A turkey sandwich has all my favorite things all in one delicious tangy bite! This is the best turkey sandwich recipe around and perfect for a quick holiday lunch or Thanksgiving turkey leftovers idea. This turkey and cheese sandwich also includes a bit of sweet and sour with the addition of cranberry sauce. You will wish you had more turkey…

Finished turkey sandwich recipes in a bread box wrapped in paper next to a cutting board with turkey slices, bread slices, lettuce, greens, cheese and cranberry sauce in a bowl with a spoon.
Let’s make the best turkey sandwich!

Best Turkey Sandwich Recipe

The best part of the holidays is leftovers! As much as I enjoy gathering around the table to eat turkey with my family, I definitely prefer my sandwiches the next day. 

Related: More turkey leftovers ideas

To make these yummy recipes, you can use leftover turkey, or turkey cold cuts from the grocery store. Don’t feel limited to just using turkey, either! Any meat will do, or even stick with just veggies!

Turkey Sandwich Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients Needed - How to Make the best Turkey Sandwich - cutting board with turkey, mayo, sprouts, cranberry sauce, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, bread and a knife
You can tailor these turkey sandwich recipes around what you have in the fridge.
  • Bread, toasted if you like
  • Turkey, sliced thinly

Turkey Sandwich Condiments

  • Mayonnaise
  • Honey Mustard

Turkey Sandwich Toppings

  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Lettuce
  • Cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Microgreens
  • Avocado
  • Other vegetables you like
Serving Example - How to Make the Best Turkey Sandwich
After all of that holiday cooking, who wants to cook the day after? Leftover sandwiches to the rescue!

Instructions On How to Make a Turkey Sandwich

It’s really easy to make a restaurant quality sandwich at home, using what you already have! Wasting food is a huge pet peeve of mine, so I use this recipe anytime we have leftover turkey, ham, or chicken.

Step 1

Step 1 - How to Make the Best Turkey Sandwich - spread mayo on bread
If you aren’t a fan of mayo, switch it out for a spicy mustard.

Spread mayonnaise on the slices of bread. This goes well with most breads like white bread, sourdough, whole wheat bread, etc.

Step 2

Step 2 - How to Make the Best Turkey Sandwich - add turkey slices
Kids have so much fun making their own sandwiches!

Add turkey, cheese, and other toppings of your choice on the bread slices. We like to use the turkey breast for that. I like provolone cheese, but my husband enjoys sharp cheddar, and the kids like monterey jack. Everyone’s perfect sandwich is different. My favorite part is adding the cranberry sauce. It just makes the entire sandwich taste amazing.

Step 3

Step 3 - How to Make the Best Turkey Sandwich - add cheese
If you’re really hungry, make a double-decker sandwich!

Top with bread and cut. This is such an easy meal that everyone will love!

Step 4 - How to Make the Best Turkey Sandwich - add lettuce and tomatoes
Mmmm…I can’t wait to eat this turkey sandwich!

Finished Turkey Sandwich

  • Serve immediately & enjoy!
  • Place in a sealed sandwich bag and store in your fridge to take as a lunch.
  • Pack a bunch of sandwiches in a sealed container to serve many and store in fridge.

Storage of Turkey Sandwich Recipe

Finished Best Turkey Sandwich stacked in a bread box
Store your sandwich in an airtight container and eat it by the next morning for it to be the freshest.

If you are making your sandwich ahead of time and storing it in the fridge until later, wait to add your condiments until you are about to eat, to keep the bread from getting soggy.

Suggested Variations on the Best Turkey Sandwich Recipe

  • Use any Thanksgiving leftovers for your classic turkey sandwich. I love adding a little breading to mine.
  • If you don’t like soft bread, you can toast the bread first or use a panini press to toast the bread.
  • Use a croissant and turn it into a turkey club sandwich. You can make the ultimate turkey sandwich.
  • Not using cranberry sauce? Using mostly vegetables and turkey? Instead of mayo, try your favorite salad dressing.
  • Turkey bacon: Fry up some bacon to add to your turkey sandwich! Give it a little kick and make your own chipotle mayo.
  • Turkey pesto: It’s pretty simple to make pesto, combining basil leaves, pine nuts, olive oil, and garlic, but you can also use store-bought pesto, too! Combine pesto and the turkey in a bowl, until coated, and then make your sandwich.
  • Turkey and cheese: Add any cheese you would like, even combining different cheeses!

More Turkey Sandwich Recipe Ideas

Variation Options - How to Make the Best Turkey Sandwich
Half the fun of being a sandwich artist is being creative about it!
  • Turkey cranberry: This is a favorite in my house, and it’s a wonderful way to use your leftover cranberry sauce! Add a layer of cranberry sauce to the bread.
  • Turkey avocado: The creaminess of fresh avocado blends nicely with the dryer texture of turkey, and it is so healthy! 
  • Ham and turkey: If you have leftover ham, in addition to leftover turkey, this is the perfect way to use up all that meat! Add a little bleu cheese for extra flavor!
  • Turkey, bacon, avocado: This one has my heart. You can also make this as a grilled cheese! The melted cheese blends so well with the creamy avocado, and the crispy bacon.

Turkey Sandwich Ideas We Love

Turkey Sandwich Ideas - How to Make the Best Turkey Sandwich
Set all of your ingredients out and create a sandwich bar for your family!
  • Grilled turkey: If you have a panini maker, put it in the machine, and voila!
  • Turkey club: This is a favorite in restaurants, but it is so easy to make at home. Combine turkey, ham, cheese, mayo, lettuce, and tomatoes, and top with bacon. 
  • Gluten free turkey sandwich: Just use gluten free bread! Also be mindful of any marinade that might have been used on the meat. It is safer to make a gluten free sandwich at home. Then you aren’t risking cross contamination or a kitchen error! It is also cheaper!
Yield: Serves 2

How to Make the Best Turkey Sandwich

How to Make the Best Turkey Sandwich!

The best thing about holiday meals is all the leftovers! Use them to make a delicious turkey sandwich!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • Ingredients:
  • Bread, toasted if you like
  • Turkey, sliced thinly
  • Condiments:
  • Mayonnaise
  • Honey Mustard
  • Toppings:
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Lettuce
  • Cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Microgreens
  • Avocado
  • Other vegetables you like


    1. Spread mayonnaise on bread.

    2. Add turkey, cheese and other toppings of your choice.

    3. Top with bread and cut.

    4. Serve immediately.

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Have you made the best turkey sandwich recipe? What did you think?

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