Use your Thanksgiving leftovers for these Turkey Cranberry Sliders! These Hawaiian roll turkey sliders are made with turkey, cranberry sauce and Swiss cheese and baked with a savory butter drizzle.

Are you ready for some turkey! I am! Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday because it’s all about food (and naps). What’s better than that? Well, maybe the leftovers! These yummy Thanksgiving turkey sliders recipes do a GREAT job using your leftover turkey and cranberry sauce!

Reusing my turkey leftovers from is always something I look forward to every year. I love to make a basic turkey noodle soup, but I REALLY love to make these melty Turkey Cranberry Sliders for the fam!

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Turkey Cranberry Sliders

If you’ve been following along on Blackberry Babe for a while, you know I am the Queen of Thanksgiving Turkey! I have pretty much all of the cooking techniques for turkey documented here, including smoked whole turkey smoked boneless turkey breast, grilled turkey breast, fried turkey or delicious oven roasted turkey!

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Turkey Cranberry Sliders

These mini turkey sandwiches are perfect for the day after Thanksgiving, when you’re lazing around with friends and family.

Because of the beautiful colors and the delicious poppyseed topping, these sandwiches look and taste special. But, they’re so easy! Just 5 minutes of prep and 20 minutes in the oven is all you need to make these yummy turkey sliders.

Turkey Cranberry Sliders

Can I Use Deli Turkey For This Recipe?

When I made these Turkey Cranberry Sliders, I used leftover turkey and cranberry sauce. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have leftovers available! Just visit your deli and ask them to thick cut deli turkey.

If thin-sliced deli turkey is what you have on hand, use it! It will be delicious.

Turkey Cranberry Sliders

Recipe Substitutions for Cranberry Turkey Sliders:

  • Substitute cut brie wedges for swiss cheese
  • Substitute provolone slices for swiss cheese 
  • Use prepared cranberry sauce if you do not have any leftover cranberry sauce on hand
  • Substitute a chutney or bacon jam for the cranberry sauce
  • Add arugula or spinach to the sandwiches for a pop of green color 
  • Omit poppyseeds if you don’t have them on hand. Or, substitute everything bagel seasoning for the poppyseeds! It’s awesome!
Turkey Cranberry Sliders

Tips for Preparing Turkey Cranberry Sliders: 

  • If you have leftover sliders, reheat them in the oven before eating.
  •  I prefer to pre-cut the rolls to allow for the sauce to fall into the nooks and crannies around each roll! 
  •  Remember to remove the foil for the last few minutes of bake time. This will let the tops of the rolls crisp up nicely and help reduce any greasiness. 

I hope that you enjoy these super easy, baked Turkey Cranberry Sliders! If you have any other ways that you love to use up leftover turkey, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you! 

Turkey Cranberry Sliders
Turkey Cranberry Sliders

Turkey Cranberry Sliders

Yield: 12 sliders
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Use your Thanksgiving leftovers for these Turkey Cranberry Sliders! These Hawaiian roll turkey sliders are made with turkey, cranberry sauce and swiss cheese and baked to perfection with a butter drizzle.


  • 1 package Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, 12-count)
  • 3 cups cooked turkey, diced or sliced
  • 1 cup prepared cranberry sauce
  • 6 slices of Swiss cheese

For the butter drizzle:

  • 4 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard or Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • (optional) ½ teaspoon poppy seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with non-stick foil, or prepare with baking spray. 
  2. Separate the Hawaiian Rolls (top and bottom portion) and place the bottom half of each roll into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Layer with turkey, cranberry sauce and cheese then place the top part of the rolls back on top of the filling ingredients.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, mustard, garlic powder, salt and poppy seeds. 
  5. Pour mixture over the top of the buns, and use a brush or spoon to spread evenly over the top. 
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. 
  7. Remove the foil and bake for 3 more minutes, uncovered.
  8. Serve immediately


Instead of using plain cranberry sauce, you can make a simple cranberry BBQ sauce. I actually think we might like it even better than the cranberry sauce by itself! Here's how to make it:


  • ¾ cup cranberry sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Add all ingredients to a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it begins to bubble, stirring constantly. Spoon over the top of the turkey before baking the sliders.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 197Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 60mgSodium 142mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 0gSugar 7gProtein 14g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app and may be incorrect.

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Have you checked out my new cookbook, A Crowded Table? It’s full of delicious seasonal recipes like this one! Check it out here.