7 Recipe Ideas for Leftover Turkey

After Thanksgiving, go-to leftovers are cold turkey sandwiches and turkey casserole. You don’t have to settle for those when you can shred, dice, and chop turkey into these tasty recipes. Here are seven turkey options that are a step up from ordinary.

1. Sliders

Who needs a turkey sandwich when you can have a turkey burger? Swap the ground turkey in this Turkey Taco Slider recipe with finely shredded leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Top your slider with salsa, guacamole, Greek yogurt, or sour cream for a fun mash-up.

Turkey Taco Sliders

2. Stuffed Peppers

Filled with cinnamon, cumin, red pepper flakes, and almonds, these Turkey Picadillo Stuffed Peppers stand out as a surprising fall-favorite dinner on busy weeknights.

Turkey Picadillo Stuffed Peppers

3. Breakfast Hash

This recipe uses up the leftover turkey and cranberry sauce. Perfect for a hearty breakfast or dinner, One-Pan Turkey Hash comes together is about 30 minutes and for $1.60 a serving.

One-Pan Turkey Hash

4. Tacos

Add chili powder, cumin, chipotle, tomato sauce, and black beans to shredded Thanksgiving turkey, and taco night just got tastier. The lean protein from the turkey plus whole wheat tortillas and mashed avocado give Chipotle Turkey Tacos added health boosts.

Turkey Picadillo Stuffed Peppers

5. Pot Pies

Dice cooked turkey and add it to this Mini Pot Pie recipe. You can make six in the Mini Pie Pan Set. They make a perfectly sized meal portions that can be frozen and saved for easy weekday lunches.

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6. Taco Ring

Swap the ground turkey for leftover shredded turkey in this Turkey Taco Ring. It’s a fun and easy way to change up the usual taco night.

Taco Ring

5. Turkey Cranberry Wreath

This beautiful wreath recipe gives new life to lots of common Thanksgiving leftovers from dried cranberries to walnuts to turkey. Your Turkey Cranberry Wreath could become a Thanksgiving tradition all on its own.

Turkey Cranberry Wreath

What creative recipes do you use for your Thanksgiving leftovers? Tell us in the comments below.

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25 Responses to 7 Recipe Ideas for Leftover Turkey

  1. Catalina November 24, 2017 at 8:53 pm #

    We make Turkey and roasted Pork sandwiches, with Cuban bread,veggie salad,tomatoes,mayonnaise. We press the Cuban bread.With potato salad….Deliciousness…

    • Jennifer Smith whitt November 24, 2020 at 4:39 pm #

      I’m sorry, but do it all over again.

  2. Kate Galla November 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

    We just made Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza! Very yummy!

    • Doreene L Migliori November 6, 2019 at 4:23 pm #

      Do you have a recipe for this?

  3. Terri Haslett November 26, 2019 at 10:49 am #

    One of my son’s and his wife make Thanksgiving egg rolls. Use all/ any of the leftovers including cranberry sauce onto an egg roll wrapper, roll and seal, then deep fry in oil. Dip in leftover gravy. Yummy

    • Terri Haslett November 26, 2019 at 10:49 am #

      Just thought after I hit submit that you could likely cook these in an air fryer to eliminate some of the fat.

      • Gina November 24, 2020 at 8:45 pm #

        Terri ~. Those sound delicious!

      • PANDORA N PHIPPS November 26, 2020 at 7:54 pm #

        i absolutely love my air fryer!!!

  4. Victoria November 26, 2019 at 12:06 pm #

    My husband makes me turkey wild rice soup that freezes very well. Yum, my favorite.

  5. Donna L Richardson November 26, 2019 at 5:02 pm #

    Turkey tortilla soup is really good to make

  6. Brenda November 26, 2019 at 5:59 pm #

    We make stuffed shells.

    And I’m one of those “cook like grandma did” type of people.

    Leftover stuffing, turkey. Pulse into a fine crumb in food processor. Mixed in warmed cream cheese and mozzarella cheese. Use to stuff precooked jumbo shells. Add Alfredo sauce to the bottom of a 9×13, lay in the stuffed shells, top with remaining Alfredo and shredded mozzarella. Cover with foil and Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes till bubbly. Remove foil and bake for 10-15 minutes more until mozzarella is golden. Serve with tossed salad and crusty bread.

  7. Judi November 27, 2019 at 11:17 am #

    Autumn Risotto with Chicken (Turkey) and Cranberries is one of my family’s all-time favorites! Quick, easy, and minimal cleanup!

    • fritz donahoo November 24, 2020 at 3:07 pm #

      Sounds scrumptious! Could I PLEASE have the recipe? Fritz at samjoe@cox.net

    • Nancy Saenz November 28, 2020 at 1:44 am #

      Oh wow. That sounds marvelous. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  8. joey November 27, 2019 at 6:35 pm #

    turkey veg soup

  9. Karen Kerwin November 24, 2020 at 1:09 pm #

    Creamed turkey over mashed potatoes. I save the turkey juices for this meal. Its a quick comfort meal…great for they evening meal after you decorated the house.

  10. Jamie Brehmer November 24, 2020 at 1:50 pm #

    We watched Foodnetwork one year and they had a Stuffing Waffle kind of a take on Beef Manhattan, only using turkey and stuffing! It was one of those What I like to Eat shows. I’ve been looking for the recipe and haven’t found it yet. Seems like they took the left over stuffing and added an egg, then cooked in the waffle maker. Added sliced turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy on top! MMMMMM. The Waffle was so crunchy and delicious!

  11. Joy Dollar November 24, 2020 at 2:39 pm #

    I don’t have a leftover recipe, but I sure want to thank those of you who have submitted replies with ideas! Some really great idea recipes😊. Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!😊🦃🍁

  12. Carol Shepard November 24, 2020 at 3:02 pm #

    Those look like great ideas! We also make Turkey and Wild Rice soup with our leftovers! 😉

  13. Gail Christensen November 24, 2020 at 4:13 pm #

    I make turkey croquettes

  14. Gayle November 24, 2020 at 9:09 pm #

    Thanksgiving Shepherds pie
    Press left over ( I usually have to make more) stuffing into the bottom of you casserole to make a crust. Fill with chopped turkey and gravy, top with leftover veggies. Top it all with mashed potatos. Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes.

  15. Hilda Zimmer November 25, 2020 at 2:23 pm #

    I make Turkey Curry which is awesome over rice. This is a real change from the turkey/dressing meal of Thanksgiving day.

  16. Denise Wike November 26, 2020 at 4:57 pm #

    HOT TURKEY SANDWICHES & GRAVY…….Heat up the turkey with turkey gravy, serve over bread! With leftover stuffing or mashed potatoes!! Very easy & Oh so delicious!!

    • Nancy Saenz November 28, 2020 at 1:42 am #


      I liked this too. The dressing and mashed potatoes accumulate their flavor after a day.

  17. Nancy Saenz November 28, 2020 at 1:39 am #

    My mom always made homemade turkey noodle soup using the turkey bones, wings, a couple white onions, pepper, celery and she added broth (now there is ‘Better than Bouillon’ Turkey (base to add and make more rich (1 T for every few cups of liquid ). She would cook egg noodles and add that in too. It was delicious.

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