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Even a semi-full fridge can yield a fabulous sandwich. When it comes to turkey, there are so many great ways to turn Thanksgiving turkey leftovers into something magical like this Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry Sauce.

Plus, if you’ve made the smoked turkey recipe featured on the site, and want to make a great sandwich, this recipe will work great.

As with any sandwich, a good turkey sandwich is all about the combination of textures and flavors.

Turkey Sandwich served with avocado, mayonnaise, cranberry sauce and tomato
The Perfect Turkey Sandwich

The smooth creamy texture of the avocado with the crunch of the lettuce and meaty bite of the turkey breast is a thing of beauty.

This recipe hits all the right notes and is great for lunch or those middle-of-the-night hunger pangs. 

What condiments do you put on a turkey sandwich?

That’s the great thing about sandwiches. You can use whatever condiments you think taste best. Except for ketchup. That’s gross. Don’t do that.

But mayonnaise is a real winner as is mustard of various types. A flavored mayonnaise is another great option or even a homemade ranch dressing.

What cheese goes best with turkey?

You want a cheese that is mild in flavor. You don’t want the cheese to overpower the turkey.

Cheddar, provolone, Colby jack, mozzarella, gouda, etc. are all good options for a turkey sandwich. Consider the other ingredients you will be using and opt for a cheese that works with those flavors.

Cheese, turkey and tomatoes - ingredients for sandwich
You can’t go wrong with these cheeses.

Is a turkey sandwich (with cranberry sauce) healthy for lunch?

That depends. You can certainly prepare a turkey sandwich that is good for you. Turkey is packed with protein. You can opt for a whole grain bread.

Make sure to go easy on the mayo and load up on the veggies. The problems occur when you use a lot of fatty ingredients and poor-quality bread made with refined flour. 

What ingredients are used to make a turkey sandwich?

The exact ingredients you use depends on what you like. For this recipe though, we’re using bread, turkey, mayonnaise, honey mustard, avocado, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and microgreens. Top with a delicious homemade cranberry sauce.

You could swap the bread for a tortilla or bagel. You could also add onion or bean sprouts or even cucumber slices. 

Turkey Sandwich topped with cheese
A good turkey sandwich has simple ingredients.

How do you make a turkey sandwich?

The key to any sandwich is to keep your bread dry. If your bread soaks up the tomato’s juices, it will get soggy and start to fall apart. Spread the mayonnaise on each piece of bread.

The fat of the mayo creates a barrier to keep your bread dry. Next, don’t go overboard. If your sandwich is too thick, it’s definitely going to fall apart when you pick it up.

There’s nothing wrong with a manly sandwich, but you do need to be able to get it in your mouth.

Making a Turkey Sandwich using lettuce and tomatoes
Proper layering prevents soggy bread.

Dads know a thing or two about sandwiches. Give a man a fridge full of ingredients and we can make a work of art.

If you have leftover Turkey, you could also use it to make a delicious Grilled Chicken Cob Salad (but sub with Turkey)!

And, don’t forget to check out my How To Smoke a Turkey – With Brine Recipe.

Turkey Sandwich

Turkey Sandwich

When it comes to turkey, there are so many great ways to turn leftover turkey into something magical like this Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry Sauce.
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Course: Lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Turkey Sandwich, Turkey Sandwich With Cranberry Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 418kcal
Author: Mark Rogers


  • Bread toasted if you like
  • Turkey sliced thinly
  • Condiments
  • 1 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • Honey Mustard
  • Toppings
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Lettuce
  • 1 slice Cheese
  • 1 Tomatoe
  • 1/4 cup Microgreens
  • 1 Avocado
  • Other vegetables you like


  • Spread mayonnaise on bread
  • Add turkey, cheese and other toppings of your choice
  • Top with bread and cut
  • Serve immediately


Serving: 2g | Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 326mg | Potassium: 775mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 834IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 2mg

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