Easy Turkey Sliders made with leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, and Hawaiian Buns.
Cranberry and Leftover Turkey Sliders Recipe
It's that time of year when you look in the fridge and see a ton of Thanksgiving leftovers piled up. Or at least it is in our house. We always seem to have a plethora of ham, turkey, and sides stacked up in the fridge.
It may be because I cook WAY TO MUCH during the holidays but I am not going to admit that. LOL! Today's Cranberry and Leftover Turkey Sliders Recipe is a great way to repurpose some of those leftovers in the fridge.
Because let's be honest with each other. You can only make a plain sandwich so many times or a ham and egg omelet so many times before you are on the hunt for new recipes.
I don't know about your house but in our house, John starts to give me the look.
The one that says are we going to go out for Mexican because I can't eat any more holiday leftovers. LOL!
So I try to come up with fun new leftover recipes to keep him entertained and save on our dining out budget.
These are so good!!! The flavor is epic!
The combination of turkey and cranberry is amazing. The perfect way to use up leftover turkey and cranberry sauce.
- Cranberry Sauce
- Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
- Sesame seeds/poppy seeds - optional
- Bread Rolls/Hawaiian rolls
Turkey - You can use leftover turkey or deli turkey.
Cheese - We use mozzarella, but you can also use provolone, Gouda, Swiss cheese, or Havarti cheese.
Bread Knife - To slice the bread rolls in half.
9X13 Baking Dish
Aluminum Foil - If you start to see the top layer of the bread rolls getting to dark in the oven.
Heat resistant potholders - A couple of years ago we had a fire scare when we didn't realize we had turned a burner on and a cloth potholder caught fire. Thankfully we walked by the kitchen and saw the smoke and were able to get it out ourselves. Since then we have only used these heat-resistant potholders.
How to make Cranberry Turkey Sliders
Step 1 - Preheat the oven, gather supplies and ingredients.
Step 2 - Combine turkey pieces and gravy in a large pot on the stove top. Bring to a boil.
Slice Hawaiian Bread Rolls in half and set in a parchment lined baking dish.
Step 3 - Evenly spread the turkey/gravy mixture over the top of the bottom half of the rolls.
Step 4 - Spread cranberry sauce over the turkey mixture, top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
Step 5 - Top with the top half of the buns, brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
Bake and enjoy!
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition information including calories, protein, calcium, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin c, potassium, cholesterol, sodium, trans fat, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and more will vary depending on products used.
Printable recipe card instructions below.
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Cranberry and Leftover Turkey Sliders Recipe
- 3 Cups Turkey cooked and diced
- 1 Can Cranberry sauce
- 1 Cup Mozzarella shredded
- 1 ½ Cups Gravy leftover or prepared packet
- ½ Cup Butter
- 2 Tablespoon Sesame seeds
- 1 dozen Bread rolls fresh
- Preheat oven to 300
- In a pot, combine the turkey and gravy. Bring to a boiling and then set aside.
- Cut the bread rolls in half HORIZONTALLY, keeping each roll connected. Set top aside.
- Brush a few tablespoons of butter on the top of the bottom portion of rolls
- Spoon the turkey and gravy over the buns, being sure to get as far to the edge as possible
- Spoon the cranberry sauce over the turkey
- Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the cranberry sauce.
- Replace the tops of the buns. Brush the remaining melted butter over the tops of the buns.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake in the oven for 12– 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and cut each slider individually and serve! Enjoy!
Recipe originally shared on December 11, 2016. Updated October 2020, November 2022
A print option would be nice
Oh my goodness! I am so sorry. I just made sure the print recipe is there.
Would you freeze this recipe??
Hi, I haven't tried freezing the recipe. They normally get inhaled so quickly we don't have any leftovers. I am honestly not sure how they would do in the freezer
Made these with turkey leftovers and they were the BOMB!
My husband’s new favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipe replacing my turkey pot pie. I used my homemade cranberry fig relish and added some apple, sausage, pecan stuffing I had leftover. Final change was reduced butter to 1 tablespoon for brushing on top. Just had another one for lunch nah and Sadi hey are all gone now.