How to Make Baked Reuben Party Sandwiches – Easily bake enough sandwiches to feed a crowd using just a sheet pan. This ultimate hot baked Rueben Sandwich Recipe is perfect for parties and events!

Reuben sandwiches stacked on top of each other.

Why We Love These Bake Rueben Party Sandwiches

Who doesn’t love a good Reuben Sandwich? Served hot with crispy bread, and molten cheese, intermingling with Thousand Island dressing and sauerkraut?

Reubens are a true American melting-pot creation with Jewish, German, and Eastern European roots.

The only problem with a Reuben sandwich is that the average American kitchen doesn’t normally have all the necessary ingredients on hand to assemble Reubens. I mean… Do you keep sauerkraut and rye bread on your grocery list at all times? Kudos if you do.

This is why it’s a great idea to make Reubens for parties or large causal family meals. That way, you can buy everything you need and make a whole bunch of Reubens all at once!

Oven Baked Reuben Sandwiches lined up on a sheet pan.

The Best Baked Party Sandwiches

Although Reuben Sandwiches are not technically considered Irish, they are great to serve for Saint Patrick’s Day to get your corned beef and cabbage fix without all the fuss.

These sandwiches are made in half portions, making them perfect for one-handed grabbing by hungry guests at your next gathering. Which is incredibly “handy” if you’re planning to serve them with libations!

Each Reuben is stacked with tangy dressing, crunchy sauerkraut, savory corned beef, and gooey cheese – So be sure to have plenty of napkins ready for your happy partygoers.

If you love throwing parties and need another party sandwich idea, try my Drowned Carnitas Party Sandwiches too!

Reuben party sandwiches stacked on top of each other on a wooden background.

Is a Reuben Made with Pastrami or Corned Beef?

Although there are some minor variations in what is considered a classic Reuben Sandwich, traditionally Reubens are made with corned beef.

Did you know? A Reuben with pastrami is actually called a Rachel Sandwich.

What is the Sauce on a Reuben Sandwich?

Authentic Reuben Sandwiches are made with Russian dressing. However, Thousand Island Dressing is often substituted.

Although Thousand Island Dressing is a little sweeter than Russian dressing, it’s a nice complement to the sauerkraut.

Bread assembled with corned beef slices on a sheet pan.

What is the Difference Between Russian and Thousand Island Dressing?

These dressing are very similar, and are both American creations. They are both creamy and tangy, and contain pickle relish.

Thousand Island dressing is thought to be a variation of Russian dressing.

Russian dressing tends to be a little spicier than Thousand Island, with sharper notes and less sweetness.

Yet Russian dressing usually contains horseradish and hot sauce. While true homemade Thousand Island also includes finely chopped hard-boiled egg.

So which dressing should you use for Reubens?

I like to buy Thousand Island Dressing and “Russian” it up, so it contains both the sweet and sharp notes!

Thousand island dressing in a bowl mixed with horseradish and relish.

What is on a Reuben Sandwich?

  • Rye bread – Sometimes swirled with pumpernickel bread.
  • Corned beef – Buy deli sandwich slices.
  • Sauerkraut – It doesn’t turn out without the kraut. *wink*
  • Swiss cheese – Deli slices.
  • Russian or Thousand Island Dressing – Or do what we do and combine the best of both!
Bread topped with corned beef and sauerkraut on a sheet pan.

How to Make Baked Reuben Party Sandwiches

Making amazing Reubens at home, and in mass, could not be any easier! Just…

  1. Butter the sheet pan.
  2. Cut the bread slices in half.
  3. Mix the dressing.
  4. Stack the components.
  5. Butter the bread on top.
  6. Bake!

See the Full (Printable) How to Make Baked Reuben Party Sandwiches Recipe Below!

Brushing melted butter on top of the reuben sandwiches before baking them.

Do You Recommend Making Party Sandwiches Ahead of Time?

You should not make these sandwiches too far in advance of your gathering. Because of the dressing, whether baked or not, these sandwiches will become soggy the longer they sit. Some juiciness is necessary, even enjoyed, but you don’t want the bread to become wet.

Reuben Sandwiches are the most perfectly melty, gooey, and tangy when served hot, right from the oven.

Because these simple reuben sandwiches are so quick and easy to make, you’ll be able to assemble and bake as a great stress-free, last-minute, party-pleasing meal!

What Side Dishes Go Well With Baked Reuben Sandwiches?

If you want to serve something a bit more Irish for your Saint Patrick’s Day party, try this Irish Pub Cheese recipe for an easy dip and appetizer.

My Irish Cabbage and Bacon recipe would also make for delicious side dish served hot.

For a flavorful make-ahead dish that you can serve cold, you’ll love the Best Potato Salad recipe. The name really says it all!

Reuben sandwiches piled on top of each other.

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How to Make Baked Reuben Party Sandwiches

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
How to Make Baked Reuben Party Sandwiches – Easily bake enough sandwiches to feed a crowd using just a sheet pan. This ultimate hot baked Reuben Sandwich recipe is perfect for parties and events!
Servings: 15 sandwiches



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush 2 tablespoons melted butter on the bottom of a large 13X18 inch rimmed baking sheet. 
  • Cut the bread slices in half, and place 15 halves on the baking sheet. Place a slice of corned beef on each half-slice of bread, folding it over if needed, so it fits on the bread.
  • In a small bowl, mix the 1000 island dressing, relish, and horseradish together. 
  • Spoon the dressing on each piece of corned beef. Add sauerkraut on top of the dressing. 
  • Then top each sandwich with a slice of swiss cheese and another half-slice of bread.
  • Brush the tops of the bread with butter. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the bread is crispy. 


You can also use small rye and pumpernickel rolls if you can find them. 


Serving: 1sandwich, Calories: 269kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 468mg, Potassium: 102mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 440IU, Vitamin C: 1.9mg, Calcium: 250mg, Iron: 1.3mg
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Irish
Author: Sommer Collier
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