The Ultimate Guide to Subway Sandwiches: Which is the Best?

Whether you call it a sub or hoagie, you’ll find something to order at Subway on this list.

When Subway first opened its doors, it really began to change the way that the fast food industry operated. Before this, the fast food industry simply offered burgers and fried chicken, but Subway began to offer something a little different. Sandwiches. 

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Of course, Subway did not create the sandwich, and they aren’t even the first company to offer sandwiches in a fast food manner. But, they took this idea and made it accessible to the masses.

They were the first customizable sandwich company to spread all over the world, and more than 50 years later they are still growing. 

Although Subway offers you the chance to create your own sandwich from scratch, they also offer some classic combinations which are fan favorites for many.

You can still personalize the bread, salad, and sauces for these sandwiches, but the main ingredients are pre-designed for you. So, which classic Subway combination is the best?

In this guide, we’ll be ranking them from worst to best, so let’s get started. 

Turkey Breast & Black Forest Ham

Sometimes you can’t beat plain and simple, and for that reason, we will always say that this is the best sub! For some people, this sub is boring, but we love it because it is so easy to customize.

Both turkey and ham offer the perfect flavors for customization, so you can add whatever salad and sauce you want, and your sub will still taste outstanding.

This is one of the healthier options, and it is also one of the cheaper options too. So if you are on a diet, on a budget, or simply want something classic, this is the sub for you!

Steak & Cheese

If you love a Philly cheesesteak, then you will probably also love the steak and cheese sub at Subway.

This sub is quite different from a classic Philly cheesesteak, but it contains all the same flavors, and this is why it tastes so great.

It is surprisingly tidy to eat, and you don’t have to worry about the ingredients falling out of your sub as you eat it. A lot of people assume that Subway subs are going to be healthy, but this isn’t necessarily the case.

The steak and cheese option is one of the unhealthiest subs on the menu, but it is definitely worth it if you fancy a treat! 

Meatball Marinara

Since it first entered the Subway menu, the Meatball Marinara has been the company’s showstopper.

It is the sub that draws customers in from all across the globe, and it is easy to see why.

When you taste a Meatball Marinara, you’ll probably be puzzled as to why nobody has put meatballs in a sandwich before, because it is insane.

It isn’t the best for adding sauces and salad to, and it is pretty messy to eat. But, all these inconveniences are totally worth it for one taste of that smooth and delicious sauce. 

Subway Club

The Subway Club is controversial among true lovers of a classic Club sandwich.

This is because a club sandwich almost always contains bacon. But, a Subway Club sandwich does not.

Instead of bacon, black forest ham is used, and this makes this option a lot healthier.

If you dislike black forest ham, then you can easily request to swap this for bacon to transform your Subway Club into a classic club. 

Italian B.M.T

If you prefer your sub served cold, then you have to try the Italian B.M.T. This option is fresh and delightful, and clean to eat.

All the options in this sub are thinly sliced, and this means that there is plenty of room for you to add whatever salad and sauce that you want.

This sub filling tastes great with every type of bread too.

With salami, black forest ham, and pepperoni, there isn’t a salad item that doesn’t taste great in this sub. So it is perfect for customizing and making it your own! 

Chicken & Bacon Ranch Melt

As we have said, Subway isn’t always healthy, and the Chicken and Bacon ranch melt is an example of that.

This is actually the unhealthiest option on the entire Subway menu, but it is definitely one of the most tasty, and that is why it has ranked so highly on this list.

Every single ingredient in this sub complements each other perfectly, and that is why it is such a popular choice.

You can customize it if you want to, but we will always order our chicken & bacon ranch melt by the book. 

Roast Beef

If you are visiting Subway on your lunch break, you might be looking for a sub that is simple and filling. Roast beef is the perfect choice.

The flavor of roast beef is totally classic, and it goes perfectly with the fresh breads that Subway have on offer. You can add whatever you want to this sub, and it will always be clean and easy to eat.

It is the best choice if you are eating on the go, and it is guaranteed to tide you over till the end of the working day. 

Veggie Delite

The chances are, if you are a meat eater, you will never consider the veggie delight. But, if you are a vegetarian, this is pretty much your only option.

There is no denying that this sub could be boring, but it is as exciting as you make it. You have free rein when it comes to the salad options, and you can add whatever sauces that you want to give it more flavor.

It isn’t the most exciting sub, but it is the best choice if you don’t eat meat. 

Spicy Italian

If you like a sandwich that packs a punch, then the Spicy Italian is the only order for you.

This sub is packed with a variety of different meats (including pepperoni and salami) and a boat load of cheese to ensure that it is full of flavor.

You might expect this sub to only taste good in its basic form, but it actually tastes even better when you add your choices of vegetables and sauces to the mix.

So it is definitely one to try if you are a fan of spice. 

Turkey Breast

Alternatively, if you want to keep it simple, then you should order the turkey breast sub.

There is a beauty to the simplicity of this sub, and this makes it outstanding for customizing.

Turkey breast is filling and nutritious, and it is pretty flavorful too.

But the flavor isn’t excessively strong, and this is why you can add whatever sauce and salad that you want. 

Black Forest Ham

If you are a meat lover, but you want a healthy Sub option, then ‘Black Forest Ham’ is the filling for you.

The veggie subs are the most healthy, but Black Forest Ham comes in at a close second.

This ham is sliced, so it is very clean to eat, and it has the perfect flavor to combine with whatever sauce or vegetables that you want.

So, if you want a treat, but don’t want to break your healthy diet, this is the option for you. 

Buffalo Chicken

Next up, we have the Buffalo Chicken sub. The chicken in this sub packs one hell of a punch, and this is further enhanced by the inclusion of Frank’s Redhot hot sauce on top.

Choose whatever salad you want, but we would recommend tomato, cucumber, and lettuce for ultimate flavor.

This sub is totally delicious, so it is easy to see why it has quickly become a firm favorite at Subway. 

Sweet Onion Teriyaki

The Sweet Onion Teriyaki is a firm favorite at Subway for so many reasons.

The chicken in this sub is sticky and sweet, and it can be easily combined with vegetables of your choice to make it healthier.

But, this sub has one major drawback, and that is how messy it is. With Teriyaki sauce, and sticky chicken, this sub is delicious, but it isn’t the best choice if you have a meeting after lunch. 

Cold Cut Combo

Finally, we have this classic ‘Cold Cut Combo sub’. If you always have your sub toasted, then this isn’t the choice for you, but this option will take you straight back to an authentic Italian deli.

This option contains bologna, which has a strong flavor that isn’t for everyone, and its combination of ingredients also makes it messy.

It isn’t the most exciting of subs, but it is a safe bet, and that is why we had to give it a spot on this list. 

Best Subway Sandwiches

  1. Turkey Breast & Black Forest Ham
  2. Steak & Cheese
  3. Meatball Marinara
  4. Subway Club
  5. Italian B.M.T
  6. Chicken & Bacon Ranch Melt
  7. Roast Beef
  8. Veggie Delite
  9. Spicy Italian
  10. Turkey Breast
  11. Black Forest Ham
  12. Buffalo Chicken
  13. Sweet Onion Teriyaki
  14. Cold Cut Combo

Final Thoughts

So, are you ready to order one of these sandwiches from Subway yet? I hope this list made it easier for you to decide what one to get!

Keep in mind that any of these sandwiches can be customized to be exactly what you want. Swap out your cheese, or add in some additional toppings to make your own special sandwich.

Do you have a favorite Subway sandwich? I would love to know, so drop what you usually order down in the comments below!


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  1. i love philly cheese subs , why can’t subway have a philly cheese sub . get with it subway . how about having fries with your subs , i bet the addition of fries would help your declining sales , get with it !

  2. cold cut combo is my go to subway sandwich. provolone cheese, lettuce tomato onion green pepper cucumber, black olives and jalapeño, oil, salt n pepper. white bread and

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.