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.
I’m a sucker for sliders! 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
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.
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!
How to make Turkey Cranberry Sliders
Preheat the oven to 350℉ and grease your baking dish.
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.
Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes.
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!
Did you try making these sliders with your Thanksgiving leftovers? Please tag me on Instagram! I love seeing your holiday feasts 🙂
More cranberry recipes
- Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad (this can be made with leftover turkey!)
- Sweet & Crunchy Broccoli Salad
- Cranberry Jalapeno Meatballs
- Cranberry Crostini
Frequently asked questions
Use carved or sliced turkey from your Thanksgiving or Christmas feast. Or use sliced deli-style turkey to make them anytime.
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.
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.