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Turkey sliders are made with layers of turkey, cheese, and cranberry sauce on sweet dinner rolls covered in a sweet poppy seed sauce and baked.

Leftover turkey from Thanksgiving is one of life’s greatest pleasures. What? No? Ok, so sometimes it can get really boring eating a ton of Thanksgiving leftovers. These turkey slides are going to have you making an extra turkey this year!

There is a lot of flexibility in making these sliders. We actually used sliced deli turkey to make them, but you can use leftover turkey, too. Pick your favorite cheese and your favorite type of cranberries. Go over the top and add a teaspoon or two of stuffing to the sliders too. It’s Thanksgiving dinner on a bun.

Baked sliders are great for picnics, lunches, dinner, and especially on the go. Just make ahead of time, wrap in some tinfoil and take them on the road. 

Baked Cranberry Turkey Sliders 

 

ingredients for turkey sliders

Turkey Slider Ingredients:

  • Hawaiian style dinner rolls or any dinner rolls you like. Pick up a package of clearance dinner rolls from the grocery store bakery for a really inexpensive meal.
  • Turkey lunchmeat or leftover fully cooked Brined and Roasted Turkey or Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe
  • Provolone cheese or Swiss cheese
  • Whole berry cranberry sauce –   You can also use homemade cranberry sauce or even  jellied cranberry sauce
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • Poppy seeds

How to Make Turkey Sliders:

dinner rolls for turkey sliders

Preheat oven to 375F. Remove the rolls from the package and use a long, sharp knife to cut the whole loaf in half horizontally to create a bottom half and a top half. Place the bottom half into a 9×13-inch glass baking dish.

sliced turkey on dinner rolls

Evenly distribute the turkey over the bottom half of the bread. 

sliced turkey on sweet Hawaiian dinner rolls

You can use deli turkey or leftover turkey from a cooked whole turkey or turkey breast. Both are delicious!

cheese on turkey sliders

Next top the turkey with your choice of cheese. Provolone and Swiss cheese are both great options. Meunster cheese may be good, too. 

cranberry sauce on cheese on turkey sliders

Once all the cheese is on, add the cranberry sauce. If you use cranberry sauce, spread it on with a spoon or knife. If you use a can of jellied cranberries, slice it into 12 slices and place those on top of the cheese.

Place the top half of the dinner rolls on top and set the dish aside while you make the topping.

butter, sugar, mustard in pot

To make the topping, heat the butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and poppy seeds in a small saucepan, over medium heat until the butter is melted and the sugar dissolved. Stir often as butter and sugar can burn.

Brushing poppy seed sauce on turkey sliders

Pour the sauce all over the top of the sandwiches, using a spoon or pastry brush to evenly distribute the sauce.

Turkey sliders covered in sauce

Use all of the sauce and cover the sandwiches. 

Baked turkey sliders

Cover the dish with foil, then bake the sliders at 375F for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-6 minutes until the sliders are golden brown and the cheese is melted.

turkey sliders being served

Cool slightly before serving. These are great wrapped up and taken on the road, too. 

pan of turkey sliders

 

Yield: 12 Sliders

Baked Cranberry Turkey Sliders

Baked Cranberry Turkey Sliders

Turkey sliders are made with layers of turkey, cheese, and cranberry sauce on sweet dinner rolls covered in a sweet poppy seed sauce and baked.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 Hawaiian style dinner rolls (or other dinner rolls)
  • 8 ounces turkey lunchmeat or leftover fully cooked turkey
  • 8 ounces provolone cheese (swiss also works well)
  • 1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce (or 1 can of jellied cranberry sauce, sliced into 12 rounds)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Remove the rolls from the package and use a long, sharp knife to cut the whole loaf in half horizontally to create a bottom half and a top half. Place the bottom half into a 9x13-inch glass baking dish.
  3. Evenly distribute the turkey over the bottom half of the bread, then top with the cheese and then the cranberry sauce. Place the top half of the loaf on top.
  4. In a small saucepan, heat the butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and poppy seeds over medium heat until the butter is melted and the sugar dissolved; stir often.
  5. Pour the sauce all over the top of the sandwiches, using a spoon or pastry brush to evenly distribute the sauce.
  6. Cover the dish with foil, then bake the sliders at 375F for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-6 minutes until the sliders are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  7. Cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 533Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 1226mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 4gSugar: 22gProtein: 26g
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