Get flavors of Thanksgiving in these easy Thanksgiving sliders. They are a great way to use up leftovers from the holiday feast from Thanksgiving or even Christmas dinner. Loaded with sliced turkey, cranberry sauce, cheese, and a mustard sauce. You can use deli meat or leftover holiday turkey for this turkey slider. An easy lunch, dinner, or party food to serve up.
These sliders are also a great dish to make for a busy weeknight when you need something super easy to throw together. Just grab lunch meat, canned cranberry, and a few other ingredients. Pair with some salty chips, pickles, or your favorite side dishes.
Reasons You Will Love These Thanksgiving Sliders
- Use deli meat or leftover turkey from the holidays!
- Easy to assemble and quick to bake in the oven. In just 35 minutes you have sliders to plate up.
- Make as an appetizer, tailgating food, lunch, or dinner option.
- Sweet and savory in every single bite.
- The whole family can enjoy these Thanksgiving sliders.
Rolls – Reach for your favorite slider rolls. I used the Hawaiian rolls for this recipe. The rolls are a little sweet and complement all the flavors.
Turkey – Use deli turkey or leftover turkey from the holiday feast you had.
Cranberry Sauce – Reach for canned whole-berry cranberry sauce, or use homemade cranberry sauce. The whole berries add a lot of texture to the sliders.
Cheese – Havarti or provolone are the two types of cheese I would recommend.
Topping – Worcestershire sauce, butter, Dijon mustard, dried onions, poppy seeds, and chives are mixed together and used be the topping for the rolls. This adds flavor and keeps them moist.
Variations to Recipe
- Add some sliced bacon strips to the sandwich.
- Use ham as well as turkey, or swap the turkey for ham deli meat.
- Once the sliders are done top with some arugula or mixed greens for a crispy and refreshing crunch.
- Swiss cheese, brie, or even a sharp cheddar cheese could be a great variation to the recipe.
- Add some sliced apples to the sliders for the crisp crunch factor.
- Caramelize onions and then top the sliders with the onions before baking in the oven.
- Change up the cranberry a bit by adding some orange zest and a splash of fresh orange juice to the slider.
Tips for Success
Feel free to use any type of slider buns you would like. Just make sure to not overload with sauce and such or it will cause the rolls to become soggy. You can toast the bottom of the buns in the oven for 5 minutes before you place ingredients on to help prevent them from getting too soggy.
Make sure to not overload the meat, sauce, and such. If you do they will be extremely messy and fall apart. So keep a good ratio of ingredients.
Buttering The Tops of Rolls
Make sure you get the buttery mix all over the tops of the rolls. This is important as it is going to help prevent the rolls from getting hard when they are baked in the oven. This is a step you do not want to skip.
You will want to serve your sliders warm and fresh out of the oven. You will find they can get a little soggy after they sit awhile if the juices from the cranberry break down too much in the pan.
Serve with Extra Sauce
Feel free to serve with extra cranberry sauce on the side for dipping. You could even do a mustard sauce on the side for added flavoring as well.
Refrigerate any of the sliders you do not plan to eat right away. Place in an airtight container and use within 3-4 days of making. You will find the rolls can get a bit soggy from the cranberry juice. Warm up in the microwave or opt to reheat in the oven.
What side dishes pair well with turkey cranberry sliders?
Pair with any of your favorite sides. From slaty chips, sweet potato fries, green salad, soup, or even coleslaw. There are endless options for you to try out.
Can I serve turkey cranberry sliders as an appetizer or party snack?
Serve the turkey cranberry sliders in any way you would like. A party snack, appetizer, or a meal. The choice is yours.
What kind of cranberry sauce should I use?
I do recommend you reach for the whole berry, as it will hold its shape better as it warms up in the oven. This can be canned cranberry or you can use homemade cranberry that you had made.
More Tasty Recipes
- 16 oz package Hawaiian rolls 12 count
- 1 lb deli turkey thinly sliced
- 1 cup cranberry sauce used whole berry
- 6 slices havarti or provolone cheese
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 2 teaspoons worcestershire
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons minced dried onion
- 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- 2 teaspoons fresh minced chives
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
- Slice the sheet of Hawaiian rolls in half crosswise and place the bottom half into the baking dish.
- Layer the deli turkey across the bottom roll.
- Spread the cranberry sauce evenly across the top of the turkey.
- Add 6 slices of havarti or provolone cheese in an even layer.
- Place the top bun layer back onto the sliders.
- Mix together the melted butter, Worcestershire, Dijon mustard, minced dried onion, poppy seeds and chives in a small bowl. Generously brush across the tops of the slider buns.
- Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, or until the sliders are warmed through and the cheese is melted.
- Remove foil and bake for another 3-5 minutes to brown the tops of the sliders.
- Serve immediately, enjoy!