwiches can satisfy every palate.

The key to creating a perfect bagel sandwich lies in selecting the right ingredients. High-quality, fresh ingredients ensure that your creation will be bursting with flavor. It’s essential to consider the right balance of textures and flavors when choosing the layers of your sandwich. From spreads and proteins to vegetables and even fruit, the possibilities are endless.

Once you have a selection of ingredients, it’s time to experiment with different combinations to find your ultimate sandwich. Some classic recipes include smoked salmon and cream cheese, or bacon, egg, and cheese for breakfast lovers. However, the beauty of bagel sandwiches is their adaptability, leaving plenty of room for creativity and personal taste.

Bagels are unlike any other bread, thick and hearty with a soft outside and chewy inside. These qualities make for incredible sandwich buns, as bagels are less likely to get all soggy and fall apart.

You can make all kinds of sandwiches using bagels, from savory breakfast sandwiches with egg and cheese to juicy bagel burgers with tons of toppings.

Below we’ve found 24 of the best bagel sandwich recipes that are sure to delight and excite your taste buds!

Source: tastingtable.com

1. Bagel Grilled Cheese

For the longest time, grilled cheese has been the exclusive domain of sliced bread.

However, a new dawn has come, and this Bagel Grilled Cheese recipe is shaking things up!

Think of melty cheddar and Muenster cheese between two butter-toasted bagel buns, and now you’re ready to unplug from the Matrix and explore a whole new world of flavor.

Best of all, this delicious sandwich takes only 10 minutes to make.

Source: forkandbeans.com

2. Rainbow Fruit Salad Bagel

Adding fresh fruit to bagels is nothing new, but so often, folks stick to only one type of fruit. Why? Especially since you’ve got so many delicious and juicy fruits to pick from?

Well, this Rainbow Fruit Salad recipe deliciously tackles this issue with four very different fruits and berries that make for an unforgettable sweet treat.

In this bagel, you’ve got juicy fresh blueberries, fresh strawberries, tangy-sweet kiwis, and tart tangerines that complete a rainbow of color and flavor.

No need to search for a pot of gold. You’re holding it!

Source: kitchenstories.com

3. Avocado Tomato Basil Bagelwich

Sometimes the best bagel sandwich ideas are the simplest.

And this simple Avocado Tomato Basil Bagelwich may not have a lot of “bells and whistles,” but it more than makes up for its lack of flash with outstanding flavor.

The sandwich is nothing more than a bagel with avocado, tomato, basil, oil, salt, and pepper.

However, the result of this combo is a delicious and healthy bagel sandwich that is sure to satisfy.

Source: cookingtv-channel.com

4. Spinach Artichoke Bagel Melts

Okay, as you can see from the gorgeous image above, we’re really starting to scratch the surface of what your bagels can do!

This recipe for Spinach Artichoke Bagel Melts delivers big-time flavor!

In this sandwich, you’ve got cream cheese mixed with artichoke hearts, spinach, shredded mozzarella, grated parmesan, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, freshly ground pepper, and chopped parsley.

In other words, you’ve got yourself a situation if you stroll into the break room with this hot little number!

Source: sargento.com

5. Italian Bagel Sandwich

Sub buns had better watch out too, because they’re no safer from a bagel takeover than any other bread!

And this Italian Salami Bagel Sandwich recipe is proof that you don’t need a submarine to dive into an ocean of delicious flavors.

This sandwich features ingredients like toasted bagels, thinly sliced genoa salami, sliced pepperoni, thinly sliced prosciutto, fresh asiago cheese, fresh arugula, banana peppers, and Italian dressing.

This may sound cliche’ but…

Mama mia!

Source: weelicious.com

6. Turkey Cranber-Wee Bagel Sandwich

If you’ve got mini wheat bagels, you can get in on the fun too.

This recipe for Turkey Cranberry-Wee Bagel Sandwiches is perfect for the holidays when entertaining guests or just for a quick and healthy lunch.

After Thanksgiving, most of us tend to have a lot of leftover turkey hanging out in the fridge. Instead of dutifully trying to eat up the rest of your bird, why not transform it into an amazing little sandwich?

All you’ll need is a whole wheat bagel (mini or full-sized), roasted turkey breast, cranberry sauce, sprouts (you can also use lettuce or microgreens), and mayonnaise (or veganaise).

Source: deliciousmagazine.co.uk

7. Smoked Salmon Bagels

Our first seafood offering is this tantalizing Smoked Salmon Bagels recipe.

While smoked salmon meat can be a bit pricey, the incredible flavor it brings to sandwiches is second to none!

And this bagel sandwich not only features delicious smoked salmon but also includes cream cheese, thinly sliced cucumbers, red onions, capers, and fresh dill sprigs.

Believe us. This sandwich tastes even better than it looks!

Source: finefoodgroup.com

8. Hot Pastrami Bagels

Okay, if you’ve seen the picture above, then the answer is yes.

You are in trouble.

This recipe for Hot Pastrami Bagels should be called “The Pastrami Sandwich That Eats All Other Pastami Sandwiches.”

Getting into it, you’ve got toasted bagels with sesame seeds, hot and tender pastrami, caramelized onions, fresh sprouts, and ranch dressing.

While the ingredients of few, this sandwich looks and tastes like much more.

You better come hungry, or this bagel sandwich will have YOU for lunch!

Source: www.spoonlicker1.wordpress.com

9. Ham and Cheese Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Sandwich

One of the fantastic things about bagels is that you can find all kinds of delicious flavors, like cinnamon, chocolate chip, garlic and herb, and raisin.

And while not all bagel flavors lend themselves to being great for sandwiches, there are a few, like raisin, that might surprise you.

This recipe for Grilled Ham and Cheese Raisin Bagel Sandwiches has all the familiar flavors of ham and cheese using Mozzarella cheese and sliced ham.

However, the resin bagel adds a unique sweet twist that works well in this sandwich. It almost reminds us of how pineapple goes well with ham and cheese.

Source: simplecomfortfood.com

10. Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel Sandwich

It’s hard to believe there was a time when only a few restaurants offered breakfast sandwiches.

Nowadays, you can find them everywhere, from fast-food joints to gas stations.

However, in the sea of mediocre breakfast sandwiches stands delicious recipes like this Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel Sandwich.

This sandwich features your favorite toasted bagel, think slices of bacon, American cheese, an egg cooked to your liking, butter, salt, and pepper.

Nothing too fancy here, just a flat-out delicious breakfast sandwich.

Source: eatsmarter.com

11. Avocado Tuna Salad Bagel Sandwich

It’s hard to believe there was a time when only a few restaurants offered breakfast sandwiches.

Nowadays, you can find them everywhere, from fast-food joints to gas stations.

However, in the sea of mediocre breakfast sandwiches stands delicious recipes like this Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bagel Sandwich.

This sandwich features your favorite toasted bagel, think slices of bacon, American cheese, an egg cooked to your liking, butter, salt, and pepper.

Nothing too fancy here, just a flat-out delicious breakfast sandwich.

Source: girlinthecolorfulapron.wordpress.com

12. Sun-Dried Tomato, Sprouts, And Cream Cheese Bagel Sandwich Recipe

Not every sandwich needs meat to be delicious. And this recipe for Sun-Dried Tomato, Sprouts, and Cream Cheese proves this point beautifully.

If you’re looking for a quick and hearty sandwich that can satisfy your appetite without meat, then this veggie sandwich delivers all the goods!

Your veggies in this sandwich include sun-dried tomato, avocado, red onion, fresh tomato, and sprouts. All this fits between two toasted bagels with cream cheese.

Source: mindfulavocado.com

13. The Next Level Vegan Breakfast Sandwich

Vegans don’t need to feel left out of the bagel sandwich revolution. While most breakfast sandwiches feature egg as one of the main ingredients, we’ve found one for those looking for an alternative.

This recipe for The Next Level Vegan Breakfast Sandwich lives up to its lofty name with toasted bagels, tofu scramble, tomato, avocado, sprouts, and vegan cream cheese.

Source: recipesfoodandcooking.com

14. Bruegger’s Blueberry Bagel French Toast

Goodness gracious, would you look at that? If you’re looking for a sweet treat, you can’t beat this recipe for Bryegger’s Blueberry Bagel French Toast.

Folks, let us try to explain the delicious madness happening in the above picture – we have blueberry bagels fried in French toast batter with strawberry cream cheese and blueberry syrup topping.

‘Nuff said.

Source: ezrapoundcake.com

15. Turkey Bagel Sandwich with Avocado and Sprouts

Upgrading boring turkey sandwiches, this recipe for Turkey Bagel Sandwiches with Avocado and Sprouts gives us something to celebrate!

The sandwich delivers flavors like a toasted whole wheat bagel, provolone, deli-sliced turkey, juicy sliced tomato, sprouts, and creamy ripe avocado.

Source: spendwithpennies.com

16. Bagel Tuna Melt (Plus 5 Variations)

If you’ve been brainwashed into believing that tuna melts are only for toasted white bread, then we’ve come to free you.

This recipe for Bagel Tuna Melt has five delicious variations that will blow your mind!

Source: wholeandheavenlyoven.com

17. Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Chicken Bagel Sandwich

Wow. It’s tough to write about this sandwich and look at the photo.

This recipe for Roasted Redd Pepper Pesto Chicken Bagel Sandwiches is guaranteed to leave you daydreaming at work about your lunch break!

Source: dontgobaconmyheart.co.uk

18. Pizza Bagels

It’s sad but true. Even pizza dough isn’t safe from bagels.

This pizza bagel recipe has all the ingredients of your favorite pepperoni pizza packed into a toasted bagel.

The dominos have fallen, folks.

Source: choosingchia.com

19. Chickpea Salad And Smashed Avocado Bagel Sandwich

If you thought Hummus was just for dipping pita chips, think again!

This recipe for Chickpea Salad and Smashed Avocado Bagel Sandwich takes no prisoners and delivers a healthy sandwich with incredible flavors.

Source: theroastedroot.net

20. Grilled Cheddar Cheese Apple Pear Caramelized Onion Bagel Sandwich

Okay, folks, we have to admit. This is getting out of hand. Are you seeing this, right now?

This recipe for Grilled Cheddar Cheese Apple Pear Caramelized Onion Bagel Sandwiches makes a statement just by saying its name!

Source: pinchofyum.com

21. Avocado Egg Salad Bagel Sandwich

If you’re still eating those boring old egg salad sandwiches on sliced bread – stop it.

Here’s an example of a great rhetorical question.

Why settle for the same old same old when you can have this Avocado Egg Salad Bagel sandwich?

Source: www.cookaholicwife.com

22. Everything BLT Bagel

Sorry sliced bread, but bagels are taking over BLTs too.

This Everything BLT Bagel is just too much deliciousness to compete with.

This sandwich offers crispy slices of bacon, juicy tomato, lettuce, and a unique seasoned cream cheese mix.

It’s just not fair.

Source: kitchensanctuary.com

23. Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bagel Sandwich

Bagels can do it all, with recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

One recipe that combines both breakfast and dessert is this delicious Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bagel sandwich.

Shut up.

You had us at cheesecake.

You had us at cheesecake.

Source: nathanandchristinamakefood.com

24. Barbecue, Bacon and Gouda Bagel Burger

Burger buns, if you were sitting back there snickering at the misfortunes of sliced bread, submarine buns, and pizza dough, we’ve got some bad news…

And it’s called the Barbecue, Bacon, and Gouda Bagel Burger.

For more incredible bagel sandwich ideas, please be sure to check out the video below.


Our BEST 25+ Bagel Sandwich Recipes (+Bagel Grilled Cheese)

These recipes are sure to please. So, gather your family and friends and enjoy. Let us know your thoughts!
5 from 6 votes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 225 kcal


  • 1 bagel
  • 2 slices Muenster cheese
  • 2 slices American cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. softened butter


  • Cut the bagels in half.
  • Layer the cheeses over one-half of a bagel.
  • Top with the second bagel half.
  • Melt butter in a skillet.
  • Use a sandwich press.
  • Grill for 3 minutes on each side.


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Calories: 225kcal
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