The Best Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes for Turkey, Potatoes and More

Sandwiches and soups plus paella and more

On Thanksgiving, there is no such thing as too much leftover turkey or too many unfinished sides. Every part of your holiday feast can be reused within the next few days for next-level lunches and dinners. For all your day-after-turkey-day needs, here are 25 casseroles, sandwiches, soups and more you can make with your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Mashed Potato Quesadillas

Mashed Potato Quesadillas
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Quesadillas are one of the best Mexican dishes to make at home. This easy 10-minute recipe works with any leftover potatoes. 

For the Mashed Potato Quesadillas recipe, click here.

Day After Thanksgiving Paninis

Day After Thanksgiving Paninis

Courtesy of French’s®

It’s important to know how long your Thanksgiving leftovers last. If you want to use it all up before it spoils, consider piling up all your extra food onto slices of crusty white or sourdough bread and baking until good and gooey.

For the Day After Thanksgiving Paninis recipe, click here.

Turkey Noodle Casserole

Turkey Noodle Casserole

Comfy, cheesy and cozy casseroles are prime pick-me-up food. This recipe is a turkey take on a traditional tuna noodle casserole for any seafood skeptics. 

For the Turkey Noodle Casserole recipe, click here.

Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie
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Commonly one of the best things to make with leftover chicken and pantry staples, chicken pot pie is simple to make and sure to warm any hungry belly. For a holiday twist, swap out chicken for leftover turkey. 

For the Turkey Pot Pie recipe, click here.

Sage and Turkey Pot Pie Soup

Sage and Turkey Pot Pie Soup
Courtesy of McCormick

If not in the mood to bake an entire pot pie, mix all the dish’s traditional ingredients in a medium saucepan and top with a crispy cracker made with refrigerated pie crust

For the Sage and Turkey Pot Pie Soup recipe, click here.

Southwestern Turkey Noodle Bake

Southwestern Turkey Noodle Bake
Courtesy of McCormick

Bake leftover turkey alongside melty Mexican cheese, green chiles, tomatoes and onions to give your day-after-Thanksgiving dinner a signature Southwestern kick.

For the Southwestern Turkey Noodle Bake recipe, click here.

Miniature Leftover Turkey Sandwich

Miniature Leftover Turkey Sandwich
Courtesy of McCormick

For a sandwich better than mom ever made, stack cold turkey, cranberry sauce, spinach and stuffing on halved dinner rolls. Elevate the easy sammy with homemade sage-infused aioli. 

For the Miniature Leftover Turkey Sandwich recipe, click here.

Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili
Courtesy of McCormick

A hearty lunch is well-deserved the day after a hectic holiday. We recommend you cook with beans and add leftover turkey into a flavorful pot of piping hot chili. 

For the Turkey Chili recipe, click here.

Thanksgiving Dinner Cupcakes

Thanksgiving Dinner Cupcakes

Courtesy of French’s®

Cupcakes are made for more than vanilla frosting and boxed cake mix. These buttermilk biscuits are frosted with all your favorite Thanksgiving fixings: stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, turkey and gravy. 

For the Thanksgiving Dinner Cupcakes recipe, click here.

Leftover Turkey Taco Crescent Ring

Leftover Turkey Taco Crescent Ring
Courtesy of McCormick

Flaky crescent rolls provide a doughy crust for shredded turkey, cheddar cheese, taco seasoning and veggies to fill when cooking this retro recipe. For best results, bake until bubbly and serve with guacamole. 

For the Leftover Turkey Taco Crescent Ring recipe, click here.

Hearty Turkey & Mashed Potato Bake

Hearty Turkey & Mashed Potato Bake

Courtesy of French’s®

Covered in crispy fried onions, this turkey and mashed potato bake has a homey feel and creamy taste. Even before preparing this bake, set yourself on the right foot by following one of our best mashed potato recipes

For the Hearty Turkey & Mashed Potato Bake recipe, click here.

Open-Faced Hot Turkey Sandwiches

Open-Faced Hot Turkey Sandwiches
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If you're running low on bread, opt for this open-faced hot turkey sandwich. If you have more bread than you know what to do with, take your pick from these recipes to finish off a loaf.

For the Open-Faced Hot Turkey Sandwiches recipe, click here.

Leftover Turkey Chowder

Leftover Turkey Chowder
Courtesy of McCormick

Chock full of red potatoes, corn, cooked turkey and bacon, this chowder is peak New Englander lunch. Plus, it’s easy to prepare and fully cooks in just half an hour. 

For the Leftover Turkey Chowder recipe, click here.

Turkey Quesadillas

Turkey Quesadillas
Courtesy of McCormick

Thyme, paprika, crushed red pepper and allspice are all part of what makes this turkey take on a historic Mexican meal a post-holiday hit. Didn’t make turkey? You can swap out leftover turkey with leftover chicken, ham, pot roast or whatever meat you have in the fridge.

For the Turkey Quesadillas recipe, click here.

Turkey Cuban Slider Sandwiches

Turkey Cuban Slider Sandwiches
Courtesy of Ready Set Eat

Be warned. You may need to take a nap after snacking on these turkey Cuban sliders made with turkey, honey ham, yellow mustard, swiss cheese and pickles. 

For the Turkey Cuban Slider Sandwiches recipe, click here.

Leftover Turkey Paella

Leftover Turkey Paella
Courtesy of Socarrat Paella Bar

Typically made with seafood or chicken, paella can also benefit from perfectly cooked and carved turkey. Flavor yours with an apple sofrito made of apples, fennel and mushrooms. 

For the Leftover Turkey Paella recipe, click here.

Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich

Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich

Courtesy of French’s®

Unlike other leftover sandwich recipes, this one calls for piling all the best side dishes and turkey up on a sandwich bun, not a slice of bread. Extra cranberry sauce is also cooked with mustard, ketchup and brown sugar for an unexpected homemade gravy. 

For the Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich recipe, click here.

Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

Casseroles are among the best holiday dishes to make ahead and freeze. They make for equally easy and filling cooking after the big day too. 

For the Turkey and Stuffing Casserole recipe, click here.

BBQ Turkey Sandwiches

BBQ Turkey Sandwiches

Courtesy of French’s®

Parents listen up, this is one easy lunch kids will actually eat. You will also be glad to know these BBQ turkey sliders take just 20 minutes to prepare and cook. With the extra time, queue up that happy show you’ve been meaning to binge-watch and relax.

For the BBQ Turkey Sandwiches recipe, click here.

Ultimate Leftover Turkey Panini

Ultimate Leftover Turkey Panini
Courtesy of McCormick

Pumpernickel slices star in this ultimate leftover panini. Is it unseasonably warm where you are? This recipe also makes an excellent addition to any picnic basket menu.

For the Ultimate Leftover Turkey Panini recipe, click here.

Turkey Noodle Soup

Turkey Noodle Soup
Courtesy of McCormick

Turkey noodle soup is one of the best soups to make in the fall. To taste this turkey noodle soup, cook powerhouse veggies in chicken broth, boil for three hours, add in turkey and noodles, cook for another 15 minutes and enjoy.

For the Turkey Noodle Soup recipe, click here.

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Nachos

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Nachos
Courtesy of Virgil's Real Barbecue

Although the games may have been played Thanksgiving Day, game day food tastes just as good the day after. Case in point, these leftover turkey nachos. 

For the Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Nachos recipe, click here.

Turnaround Turkey and Rice

Turnaround Turkey and Rice
Courtesy of McCormick

Rice is the unsung hero of your pantry. Lay this flavorful turkey recipe over a bed of plain white rice for an easy and fail-proof way to fill your belly. 

For the Turnaround Turkey and Rice recipe, click here.

Turkey Burgers With Cranberry Chutney and Brie

Turkey Burgers With Cranberry Chutney and Brie
Courtesy of Perdue

Counted among our best burger recipes, this turkey burger is topped with a homemade cranberry chutney you can make with any berries left over from yesterday’s pie. 

For the Turkey Burgers With Cranberry Chutney and Brie recipe, click here.

Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Casserole

Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Casserole

Courtesy of French’s®