Open Face Baked Bean, Tomato and Cheddar Cheese Sandwich

My grandmother was a great cook – not a fancy one, but great nonetheless.  My grandparents lived in a small house on the farm where I grew up and I spent many hours beside her in her kitchen as she prepared  what was raised on the farm.  In true German fashion, nothing went to waste and my grandma made scrumptious meals out of sometimes very little.  One of my favorites was baked bean sandwiches.  She made trays of these when their friends got together to play cards on Friday nights and the wonderful aroma of baked beans and bacon is still vivid in my memory.
I’ve made homemade baked beans just so I could make these sandwiches, but good canned beans would be delicious as well.  They are simple to put together.  Start with a homemade or purchased hamburger bun, butter it, and lightly toast it under the broiler. Pile on hot beans, several slices of cooked bacon, a big slice of tomato, and top it all with a generous slice of cheese, Tillamook sharp cheddar is my favorite.  Put the sandwich back under the broiler until the cheese has melted and the bacon is bubbly.
Tell me the truth…what could be more delicious than this?



  1. The Quintessential Magpie says

    I don't know that I've ever heard of Tillamook, Cathy, but it sounds wonderful. On your recommendation I will give it a try!


    Sheila :-)

  2. Kris says

    This is how my Mom and Grandmother cooked as well. great Souther cooking. Wonderful food, but not fancy. Over the years however, my Moms style of cooking grew more and more creative but there is nothing like those comfort foods we grew up on!

  3. Fresh Local and Best says

    Oh that sandwich looks amazing! I would be in heaven. GREAT picture! In fact it's making me hungry, and I just ate dinner! Love how the Tillamook cheese is melted over that red tomato slice.

  4. Jeannie says

    This looks seriously good and so simple too! I love simple food that doesn't require much work 😛

  5. Foodessa says

    Did you say great cheddar cheese…Hubby will love it. I'll take the nutritional beans…always looking to increase my protein intake as well as helping me out to pump my iron;o)
    Aren't Grandma's great. They keep us and our cooking grounded and flavourful with all the memories attached.
    I think I'll be making your recipe and putting it on a nice slice of Italian toasted bread…hope you don't mind ;o)
    Ciao for now, Claudia

  6. Allie and Pattie says

    Oh my gosh- I've never seen this combo on a sandwich but it sounds amazing! Now I have to make beans!
    xoxo Pattie

  7. From the Kitchen says

    I would have never thought to put these ingredients together. Kudos to your grandmother! I can see this on my table for a Saturday afternoon lunch–after hard work in the garden, of course.


  8. Carol at Serendipity says


    I told my husband about this and we will making these this weekend! Just wonderful!


  9. Pam says

    It looks delicious and I must try it! Love baked beans and Tillamook sharp cheddar is definitely a favorite here. Sometimes it is not easy to find though. Great sandwich! Like that you used the top for it, just because of the good sesame seeds!

  10. My Little Space says

    For me, simple is nice! And this looks just as nice and simple delicious. yummm…. Hope you're having a wonderful day!
    Cheers, kristy

  11. The Japanese Redneck says

    Oops, I don't know if my comment was eaten. Scrolled back up and it was gone.

    Cool sandwich. I really think I want to try this!

  12. Mary says

    What an interesting sandwich, Cathy. It looks delicious and I'm taken with the novelty of it. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  13. Kathleen says

    I have never had a baked bean sandwich! That is one fabulous pic. Makes you want to take a big bite.
    I remember my mom soaking the beans to make baked beans, I just buy them and doctor them up, and cook them low and slow overnight.

  14. SavoringTime in the Kitchen says

    I would have never thought of the idea but it looks and sounds delicious! Makes me want to make baked beans just to try this. You could call it a BBT :)

  15. Big Dude says

    That is creative and looks delicious. I suppose most families have those dishes that grandma invented and no one else ever heard of. Could to see you're keeping it alive.

  16. Sage says

    Hi Cathy, I just love the name of your Blog! That is a sandwich my husband would really go for for; so I will surprise him; looks so good and creative; you are good withyour knife.

  17. Linda says

    I have had beans on toast in the English style and your sandwich looks like a great improvement upon that….
    Lovely pics!

  18. Pondside says

    I just know that The Great Dane would love this! I like Tillamook cheddar too, and we make a special trip to get it every summer – the Dane likes the Danish connection to Tillamook.

  19. Foley says

    This is a new one for me – have never thought of baked beans on a bun for a sandwich – have to say – it does look good!!

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