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The Elvis Presley Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich Recipe

Updated on November 3, 2016

Try Elvis Presley's Peanut Butter And Banana Elvis Sandwich Recipe

Understandably, residents of Tennessee feel a sense of pride when they think of their home state. There are many iconic things that have come out of Tennessee; the Vols, Kenny Chesney, the 1982 World's Fair, and the ELVIS SANDWICH RECIPE.

Oh yes, this well-known peanut butter and banana sandwich has had many variations but will always be known as an Elvis sandwich. Some people say that this unhealthy sandwich may have contributed to Elvis's death; others have called it a genius. Whatever you think of this odd concoction of food, Tennesseans are proud to claim it.

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The Peanut Butter, Banana and Bacon Sandwich

The legend of the Elvis Sandwich Recipe.

Often referred to as the Elvis sandwich and sometimes even called just the Elvis, this peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich consists of exactly those ingredients - two pieces of bread toasted, peanut butter, a sliced banana and some fried bacon. Honey is optional. The whole sandwich is usually grilled as you would a grilled cheese sandwich.

The recipe for Elvis' sandwich is available in many cookbooks, magazine articles and newspapers and can even be found as an item to purchase in restaurants that sell pb sandwiches like P.B. Loco and Peanut Butter & Co.

People refer to the peanut butter and banana sandwich as one of Elvis Presley's favorites but his food cravings are infamous and include other specialties like Fool's Gold Loaf, which consists of an Italian bread loaf loaded with bacon, peanut butter and grape jelly.

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The Elvis Sandwich
The Elvis Sandwich

Elvis' love of this sandwich is legendary. However, bacon is not always a part of the recipe although in a book about Elvis' mom, Gladys Presley, it is claimed that he consumed and even wolfed down his favorite sandwich with crisp bacon.

Another story says that he ate his sandwiches with peanut butter, caramelized banana and crispy bacon. The Good, the Bad, and the Yummy states that "Elvis might have been horribly misguided about drugs and sequins, but he got one thing right -- peanut butter and banana sandwiches". They recommend using one half of a banana and one piece of bacon on each sandwich and then grilling it all together in a pan with melted butter.

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Nutritional Fact

The average "Elvis Sandwich"

has 400 calories and

about 30 grams of fat...

before the bacon is added!

How To Make An Elvis Sandwich

Elvis Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich Recipe

Basic Elvis Sandwich Recipe


2 slices bread

Smooth peanut butter

1 banana



Melt the butter on medium heat in a skillet. Spread peanut butter on both slices of bread. Slice the banana lengthwise and lay it on one slice of bread. Cover with the other slice of bread. Fry the sandwich on both sides (2 minutes each) until the peanut butter is melted.

Rachael Ray 12-Inch Cast Iron Skillet - With Silicone Grip Handles, Orange with Matte Black Interior

In the South, they know that nothing tastes better than when it is fried in a cast iron skillet. Being the wonderful person that she is, Rachael Ray designed a cast iron skillet with an orange handle. How amazing that it is the same color as the beloved Tennessee Volunteer football team! Thanks Rachael!

Elvis Sandwich Recipe Variations - Different ways to make an Elvis Sandwich

There is so much controversy about how Elvis made his sandwich. Some say it had bacon, some say it was added later. There are those that say it was fried in bacon grease instead of butter. Some say it has mashed bananas while others say they were pan fried with honey. The list goes on and on. I'm not sure we will ever know.

The recipe I gave you was very basic. You can personalize it any way you like. Below are a list of links to even more Elvis sandwich recipes. Some are very basic, others very fancy. Read through and decide which ones you would like to try. No matter how you decide to make your Elvis Sandwich, I'm sure it will be quite a pleasure.

Basic Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich Looks delicious! Photo by Jamieanne on Flickr.

Basic Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich Looks delicious! Photo by Jamieanne on Flickr.
Basic Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich Looks delicious! Photo by Jamieanne on Flickr.

To Have Bacon Or Not - That is the question

Whether Elvis had bacon on his original sandwich or not, I want to know how you would prefer it.

Should the Elvis Sandwich have bacon on it?

How To Make An Elvis Sandwich Video - Making An Elvis Sandwich

Elvis Presley Cookbooks - More recipes from the King of Rock and Roll.

More Elvis Presley Reading

Elvis Presley Peanut Butter Sandwich Recipe

Find the recipe for making Elvis Presley's favorite sandwich.

Elvis Presley Christmas Duets

Learn more about the Elvis Presley Christmas Duets album.

Is Elvis Alive? Losing Graceland Book Review

A book review of the fictional book, Losing Graceland.

Oprah Winfrey Interviews Lisa Marie Presley (2010)

On Thursday, October 21, 2010, Oprah Winfrey interviewed Lisa Marie Presley, ex-wife of Michael Jackson. Learn more.

© 2010 Treasures By Brenda

What do you think of The Elvis Sandwich? - Would you eat a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich?

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      Echo Phoenix 

      6 years ago

      I have to laugh at the people who have not tried this and think it sounds awful! peanut butter banana sandwiches are Squidtastic!!! all Hail the King, he was a wise man:)

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      7 years ago

      I think this article one Elvis sandwiches is very interesting, however I don't think I could stomach one myself. :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I'm not a fan of bananas but have eaten peanut butter on bananas, which make them more palatable. Won't be eating the sandwich though.

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      7 years ago

      I was pretty young when I heard about Elvis' favorite sandwich and had to try it. I like them, and just might have to have one again soon.

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      tandemonimom lm 

      8 years ago

      I can remember my mom putting PB on bread and slicing bananas on top. I never ate it, though!

    • justholidays profile image


      8 years ago

      Never heard of an Elvis sandwich before, but in all honesty, I'm happy to not know about such a mixture :(Any way, it's well presented...

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      puerdycat lm 

      8 years ago

      I didn't know it was called the Elvis sandwich. I first had a relative, PB, bananas & avacodo on top of Mt. Ranier in 1973! I always liked something green or Bacon, YUUUUMY, in it. Thanks for this!

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      Jhangora LM 

      8 years ago

      Though I am a big fan of the king, I'll have to admit that Bacon with Bananas is not my favorite combination. I'd leave the more adventurous amongst us to try out this recipe.

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      8 years ago

      Last year at the state fair they sold deep fried butter. The supposedly healthier we get the more unhealthy we get.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      8 years ago

      I've heard of peanut butter and banana, but I'm not so sure how I'd like the bacon.

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      8 years ago

      Elvis was a great musician. I think that did not reach the same mastery in the kitchen.

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      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love peanut butter and banana sandwich and, in fact, I have the ingredients - including bacon - on hand. I've never tried it fried, but I just might have that for my supper tonight. A little Blue Christmas on the CD player and PBBB sandwich. Ahhhh. (Lensrolling to my couple of Elvis lenses!)

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      8 years ago

      I like a toast with peanut butter and banana but certainly not fried.

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      8 years ago

      You might be on to something here!

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      8 years ago

      I haven't had breakfast yet and the peanut butter and banana looks yummy!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 

      9 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I have to admit, I am fascinated by all things Elvii. I may try this someday. I especially like the bacon idea.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      I never heard it called an Elvis sandwich before, but we love peanut butter and banana, with honey and Cinnamon

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      clouda9 lm 

      9 years ago

      I did not know this was called the Elvis sandwich and if he did pass away from eating too many of these, at least he died happy. Yum to this sandwich.

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      9 years ago

      Very interesting...I've never tried that combination before!

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      9 years ago

      Grilling, frying or adding bacon -- sounds too good for me to even taste. I can see that becoming a habit really fast!! :) We'll have to stick to our regular 'nanner sandwiches - with peanut butter or mayo. but I am going to tell our daughter to try it!

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      We love Pbutter and banana sandwiches! it's always been a staple!

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      9 years ago

      Peanut Butter and banana sandwiches are yummy. I've gone so far as to fry the banana in a little butter, but haven't fried the whole sandwich.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches! I am clearing my throat now because I am probably about to start a duel in your comment box, but I believe Elvis' prescription drug use was a much greater problem than any food he ate. Personally, I always thought his trusted doctor should be held accountable.

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      9 years ago from Western Mass

      my daughter has a pb and banana sammie EVERY morning. :)

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      Genesis Davies 

      9 years ago from Guatemala

      This explains a lot of the weight gain in Elvis' later years! :D I don't think I'm brave enough to eat bacon on it, but I do love a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      9 years ago from Concord VA

      I like peanut butter and banana sandwiches, but not fried. Great lens!

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      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      I think I would like the Elvis sandwich, but definitely couldn't eat more than one and certainly not everyday! I really enjoyed reading this!


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