Turkey Cranberry Sliders

Last Updated on September 27, 2022 by Michele Tripple

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Turkey cranberry sliders are the perfect addition to your leftover turkey recipes! These are simple to make and taste amazing! With the Hawaiian rolls and garlic mustard, you can’t beat this Thanksgiving leftover treat!

3 Turkey cranberry sliders stacked on black plate

Easy Turkey cranberry sliders

3 Turkey cranberry sliders  on black plate

One of my favorite things about having turkey, is having leftover turkey! Seriously, there is nothing better than a good leftover turkey sandwich.

In fact, sometimes I find myself not even eating turkey on Thanksgiving or Christmas just so I have more turkey for turkey sandwiches.

So, since it is the time of year where we are all dreaming of turkey and what to do with our leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, I thought I would share with you one of our family favorites, Turkey Cranberry Sliders!

I absolutely love these Turkey Cranberry Sliders, because not only are they super simple to make, but they taste great, and it changes up your typical leftover turkey sandwich!

Turkey Cranberry Sliders

closeup of Turkey cranberry sliders
  • Serves: 6 (2 sliders each)
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients for Turkey Cranberry Sliders:

ingredients for Turkey cranberry sliders
  • 1 package Hawaiian Sweet Rolls (12 count)
  • 3 cups cooked, diced turkey
  • 1 cup prepared cranberry sauce or canned
  • 6 slices of swiss cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon poppy seeds

Turkey cranberry sliders are the perfect addiition to your leftover turkey recipes! These are simple to make and taste amazing! With the hawaiian rolls and garlic mustard, you can't beat this Thanksgiving leftover treat!

Directions for Turkey Cranberry Sliders:

  • First, you will want to preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  • Then you will want to line a 13×9 pan with nonstick foil, or spray it with cooking spray.
  • Next, you will want to separate your Hawaiian rolls. I know it is common to keep the rolls together in other types of sliders, but in these you definitely want to separate them. If you don’t the filling tends to fall out of them. Not only that, but the amazing garlic mustard can now drip down the sides of each turkey cranberry slider.
  • Once cut, place the bottom half of each roll in the baking dish.
  • Layer with the turkey, the cranberry sauce and cheese. Of course you can use canned cranberry for this recipe, but this cranberry sauce recipe is delicious!
  • Then, place the top half of the roll back on top of the turkey slider.
  • In a small bowl, you will then want to whisk together the melted bitter, mustard, garlic powder, and poppy seeds.
Pouring sauce on Turkey cranberry sliders
  • Once mixed, pour this mixture over the sliders. Use a brush to spread the garlic mustard evenly over the top.
Turkey cranberry sliders in 13x9 pan
  • Cover the turkey cranberry sliders, with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, remove the foil and cook for 3 more minutes to brown the tops of your turkey sliders.
  • Serve immediately.
Cooked Turkey cranberry sliders with one on a spatula with a delicious cheese pull.

Tips and Tricks for making Turkey Cranberry Sliders

  1. These reheat best in the oven.
  2. Because of the fillings in these sliders, I found it best to separate the rolls before baking. It is common in other slider recipes to keep the entire slab of rolls intact, but with these, I found the filling fell out unevenly when cutting them just before serving. Cutting them before baking also helps that lovely garlic mustard to fall down the sides of each roll! Yum!
  3. Removing the foil at the end helps the butter topping crisp up nicely, so you don’t have greasy rolls. If you don’t mind the grease, you can add a little more before serving!
  4. If your family is not a fan of cranberry you can easily make these without cranberry sauce. The same goes for swiss cheese, another great option is cheddar cheese.

Turkey cranberry sliders are the perfect addiition to your leftover turkey recipes! These are simple to make and taste amazing! With the hawaiian rolls and garlic mustard, you can't beat this Thanksgiving leftover treat!

How do you warm up sliders?

The best way to reheat sliders is to reheat them in the oven. So, reheat in the oven at 350 degrees for 12 minutes covered with foil on a cookie sheet.

If you want to reheat it faster, place it on a cookie sheet uncovered and under the broiler for 2-3 minutes. Be sure to watch it closely so it does not burn.

What cheese goes with turkey for sliders?

With these turkey sliders, swiss cheese works great, but you can definitely use different types of cheeses. So try swiss, cheddar, Gouda, Provolone, Mozzarella, and cheddar.

Turkey cranberry sliders are the perfect addiition to your leftover turkey recipes! These are simple to make and taste amazing! With the hawaiian rolls and garlic mustard, you can't beat this Thanksgiving leftover treat!

How many sliders are needed per person?

These turkey cranberry sliders call for 2 sliders per person. Typically a person eats 2 to 3 sliders per person.

How do you keep sliders from getting soggy?

In order to keep these turkey sliders from getting soggy, place the meat and cheese first. Then put the garlic mustard sauce on top and then cover with foil and be sure to and be sure to cover with foil! This is key!

closeup of Turkey cranberry sliders

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Yield: 6 (2 sliders each)

Turkey Cranberry Sliders

Turkey Cranberry Sliders

Turkey cranberry sliders are the perfect addition to your leftover turkey recipes! These are simple to make and taste amazing! With the hawaiian rolls and garlic mustard, you can't beat this Thanksgiving leftover treat!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package Hawaiian Sweet Rolls (12 count)
  • 3 cups cooked, diced turkey
  • 1 cup prepared cranberry sauce
  • 6 slices of swiss cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with non-stick foil, or prepare with baking spray. 
  2. Separate the Hawaiian Rolls, and place the bottom half of each roll into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Layer with turkey, cranberry sauce and cheese then place the top half of the rolls back on top. 
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, mustard, garlic powder and poppy seeds. 
  5. Pour mixture over the top of the buns, and use a brush or spoon to spread evenly over the top. 
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. 
  7. Remove the foil and bake for 3 more minutes, uncovered.
  8. Serve immediately

Notes

  1. These reheat best in the oven. 
  2. Because of the fillings in these sliders, I found it best to separate the rolls before baking. It is common in other slider recipes to keep the entire slab of rolls intact, but with these, I found the filling fell out unevenly when cutting them just before serving. Cutting them before baking also helps that lovely garlic mustard to fall down the sides of each roll! Yum!
  3. Removing the foil at the end helps the butter topping crisp up nicely, so you don’t have greasy rolls. If you don’t mind the grease, you can add a little more before serving!

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