Hot Turkey Sandwich

Make this Hot Turkey Sandwich with your leftover turkey! This tasty, open faced sandwich is our favorite way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. Actually, this turkey sandwich can use up a lot of your leftovers – leftover stuffing, cranberry sauce and your leftover turkey gravy!

hot turkey sandwich on white plate with gravy

Why You’ll Love This Hot Turkey Sandwich Recipe

We get that this Hot Turkey Sandwich really isn’t a recipe, it’s more of a method. But we’ve got lots of ideas for making it taste it’s best – AND ways to use up all of your leftovers!

If you’re ready to dive right into making this open-faced sandwich, scroll down to the recipe card or click the “jump to recipe” button above the first photo.

  • Easy To Make: Not so much a “recipe” but a method!
  • Use Up Leftovers: After all the cooking that takes place over the holidays, we don’t like wasting any of the food that we’ve made. This sandwich recipe allows you to use up all of it!
  • Comforting and Satisfying: There’s nothing like a hot, open-faced sandwich smothered in gravy to warm you up and fill you up.

How Do You Make A Hot Turkey Sandwich?

There’s so many different ways that you can make a hot turkey sandwich. We love these sandwiches so much, we actually make them pretty often throughout the year. Serve with crispy french fries or leftover mashed potatoes and dinner is done.

sliced turkey over stuffing and cranberry sauce for sandwich recipe
  • STEP 1 – Start by toasting 2 slices of sturdy bread. You can use white, whole wheat, sour dough, ciabatta, brioche, really whatever bread you have on hand that will hold up under all of these layers.
  • STEP 2 – The first layer is leftover stuffing, then sliced cranberry sauce (our kids will ONLY eat the stuff in the can) your leftover turkey and then it’s gravy time. Pour hot turkey gravy all over the top of your sandwich.
gravy pouring on a turkey sandwich

Of course, you can just make these Hot Turkey Sandwiches with just leftover turkey and gravy. Maybe your family ate all the stuffing and cranberry sauce, or maybe you just like to keep it simple.

Customize this open faced turkey sandwich to your liking, but the hot turkey gravy is key. This is our go to turkey gravy recipe that we make every year, it’s so easy we put our boys in charge of making it on Thanksgiving day!

turkey gravy in glass gravy boat


Leftovers taking over your fridge? Please, go ahead and pile them on. Add a layer of leftover mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, even that famous Green Bean Casserole.

Pretty much anything goes in our house when we’re building these sandwiches. Because everything in our house is a competition, especially when it comes to food.

And of course you can use leftover chicken as well, even a few slices of ham if you make both a ham and turkey for your holiday meal.

turkey sandwich with stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy

How Long Can I Keep Leftover Turkey In The Refrigerator?

You can safely keep leftover turkey for 3-4 days, wrapped up well or stored in a container in your refrigerator. After that, we recommend that you freeze the turkey so that you can pull it out another time and make one another leftover turkey recipe or this delicious sandwich.

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hot turkey sandwich on white plate with gravy

Hot Turkey Sandwich Recipe

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x

This comforting and hearty Hot Turkey Sandwich uses up all your Thanksgiving leftovers! These sandwiches are my favorite way to use up leftover turkey!



  • 2 slices bread, toasted (white, sour dough, wheat, ciabatta)
  • 1/2 cup leftover stuffing, warmed
  • 2 slices cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup leftover turkey gravy, warmed
  • Leftover turkey, warmed


  1. Make a plate with some leftover turkey and stuffing and warm it up slightly in the microwave. You can warm the leftover gravy on the stove, or in the microwave as well.
  2. Place a layer of stuffing onto the toasted bread, followed by 2 slices of cranberry sauce and ending with the leftover turkey.
  3. Pour the hot turkey gravy over the top of the sandwich, also serving some on the side for dipping.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

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