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Leftover Turkey Sandwiches on Sweet Potato Rolls

Not sure what to put on a turkey sandwich? Start with some leftover turkey and cranberry sauce from your Thanksgiving meal and go from there. If you’ve never made a Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich before, you’re going to love this recipe!

Overhead view of the ingredients needed to make a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich.

Creating This Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich

The other day, I shared some tips for Reducing Thanksgiving Waste, but I couldn’t head out to my family Thanksgiving celebrations without sharing one more leftover turkey recipe with you.

What is Thanksgiving without turkey sandwiches made from the leftover meat, after all?

I love this recipe for Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches with Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls as the bread. Top them with a little Cranberry Orange Walnut Relish and you’ve got one amazingly delicious and quick sandwich made from your leftovers.

We’ve made these rolls three times just so we can make the sandwiches again!

Ingredients for Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwiches

The recipe I’m sharing today is a simple turkey cranberry sandwich with Swiss cheese. However, you can pile on any other Thanksgiving leftovers you’d like!

Here’s what I used for the basic leftover turkey sandwich:

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

How to Make Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwiches

This turkey cheese sandwich with cranberry sauce is one of my family’s favorites! It’s very easy to make:

  1. Warm the rolls if they are leftovers.
  2. Cut the rolls in half.
  3. Add a layer of sliced cheese and turkey to the bottom half of each roll.
  4. Top with cranberry sauce.
  5. Place the other half of the roll on the top. Enjoy!

The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the free printable card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

A Thanksgiving turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce.

Can I Add Different Toppings?

Of course! Use this Thanksgiving turkey sandwich recipe as a jumping off point for your own creation.

You could try adding leftover stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and even green beans to the sandwich. It all tastes delicious together on one plate, so why not pile it high onto a sandwich?

Can the Turkey Be Substituted?

If you don’t have any leftover Thanksgiving turkey on hand, leftover or meal prepped chicken would also work. I bet you could use ham leftovers too!

Tips for Making Leftover Turkey Sandwiches

  • If you’re using leftover rolls or bread, I recommend gently warming them first. Heat helps revive slightly stale bread.
  • If there are any ingredients in this sandwich you don’t like or don’t have leftover from Thanksgiving, feel free to omit or substitute them.
  • In general, this is a very flexible recipe so don’t hesitate to adapt it as you see fit.

More Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes:

Making homemade turkey stock is relatively simple after your Thanksgiving Feast, even if it does feel like one more thing to worry about. You’ll definitely want to save your turkey carcass so you can make a batch of this!

This recipe for Turkey Noodle Vegetable Soup is the perfect way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Curry Soup is the perfect way to use up your leftover Thanksgiving turkey. It will also use up some leftover sweet potatoes if you like!

Green Chile Turkey Tetrazzini takes this traditional Thanksgiving turkey leftover recipe to the next level with the addition of green chiles, poblano peppers, and spicy pepper jack cheese.

Chicken Pot Pie with Buttermilk Biscuits is comfort food and its finest! You definitely can’t go wrong making a turkey version of this total comfort food!

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Leftover Turkey Sandwiches on Sweet Potato Rolls

Leftover Turkey Sandwiches on Sweet Potato Rolls

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I love using my sweet potato dinner rolls as the basis for Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches!


  • Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls
  • Cranberry Orange Walnut Relish or your favorite cranberry sauce
  • Leftover turkey
  • Thinly sliced Swiss Cheese


  1. Warm the rolls if they are leftovers.
  2. Cut the rolls in half.
  3. Add a layer of sliced cheese and turkey to the bottom half of each roll.
  4. Top with cranberry sauce.
  5. Place the other half of the roll on the top. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 936Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 149mgSodium 424mgCarbohydrates 171gFiber 11gSugar 112gProtein 40g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Saturday 19th of November 2011

Thanks so much for this recipe idea. It'll make a great new twist for the leftover turkey sandwiches I usually make

Molly Jo

Saturday 19th of November 2011

I love leftover recipes. I love being creative with food so that it's not always the same old meal.

Tessa @ Handle the Heat

Saturday 19th of November 2011

Already wishing I had leftovers! These look so tasty.

Jamie | My Baking Addiction

Saturday 19th of November 2011

These look so incredibly good! Definitely a perfect idea for those holiday leftovers!

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