15 Leftover Turkey Recipes That Are Way Better Than A Boring-Ass Sandwich

Thanksgiving dinner is pretty much the best meal of the year (all those glorious carbs!), but trying to use up the leftovers can be kind of a drag. Turkeys are huge, and you can only eat so many sandwiches and variations on “Thanksgiving grilled cheese” before you’re ready to grab the entire turkey carcass and throw it out the nearest window.

Luckily, the internet exists, so you don’t have to do that. Places like Pinterest are filled with a million and one creative ways to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers and eat like you’re freaking royalty. From wontons to enchiladas, here are 15 uniquely delicious leftover turkey recipes to help you polish off the rest of that bird.

1. Leftover turkey corn chowder

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There’s nothing like a yummy soup to help you fight off the November cold. Plus, this soup only takes 30 minutes to make, and after 17 hours in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up Thanksgiving dinner, that’s change we can all believe in.

Get the recipe HERE

2. Turkey, bacon, and ranch sliders

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These easy sliders dress up leftover turkey with ranch and mozarella for a perfect snack. They also follow the golden rule of food: everything tastes better when you add bacon.

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3. Spicy Turkey Nachos

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Season leftover turkey with taco seasoning, hot sauce, and cayenne. Then, add your favorite toppings, and voila! It’s way easier than a sandwich, and way tastier too.

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4. Cranberry turkey quesadillas

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These simple turkey and Havarti cheese quesadillas are topped with a fruity salsa made from leftover cranberries for an elegant twist on classic TexMex.

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5. Thanksgiving leftover dumplings

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These dumplings are filled with leftover turkey and stuffing, and paired with a chipotle cranberry sauce. That’s one way to make leftovers seem upscale AF.

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6. Turkey Pot Pie

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This quickie pot pie is filled with tender chunks of leftover turkey, then topped with a flaky biscuit. The best part? It only has to bake for 15 minutes.

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7. Leftover turkey enchiladas

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Cheesy enchiladas stuffed with season turkey and black beans, because anything chicken can do, turkey can do better.

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8. Thanksgiving pizza

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This pizza doesn’t just use up your leftover turkey. It also uses green bean casserole, mashed potatoes gravy, corn, and stuffing. It’s basically Thanksgiving in a crust, and I’m here for it.

Get the recipe HERE

9. Leftover turkey ramen

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Ramen, turkey, bacon, eggs, ginger, shitake mushrooms—it’s the perfect accompaniment to staying home in yur pajamas and binge-watching Netflix on Black Friday.

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10. Turkey Santa Fe lettuce wraps

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Southwestern style lettuce wraps with seasoned turkey, black beans, bell peppers, and corn. It’s kind of like a taco in a much lighter shell, which your body will appreciate after the 7 rolls, triple serving of mashed potatoes, and 4 pieces of pie you ate on Thanksgiving.

Get the recipe HERE

11. Sweet potato and turkey skillet

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This cheesy, sweet potato-y skillet calls for ground turkey, but you can easily sub in your leftover shredded turkey for an easy, hearty post-Thanksgiving meal.

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12. Turkey wonton soup

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This soup uses the leftover turkey bones to make stock. Then you add delicious wontons stuffed with everything from turkey to mashed potatoes and even ham, if you’re one of those overachievers who has multiple kinds of meat on Thanksgiving.

Get the recipe HERE

13. Cheesy turkey and mashed potato bites


Mashed potatoes, leftover turkey, and shredded cheese combine forces in these little fried bites of gooey goodness. You can also dip them in gravy because it’s the holidays and who the fuck cares about cholesterol?

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14. Turkey and barley soup

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This soup combines leftover turkey, carrots, potatoes, barley, and fresh herbs for a hearty Black Friday lunch or dinner.

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15. Leftover turkey Tikka Masala

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All the flavors of classic Tikka Masala, but with leftover chunks of turkey instead of chicken. It’s better than ordering takeout, and it helps clear all those goddamn tupperware containers out of your fridge.

Get the recipe HERE

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