10 Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Panini

{Updated from November 2010 – now with MORE delicious way to turn your leftover Thanksgiving turkey into delicious sandwiches!}

No matter how many folks we have around the Thanksgiving table, there’s always leftover turkey. What a perfect occasion to break out your panini presses and skillets and get creative. Here are 10 Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Panini recipes I’ve shared on Panini Happy to get you started!

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Turkey Monte Cristo Panini

For my Thanksgiving version of the classic Monte Cristo, I’ve swapped in turkey in place of the traditional ham and mixed in some cranberry sauce along with the mustard for a tart and tangy kick. And since Monte Cristos are often served with jam, I added a little extra cranberry sauce on the side as well. Get the recipe for Turkey Monte Cristo Panini.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Reuben

If you know the traditional Reuben, you’re familiar with a robust sandwich piled with corned beef or pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing, served on rye bread. A turkey Reuben – also known as a Rachel or a California Reuben – substitutes turkey and cole slaw in place of beef and sauerkraut. To bring in even more Thanksgiving flavor, I made a cranberry Russian dressing and tossed it with cabbage to make a very pink and zesty cole slaw. Get the recipe for Thanksgiving Turkey Reuben Panini.

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Turkey-Apple Salad Melt Panini

Combine chopped leftover roasted turkey with minced celery, diced Granny Smith apples, chopped pecans and mayonnaise. Grill it all with Swiss cheese on cranberry walnut bread. Get the recipe for Turkey-Apple Salad Melt Panini.

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Pulled Turkey Cranberry BBQ Sliders

Turn your leftover cranberry sauce into a sweet and slightly tart barbecue sauce and toss it with your shredded leftover turkey. Pile it all onto your leftover rolls for sliders! Get the recipe for Pulled Turkey Cranberry BBQ Sliders.

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Turkey Jalapeño Melt Panini

For a kicked up leftover turkey sandwich that doesn’t taste too much like Thanksgiving – turkey, Monterey jack cheese, sliced jalapeños, sliced tomatoes and mayonnaise grilled on sliced sourdough. Get the recipe for Turkey Jalapeño Melt Panini.

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Turkey, Avocado & Swiss Panini

Blend mayonnaise and sundried tomatoes in a food processor or blender. Spread on ciabatta. Top with prosciutto-wrapped leftover roasted turkey breast, sliced avocado and swiss cheese and grill. Get the recipe for Prosciutto-Wrapped Turkey, Avocado & Swiss Panini.

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Turkey, Cranberry & Havarti Panini

Layer Havarti cheese and whole berry cranberry sauce with your leftover roasted turkey and grill it on a multigrain baguette. Get the recipe for Turkey, Cranberry & Havarti Panini.

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Turkey & Gruyère Panini with Roasted Garlic & Onion Jam

Pairing leftover turkey with a sweet and savory Roasted Garlic & Onion Jam and Gruyère is like enjoying a soup and a sandwich in one. Get the recipe for Turkey & Gruyère Panini with Roasted Garlic & Onion Jam.

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Turkey Cuban Panini 

Turkey Cuban Panini

This roast turkey version of a traditional Cuban sandwich also turns leftover cranberry sauce into a cranberry-Dijon-mayonnaise condiment. Get the recipe for Turkey Cuban Panini.

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Turkey-Apple Panini with Fig and Gruyère

Turkey Apple Panini with Fig and GruyereI recently shared this recipe (from my new cookbook, The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook) in a guest post on my friend Jessica’s blog, Life as Mom. You can make these Turkey-Apple Panini with Fig and Gruyère right after Thanksgiving, using your turkey leftovers, or at any time of the year with deli-sliced turkey. Get the recipe for Turkey-Apple Panini with Fig and Gruyère.



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  1. Victoria wrote:

    Great roundup of turkey panini! Hope you had a fun Thanksgiving 🙂

    Posted 11.26.10 Reply
  2. Turkey sandwiches are my favourite part of the roast turkey dinner!

    Posted 12.7.10 Reply
  3. Mrs. Saint Nick wrote:

    Yum! Yum!

    Posted 11.29.13 Reply
  4. Now I wish that I had cooked a bigger turkey so that I could try every one of these panini!

    Posted 12.1.13 Reply
  5. These all look so appetizing! Next thanksgiving I might just do a panini bar 🙂 how fun would that be!

    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
    • Kathy Strahs wrote:

      That’s a terrific idea!

      Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  6. They all look fantastic. I’m not sure I could decide which to chomp first.

    Posted 12.10.13 Reply