Turkey Cranberry Sliders are a quick and easy recipe idea to use up that leftover turkey and cranberry sauce from the holidays! Hawaiian rolls are loaded with turkey, cranberry sauce and your favorite cheese for a tasty lunch or dinner after the big meal.

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. 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.

What can I do with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving?

After we’ve shopped till we just about drop, I break out a family favorite recipe and bake up Turkey Cranberry Sliders with Thanksgiving leftovers. I honestly think these Turkey Cranberry Sliders may be better than the actual Thanksgiving dinner. The savory turkey and cheese combined with the sweet rolls and cranberry sauce… oh goodness, guys, it’s delicious.

Need more ideas? Simply take your favorite dishes with shredded chicken and replace that chicken with turkey. This Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Chili or this Healthy Harvest Cobb Salad are both good places to start!

How do you make these leftover turkey sliders?

You’ll need one package of Sweet Hawaiian rolls, cheese, butter, and seasonings. You’ll also need about 1/2 pound of leftover turkey (or you can use sliced deli turkey) and cranberry sauce.

Slice the entire package of Sweet Hawaiian Rolls in half (keeping the individual rolls together).

Hawaiian Rolls sliced in half in a casserole dish

On the bottom half of the rolls, start with an even layer of turkey.

sliced turkey evenly layered over rolls

Now spread the cranberry sauce over the turkey. Use as much or little as you like. You could even get crazy and spoon on stuffing. Wouldn’t that be tasty? It would be kind of like the Thanksgiving sandwich Starbucks has around this time of year.

Cranberry sauce spread over turkey rolls

The next layer is the cheese. Use your favorite kind. 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. Melt the butter, mix in the seasonings, and evenly brush (or pour) over the rolls. Cook until cheese is melted and turkey is warmed through. 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

If you have leftover turkey and cranberry sauce, this recipe is for you! These Turkey Cranberry Sliders are quick, easy and tasty!

  • 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
  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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