Reuben Sandwich

As an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases from

This sandwich brings together a true taste sensation that makes it such a classic.  And it may not actually be Irish in origin, but many of the components are.  The perfect St. Patrick’s Day sammie!

The ingredients are simple: thinly sliced corned beef, sauerkraut, cheese, rye bread, and homemade Russian dressing! Grilled to perfection!

A grilled rueben sandwich that has been cut in half and then stacked on top of each other on a white plate with a pickle spear nearby.

How To Make a Rueben Sandwich

This is one of those sandwiches where the sum is greater than the parts.

Each component comes together to make a classic and epic taste sensation.

And they are so much fun to prepare!


The Key Ingredients

We’ve got to say, a Rueben sandwich is really only as good as the corned beef. What is corned beef you may ask? Read more here.

We order incredible corned beef from Katz Delicatessen in New York City.

The homemade Russian dressing (with a Loon twist) adds amazing taste. More on that in a moment.

Seek out top-notch sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and deli rye bread to create the perfect sandwich.

EXPERT TIP: You can find delicious corned beef at almost any decent deli, even at most quality supermarkets. We love our corned beef cut nice and thick, but it is also extremely delicious when cut very thin. You decide what looks best to you and have the deli person slice it for you accordingly. Place the meat in a heat-proof bag and steam in simmering water for about 5 minutes.

An overhead view of a loaf of rye bread, a plate of sliced Swiss cheese, a plate of sliced cooked corned beef, a small bowl of Russian dressing, and a bowl of sauerkraut.

Russian Dressing vs. Thousand Island Dressing

Russian Dressing and Thousand Island Dressing are very similar.

We combine the main components of each to make what we think is one of the best condiments you’ll ever have or serve. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour cream
  • Chili sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Prepare horseradish sauce
  • White onion, grated
  • Dill (or sweet) pickles, finely chopped
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

EXPERT TIP: Chili sauce can usually be found in the condiment section of most supermarkets. Heinz makes a great chili sauce. We like dill pickles, but sweet pickles are tasty, too. After you mix it all together, store it in the fridge to deepen the flavor.

A small glass jar filled with Russian dressing with a spoon lifting some of it out of the jar.

Building the Perfect Reuben Sandwich

The sandwich needs to be treated almost like a grilled cheese sandwich.

Smear a generous amount of softened butter on one side of each slice of bread. Slather on a layer of the dressing. Place in a medium-hot non-stick skillet.

Add the corned beef, then sauerkraut, cheese slices, and another slice of bread with dressing on one side and butter on the other. Cook until golden brown on the underside.

Flip and continue on the other side.

A person layer corned beef on top of slice of rye bread in a non-stick skillet and then that person layering on sauerkraut and Swiss cheese slices.

When and How To Serve a Reuben Sandwich

This Reuben sandwich is classic any time of the year. We love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by fixing them pile-high for lunch.

However, these are also so much fun to serve to family and friends.

After you’ve warmed the corned beef, then set up an assembly line using an electric griddle or a large non-stick skillet, such as our beloved Sardel.

A grilled rueben sandwich that has been split in half and stacked one on top of the other.

Other Epic Sandwiches

We are absolutely crazy about a great sandwich. Here are some of our all-time favorites:

In the meantime, aren’t you just dying to make this epic sammie?

Two hands holding two halves of a grilled rueben sandwich exposing the thick cut corned beef, sauerkraut, and and melty Swiss cheese.

Folks, there are sandwiches, and then the are epic sandwiches.

This is undoubtedly one of them. It’s possibly the best sandwich we’ve ever made.

The combination of the flavors is comfort food at its very best. One bite, and we think you’ll 100% agree.

A hand holding one half of a grilled rueben sandwich with a bite taken out of it.

Ready to make the best sandwich this side of…ANYWHERE? Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to take a picture of it, post it on Instagram, and tag @HowToFeedaLoon and #HowToFeedaLoon!

A grilled rueben sandwich that has been cut in half and then stacked on top of each other on a white plate with a pickle spear nearby.

Reuben Sandwich

Reuben Sandwich has been a deli favorite for decades in the U.S. Be sure to seek out top-notch ingredients and make the Russian (1,000 Island) dressing from scratch. It's easy and can be made several days in advance.
Print Pin Rate
Course: Lunch / Dinner, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Corned beef, how to make a rueben sandwich, Rueben sandwich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 719kcal


  • A large non-stick skillet or griddle


  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter softened, for outside of bread slices
  • ¼ cup Classic Russian Dressing for spreading
  • lb corned beef thinly sliced
  • 12 oz sauerkraut drained
  • 6 slices Swiss Cheese


  • Butter one side of each bread slice.
  • Heat a large, non-stick skillet (or griddle)over medium-high heat.
  • Place a bread slice in the skillet, buttered-side down (place two slices in the skillet, if room, if not, you'll need to keep the cooked sandwiches in a warm oven, until they are all ready for serving).
  • Add about a tablespoon of Russian dressing to the bread slice(s).
  • Next add a nice heaping handful of the corned beef.
  • On top of this, add a layer of the sauerkraut.
  • On top of the kraut, add cheese slices.
  • Add another layer of Russian dressing.
  • Top with bread slice, buttered-side on top.
  • Once lightly browned, carefully flip the sandwich, and grill the other side until nicely browned.
  • Remove, slice, and serve at once!


See the video near the top of the blog post for visual guidance.  If you liked the video, please subscribe to our YouTube channel
We order our corned beef from Katz Deli in NYC, but you can find excellent corned beef at any decent deli.  It's up to you if you prefer thick-cut vs. thin-cut. 
We love to gently heat the corned beef in a heat-proof bag in simmering water for about 5 minutes.  Most quality freezer/storage bags would work just fine.
The corned beef and prepared Russian dressing will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. 


Calories: 719kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 2307mg | Potassium: 777mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 581IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 314mg | Iron: 6mg
Tried this recipe? Take a Picture!Mention @HowToFeedALoon or tag #HowToFeedALoon!

POST UPDATE: This recipe was originally published in June 2015 but was updated with improved tweaks to the recipe with new tips and photography and a fabulous new video in March 2022!


  • Just want to thank you for your great blog and recipes. Also a big thanks for continuing to post some free recipes for those of us who love your food but can’t manage a paid membership. Believe me, I would if I could! It would be well worth it. I love checking out your blog and trying new recipes.

  • Just love you both to pieces…. both of you absolutely make my day when I get home from a very long day of work…not only thank you for cheering me up and making me laugh….I have MADE so many of your recipes because of watching you….again, thank you SO MUCH for making my day a great day!!!

    • Judi!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! You really have no idea how much hearing that means to us. We are over-the-moon happy that you are enjoying the recipes and our silly videos! It’s wonderful people like you that make us love what we do so much!!! Keep us posted on future culinary creations!!! Kris & Wesley

    • Thank you, Heather! We need to update that info. I believe FoodShedExchange changed its URL. Try here. If you don’t have any luck, we have other resources for you. And thank you for the heads up!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating