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Turkey Cranberry Sliders

These turkey cranberry sliders are the ultimate Thanksgiving leftovers idea! Turkey, cheese, maple butter, and cranberry sauce are piled on sweet Hawaiian rolls. They’re smeared with butter and everything bagel seasoning and baked until hot and gooey.

A cheese pull while serving cranberry and turkey sliders.

I’m a sucker for sliders! I love making Roast Beef Sliders and Southern Ham Delights are one of my favorites. They were the inspiration for making these Turkey Sliders with Cranberry sauce. 

These little baked turkey sandwiches are easy, crowd-pleasing, and delicious! As an added bonus, they look festive with the shiny red cranberry sauce peeking out! Make them with Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers. Or anytime you’ve got a hankering for a comforting holiday meal!

Ingredients for Turkey Sliders with Cranberry

Mise en place for Thanksgiving leftover slider sandwiches.
  • A 12-pack of Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls (like Kings Hawaiian). 
  • A homemade spread made from butter, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, and everything bagel seasoning.
  • Whole berry cranberry sauce provides a sweet and tangy sauce that pairs well with turkey or ham. I always use my Cranberry Orange Sauce.
  • Sliced, carved, or shredded turkey. These sliders are a great way to use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas. If you don’t have leftover turkey, you can use your favorite deli-style sliced turkey.
  • Sliced Swiss, provolone, or gouda cheese. I used sliced baby Swiss in the photos. 
  • Melted butter & everything bagel seasoning spread on top of the little sandwiches are the icing on the cake.


  • Don’t have leftover turkey? Use sliced holiday ham instead. Or, make my easy ham delights.
  • Use honey or brown sugar in place of the maple syrup.

Equipment Needed

You’ll need a baking dish that is at leas 9 inches X 6.5 inches to fit the sliders. If you double the recipe, two packs of sweet Hawaiian rolls will fit in a 9×13 pan.

A serrated bread knife will make cutting the sliders easy-peasy!

A plate of cranberry and turkey sliders made with Hawaiian rolls.

How to make Turkey Cranberry Sliders

Preheat the oven to 350℉ and grease your baking dish.

A bowl of homemade maple butter.

Then mix the softened butter, maple syrup, Dijon, Worcestershire, and everything bagel seasoning in a small bow. Set aside.

Use a serrated bread knife to cut the rolls in half, horizontally. They should look like one giant hamburger bun. Do not cut them into individual pieces yet!

Then, spread the insides of top and bottom halves with the maple butter spread.

Next, spread the cranberry sauce on the inside of the top half. Then layer the turkey on the bottom half.

Layer the cheese on top of the turkey. Then, carefully transfer the bottom half to your prepared baking dish.

Now, place the top buns on. Use a serrated bread knife to cut the sliders into individual sandwiches. This will make serving easier.

Use a pastry brush to brush the tops with melted butter. Then, sprinkle the remaining 2 teaspoons of everything bagel seasoning on top.

Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes.

A pan of pull apart sliders with turkey, cheese, an cranberry sauce.

Remove the sliders from the oven and leave the foil on. Let them rest for 5 minutes then serve.

Make ahead tips

Assemble the sliders and cover them with foil the night before. Then, bake them the next day before serving.

When to make Turkey Cranberry Sliders 

These are a perfect use of Thanksgiving leftovers! They’re also excellent if you serve cranberry sauce at Christmas. If you serve ham during the holidays, you can use ham instead of turkey.

These would make a fun dish for a Christmas-in-July party. The cranberry sauce would be a fun and unexpected addition to a summer table!

Serving a cranberry sauce, turkey, and cheese slider from a pan.

Did you try making these sliders with your Thanksgiving leftovers? Please tag me on Instagram! I love seeing your holiday feasts 🙂 

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Turkey Cranberry Sliders

A turkey and cranberry slider on a Hawaiian roll.

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Hot baked turkey cranberry sliders on sweet Hawaiian rolls with turkey, cheese, cranberry sauce, maple butter, and everything bagel seasoning.

  • Author: Mandi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 sliders 1x
  • Category: Sandwiches & Wraps
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Units Scale

Maple Butter Spread

  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of everything bagel seasoning

Making The Sliders

  • Cooking spray or butter for greasing the pan
  • 1 12-count pack of Hawaiian-style sweet dinner rolls, sides attached
  • 12 ounces turkey (carved or sliced)
  • 8 ounces deli-style sliced Swiss, provolone, or gouda cheese
  • 3/4 cup whole berry cranberry sauce

The Topping


Preheat oven to 350℉

  1. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9×13 baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
  2. Add the softened butter, maple syrup, Dijon, Worcestershire, and everything bagel seasoning to a small bowl. Stir together and set aside.
  3. Slice the entire thing of rolls in half horizontally without pulling them apart. They should look like 1 giant hamburger bun.
  4. Spread maple butter on the inside of the top and bottom halves of the rolls.
  5. Spread the cranberry sauce on the inside of the top half.
  6. Cover the bottom half with a layer of carved or sliced turkey. Then, layer the cheese on top of the turkey.
  7. Place the entire bottom layer inside of the baking dish. Then, place the top layer of rolls on.
  8. Use a serrated bread knife to carefully cut the rolls into individual sliders. Be careful to keep the rolls pushed together. This will make serving easier.
  9. Brush the tops with melted butter. Then, sprinkle them with the remaining 2 teaspoons of everything bagel seasoning.
  10. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil. Then, bake for 25 minutes until hot and melted.
  11. Remove from the oven. Leave the foil on and let them rest for 5 minutes.
  12. Remove the foil and serve.


To make ahead: Assemble the sliders and cover them with foil the night before. Then, bake them the next day before serving.


  • Serving Size: 1 slider
  • Calories: 203
  • Sugar: 6.9 g
  • Sodium: 190.2 mg
  • Fat: 11.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.8 g
  • Fiber: 0.3 g
  • Protein: 13.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 60.3 mg

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Frequently asked questions

What kind of turkey can I use for turkey cranberry sliders?

Use carved or sliced turkey from your Thanksgiving or Christmas feast. Or use sliced deli-style turkey to make them anytime.

Can I double the recipe?

Yes, these are easy to double. Double the recipe using the button in the recipe card. You can fit 2 packs of Hawaiian rolls into a 9×13 pan.

Can I reheat the sliders? 

Yes, you can reheat the leftovers. 
In the microwave on a plate in 15-second intervals until hot.
In the oven- wrap leftovers in foil and bake at 350 for a few minutes, until hot.

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