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Best Turkey and Cheese Sliders

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One of the best thing about the holidays are the amazing leftovers and these Turkey and Cheese Sliders are one of our favorites! Leftover turkey, gooey, rich cheese makes the most amazing quick dinner, appetizer or lunch!

While I am not a huge leftovers fan, when leftover turkey is repurposed into a hot, gooey sandwich or slider, I am all in! These are fabulous for Christmas, New Years Day, Easter, tailgating, game day food, or just because you want an easy, scrumptious dinner!

These amazing turkey and cheese sliders were inspired by my very popular Hammy Sammies. You should pop over and give them a try too!

Two gooey Turkey and Cheese Sliders on white plate with casserole behind.

What are readers are saying!

A few fun comments about Hammie Sammies that definitely applies to these yummy baked turkey sliders too!

These are yummy! So easy to fix too!

Lesa – 5 Stars

These have become a Christmas tradition. Thanks Kathleen!

Tracy
Hands holding a turkey slider sandwich with dripping gooey cheese and tray of sliders behind.

Ingredients you need

A quick and simple list of ingredients, many you probably already have in your pantry and fridge!

image of turkey slider ingredients, L-R sliced cheese, sliced leftover turkey, king's hawaiian rolls, brown sugar, dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce and butter.
  • Cooked Turkey | Use leftover roast turkey breast, smoked turkey breast, honey baked turkey breast or sliced deli turkey breast!
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese | I used Beecher’s Flagship Aged Cheddar cheese, but honestly, use YOUR favorite cheese! Delicious pairings are provolone, Swiss, Colby-Jack, Regular Cheddar, Havarti, Smoked Mozzarella, Gouda cheese, even brie or goat cheese would be dreamy; the skies the limit, just slice it thin!
  • Soft Rolls | I typically use King’s Hawaiian rolls, the slider size, you could also use brioche slider rolls, whole wheat King’s Hawaiian or another favorite. Keep in mind you want a soft roll, a ciabatta or hard French roll will not come out the same.
  • Butter | this is the glue in this recipe, use real cream butter for this, you don’t want these sitting in oil.
  • Worcestershire Sauce | Adds, savory, rich flavor to the sandwiches.
  • Mustard | your choice yellow or Dijon, we love Dijon, not as sharp in flavor and has a bit more depth.
  • Brown Sugar | just a bit, use light or dark brown sugar, I typically use light brown.

Sometimes having just the right equipment can easily make a recipe, but I bet you probably have all of these items or a version of them! These are my favorites.

  • 9×13 Casserole| Or use two 9×9 casserole dishes, splitting them between the two evenly. I have two favorite large casserole dishes, one is the Staub (clean up is a breeze) and the other is this classic Dansk.
  • Serrated Knife | Since the rolls are so soft, a sharp serrated knife easily slices through the slab of rolls. We own a Henkels brand.

Step-by-Step Instructions + Video

In no time at all you will be sliding these turkey and cheese sliders into the fridge to hang out, while you put on your comfy clothes and hang out! (see what I did there, slide(r), hang out…okay, I’ll stop now)

Step 1 | Assemble the turkey sliders

Process shots for turkey sliders with cheese 1) cutting slab of hawaiian rolls in half, 2) laying turkey and cheese on top.
  • Spray a 9×13 inch pan with non-stick spray, or line with parchment paper.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut the entire slab of rolls in half, carefully trying to keep the cut even and in the middle. Remove the top half of rolls and set aside.
  • Gently tear the rolls into 4 columns of 3 rolls.
  • Place turkey slices evenly over the bottom of the rolls, then repeat with cheese (I always leave a few without cheese as our youngest doesn’t like melty cheese!) If you non-melty cheese lovers, stick a toothpick in the tops of the sliders without cheese so they are easily identifiable.
  • Replace the tops on the rolls, set aside to make the sauce.

Step 2 | Make the secret sauce!

Turkey and Cheese Slider Sauce process adding dijon to melted butter and adding Worcestershire sauce to butter.
  • In a small saucepan melt butter over medium-low heat, once melted whisk in Worcestershire sauce, mustard and brown sugar.
  • Whisk well to combine, bring to simmer. Simmer for 30 seconds until the mixture thickens slightly.
Turkey slider process shots adding brown sugar to butter mixture and pouring sauce over the tops of the sliders.

Step 3 | Final Assembly

  • Pour special sauce evenly over the tops of the rolls, turkey sliders. Lifting them slightly if desired, making sure some sauce goes under the rolls. But don’t worry, it finds it way under.
  • Spray piece of foil with non-stick spray or spray oil and cover turkey and cheese sliders tightly, refrigerate for 4 hours or more.
Turkey and Cheese Sliders with butter sauce poured over the tops ready for marinating.

Step 4 | Baking Hawaiian Roll Turkey Sliders

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and pull out turkey and cheese sliders to come to room temp while preheating.
  • Bake sliders with foil on for 6 minutes, then remove foil and bake for additional 9 minutes until cheese is melted and rolls are slightly crusty on top. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Turkey Sliders in white baking dish with plate nearby with serving utenstil.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze turkey sliders?

Yes! These sandwiches are very freezer friendly! When ready to bake, bake in preheated 300F degree oven keeping covered for first 15 minutes, then baking an additional 15-20 minutes longer. Keep an eye on them towards the end, in case they start browning too much.

Should I pour the sauce on before or after freezing?

In my expert opinion 🙂 since these are a marinated sandwich, I would pour the sauce on prior to freezing. But you could do it either way, I would recommend that you then allow them to thaw for at least 4 hours in the fridge while marinating in the sauce.

How do you eat these?

With a lot of napkins! These are ooey-gooey, sticky, delicious, fantastic, but eat them like a typical slider.

Don’t they get soggy?

Great question, no, they don’t get soggy after sitting in this sauce. The sauce ingredients work together to create a crusty, caramelized, buttery bottom on the sandwiches and the sauce on the top just bakes in beautifully. Give them a try, you will be hooked!

Substitution Ideas

I get it, sometimes you need to make it yours, and I love that (it’s our tagline after all)! Here are some ideas to change it up:

  • Replace the turkey | ham, deli sliced of anything that is your favorite! Try different types of ham, turkey or even roast beef.
  • Monte Cristo Style | A modified, non-fried version. Slather a little of your favorite jam on top of the turkey before the cheese and proceed! Or if making during the holidays, some fresh cranberry relish or sauce would be fantastic!
  • Cheese | as mentioned above, change up the cheese to what you have; some delicious cheeses are; Provolone, smoked Gouda, a slab of mozzarella, Havarti, Swiss cheese, mild Cheddar, slice of brie, even a round of goat cheese would be fabulous!
Pan with two sliders removed and serving tongs inside with gooey cheesy turkey sliders waiting to be eaten.

What can I serve with turkey sliders?

While these turkey and cheese sliders work great as a stand alone meal, appetizer or snack, make the meal a little more complete with some of these suggested sides:

  • Tropical Fruit Salad | the natural sweetness of the fruit compliments this savory richness of these Hawaiian roll turkey sliders.
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts | Go healthy with these extra crispy, extra flavorful brussels sprouts with balsamic honey glaze.
  • Harvest Wild Rice Salad | the flavors, textures in this salad are nothing but amazing!
  • Our family can be super simple sometimes, we love fresh sliced cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, a little celery — you get the picture.
  • A bowl of tomato soup, or Italian wedding Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup would be so delicious with these sammies!

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Yield: 12 sliders

Turkey and Cheese Sliders (the Best!)

Two gooey Turkey and Cheese Sliders on white plate with casserole behind.

One of the best thing about the holidays are the amazing leftovers and these Turkey and Cheese Sliders are one of our favorites! Leftover turkey, gooey, rich cheese makes the most amazing quick dinner, appetizer or lunch!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Marinade Time 4 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

Sliders

  • 1/2 lb leftover turkey, or deli turkey sliced thin (regular, smoked, honey)
  • 1/2 lb thinly sliced cheddar cheese (see below for other options)
  • 1- 12 pack King's Hawaiian Rolls or similar

for the Secret Sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon mustard | Dijon or Yellow
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with non-stick spray, or line with parchment paper.
  2. Using a serrated knife, cut the entire slab of rolls in half, carefully trying to keep the cut even and in the middle. Remove the top half of rolls and set aside. Gently tear the rolls into 4 columns of 3 rolls.
  3. Place turkey slices evenly over the bottom of the rolls, then repeat with cheese (I always leave a few without cheese as our youngest doesn't like melty cheese!) Replace the tops on the rolls, set aside to make the sauce.

Secret Sauce

  1. In a small saucepan melt butter over medium-low heat, once melted whisk in Worcestershire sauce, mustard and brown sugar. Whisk well to combine, bring to simmer. Simmer for 30 seconds until the mixture thickens slightly.
  2. Pour special sauce evenly over the tops of the rolls, turkey sliders. Lifting them slightly if desired to making sure some sauce goes under the rolls.
  3. Spray piece of foil with non-stick spray or spray oil and cover turkey and cheese sliders tightly, refrigerate for 4 hours or more. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and pull out turkey and cheese sliders to come to room temp while preheating.
  4. Bake sliders with foil on for 6 minutes, then remove foil and bake for additional 9 minutes until cheese is melted and rolls are slightly crusty on top. Serve hot or at room temperature. If needed, recover with foil and cook a few more minutes for thicker cheese to melt.

Notes

Freezer Instructions
Freeze well covered. When ready to bake, bake in preheated 300F degree oven keeping covered for first 15 minutes, then baking an additional 15-20 minutes longer.

Substitution Ideas

  • Replace the turkey | ham, deli sliced of anything that is your favorite! Try different types of ham, turkey or even roast beef.
  • Monte Cristo Style | A modified, non-fried version. Slather a little of your favorite jam, cranberry relish or sauce, on top of the turkey before the cheese and proceed!
  • Cheese | as mentioned above, change up the cheese to what you have; some delicious cheeses are; Provolone, smoked Gouda, a slab of mozzarella, Havarti, Swiss cheese, mild Cheddar, slice of brie, even a round of goat cheese would be fabulous!
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    12

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 257mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g

    The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.

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    Maryann

    Saturday 17th of April 2021

    My kids would gobble these up!

    Kathleen

    Sunday 18th of April 2021

    Love to hear this!

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    Thursday 15th of April 2021

    These will not last long at my house. Yum!

    Kathleen

    Thursday 15th of April 2021

    Haha! They never last long!

    Tasia ~ two sugar bugs

    Sunday 11th of April 2021

    They look and sound like the perfect sandwiches! They *might* even turn my non-sandwich eating girls into sandwich fans!

    Kathleen

    Monday 12th of April 2021

    I hope they do Tasia! I hope they do!

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