Simple Reuben Sandwich

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Simple Reuben Sandwiches is a classic and for good reason, corned beef, Swiss, sauerkraut, and dressing and always on rye bread that's grilled to perfection, and the original sandwich is said to have been created back in the early 1900s!

You can either start from scratch and make them from a slow-cooked corned beef roast or use a thinly sliced deli corn beef which is great in a pinch.

If you're searching for delicious recipes for St. Patrick's Day to celebrate with, this is made in less than 30 minutes once you gather these simple ingredients.

We love this sandwich all year long and especially after we have slow-cooked our Corned Beef in Guinness Beer, which truly makes the best tasting Reuben sandwiches.

Try this Reuben sandwich recipe, is easy to make, thick and hearty, and flavorful, just scroll down to our printable recipe for the complete instructions on how to make the best Reuben sandwich ever!

Delicious rye bread with sauerkraut swiss cheese, thousand island dressing corned beef grilled

Corned Beef

Whether you make your corned beef from scratch or use deli sandwich corned beef meat, this is a great sandwich filled with delicious flavors.

The sandwich can be made with various bread but the classic Reuben uses seeded rye bread in most restaurants.

These are quick to throw together but there are a few ingredients you must have to make a great sandwich.

rye bread with sauerkraut swiss cheese, thousand island dressing corned beef grilled

Simple Reuben Sandwich Ingredients To Get to Make These

  1. corned beef fresh or have leftovers from a roast
  2. regular or bavarian style sauerkraut drained
  3. sliced swiss cheese
  4. thousand island dressing or homemade
  5. seeded or seedless rye bread
  6. Irish butter, spreadable whipped butter

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Leftover Corned Beef

Although we just love leftover corned beef in a Cabbage, Potato and Corned Beef Soup, this Reuben sandwich is the first recipe we make after having an Old Fashioned St. Patrick's Day feast of plain Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage meal.

One other delicious sauce/dressing to try on this sandwich and so easy to make yourself, homemade Thousand Island Dressing, it will definitely bring your sandwich to a complete 10 in flavors!

Just follow these easy instructions to make this simple classic Rueben sandwich below.

Simple Reuben Sandwich

Simple Reuben Sandwich

Yield: 4
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 25 Min
A delicious sandwich packed with loads of corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, then dressing with a Thousand Island sauce. This simple sandwich is celebrated and popular on St. Patrick's Day.



  1. First place two slices of rye bread and butter each one on just one side.
  2. In a large frypan, lay one slice buttered side down.
  3. Layer starting with cheese, drained and pat dry sauerkraut next,
  4. Thousand Island Dressingthen add the meat and end with more cheese.
  5. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a large electric frypan or griddle.
  6. Place another slice of bread on top to make a sandwich.
  7. I cover it so the cheese melts faster.
  8. Toast on both sides on low heat until both sides are browned evenly.
  9. Serve with more thousand island dressing to dip the sandwich in.



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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2010. It was edited and re-published in 2021.


  1. Thank you for the award I received this morning! It made my day! That's what we're having for dinner tonight too.I see you also like the bavarian style sauerkraut. It's my favorite!

  2. This is the only reason I make corned beef for St. Patrick's Day--so I can have leftovers to make this exact sandwich.I'm crazy about the Thousand Island dressing with the sauerkraut on this. Guess what we're having tomorrow!

  3. I'll definitely forgive you for straying to the Irish side if it means that you're going to make sandwiches like this one. Delicious!

  4. I can't seem to take my eyes off of the oozing swiss and the perfectly toasted bread. This sandwich looks awesome!

  5. That sandwich has its tongue hanging out! Even it is hungry for its deliciousness!!!!

  6. I think this sandwich could be one of my favorites too, so rich and tasty ^_^ Have a nice day dear ^_^

  7. Great looking sandwich, mouthwatery!

  8. Does look good! Would love to have it for my breakfast right now!!!

  9. That's such a lovely sandwich. I'm not really a sandwich person but this one really makes me drool. Looks very delicious.

  10. Claudia that sandwich looks so delicious. I think I need to go out and get a corn beef to cook as well.

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  11. perfect - the toasted rye, gooey cheese, kraut & dressing - the only way to make a reuben

  12. I've been dying for a good reuben sammy sice the entire st. patty's season! I think I'll be going to the store just so I can buy the stuff to make one that looks as good as this, Yum!!!

  13. You are making me hungry....this looks great!

  14. Great idea for what to do with all the left over corned beef! wonderful idea, looks deli fresh!

  15. This looks incredibly delicious! A nice meaty sandwich to sink your teeth into.

  16. This picture is making me drool... look at that glorious melted cheese... nom! I've never tried saurkraut but I really want to now!!

  17. A favorite sandwich of mine! I don't really do the corned beef and cabbage thing. St. patty's day is all about the Rueben for me!

  18. You weren't lying - just a bit of blarney. I love this sandwich also and yours looks supurb!

  19. This sandwich looks awesome. Of course any sandwich with melted cheese oozing out of it looks awesome. Both of my parents are German and I have never had sauerkraut. I might have to try this while they still have brisket with the corned beef seasoning still in the store.

  20. I commented about this on your facebook page just before running out the door and left the post open on my computer for when I got back home. Here I am now, and I'm drooling! I adore, love, crave Ruebens.

  21. Oh, my gosh, what a gorgeous Reuben! I'd love to take that sandwich off your hands :)

  22. The Reuben is one of my favorite sandwiches! This looks delicious.

  23. Love these too! Only I use sliced pastrami from the deli instead of corned beef. Super good!

  24. This looks incredibly delicious. Tender juicy corned beef with golden brown crusty toasted bread...a heavenly combo!


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