Hot Turkey Sandwich


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

Photography Credit: 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. And 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. 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.

Hot Turkey Sandwich

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.

Hot Turkey Sandwich Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

The amounts are approximate, we never measure.


  • 1 1/2 lb leftover turkey meat, sliced
  • 1/2 cup or so of leftover turkey gravy
  • Stock or water (to thin the gravy if needed)
  • 4 large slices of 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 (rustic French or Italian loaf would work great) on a plate. Top with sliced turkey and gravy.

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Showing 4 of 14 Comments / Reviews

  • Rick Grunwald

    This sounds good but a REAL thanksgiving evening sandwich must have stuffing and cranberry sauce. Nothing less than a gourmand’s delight will do. :))

  • Melissa K

    My husband totally does this, too. I, on the other hand, must have my Day-After turkey sandwich on fresh white sandwich bread, with mayo, stuffing, and cranberries. Oh, so good.

  • Alanna Kellogg

    Ditto in my family except that mashed potatoes are there too and it’s called a “Hot Turkey” a la “Hot Beef”. (It’s a Minnesota thing, your dad may know.)

  • Kitten with a Whisk

    We did this as well on Friday. The only difference was using leftover rolls and adding some stuffing on there too.

    So so so so yummy.

  • DebbieWS

    We just had this for lunch today. And it the gravy is done. Just have enough turkey for Turkey Salad Sandwich tomorrow. It’s a recipe I learned from a Deli I work in back in the late 70’s.

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