Though a simple BLT is perfection in a sandwich—especially when tomatoes are in peak season—that combination of bacon, lettuce and tomato can do no wrong, whether it's dressing up a smokey smash burger or a luxurious lobster roll. Swap in fried green tomatoes, deconstruct the sandwich into a salad, layer the ingredients onto a hot dog—it's time to get creative. To get you started, we've rounded up 14 of our favorite ways to bring the BLT to new heights.
Pastry genius Dominique Ansel gives the beloved English “bacon butty” a French accent by subbing slender baguette for the standard white toast. Flavor upgrade: Ansel replaces the traditional ketchup with sherry. Slideshow: More Bacon Sandwich Recipes
At Gjelina Take Away in Los Angeles, you can only get this excellent sandwich in the summer because the tomatoes have to be sweet and richly flavored with just the right texture. The sourdough bread should be toasted, but make sure it’s not too dark and crisp. Slideshow: More BLT Recipes
F&W’s Justin Chapple makes sure there’s bacon in every bite of his BLT by weaving the strips into a lattice before baking them. He adds California style with avocado and lemon-herb mayo. Slideshow: More BLT Recipes