A classic turkey sandwich recipe is perfect for game day or holiday leftovers!

Piled high with turkey, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and a liberal amount of cranberry sauce, this turkey sandwich recipe is delicious!

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Turkey Sandwich (with Cranberry Sauce!)

leftover Turkey Sandwich with cranberry sauce

What to Put on a Turkey Sandwich

Bread: Choose a sturdy bread like a nice grain bread, ciabatta, or even rye or sourdough. Want something lighter? Wrap the ingredients in romaine lettuce!

Turkey: Use sliced deli turkey or leftover sliced turkey breast. Add other deli meats like ham, chicken, or cotto salami for variety.

Cheese: Choose your cheese, great options include cheddar, Colby Jack, Monterey Jack, or Gouda. Mix and match for flavor.

Vegetables: Add crunch with lettuce, tomatoes, or cucumbers. For creaminess, try sliced avocado.

Condiments: Mix mayo with pesto for aioli, or use chipotle for a kick. Honey mustard adds a sweet tang.

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More Turkey Sandwich Ideas

  • Hot Open Face – Top slices of turkey on bread, crumble on some dressing, and smother in gravy, like this hot turkey sandwich.
  • Plain Grilled – Turkey, deli ham slices, American cheese, and tomato on rye bread, pumpernickel, or your favorite bread. Cook it grilled cheese style until melty!
  • Turkey Reuben Panini – If you have a panini press, pile on the turkey, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut on rye bread slices that have been buttered on the outside, and cook to a golden crispy crunch. Grilling in a skillet will work too. Serve this one with Thousand Island dressing on the side.
  • Turkey Salad – Make an easy turkey salad recipe and fill croissants or toasted English muffins!
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Leftover Turkey Faves

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Turkey Sandwich

This is an easy way to turn Thanksgiving leftovers into the best turkey sandwich!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches


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  • 4 slices wheat bread
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 ounces cheese sliced, provolone or mozzarella
  • 1 medium tomato sliced
  • 4 leaves lettuce
  • 6-8 slices deli turkey or 4 slices leftover turkey
  • ¼ cup cranberry sauce


  • Lightly toast the bread.
  • Spread mayonnaise on 2 of the slices.
  • Top with cheese, turkey, lettuce, and tomatoes. Season with salt & pepper if desired.
  • Spread remaining slices of bread with cranberry sauce and top sandwich.
  • Cut in half and serve.


Top with lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, pickles, or any of your favorite sandwich toppings! 
5 from 14 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 383 | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 659mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 284IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course Lunch
Cuisine American
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