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.

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 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 on a plate:

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