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7 Turkey Sandwiches that Will Make You Fall in Love with Leftovers

A delicious turkey sandwich made from leftovers.

When it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers, there’s nothing easier (or tastier) than a turkey sandwich. But there’s no need to be boring about it! From panini’s to Croque Madames, these seven sandwiches will take those leftovers to the next level.

Thanksgiving is the time of year many people look forward to, and leftovers are one of the best parts. This year, get fancy and try one of these tasty concoctions.

Turkey and Mashed Potato Waffle Melts

A waffle slider with yolk oozing out after the sandwich has been cut.
Half Baked Harvest

We’re sorry to say this gorgeous breakfast turkey melt might invade your dreams until the big feast. You’ll love this overly creative waffle sandwich with brie, smashed avocado, and, of course, the golden yellow yolk flowing with each bite.

You’ll learn to make waffles from leftover mashed potatoes, buttermilk, and a few other ingredients. Once your waffles are fully cooked, you stack the turkey, avocado, brie, cranberry sauce, and bacon. Then, you top it all off with an egg cooked just the way you like.

Get the Recipe: Half Baked Harvest

Leftover Turkey Salad Sandwich

A turkey salad sandwich, cut in half with one side stacked on top of the other.
Recipe Girl

Here’s a fantastic way to use up extra turkey and feed your family without feeling like you’re eating the same thing all over again. Another bonus is you can get rid of any extra celery or onion you have kicking around in the back of your fridge.

The turkey, dried cranberries, celery, and onion all come together to create a cold, fresh sandwich many folks will love.

If you don’t have any dried cranberries on hand, you can substitute them with leftover cranberry sauce. The creamy mayo and tangy sauce create a delicious condiment that makes for an excellent turkey salad.

Get the Recipe: Recipe Girl

Turkey Cranberry Panini

A panini sandwich filled with cheese, caramelized onion, turkey and cranberry sauce.
Happy Foods Tube

Toasty ciabatta bread stuffed with fresh turkey and caramelized onions cooked with cranberry sauce create quite a panini. This recipe also calls for a nice spread of cream cheese on each slice before you press your sandwich.

If you don’t have any cream cheese, you can also use goat cheese, as it pairs really well with tart cranberry sauce.

No worries if you don’t have a panini press—there are also instructions to toast or grill your bread.

Get the Recipe: Happy Foods Tube

Roast Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie Grilled Cheese

A brie and cranberry grilled cheese cut in half with one side stacked on other other, all placed on a piece of parchment paper.
Heather Christo

You don’t have to be a kid to eat grilled cheese, and especially not for this one. Although it only calls for a few humble leftover ingredients, this sandwich is bursting with flavor. Best of all, it only takes a few minutes to throw together.

Roasted turkey, some fancy Brie cheese, and cranberry sauce or chutney all blend together perfectly. Fill your sourdough bread with these ingredients, spread on a little butter, and then grill it like you would any other grilled cheese sandwich.

Get the Recipe: Heather Christo

Thanksgiving Leftovers Croque Madame

A Croque Madame with a fried egg on top, with black pepper and fresh sage leafs.
Half Baked Harvest

A Croque Madame is a famous French grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich. It’s traditionally made with a white sauce and a fried or poached egg on top, but the author over at Half Baked Harvest takes it to a whole new level.

First, you take a little leftover gravy and create a cheese version of the aforementioned white sauce. Then, you build your croissant sandwich from the bottom up, using leftover veggies and mashed potatoes, followed by turkey and cranberry sauce. You top it all off with your cheese gravy sauce.

Place the other half of your croissant on top, grate a little fresh Gruyère, and into the oven it goes! When it comes out, top it all off with a fried egg and enjoy every glorious bite.

Get the Recipe: Half Baked Harvest

Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry, Brie, and Prosciutto

A sandwich cut in half with one stacked on the other, on a white plate.
Eat Yourself Skinny

Here’s another fantastic sandwich filled with layers of fancy ingredients. Sure, there’s leftover turkey and cranberry sauce in there, but the prosciutto and Brie, along with some fresh arugula, really make every bite perfect.

It’s easy and can be thrown on the grill, in a panini press, or eaten cold. Try this one with your favorite leftover veggie side or on its own.

Get the Recipe: Eat Yourself Skinny

Sliders with Cranberry Sriracha

Two small turkey sliders on a blue plate.
Food Fanatic

These sliders are to die for, and each cheesy, spicy bite will keep you coming back for more. The author says these make the perfect game-day appetizer for a family-fun football game.

They’re so quick and easy to put together, too! You can make plenty for everyone with very little effort. The sriracha sauce is mixed with cranberry sauce for the perfect sweet and spicy combination.

As if that didn’t sound delicious enough, you also create a butter sauce mixed with poppy seeds, minced onion, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire. All you have to do is pour the butter sauce right over the sliders before placing it in the oven. Talk about yummy!

Get the Recipe: Food Fanatic

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Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »
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