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If you’re looking for the best leftover turkey recipes, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve rounded up my favorites so that those Thanksgiving turkey leftovers don’t go to waste.

leftover turkey recipes collage

Without further ado, here’s some Thanksgiving leftover ideas you’re sure to love:

Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Soup from Salt & Lavender

creamy turkey wild rice soup in a yellow soup pot

This cozy soup is perfect for using leftover turkey meat.

Thanksgiving Leftover Pull-Apart Bread from Bakers Royale

Thanksgiving pull-apart bread on a table

How epic is this? If you want to go all-out, make this tasty comfort food!

Butter Turkey Curry from The Endless Meal

butter turkey curry in a bowl

Love butter chicken? You’ll love this butter turkey too. 

Thai Turkey Soup from Salt & Lavender

Easy leftover turkey soup with a red curry coconut milk broth and rice noodles. So healthy and delicious!

This creamy coconut curry Thai-inspired turkey soup recipe is incredibly flavorful and easy to make.

Turkey Salad from The Beach House Kitchen

turkey salad in a jar (meal prep)

If you like chicken salad, you’ll love this turkey twist on it using Thanksgiving leftovers. Perfect for taking to work!

Pumpkin Frittata with Turkey from Cotter Crunch

sliced pumpkin turkey frittata on a table

If you like eggs, this frittata (similar to a crustless quiche) is a healthy, protein-packed, and filling way to enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Thanksgiving Leftover Balls from Real Food By Dad

close-up of deep fried Thanksgiving leftover balls

These deep fried balls are dipped in panko and stuffed with dressing, chopped turkey, Parmesan cheese then drizzled and dipped in gravy. 

Creamy Leftover Turkey Pasta from Salt & Lavender

skillet with creamy leftover turkey pasta and serving tongs

A little pancetta, cream, and sweet corn go a long way to making turkey leftovers taste different and amazing!

Turkey Pot Pie from The Recipe Rebel

close-up of turkey pot pie

This easy dinner is made in one pan, with tender turkey, vegetables, and a creamy gravy topped with puff pastry.

Leftover Turkey Detox Soup from Sweet Peas & Saffron

leftover turkey detox soup in a blue pot

Overindulged a little too much this Thanksgiving? Get back on track with this healthy soup!

Hearty Turkey Stew from Vikalinka

Hearty turkey stew in a pot

This turkey stew is made with leftover turkey, bacon, leeks, carrots and potatoes. The comfort food your colder nights need! You can add a splash of cream or keep it as is. 

Ultimate Leftover Turkey Club from Cooking for Keeps

leftover turkey club sandwich on wax paper

This ain’t no boring leftover turkey sandwich.

Smothered Green Chile Burritos by Tastes Better from Scratch

smothered turkey burritos with avocado and rice on a plate

You’ll love this cheesy Tex-Mex way to use up turkey leftovers (sub turkey for chicken).

Leftover Turkey Korma by SuperGolden Bakes

bown of turkey korma with golden rice

If you love curry, this turkey korma will hit the spot!

Bacon Ranch Turkey Sliders from Wine and Glue

close-up of a turkey slider being lifted out of a baking dish

These sliders had me at “bacon”!

Leftover Turkey Chili from Salt & Lavender

healthy leftover turkey chili in two bowls

Want a healthy and flavorful way to put those turkey leftovers to good use? Try this chili!

Loaded Turkey Panini from Pinch of Yum

stacked turkey panini on a white plate

If you like warm, gooey cheese, this is your best bet for those turkey leftovers!

Thankgiving Tacos from Table for Two

loaded Thanksgiving tacos

These tacos are a fun way of using up Thanksgiving leftovers!

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie from The Cozy Cook

turkey shepherd's pie in a casserole dish

This twist on the comfort food classic is sure to be a hit with the family!

Easy Leftover Turkey Soup from Salt & Lavender

easy leftover turkey soup in a white bowl

This soup  fast, simple, and healthy. It’s full of veggies and flavor and easy to make after you’re exhausted from preparing for the big feast.

Thanksgiving Burger from Real Food By Dad 

close-up of Thanksgiving burger

Burger lovers rejoice… this burger is so insane that it works. Ok, so maybe it doesn’t have turkey, but it has the other Thanksgiving sides, so I just had to include it in here. You could probably add some turkey to it if you wanted, though! 😉

Which will you try? What’s your favorite way to use Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey leftovers?

You may also like my Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes roundup or The Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes.


Hi! Iā€™m Natasha.

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2 Comments

  1. This is an AWESOME collection! Thank you for featuring my Turkey Shepherd’s Pie! I can’t wait to try out some of these other options! šŸ™‚