Improve your food game with a sandwich maker

Sandwiches are a mealtime staple. They're towering layered combinations of protein, dairy, and more tied together with two slices of bread (or English muffins if you're feeling breakfast-y). To enhance that signature sandwich, you might want to turn up the heat with a sandwich maker. Toasty sandies offer a crunch, and perhaps a little melted cheese to make that mealtime focus a real centerpiece. We've collected the perfect sandwich-grilling machines to provide that desired sizzle.

Breakfast beginnings

Hamilton Beach breakfast sandwich maker

Staff Pick

Combine your breakfast foods with this tower-style sandwich maker by Hamilton Beach. The first meal of the day can be a special one with this compact sandwich assembly system. It features a collection of stacked plates to place your desired ingredients, including your choice of bread, meats, cheese, vegetables, and even an egg. Within approximately five minutes, you'll have the perfect piping hot sandwich. For easy cleanup, the cooking plates are removable and dishwasher safe, and the other cooking surfaces are non-stick. Choose from the available color and style options to make breakfast delicious.

From $20 at Amazon

Multiple functions

Cuisinart 5-in-1 griddler

If you are looking for a meal prepper than can heat a mean sandwich and more, you'll need a versatile device. This sleek griddler dials up dishes with plenty of cooking options, it functions in five must-have ways, as a panini press, full grill, full griddle, half grill/half griddle, and a contact grill. It features removable, dishwasher safe cooking plates, and an integrated drip tray for grease collection. Whether you're simply toasting your ham and swiss sandwich or grilling up some burgers, this handy machine whips up whatever dish you desire.

$74 at Amazon

Handle this

Hamilton Beach electric panini press

This sandwich maker puts the "press" in impressive. Its floating lid opens 180 degrees to accommodate sizable sandwiches, so you can be heavy on the ingredients without worry. The wide, 10-by-8-inch cooking surfaces provide enough real estate for up to three sandwiches (depending on the size, of course). Speaking of real estate, this appliance isn't designed to take up counter space when it's not in use. It can be stored in an upright position to minimize clutter. If you want to branch out to other hot eats, this panini press can also cook quesadillas, turnovers, and more.

$43 at Amazon

Get toasty

Proctor Silex sandwich toaster

Bliss is toasting two sandwiches at a time, and this efficient machine can make your sandwich dreams come true. With double the room for sandwiches, there's space for mealtime possibilities, including grilled cheese and more. The specialized grill plates help divide sandwiches into easy-to-eat triangles and are non-stick for easy...