This Leftover Smoked Turkey Sandwich is the best way to use up leftovers! Toasted hoagie rolls are topped with smoked turkey and veggies, slathered with BBQ sauce, and layered with melty cheese. Using up leftovers doesn’t get better than this!
Let’s be honest…there is always leftover turkey. Luckily, it lasts for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. The key, though, is to find a way to use it. Well, these leftover Smoked Turkey Sandwiches are the perfect solution to that problem (if you can even call that a problem).
While we do have a few other ways you can use leftover smoked turkey, such as this Black Friday Turkey Burger Recipe and Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo with Roasted Butternut Squash and Turkey, these turkey sandwiches are always everyone’s favorite. They’re super easy to make and are perfect for tailgating and campfire fun!
What Is a Smoked Turkey Sandwich?
A Smoked Turkey Sandwich involves smoked turkey tossed in BBQ sauce and layered with thick slices of Colby jack. It’s a great way to use up leftover smoked turkey, whether that’s a Smoked Turkey Breast, a Smoked Spatchcock Turkey, or a Traeger Smoked Turkey with Stuffing!
Leftover Turkey Sandwich Ingredients
- Canola Oil
- Smoked Turkey Leftovers – picked over and chopped. We usually chop the dark meat and slice the white meat. This makes it easy to use for sandwich recipes or as a salad topping. TIP: save and freeze the bones to use them for homemade turkey stock or Turkey Carcass Soup later on.
- Onion and Red Pepper – both minced to be easily incorporated with the turkey.
- BBQ Sauce – We use Head Country Bar-B-Que Sauce, but you can use whatever barbecue sauce you have on hand.
- Hoagie Rolls – or whatever other type of bread you like, such as rye bread or sourdough bread.
- Colby Jack Cheese – or whatever melty cheese you like.
- Fresh Arugula – for garnish, if desired.
Leftover Smoked Turkey Sandwich
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 2 lbs smoked turkey leftovers picked over and chopped
- 1 onion minced
- 1 red pepper stemmed, seeded and minced
- 1 – 2 cups your favorite Head Country Bar-B-Que Sauce
- 6 hoagie rolls
- 9 slices colby jack cheese
- fresh arugula for garnish
- Preheat the oven to broil.
- In a cast iron skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, heat the turkey through.2 tbsp canola oil, 2 lbs smoked turkey leftovers
- Remove from pan and saute the onion and pepper until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.1 onion, 1 red pepper
- Add the turkey back to the pan and toss it all with the Head Country Bar-b-Cue sauce.1 – 2 cups your favorite Head Country Bar-B-Que Sauce
- Meanwhile, split and toast the rolls.6 hoagie rolls
- Fill each roll evenly with the turkey mixture.
- Cut the cheese into strips and cover each layering up as desired.9 slices colby jack cheese
- Place the sandwiches onto a baking sheet and toast once again, until the cheese is melted, 5 to 7 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh arugula for serving.fresh arugula for garnish
- See notes on tailgating or campfire prep for this recipe
To make this recipe for campfire or tailgating:
- mix the turkey with the sauteed veggies and sauce ahead of time and chill.
- Stuff each hoagie roll with the filling and top with cheese.
- Wrap in foil tightly for transport.
- Grill over coals, in foil, until the leftover smoked turkey sandwich is heated through and the cheese is melted.
- Use the foil wrapper to keep hands clean while enjoying!
How to Make a Sandwich with Leftover Turkey
- Preheat the oven to broil, then heat the oil over medium-high heat in a cast-iron skillet.
- Working in batches, heat the turkey through, then remove from the pan and set aside. Using the same pan, sauté the onion and pepper until softened.
- Add the turkey back in, then toss the turkey/veggie mixture with BBQ sauce.
- Split and toast the rolls in the oven, then fill each roll evenly with the turkey mixture.
- Cut the cheese into strips, then layer it onto each roll, using as much or as little as desired.
- Place the sandwiches on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until the cheese is melted, then garnish with fresh arugula and serve!
Girl Carnivore Expert Recipe Tip
Play around with various toppings to make these sandwiches your own. Some great options are red onions and creamy avocado!
What to Serve With Leftover Smoked Turkey Sandwiches
If you’re looking to bulk up your meal a bit, try serving the sandwiches alongside any of these side dishes:
Leftovers & Reheating
We recommend serving the assembled turkey sandwiches right away for the best texture. The rolls get soft if they sit too long.
There’s no need to throw away that leftover turkey! Use it to make these delicious Leftover Smoked Turkey Sandwiches instead! These sandwiches are perfect for any occasion, whether you’re tailgating or wanting to make a quick lunch or dinner.
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We like the mild, smooth flavor of Colby jack with the smokiness of the turkey, but you can use any melty cheese you want.
This turkey sandwich would also be delicious with provolone, gouda, mozzarella, Monterey Jack, Swiss cheese, you name it.
Whatever you like! The great thing about these sandwiches is you can change the flavor easily. We like to use classic BBQ sauce, but you could use other BBQ sauces like apple habanero to heat things up or a chipotle blend for added smokiness.
You could also skip the BBQ sauce altogether and use mayo, mustard, or even cranberry sauce for a holiday twist.
Absolutely. These smoked turkey sandwiches are great for tailgating or camping and can easily be prepped ahead of time.
If enjoying within 5-7 hours of cooking the turkey: follow the instructions as listed, fill the sandwiches, but skip the cheese. When you’re ready to eat, add the cheese, warm the sandwiches, and melt the cheese over the grill or fire.
If enjoying more than 8 hours in the future: follow the recipe up until the turkey and veggies are tossed with the BBQ sauce (make sure there’s extra sauce so it doesn’t get dry.)
Then, instead of stuffing the sandwich, wrap the turkey filling up tightly in foil to be reheated over the grill or campfire. When you’re ready to eat, you can warm the turkey filling, melt the cheese on the bun while you toast it, then assemble the sandwiches.