Turkey Sliders

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Turkey Sliders are a grabbable, snackable, sensational game day feast, but these aren’t your average sliders!! With melted, buttery brie cheese and a sweet yet tangy cranberry sauce, these mini sandwiches are absolutely dripping with flavor! This recipe is a fabulous use for leftover turkey or deli meat – load ‘em up with your favorites and chow down! 

turkey sliders recipe.

Grab and go is the name of the game when you have friends and family over a little sports action!

When they can’t take their eyes away from the TV, just slide a plate of these delicious turkey and cheese sliders on the table – they’ll disappear in the blink of an eye!

turkey cranberry sandwich ingredients.

Turkey Sliders

Moist, rich turkey meets its match with a mouthwatering cranberry spread, creamy melted cheese, and a scrumptious Hawaiian bread roll that houses each flavor in its fluffy, buttery goodness!

The last thing you want to do on game day is spend all of your time cooking, right?

I’ve made things easy for you – check out my new sweet potato rounds Thanksgiving appetizer, my easy game day recipes and my favorite shareable appetizers of all time!

turkey on Hawaiian rolls.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Hawaiian Bread Rolls – I just love these sweet, buttery rolls! They do make regular, unsweetened slider rolls if that’s your preference.
  • Diced Turkey – I can think of no better recipe for that leftover Thanksgiving turkey! But sliced deli turkey is just as tasty – and you can get that stuff any time of the year.
  • Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce – I’m very aware of the whole cranberry sauce debate – but for this turkey sliders recipe, we absolutely need to go with the whole berry version.

    The texture just isn’t the same without it!
  • Brie and Parmesan Cheese – Brie in the middle, parmesan on top – we’ve got cheese coming from all angles!

    Just the way I like it. Your best brie substitutes are Swiss, Havarti, Provolone, or plain cheddar. Pecorino Romano can sub in for parmesan any day!
turkey and cranberry sauce on rolls.

Slider Variations

  • Protein Possibilities – Don’t think you have to stick with turkey! Baked ham or sliced deli ham would be just as delicious, and goes with all of the other toppings!

    Chicken is another great choice. And honestly? You don’t need meat at all if you just want a fancy cheese slider to enjoy!
  • Condiments to Try – Spicy brown mustard, mayonnaise, and sour cream are the three toppings my family reach for to slather onto these sliders.
  • Butter Hacks – For a quicker spread, you can microwave the sliced butter in 20 second increments, stirring regularly, and add the parmesan once it’s all melted.
  • Prefer a Cold Cut? While I think my turkey sliders recipe is absolutely best after a quick trip in the oven, you can certainly serve and enjoy them cold!

    The melted butter topping, however, will be a tad greasy, so brush it inside the roll instead of on top.
brie on Hawaiian rolls.

Storing and Reheating Leftover Turkey and Cheese Sliders

Leftover sliders should be eaten within 4 days, but are really best the day of or the next day.

Keep chilled in the fridge, either wrapped in plastic wrap or stored in an airtight container. 

If you plan on having leftovers, you may want to wait and keep some unbaked so that you can enjoy them fresh!

Just take the unbaked sliders out of the fridge 30 minutes before they go in the oven.


To reheat leftover sliders, pop them back in the oven at 300°F or so until warm. This will only take a couple of minutes!

Otherwise, a couple 15 second sessions in the microwave will work, too. 

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Turkey Sliders Recipe FAQ

What cheese goes best with turkey meat?

I love using brie because of how well it melts and its rich, buttery taste. Swiss is a very popular pairing with turkey, too – it’s nice and mild, and very smooth!

Otherwise, you can never go wrong with a nice cheddar or provolone! They also melt very well and don’t have an overpowering flavor. 

What do you serve with turkey sliders?

You have so many options! Aside from your usual fries or potato chips, you may also want to try a warm baked casserole (try this tater tot casserole!), pasta or veggie salad, or baked beans!

If you’re using your Thanksgiving leftovers to make turkey and cheese sliders, then your leftover Turkey Day sides will fit right in: mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole… the works!

Can you freeze turkey sliders?

You can, indeed! Go ahead and form the sliders, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Place all of the sliders in an airtight container, freezer bag, or lined up on your baking sheet. 

Let them thaw in the fridge the night before, set them on the counter about 30 minutes before baking, then proceed with the recipe as normal! 

turkey and cheese sliders on cutting board.

Enjoy!
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Turkey Sliders

Donna Elick
Turkey Sliders are stacked with meat and cheese – a perfect game day feast! Make my turkey sliders recipe for 12 sliders in just 40 minutes!
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 23 mins
Total Time 38 mins
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 12

Ingredients
 

  • 12 Hawaiian bread rolls
  • 2 cups diced turkey
  • 1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 5 ounces brie, cubed
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Line a 9×13-inch baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Keep the rolls together and slice through them horizontally so you have one large top and bottom.
  • Place the bottoms of the rolls onto the baking sheet, cut side up. Divide the turkey evenly on the bread.
  • Spoon the cranberry sauce over the turkey and use a butter knife to spread it into an even layer.
  • Scrape off and discard the rind on the brie cheese. Cut the brie into cubes and arrange them evenly on top of the cranberry sauce.
  • Place the top of the rolls, cut side down, over the ingredients to make the sliders.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter and the parmesan, stirring to combine. Spoon the butter mixture over the tops of the Hawaiian rolls. Reserve the additional tablespoon of butter to brush on the sliders after baking.
  • Place the baking sheet of sliders into the oven and bake for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and tent it with a sheet of aluminum foil. Place the baking sheet back in the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the sliders are heated through and the cheese is melted.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Using a pastry brush, apply the reserved melted butter mixture over the tops. You will need to reheat the butter if it has solidified.
  • Sprinkle each slider with fresh parsley. Use a knife to cut the large sandwich into individual sliders and serve immediately.

Donna’s Notes

Alternative to leftover roast turkey; sliced deli turkey.
Alternatives for brie; Swiss, Havarti, Provolone, or cheddar.
The butter may be melted in the microwave in 20-second increments, stirring in between. Then add the parmesan to the melted butter and stir to combine.
The sliders can be prepared ahead of time and can be baked the following day. Remove them from the fridge 30 minutes before baking them.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 234cal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 229mg | Sugar: 11g | Fiber: 0.3g | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.3mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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turkey and cheese on Hawaiian rolls.

Originally published October 2022

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    These were so delicious! They were very simple to make too. I’m keeping this recipe for when friends come over!

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