This hot turkey sandwich recipe is one of my absolute favorite dinners!

Tender slices of turkey are simmered in gravy and spooned over toasted bread for an easy and savory open-faced sandwich.

open faced hot turkey sandwich with parsley and pepper on top

Leftover Turkey Sandwich

A hot turkey sandwich is, hands down, my favorite way to enjoy leftovers. I always serve it with oven fries.

  • This dish is all about the leftovers! Keep it simple or dress it up with extra leftovers
  • Totally customizable – add cranberry sauce, stuffing, or even leftover mashed potatoes.

What You Need for a Hot Turkey Sandwich

Bread – Make it a masterpiece and choose dense bread that soaks up all the delicious gravy! Use what’s on hand or use homemade white bread or make hot turkey sliders on fluffy dinner rolls.

Turkey – Slices of leftover turkey (or turkey breast) are perfect for this recipe. You can also use deli sliced turkey, ask them to slice it a bit thicker at the deli counter.

Gravy – Add any leftover gravy to this recipe, if you don’t have any try either our favorite brown gravy or homemade turkey gravy.

Other Additions – Heat and add other leftovers to this sandwich, a layer of green bean casserole or stuffing are yummy additions too. Serve with a side of cranberry sauce.

ingredients to make a hot turkey sandwich including gravy, bread, turkey, and butter

How to Make a Hot Turkey Sandwich

It’s a simple hot meal that’s ready in minutes:

  1. Heat turkey slices in gravy (per recipe below).
  2. Toast bread and spread with butter.
  3. Place turkey on top of bread and cover with extra gravy.

Leftover Turkey?

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Hot Turkey Sandwich

A Hot Turkey Sandwich is a warm and tasty way to enjoy leftover turkey and gravy!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches
Author Holly Nilsson


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  • 4 slices bread any kind
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ⅓ cups gravy leftover, canned, or homemade gravy
  • 10 ounces turkey leftover or sliced deli turkey


  • In a medium saucepan or 10-inch skillet, heat the gravy to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  • Add the turkey slices and stir into the gravy. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the turkey is heated through, 3-5 minutes.
  • Toast bread, spread with butter. Top with turkey slices and extra gravy.


If the gravy is too thick, add water or chicken/turkey broth a little bit at a time to reach the desired consistency. 
Canned mushrooms (drained) or fried mushrooms are a great addition to the gravy.
If desired, replace the bread with leftover mashed potatoes. Combine 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes and 2 eggs. Form into 4 patties and fry in butter or olive oil until crisp on each side.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 426 | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 1333mg | Potassium: 327mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Lunch, Turkey
Cuisine American
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