Leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas Turkey Sandwich Recipes

Leftover turkey, bacon and cheese melt sandwich ready to be topped and served
Leftover turkey, bacon and cheese melt sandwich ready to be topped and served

Thanksgiving or Christmas - depending upon where you are in the world - will very often see a large turkey purchased to feed the family. The bird will be carefully roasted and prepared for the meal on the big day but no matter how hungry the diners are, there are inevitably a reasonable quantity of leftovers. This can see turkey being eaten for several days afterwards in the form of soup, pies, curries, or perhaps most commonly of all, sandwiches.

While a turkey sandwich can be enjoyable on occasion, eating the exact same creation several times in a short space of time can become tiresome and off-putting. The purpose of this page is to look at some ways in which the humble turkey sandwich can easily be made more interesting and appealing than in its basic form. The suggestions start at the simplistic end of the scale and proceed to become a little bit more imaginative. If you are looking for ideas for using up leftover turkey next Thanksgiving or Christmas, why not either give one of these options a go, or let them help inspire you to develop your own innovative turkey sandwich creations?

Leftover turkey thigh and leg meat
Leftover turkey thigh and leg meat

General Tips for Making Leftover Turkey Sandwiches

There are a couple of tips for making turkey sandwiches which you may want to take in to consideration. The first is to take the turkey from the fridge about an hour before you intend making the sandwiches. This is especially beneficial where the turkey is to be incorporated as is on the sandwich - ie, cold.

The second tip also relates particularly to where the turkey is not being reheated. This tip is that turkey thigh and leg/drumstick meat is likely to be more moist when cold than breast meat. Where you have considerable leftovers of all types and are making a number of sandwiches, you may therefore find it best to use the breast for reheats and the leg and thigh in other instances.

Leftover Turkey and Dijon Mustard Mini Subs

Turkey, mustard and chive mini sub rolls served with a glass of chilled white wine
Turkey, mustard and chive mini sub rolls served with a glass of chilled white wine

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • Yields: Two sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 2 mini sub bread rolls
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Handful leftover chopped turkey
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives

Instructions

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Mini sub rollsDijon mustard is spread on halved subsTurkey leg pieces are laid on bottom of sub rollsChopped chives are scattered over the turkey
Mini sub rolls
Mini sub rolls
Dijon mustard is spread on halved subs
Dijon mustard is spread on halved subs
Turkey leg pieces are laid on bottom of sub rolls
Turkey leg pieces are laid on bottom of sub rolls
Chopped chives are scattered over the turkey
Chopped chives are scattered over the turkey

Preparing the Turkey and Mustard Subs: Step by Step Guide

  1. Cut the rolls in half horizontally and spread evenly with the Dijon mustard.
  2. Arrange the turkey in an even layer over the two roll bases.
  3. Scatter the chopped chives over the turkey and place the tops on the rolls.

Leftover Turkey, Watercress Salad and Sweet Chilli Sauce Wraps

Leftover turkey leg is combined with a simple watercress, tomato and cucumber salad before being wrapped with sweet chilli sauce
Leftover turkey leg is combined with a simple watercress, tomato and cucumber salad before being wrapped with sweet chilli sauce

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 1 min

Ready in: 6 min

Yields: 2 wraps

Instructions

  • Handful of fresh water cress, washed and roughly chopped
  • 2" piece of cucumber, chopped in to crescent shapes
  • 3 small cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
  • Handful of roughly chopped leftover turkey
  • 2 tortilla wraps
  • Sweet and spicy chilli sauce

Instructions

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Roughly chopped watercress and halved cherry tomatoesCucumber sliced in to semi-circlesWatercress, tomato and cucumber saladTurkey is mixed through the watercress saladHeating the first tortilla wrapWatercress salad and turkey is arranged on tortilla wrapLeftover turkey, watercress salad and sweet chilli sauce tortilla wrap
Roughly chopped watercress and halved cherry tomatoes
Roughly chopped watercress and halved cherry tomatoes
Cucumber sliced in to semi-circles
Cucumber sliced in to semi-circles
Watercress, tomato and cucumber salad
Watercress, tomato and cucumber salad
Turkey is mixed through the watercress salad
Turkey is mixed through the watercress salad
Heating the first tortilla wrap
Heating the first tortilla wrap
Watercress salad and turkey is arranged on tortilla wrap
Watercress salad and turkey is arranged on tortilla wrap
Leftover turkey, watercress salad and sweet chilli sauce tortilla wrap
Leftover turkey, watercress salad and sweet chilli sauce tortilla wrap

Building the Turkey and Watercress Salad Wraps

  1. Add the watercress, tomatoes and cucumber to a bowl. Season and stir carefully by hand to combine.
  2. Mix the turkey through the salad.
  3. Put a dry frying pan on to reach a high heat. The wraps should be heated for seven or eight seconds each side, one at a time.
  4. Lay the turkey and salad on the wraps as shown in the photo above. Drizzle with the sweet chilli sauce and wrap to serve.

Leftover Turkey, Cream Cheese and Potato Chip/Crisp Sandwich

A simple sandwich of cream cheese, sliced turkey thigh and potato chips/crisps
A simple sandwich of cream cheese, sliced turkey thigh and potato chips/crisps

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Ready in: 5 min

Yields: One serving


Instructions

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 teaspoons of cream cheese
  • 3 slices of turkey thigh (or as required)
  • Half a pack of potato chips/crisps

Instructions

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Cream cheese is spread on two slices of breadTurkey thigh slices are laid on one slice of breadPotato chips/crisps are laid on top of turkeySecond slice of bread is laid on to complete turkey, cream cheese and potato chip sandwich
Cream cheese is spread on two slices of bread
Cream cheese is spread on two slices of bread
Turkey thigh slices are laid on one slice of bread
Turkey thigh slices are laid on one slice of bread
Potato chips/crisps are laid on top of turkey
Potato chips/crisps are laid on top of turkey
Second slice of bread is laid on to complete turkey, cream cheese and potato chip sandwich
Second slice of bread is laid on to complete turkey, cream cheese and potato chip sandwich

Guide to Assembling this Turkey and Cream Cheese Sandwich

  1. Spread one side of each slice of bread with cream cheese.
  2. Lay the turkey slices on top of the cream cheese on one slice of bread.
  3. Place the second type of bread on top, press down gently and slice in half to serve.

Leftover Turkey and Egg Toasted Sandwich

Leftover turkey thigh is combined with beaten egg in a taosted sandwich
Leftover turkey thigh is combined with beaten egg in a taosted sandwich

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 4 min

Ready in: 9 min

Yields: One toasted sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread
  • Butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped leftover turkey
  • 1 small egg, beaten
  • Pinch of dried sage
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

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Preparing and Cooking the Leftover Turkey Toasted Sandwich

  1. Put your sandwich toaster on to pre-heat.
  2. Butter each slice of bread on one side only.
  3. Add the sage to the beaten egg and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. Lay the first slice of bread on the heated sandwich toaster, buttered side down.
  5. Arrange the turkey on top of the bread in the sandwich toaster.
  6. Carefully pour as much of the beaten egg as is required over the turkey. You may not need all of it.
  7. Sit the second slice of bread on top, buttered side uppermost.
  8. Close the toaster and cook for about four minutes or until done as required.
  9. Use a spatula to lift the toasted sandwich to a chopping board. Leave to cool for two or three minutes before slicing to serve.

Peking Lemon Sauce Turkey and Vegetable Tortilla Wraps

Leftover turkey breast and mixed vegetables are stir fried in Peking lemon sauce and incorporated in a tortilla wrap
Leftover turkey breast and mixed vegetables are stir fried in Peking lemon sauce and incorporated in a tortilla wrap

The vegetables in this stir fry came prepared and packaged. They consisted of bean sprouts, cabbage, carrot and onion.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 5 min

Ready in: 10 min

Yields: 2 wraps

Ingredients

  • Handful of leftover turkey meat
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Generous handful of mixed stir fry vegetables
  • 1 5oz sachet Peking lemon stir fry sauce
  • 2 tortilla wraps

Instructions

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Stir frying leftover turkey piecesMixed vegetables are added to the wok with the turkeyPeking lemon stir fry saucePeking lemon sauce is added to stir fryPeking lemon sauce stir fried turkey and vegetablesPeking lemon sauce turkey and vegetable tortilla wrap
Stir frying leftover turkey pieces
Stir frying leftover turkey pieces
Mixed vegetables are added to the wok with the turkey
Mixed vegetables are added to the wok with the turkey
Peking lemon stir fry sauce
Peking lemon stir fry sauce
Peking lemon sauce is added to stir fry
Peking lemon sauce is added to stir fry
Peking lemon sauce stir fried turkey and vegetables
Peking lemon sauce stir fried turkey and vegetables
Peking lemon sauce turkey and vegetable tortilla wrap
Peking lemon sauce turkey and vegetable tortilla wrap

How to Make the Turkey, Vegetable and Lemon Sauce Stir Fry

  1. Heat the wok until it is smoking hot and add the vegetable oil. Stir fry the turkey for about a minute until it is fully heated through. You could - if you wish - heat it a little longer to crisp it up on the outside.
  2. Add the vegetables to the wok and stir fry for another minute.
  3. Pour in the Peking lemon sauce and stir fry until the sauce is bubbling rapidly.
  4. Heat the wraps as described on the packet for a few seconds each side in a dry frying pan.
  5. Lay the stir fry on the wraps as shown in the photos, fold, roll and serve.

Leftover Turkey, Bacon and Cheese Melt Sandwich

Fried bacon, refried turkey thigh and melted cheddar cheese sandwich
Fried bacon, refried turkey thigh and melted cheddar cheese sandwich

Note: The bacon used in this recipe is standard American bacon but that which is known as smoked streaky bacon in the UK.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 5 min

Ready in: 10 min

Yields: One sandwich

Ingredients

  • 3 slices of bacon
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 3 slices leftover turkey thigh meat
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2oz cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
  • Pinch of dried sage
  • Black pepper

Instructions

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Pan frying baconBacon is drained on kitchen paperRefrying turkey thigh slicesBacon is first to be laid on breadDraining refried turkey slices on kitchen paperTurkey slices are placed on top of the baconGrated cheese is spread evenly over the turkey slicesCheese is melted over the turkey and baconTop is placed on turkey, bacon and melted cheese sandwichTurkey, bacon and melted cheese sandwich is sliced for service
Pan frying bacon
Pan frying bacon
Bacon is drained on kitchen paper
Bacon is drained on kitchen paper
Refrying turkey thigh slices
Refrying turkey thigh slices
Bacon is first to be laid on bread
Bacon is first to be laid on bread
Draining refried turkey slices on kitchen paper
Draining refried turkey slices on kitchen paper
Turkey slices are placed on top of the bacon
Turkey slices are placed on top of the bacon
Grated cheese is spread evenly over the turkey slices
Grated cheese is spread evenly over the turkey slices
Cheese is melted over the turkey and bacon
Cheese is melted over the turkey and bacon
Top is placed on turkey, bacon and melted cheese sandwich
Top is placed on turkey, bacon and melted cheese sandwich
Turkey, bacon and melted cheese sandwich is sliced for service
Turkey, bacon and melted cheese sandwich is sliced for service

Turkey, Bacon and Cheese Sandwich Prep Guide

  1. Pour a little vegetable oil in to a non-stick frying pan and bring up to a medium heat.
  2. Fry the bacon for a couple of minutes each side or until done as required. Drain on kitchen paper.
  3. Put your overhead grill/broiler on to preheat.
  4. Fry the turkey slices for about thirty seconds each side, just to heat through. Again, drain on kitchen paper.
  5. Lay the bacon slices on one slice of bread and top with the turkey. Scatter over the cheese and season with the sage and black pepper.
  6. Put the creation on a grilling pan and heat until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Remove to a chopping board with a spatula.
  7. Place the second slice of bread on top and slice in half diagonally.

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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thank you for visiting Carly. I'm glad you like turkey sandwiches and that these options have given you fresh ideas.


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CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

Left over turkey sandwiches are my favorite. Thanks for giving me more ideas and options to eat my favorite sandwich.


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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thanks, Ceres Schwarz. I try to show rather than tell as that's the way I like to see any form of instructions. Glad you liked these ideas.


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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thank you, Vacation Trip. Yes, they were designed to be easy as possible as cooking further complex meals after Thanksgiving or Christmas is not something most people want to do.


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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, randomcreative

I hope they will be useful to people, especially at the tail end of each year. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

Wow these recipes for turkey sandwiches all look really good. All your images of the sandwiches look really amazing and make the foods look very delicious and tasty. Now I want to try some. The rest of your images that show how to make the sandwiches are also very helpful and really visualize things for the reader.


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Vacation Trip 3 years ago from India

A great recipe hub. All the recipes are simple and easy to make. Thank you for sharing. Rated 5 stars.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Such unique options! People are always looking for new recipes for leftovers, so this is great. :)

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