Freezer Sandwiches: Easy Recipes to Make Ahead


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Are sandwiches a staple at your house like they are mine? I’ve been making oven sandwiches for a long time. They are easy, but they are also perfect for the freezer. When I need a quick homemade meal, freezer sandwiches are great to have on hand.

Recently, I decided to quit making individual sandwiches {the process isn’t hard, but CAN be streamlined…} and instead make ONE BIG sandwich that serves the entire family! It takes the meal prep to about FIVE MINUTES!!  How awesome is that? This easy oven sandwich recipe is a family favorite and sure to be a keeper in your make ahead recipes for the freezer, too.

Hot Oven Sandwich with crusty bread and knife on cutting board

Ingredients for Oven Sandwiches for the Family

First, you’re going to build the foundation of your sandwich. Choose lunch meat, cheeses, and bread that your whole family loves. i like the lunch meat that is uncured as it has fewer preservatives or nitrites in it. Our favorites are:

  • Uncured Black Forest Ham
  • Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Hard Salami
  • Organic Colby Jack Cheese
  • 2 loaves Ciabatta Bread
  • Herbed butter
Lunch meat, ciabatta bread, and colby jack cheese ingredients for a freezer sandwich recipe

Group your ingredients around a theme. For example a hot Italian sandwich recipe might include prosciutto, salami, and provolone. Chicken bacon ranch, Philly cheesesteak, and Ham and Cheese are other great options. Sandwich fillings to have on hand might include:

  • Roast beef
  • Roasted chicken breast
  • Pulled pork
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Swiss cheese
  • Pastrami
  • Monterey Jack cheese
  • Bacon
  • French loaves
  • Pepperjack cheese
  • Banana peppers
  • Hoagie rolls
pinterest graphic with freezer sandwiches and oven baked sandwich with melty cheese and crusty bread
herbed butter on bread, open faced sandwich with lunch meat and colby jack cheese to make an easy oven sandwich

Then, all you have to do is split the bread so it opens like a sandwich, butter with homemade herbed butter {I like to add 1 tsp Italian Seasoning to a softened stick of real butter}, add meat and cheese.

Crusty oven baked sub sandwich with lunchmeat and cheese on cutting board

Bake a Family Oven Sandwich

If you want to bake it right away, loosely wrap the sandwich in aluminum foil, and bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees on a cookie sheet for 15-20 minutes. The bread should be nice and crunchy and the meat and cheese bubbly and gooey.

Freezer sandwich wrapped tightly in aluminum foil on counter

Make Ahead Freezer Sandwich Recipes

I like to make two large sandwiches at once. I bake one for our meal and then save the other in the freezer. Add the herbed butter, meat, and cheese to the sandwich as directed above. Then, pack it tightly in aluminum foil. Place it in a 2-gallon freezer bag. Squeeze as much air out of the bag as you can. Freeze sandwiches for up to three months.

On serving day, bake the thawed sandwich in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. if you forgot to take it out of the freezer to thaw it, you can bake a frozen sandwich at 400 degrees for 40-50 minutes. eat the baked sandwiches immediately.

If your bread gets soggy from being in the freezer and then baked, loosen the aluminum foil a little to let some of the moisture escape.

Add Condiments to a Freezer Sandwich

I build the foundation of my oven baked sandwiches with ingredients I know the whole family can get around. Once it is baked and cut into individual serving sizes, everyone gets to pick their own condiments. Some kids add ALL the toppings and others don’t add anything.

  • Olives
  • Bell peppers
  • Jalapenos
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Pickles
  • Italian dressing or other sauce

In the end, everyone should have a fully customized sandwich with toasty, crusty bread, melty cheese, and all the extras they desire.

lettuce, onions, tomatoes as toppings for oven baked sandwiches
tomato, cucumber, pepper salad side dish

Serve a Sandwich with Sides

I love adding vegetables as toppings on the freezer sandwich for quick meals. For a more robust meal, add in a few more veggies with side dishes. A side salad or simple fruit are more than sufficient but for additional flavor try:

Make Ahead, Freezer Friendly Recipes:

I always recommend working smarter, not harder. That goes in the kitchen, too! Whenever possible, I double recipes and save the extra one in the freezer. If stored in airtight containers, freezer meals stay flavorful and perfect for busy nights. Give these a try:

Oven sandwiches and freezer sandwiches are a great staple for your family’s menu plan. They are quick and take just a few simple ingredients. I love that each person can add their own fillings and toppings to really indulge their taste buds. Have you tried baking sandwiches before? Let me know your favorite ingredients.

Yield: 6

Easy Oven Sandwich Recipe – Perfect for Freezer Cooking

Easy Oven Sandwich Recipe – Perfect for Freezer Cooking

Make these family-sized sandwiches in 5 minutes. Bake for crustry bread and melty cheese OR freeze it for later.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread, or baguette
  • 6 slices ham
  • 6 slices turkey breast
  • 6 slices salami
  • 3 slices organic cheese, provolone, Monterrey jack, or whatever you want
  • 1 stick herbed better, softened


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Split bread or baguette and butter both sides.
  3. Spread out the meat - 6 slices ham, 6 slices salami, 6 slices turkey - on the bread. Or add more meat, if you'd like.
  4. Top with cheese and close up the sandwich.
  5. To eat right away, loosely wrap sandwich in aluminum foil and bake 15-20 minutes, until the bread is crunchy and the cheese is melty.
  6. To freezer and enjoy at a later date, wrap tightly in aluminum foil and then place it in a 2 gallon bag. On serving day, let the sandwich thaw in the fridge all day long. Then back for 15-20 minutes in a 400 degree oven.
  7. Alternatively, you can bake the frozen sandwich - just be prepared for a long bake time, 40-50 minutes. 🙂

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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    1. Yes! It’s a very versatile recipe, Michelle! You could make it in a toaster oven, microwave, however you want!

  1. Oh my goodness–this is brilliant! So simple and yet it looks like a delicious way to have a quick meal. Definitely saving this one and pinning it! Thanks! Gotta love Aldi’s !

  2. We love oven sandwiches at our house, our usual version includes a hamburger meat mixture and cheese, your version with the deli meat sounds delicious, I will have to give it at try!