Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sliders Recipe

leftover turkey and cranberry sliders

Learn how to make a Thanksgiving leftover turkey and cranberry sliders recipe using gouda slices and Hawaiian rolls for a delicious Black Friday lunch.

We all know the drill. We spend all day cooking and enjoying Thanksgiving dinner and then we have to face the music. What do we do with all the leftover turkey? (And who is going to do all these dishes?!) I can’t help you with those dishes, but I’ve got you covered with the leftover turkey recipes!

steps for making leftover turkey and cranberry sliders

I’ve discovered a few tricks over the years for reheating Thanksgiving leftovers without turning them into mush…

  • Green Bean Casserole is best heated in the oven at 350 degrees until bubbly. Some extra crispy onions on the top helps!
  • Mashed potatoes are great warmed on the stove with a little added milk or cream.
  • Stuffing needs to re-crisp in a skillet on the stovetop with some melted butter.

Even with those tricks, leftover Thanksgiving food is never as good as the originals. Except…. in these sliders!

leftover turkey and cranberry sliders

In this Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sliders recipe, leftover turkey and cranberry sauce are layered with sliced gouda cheese and sweet Hawaiian rolls. The topping has a bit of Dijon mustard to contrast the sweetness and gives the sliders buns a perfectly crisp caramelized top.

This recipe creates a new dish with your leftover turkey and cranberry, so Thanksgiving food burnout is not an issue! These sliders are the perfect way to use leftover Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce that might just be better than the original!

Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sliders

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6

Serving size: 2 sliders

ingredients for leftover turkey sliders recipe

Ingredients

  • 15 Hawaiian slider buns
  • 4 cups leftover turkey
  • 1 ½ cups leftover cranberry sauce (any kind)
  • 8 (sandwich size) slices of gouda cheese
  • 8 tbsp. (½ cup) of butter
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat 9×13 inch pan with non-stick spray.

pan of ingredients for leftover turkey sliders recipe

2. Cut Hawaiian buns in half and place the bottom half into the pan. Set aside the tops.

pan of ingredients for leftover turkey sliders recipe

3. Break apart leftover turkey into bite-sized chunks. Cover the bottom buns with the turkey.

pan of ingredients for leftover turkey sliders recipe

4. Spoon cranberry sauce over the turkey. It’s okay if it is too gelatinized to spread, it will melt and spread in the oven.

pan of ingredients for leftover turkey sliders recipe

5. Layer slices of gouda cheese on top of the turkey and cranberry. Finish with the tops of the buns.

ingredients for leftover turkey sliders recipe

6. In a small pot, combine the butter, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, sesame seeds, and Worcestershire sauce over medium heat. Heat until melted and combined.

ingredients for leftover turkey sliders recipe
leftover turkey sliders recipe

7. Pour topping over the buns. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

leftover turkey sliders recipe
leftover turkey and cranberry sliders
Yield: 15 sliders

Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sliders

Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Sliders

Learn how to make a Thanksgiving leftover turkey and cranberry sliders recipe using gouda slices and Hawaiian rolls for a delicious Black Friday lunch.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 15 Hawaiian slider buns
  • 4 cups leftover turkey
  • 1 ½ cups leftover cranberry sauce (any kind)
  • 8 (sandwich size) slices of gouda cheese
  • 8 tbsp. (½ cup) of butter
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat 9x13 inch pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Cut Hawaiian buns in half and place the bottom half into the pan. Set aside the tops.
  3. Break apart leftover turkey into bite-sized chunks. Cover the bottom buns with the turkey.
  4. Spoon cranberry sauce over the turkey. It’s okay if it is too gelatinized to spread, it will melt and spread in the oven.
  5. Layer slices of gouda cheese on top of the turkey and cranberry. Finish with the tops of the buns.
  6. In a small pot, combine the butter, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, sesame seeds, and Worcestershire sauce over medium heat. Heat until melted and combined.
  7. Pour topping over the buns. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

amy cookAmy Cook is a midwestern wife and mom to four boys ages 8, 6 and 3 year old fraternal twins. She has a degree in Biochemistry and worked in medical research for 8 years before becoming a SAHM when her twins were born. Now she runs her Etsy shop and graphic design blog, Loving Our Messy, offering free printables and design tools. Her other passions include baking, watching baseball and all things creative.

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