Turkey Cranberry Sliders are a sweet and savory way to use leftover Thanksgiving turkey, cranberry sauce, and more! Sink your teeth into these buttery Hawaiian roll sliders stuffed with scrumptious turkey, tart cranberry sauce, and gooey brie cheese— so easy and delicious!
Made with fresh or leftover ingredients from your holiday meal, these hot turkey sliders are the perfect 30-minute easy recipe for the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas.
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Why We Love This Recipe!
- No Turkey Goes to Waste- Use up those Thanksgiving leftovers in these flavor-packed leftover turkey sliders
- Savory & Sweet- The savory, buttery turkey and topping pair well with the sweet rolls and tart cranberry sauce.
- Next Day Easy- Assemble these sandwiches easily in no time, the day after Thanksgiving or any day!
After a long day of cooking and cleaning up on Thanksgiving, no one wants to rush back into the kitchen the next day. So, leftover turkey is golden in my home!
But if you want to make these mini turkey sandwiches at a time when you do not have leftovers, you can certainly use deli slices. Either way, they are cheesy, gooey delicious!
In fact, there are many creative ways I like to use up the leftover turkey meat. My rule of thumb is if a recipe calls for chicken, it will most likely be great with turkey, too!
Variations and Substitutions
How To Make Hawaiian Roll Turkey Sliders
To make these ooey gooey melty sliders, you’ll first need to go through the fridge to see what leftovers made it through the night. Gather your ingredients and get started.
Preheat the oven and lightly grease the bottom of your casserole dish with butter or cooking spray. Then set the pan aside.
✱ Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and instructions!
Step 1 | The Rolls
With a bread knife, slice the entire slab of rolls evenly to separate the tops from the bottoms. Do not separate the Hawaiian slider rolls; you want them to stay connected.
Then place the entire bottom half into the greased baking pan and set the top half of the rolls aside.
Step 2 | Assemble the Layers
Start layering on the goodness! Add the sliced turkey on top in an even layer. Then, spread a healthy portion of cranberry sauce over the turkey.
Finally, top it all with brie cheese. Then you can place the tops of the buns back on to close the sliders up.
Step 3| Make the Sauce
Take out a microwave-safe medium bowl and measure the butter, mustard, poppy seeds, and salt into the bowl. Mix the sauce with a whisk between 30-second intervals until the butter is fully melted.
Step 4 | Brush it On
Use a pastry brush or a sauce brush to spread the poppy seed butter mixture evenly on top of the rolls, scraping the poppy seeds out of the bowl with a spatula as you go.
If you want a few more poppy seeds, feel free to sprinkle more nutty poppy seeds on top.
Step 5 | Into the Oven
Now, cover the entire pan of turkey sandwiches with aluminum foil and bake for just 15 minutes. This way, the tops won’t get overcooked.
Then remove the foil and cook uncovered for 5 to 10 additional minutes. When time is up, remove the pan of turkey sliders from the oven.
Carefully slice the rolls into individual sliders. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve fresh out of the oven. Enjoy!
- Keep all the rolls connected to allow the flavors to melt and mix together. Then pull them apart-- YUM!
- Don’t skip the foil over the rolls. You do not want burned roll tops!
- Try to cut evenly through the center of the rolls, so the bottoms are not too thin.
You can always use pre-sliced deli meat if you do not have any leftover turkey or ask the deli to thick-cut a slice of turkey. For that matter, you can use any meat you would like. Ham and roast beef would be great!
You can easily double the recipe if you’re feeding a larger crowd. Check out the King’s Hawaiian rolls sold in a 24-count pack. Follow the same instructions and bake them on a sheet pan.
Really, you can use any cheese. I like to use brie, smoked gouda, and sliced Swiss cheese for turkey sliders. But you can use cream cheese, goat cheese, cheddar, or even provolone cheese. The choice is yours!
I have to say, these leftover sliders are best when fresh out of the oven. They really do not reheat well—so I would eat them cold if there were extras. However, the bottoms tend to get a bit soggy. So, they are best eaten right away.
But if you want to try to save a couple, you can place them in a plastic bag, seal them up, and store them in the refrigerator until you are craving another. They will last for 3 to 4 days there.
What to Serve with Hot Turkey Cheese Sliders
Then again, a hearty slice of leftover Pumpkin Pie ain’t such a bad idea, either!
Other Thanksgiving Recipes
- Instant Pot Turkey Breast
- Homemade Turkey Rub Recipe
- Pumpkin Pie with Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Glazed Pumpkin Donut Muffins
- Southern Black-Eyed Peas
- Air Fryer Sweet Potato Cubes
Turkey Cranberry Sliders
- 1 package Hawaiian Savory Butter Rolls (12 count)
- ¾ to 1 pound turkey sliced deli meat or leftover turkey slices
- 1 cup whole cranberry sauce
- 8 ounce wheel brie cheese, sliced
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons Dijon or stone ground mustard
- ¾ teaspoons poppy seeds
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- chopped parsley for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350°°F and lightly grease the bottom of an 8x11 baking pan with butter or cooking spray. Set aside.
- Using a bread knife, keep the buns attached and evenly slice the Hawaiian rolls (making sure not to cut the bottom buns too thin).
- Then place the bottom buns into the greased baking pan.
- Add the sliced turkey on top in an even layer. Next, spread the cranberry sauce over the turkey, and top it all with brie cheese. Then place the tops of the buns back on.
- In a microwave safe bowl, combine the butter, mustard, poppy seeds, and salt then microwave until fully melted.
- Now use a brush to spread the butter mixture evenly on top of the buns, making sure to scrape the poppy seeds out of the bottom of the bowl. If you want more poppy seeds, sprinkle a little more on top.
- Cover the pan with foil and bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake uncovered for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and slice carefully into individual sliders. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve fresh out of the oven. Enjoy!
Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.