Leftover Stuffing Cakes

These Leftover Stuffing Cakes are a delicious and easy way to use up leftover stuffing! Pan fry these cakes in butter for super crispy edges!

Leftover recipes are usually a pretty big thing after a holiday like Thanksgiving. We’ve got so many favorites like this easy Hot Turkey Sandwich to our all time favorite Homemade Turkey Soup! If you forgot to save your turkey bones, make this Quick Turkey Noodle Soup instead!

Stuffing cakes on a platter made from leftover stuffing

An Easy Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe

An easy way to eat leftovers from Thanksgiving is to just make yourself a plate and heat it up. And repeat. But if you’re looking for a way to transform your leftovers try these Leftover Stuffing Cakes!

This leftover recipe will use up your leftover turkey gravy too. But I”m telling you, we love this recipe so much that we make it all year long, even if we don’t have leftover stuffing. In comes that famous boxed stuffing that we all grew up with…just make up a serving or two and form it into these stuffing cakes.

How Do You Make Leftover Stuffing Cakes?

If you’re using a stuffing like our Favorite Sausage Stuffing recipe that has larger pieces of bread and sausage, you can give it a pulse or two in your food processor to make the stuffing pieces smaller and more uniform. 

But if you’re stuffing has that smaller “Stove Top” consistency, you’re good to go. Just add your leftover stuffing to a bowl along with an egg and a couple of tablespoons of whole milk or cream.

Your stuffing should already be perfectly seasoned, but if you want to add a little more salt and pepper you can add that if you’d like.

Use leftover stuffing from Thanksgiving to make these stuffing cakes

Form the mixture into cake similar to the size that you’d make a crab cake and refrigerate for at least an hour. You can do this up to over night but an hour will let them firm up so they don’t fall apart when you fry them.

Add a few tablespoons of butter to a skillet and cook the stuffing cakes until they’re crispy and warmed through.

Use leftover stuffing to make crispy, buttery stuffing cakes

Pour on leftover turkey gravy or make our (no drippings needed) Brown Gravy Recipe for the ultimate leftover recipe. These Leftover Stuffing Cakes make a great side dish to your turkey or even a nice lunch with a salad on the side!

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Use leftover stuffing to make crispy, buttery stuffing cakes

Leftover Stuffing Cakes

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 8 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Leftover Stuffing Cakes are the BEST way to use up leftover stuffing from Thanksgiving! Fry these cakes in lots of butter for super crispy edges, and then pour your leftover gravy right on top!



  • 3 cups leftover stuffing (can also make a boxed stuffing like Stove Top if you don’t have leftover stuffing)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk or cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Leftover Turkey Gravy or make our Brown Gravy Recipe, no drippings needed!


Add the leftover stuffing to a bowl. The stuffing should have a consistency like a boxed stuffing mix to make the cakes hold together. If your stuffing has larger pieces of bread and/or sausage you can pulse it a few times in a food processor first. Add extra salt and pepper, if needed.

Add the egg and milk or cream and mix the stuffing mixture together until combined.

Form into cakes like the size of a crab cake, you should get 4-5 cakes from 3 cups of leftover stuffing. Chill the stuffing cakes for at least an hour in the refrigerator, or up to overnight.

Add the butter to a skillet over medium heat. Fry the stuffing cakes on both sided until crispy and warmed through.

Serve the stuffing cakes with warmed turkey gravy or brown gravy.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


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