GIANT Backpacker’s Sandwich Recipe

GIANT sandwich that is meant to be squished. Perfect for back packing, or beach trips. |

People, this is the best sandwich recipe ever. No joke! Layer upon layer of meat, cheese, tomatoes, onions, and condiments, stacked several inches high in a bread shell. Be still my heart!!! Check out this video to see how easy it is to make.

It may not be an everyday sandwich, but it’s the best sandwich for backpacking, hiking, camping, kite flying, picnicking, or any activity that might lead to your food getting a little beat up.

GIANT sandwich that is meant to be squished. Perfect for back packing, or beach trips. |

What makes this sandwich so great is not just that it is a GIANT sandwich, but that it is meant to be durable. On so many hiking trips I’ve pulled out my sack lunch only to find a sad squished imitation of a sandwich lying limply in my hand. Who wants a limp sandwich?

But this sandwich is so piled with goodies, it is designed to be squished. That’s right, there is actual squishing in the recipe directions.

It’s also incredible filling, and feeds up to six people, which makes it great for a family adventure.

GIANT sandwich that is meant to be squished. Perfect for back packing, or beach trips. |

Every summer we head to Long Beach, WA with Eric’s family. Our first year, his mom found a little local cookbook with this sandwich in it.  I don’t remember the name of cookbook, but we’ve made the sandwich every beach trip since. They call it a Kite Flyer’s Sandwich, since kite flying is so popular on the beach. It’s become my go to sandwich for any group outing, and I call it the Backpacker’s Sandwich because that’s what I tend to make it for.

GIANT sandwich that is meant to be squished. Perfect for back packing, or beach trips. |

While it’s the perfect rough and rugged adventure food, I’ve also been know to throw it together for a backyard picnic in the fall, complete with apple cider in wine glasses. Oh yes, we do classy in the Johnson backyard!

What adventure would you take this sandwich on?

GIANT sandwich that is meant to be squished. Perfect for back packing, or beach trips. |

Yield: 6

GIANT Backpacker's Sandwich Recipe

GIANT Backpacker's Sandwich Recipe

A HUGE sandwich that's designed to be squished is just what you need for your family's outdoor adventure.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 rustic boule, round bread loaf
  • 6 oz jar marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced turkey breast
  • 4 oz sliced salami
  • 1/4 lb sliced cheese, any variety
  • 2.25 oz can of sliced olives, drained


  1. Assemble the sandwich 2-6 hours before serving. Cut loaf of bread horizontally and hollow out the soft bread from both halves, leaving a shell about ¾ inch thick.
  2. Drain the artichoke liquid into a small bowl and add the mayonnaise, whisk well to combine. Spread all over both halves of the hollowed bread (you may not use it all).
  3. In the bottom half of the bread, begin to layer the tomatoes, artichokes, onions, turkey, salami, cheese and olives. Make sure to start and end with tomatoes with plenty in the middle as well! Everything should mound up pretty tall.
  4. Put top half of bread over the mound, and wrap the entire sandwich with plastic wrap, then put it in a large zip top plastic bag.
  5. When you’re ready to eat, if the sandwich hasn’t been smashed under other things in your backpack or cooler, place it on a hard surface and sit on it. Do NOT omit this step!
  6. Slice into six wedges to serve.


Approximate cost/serving: This is expensive to make compared to just making one sandwich, it usually costs me about $8. But when you realize that it can feed 6 people, it's just over $1.30 per serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

6 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 333Saturated Fat: 5.33gCholesterol: 34.84mgSodium: 569.89mgCarbohydrates: 31.09gFiber: 1.83gSugar: 3.48gProtein: 12.95g

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1 thought on “GIANT Backpacker’s Sandwich Recipe”

  • Wow, blast from the past! This is very similar to a “tailgating sandwich” recipe from Sunset magazine that my mom used to make back in the 80s. Part of the fun was letting the kids sit on it before slicing. Thanks for posting it!

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