9 BLT Recipes That Prove Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Is a Winning Combination Every Time

Cheddar BLT Burger with tarragon Russian dressing
Photo: © Quentin Bacon

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 loaded burger or a luxurious lobster roll. Swap in fried green tomatoes, layer the ingredients onto a hot dog — it's time to get creative. To get you started, we've rounded up nine of our favorite ways to bring the BLT to new heights.

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California BLTs

California BLTs
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F&W Culinary Director at Large 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.

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Garlic Aïoli BLTs

Garlic Aioli BLT
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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.

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BLT Fried Egg and Cheese Sandwich

BLT Fried Egg-and-Cheese Sandwich
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Chef Thomas Keller's scrumptious recipe combines three of the world's most popular sandwiches: bacon, lettuce, and tomato; fried egg; and grilled cheese.

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Lobster BLTs on Potato Rolls

Lobster BLTs on Potato Rolls Recipe
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These upgraded BLTs combine tender, sweet lobster meat with smoky, salty bacon, juicy tomatoes, and pillowy potato buns, lightly toasted in bacon drippings.

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Fried Green Tomato BLTs

Fried Green Tomato BLTs
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This is a brilliant marriage of two classics: cornmeal-dusted green tomatoes and a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.

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Fried Egg BLTs with Arugula Aïoli

Fried-Egg BLTs with Arugula Aioli
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Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. improves on the classic BLT by layering his version with curly frisée, lemony arugula aïoli, thick-cut bacon, and juicy heirloom tomatoes. He tops it all with a runny fried egg.

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BLT Hot Dogs with Caraway Remoulade

BLT Hot Dogs with Caraway Remoulade
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These "BLT" hot dogs are topped with crispy bacon, fresh tomatoes, and crunchy lettuce dressed with a creamy caraway-pickle mayonnaise.

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King Oyster Mushroom "BLT" with Basil Mayonnaise

King Oyster Mushroom "BLT" with Basil Mayonnaise
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Chef Richard Landau skips the packaged vegan bacon in favor of king oyster mushrooms, also known as king trumpets or royal trumpets. These have a firm, meaty texture and flavor that can mimic bacon on a BLT. While the texture of king oysters is unique, other thinly sliced wild mushrooms like shiitake would also be tasty on this sandwich.

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Cheddar BLT Burgers with Tarragon Russian Dressing

Cheddar BLT Burgers with Tarragon Russian Dressing
© Quentin Bacon

Brushing a burger with butter while it's on the grill allows the natural sugars to caramelize, making the meat extra delicious. What else makes this burger delicious? The BLT piled on top.

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