Gerber Sandwich

LAST UPDATED: Nov 18, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Aug 08, 2014 | By: Julie Blanner

Get the recipe for the famous Gerber sandwich which originated in St. Louis | open faced deli sandwich with a rich & buttery flavor in just 10 minutes

Can I be candid for a moment? I’m not always proud of the photography I’ve shared on this blog over the last 6 years. When I started the blog, I had a point & shoot camera & not an idea in the world how to capture a great sandwich. That resulted in some not-so-pin-worthy content. That’s okay, we all have to start somewhere, right? This is my gerber redo. I can’t even bear to go back & see what it looked like when I first posted it. Let’s just pretend I didn’t. But it’s not fair for me to withhold this one!

Get the recipe for the famous Gerber sandwich which originated in St. Louis

What is a gerber you ask? It’s a sandwich St. Louisans’ love & I am once again a St. Louisan. When I’m limited on time, but still want to make a hot dinner that everyone enjoys {& therefore consumes without a fuss}, I turn to the gerber. It’s a crusty french bread lightly coated with garlic butter, ham & of course, provel. I know, provel is not available everywhere, but it’s also great with sliced mozzarella. Finally, it’s sprinkled with a dash of red pepper. When baked, it’s an incredible open faced sandwich that words just cannot describe! It was first made in 1973 and then duplicated by an array of restaurants throughout the city.

It looks like we have a few weeks of summer vacation left! I have yet to make a decision on a preschool/Mother’s Day Out program for the girls, but most start in early September. Most of my friends are scrambling to collect a few last minute school supplies in preparation for school to start on Monday. It’s always hard to get back into a routine. Time seems shorter & dinners need to be faster. Visit my 10 minute dinner series for some nearly effortless favorite recipes that don’t require a crockpot.

While I don’t have the official recipe, this is how my mom always made it and I know that you will love it, too!

Get the recipe for the famous Gerber sandwich which originated in St. Louis

Gerber | Back to School Dinner

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Course: Entree
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1/2 stick of butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder or minced garlic
  • french bread
  • ham sliced thin
  • provel or provolone cheese
  • paprika


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Slice french bread in half.
  • Mix butter & garlic. Spread onto french bread.
  • Top with ham & cheese.
  • Sprinkle a touch of paprika.
  • Bake 15 minutes.
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St. Louis Gerber Sandwich - a hot & buttery open faced sandwich

As seen on MSN and Country Living. Do you have a local favorite? I’d love to know!