Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sliders are like the holidays on a bun! Sweet Hawaiian rolls are brushed with a sweet and savory glaze, filled with turkey, cranberry sauce, and cheddar cheese, then warmed in the oven.
Turkey leftovers are ideal for making comfort foods like pot pies, soups, and turkey salad sandwiches. But sometimes, it’s fun to get creative, and that’s where Thanksgiving sliders come in!
(It’s also a great way to use up leftover cranberries or anything else that’s in your fridge!)
If you plan on making a big feast this year, keep this Turkey Sliders recipe handy. After all, Thanksgiving leftovers may be better than the big meal itself!
Doughy Hawaiian Rolls are piled high with leftover turkey and cranberry sauce and slices of white cheddar cheese. (The secret to the perfect melt is putting cheese on the bun and on top of the filling!)
The tops of the buns are brushed with a mixture of melted butter, light brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, dried minced onion, garlic powder, and poppy seeds.
Everything is warmed in the oven until golden brown and melty for mouthwatering, savory-sweet sliders! And they only take 30 minutes to prep and bake!
How To Make Them:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and slice the rolls in half top and bottom. Place the bottom in a baking dish and then layer with cheese, turkey, and cranberry sauce. Add an additional layer of cheese before adding the top of the buns back on.
In a small bowl, mix together the topping ingredients and then use a pastry brush to brush the mixture all over the top of the sliders, making sure to use it all. Bake until cheese is melted and the buns are golden brown.
Frequently Asked Questions:
A slider is basically a mini sandwich, so they’re especially fun to serve as appetizers for parties or game days. Or, have a few and eat ‘em as a meal!
20 minutes at 350 degrees.
I like white cheddar, but you can use any kind of cheddar. You can also try American, Swiss, or Provolone. Pretty much any mild cheese that won’t overpower the other flavors should work!
Substitutions & Variations:
- Add your own Thanksgiving leftovers: Feel free to load these sliders up with any leftovers you’d like! Spoonfuls of sweet potatoes, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and a drizzle of gravy also taste delicious!
- Roasted turkey alternatives: Make these turkey and cheese sandwiches any time of year with deli-style turkey lunchmeat. You can also use rotisserie chicken for filling.
- Use dinner rolls: If you find yourself with a surplus of biscuits or Yeast Rolls, you can also use these to make your sliders.
- Add your favorite cheese: As mentioned in the FAQ, any mild-flavored cheese should work for these, but Gruyere or smoked gouda would also be delicious!
More Thanksgiving Recipes:
- Perfect Thanksgiving Roast Turkey – Impress the family with a juicy, flavorful bird!
- Turkey Florentine Pasta Bake – Make this easy pasta dish on a weeknight after Thanksgiving.
- Perfect Pumpkin Pie – The best way to make this classic dessert.
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – Save time and stove space with an Instant Pot!
- Sweet Potato Casserole – Topped with pecans and a sugary crumble, this side is like dessert.
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Cranberry Turkey Sliders
- 12 Hawaiian Rolls
- 12 slices white cheddar cheese
- 8 ounces sliced or shredded leftover turkey
- ½ cup whole berry cranberry sauce
- ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar packed
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon poppy seeds
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and cut the slider buns in half top and bottom. Lay the bottom of the rolls into a 11×9-inch baking dish.
- Place a half slice of cheese on the bottom of each roll. Evenly distribute the turkey on top of the cheese. Evenly distribute the cranberry sauce on top of the turkey. Add another half slice of cheese on top. Place the roll tops back on.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, minced onion, garlic powder, and poppy seeds. Brush the tops of the rolls with this mixture, use it all!
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the cheese is melted, the sliders are heated through, and the tops are golden brown.
- This can also be done with deli-style turkey lunchmeat.
- Any mild-flavored cheese should work for these, but Gruyere or smoked gouda would also be delicious!
- Homemade dinner rolls may also be used.