The Best BLT

Contributor: Emily Dingmann

You can get a BLT at any old diner but the secret to the best BLT is in the ingredients you choose and you can’t do that at the diner.

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches 1x


  • 1 lb. thick sliced bacon
  • 1 small head iceberg lettuce
  • 4 Tbsp. mayonnaise (or to taste)
  • 8 slices white bread
  • 1 lb. tomatoes (heirloom or beefsteak)
  • Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place bacon on baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes, or until crispy. Drain on paper towel to absorb any excess grease.
  3. Wash and dry lettuce. Thinly slice.
  4. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Slather 1/2 tablespoon mayonnaise on each slice of bread (one side only) and grill bread until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Set aside and repeat with remaining pieces of bread.
  5. Slice tomatoes. Season with a sprinkle of salt.
  6. Spread the non-toasted sides of the bread with remaining 1/2 tablespoon per slice (more to taste) and layer lettuce, tomato and bacon on bread. Top with remaining slice of toasted bread.