Hot Turkey Sandwich

Hot turkey sandwich. The easiest way to prepare turkey leftovers, as an open-faced sandwich, topped with leftover turkey and gravy.

Hot Turkey Sandwich
Elise Bauer

Every year, for as long as I can remember, my parents have prepared a huge (18-20 pound or more) turkey for our family on Thanksgiving Day.

Every year, without fail, my mother or father prepares open-faced, hot turkey sandwiches with leftover turkey and gravy for days following.

You would think that the day after turkey day, the last thing any one of us would want would be more turkey.

Hot Turkey Sandwich
Elise Bauer

But I think on Thanksgiving Day itself, the turkey can take almost a back seat to the sides on the plate. There are just so many sides to choose from.

But the next day? It's all about the turkey. And the gravy. The bread is there so you can call it a sandwich and eat it for lunch.

This really isn't a recipe as much as it is a tradition in our family. But if you've never made hot turkey sandwiches with your leftover turkey and gravy, here's how. It's as easy as it seems.

Open Faced Turkey and Gravy Sandwich
Elise Bauer

Hot Turkey Sandwich

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 4 servings

The amounts are approximate, we never measure.


  • 1 1/2 pound leftover turkey meat, sliced

  • 1/2 cup or so leftover turkey gravy

  • Stock or water (to thin the gravy if needed)

  • 4 large slices rustic bread


  1. Heat gravy in a skillet until bubbly:

    If the gravy is too thick, thin with a little stock or water.

  2. Add pieces of sliced cooked turkey meat to the gravy:

    Coat with the gravy on all sides and heat until the meat is heated through.

  3. Arrange a slice of bread on a plate:

    Rustic French or Italian loaf would work great. Top with sliced turkey and gravy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
363 Calories
8g Fat
16g Carbs
53g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 363
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 172mg 57%
Sodium 486mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 53g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 475mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.