Need an idea for using up all of the Thanksgiving leftovers? My favorite way to turn the turkey into a whole new meal is to make Turkey Cranberry Sliders. They couldn’t be easier and they are super tasty! Simply fill Hawaiian rolls with turkey, cranberry sauce,  your favorite cheese, and you could even add potatoes or stuffing.

woman's hand holding a turkey cranberry slider

This post and photos were updated on 11/20/18.

One of the main reasons I get so excited for Thanksgiving, besides my pumpkin pie dessert squares, is Black Friday. And these sliders are a Black Friday must! Black Friday is one of my favorite traditions. We’re old school and go shopping the morning after Thanksgiving because this girl needs her beauty rest. But I absolutely love getting up early on Friday, grabbing a white chocolate peppermint mocha and checking gifts off my kiddos’ wishlists, all with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. When we get home and are all just about to drop, I whip up these leftover turkey sliders. It’s the most delicious way to make a new meal out of the leftovers.

How To Use Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

These Turkey Cranberry Sliders are so good and almost better than the big meal. The sweet and savory combo is so delicious and I’m pretty much a fan of any recipe using Hawaiian rolls.

If you’re looking for more ways to use the leftover turkey, just use any recipe that calls for shredded chicken and swap the chicken out for turkey. This Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Chili or this Healthy Harvest Cobb Salad would work great with turkey!

How To Make Leftover Turkey Sliders

Start off by grabbing all of the leftovers, plus a package of Sweet Hawaiian rolls, cheese, butter, and seasonings. If you don’t happen to have leftovers, but you want to make this recipe, you can use sliced deli turkey and store-bought cranberry sauce. Trader Joe’s makes a tasty option!

The first step to make these is to slice the Sweet Hawaiian Rolls. You want to keep all of the rolls together, like pictured below.

Hawaiian Rolls sliced in half in a casserole dish

Next, you’re going to start layering the ingredients. Feel free to layer on more leftovers, if you have them. I think sweet potatoes or stuffing would be awesome on these as well. It really doesn’t matter the order you layer ingredients, but I start with the turkey.

sliced turkey evenly layered over rolls

Then, spread the cranberry sauce over the turkey. Use as much or little as you like.

Cranberry sauce spread over turkey rolls

The last layer here is the cheese. You can use any type of cheese. I like a white cheese for these sliders and I’ve used Swiss, Gouda and Provolone. A good smoked Gouda is my favorite.

cheese, cranberry and turkey rolls

Last, place the top half of the rolls over the cheese layer. Use a brush to spread the melted butter mixture over the rolls. If you don’t have a brush, you can spoon the melted butter over the rolls. Cook the rolls until cheese is melted and the turkey is heated. I cooked mine with tinfoil over the top for about 15 minutes, to keep the tops from getting too brown. After 15 minutes, take the tinfoil off and continue to cook for another 5-8 minutes.

woman's hand brushing butter on the top of rolls

Loving these Turkey Cranberry Sliders? You’ll love my other favorite cranberry recipes!

Healthy Cranberry Pear Crisp

Healthy Cranberry Sauce

Sparkling Cranberry Lemon Mocktail

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cooked rolls in a white casserole dish
woman's hand holding a turkey cranberry slider
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Nutrition Facts
Turkey Cranberry Sliders
Amount Per Serving (1 slider)
Calories 83 Calories from Fat 49
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.4g8%
Saturated Fat 2.6g16%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.8g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 262.8mg11%
Carbohydrates 2.2g1%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 0.9g1%
Protein 6.6g13%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:12 sliders
Turkey Cranberry Sliders
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
 

Need an idea for using up all of the Thanksgiving leftovers? My favorite way to turn the turkey into a whole new meal is to make Turkey Cranberry Sliders. They couldn't be easier and they are super tasty! Simply fill Hawaiian rolls with turkey, cranberry sauce,  your favorite cheese, and you could even add potatoes or stuffing.

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces leftover turkey or thick cut turkey deli meat
  • 4 large slices Gouda, Havarti, Swiss or Provolone cheese (or other favorite cheese)
  • 1 cup cranberry relish or sauce
  • 1 package Hawaiian dinner rolls (12 rolls)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Everything Bagel seasoning or poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. and prepare a 9X13 (or slightly smaller) baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Slice Hawaiian buns in half while keeping all of the buns attached to one another. Remove the top buns and set aside.
  3. Place the bottom buns in the pan. Add the turkey over the buns and top with cranberry relish or sauce, slices of cheese and the tops of the buns.

  4. In a small microwave safe bowl, mix the butter, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon and seasoning or poppy seeds. Microwave for 30-60 seconds, or until the butter is melted.
  5. Brush the butter mixture over the top of the buns. Cover with tinfoil and bake at 375°F for 15 minutes. Remove the tinfoil and bake for an additional 5-8 minutes. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

*Measurements for turkey, cranberry sauce and cheese are all approximate. Use the preferred amount for your sliders.

 

Author: Kim
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Leftover Thanksgiving Sliders, Leftover Turkey Rolls, Turkey Cranberry Sliders

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