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Leftover Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich

September 12, 2019 (Last Updated: February 13, 2021) by Chris Collins

This Grilled Cheese Sandwich is the perfect way to use up Leftover Turkey. Packed with Bacon, Avocado and Ranch, turkey melts never tasted so good!

overhead shot of open grilled cheese showing filling

The BEST Leftover Turkey recipe!

I mean, in my humble opinion of course. Leftover turkey can sometimes be a slight challenge to revive back to life, but you truly won’t be disappointed with this. Here’s why It think you’ll love it:

  • It’s quick
  • It’s super easy
  • Requires few ingredients
  • Bloomin’ delicious!

A grilled cheese is always my go-to to stuff in leftovers. Because everything tastes better stuffed between two slices of bread and loaded with cheese 😂 When it comes to making a turkey grilled cheese, it really couldn’t be more simple.

How to make a Turkey Grilled Cheese (quick summary)

  1. Place bread butter side down on pan with heat off.
  2. Spread with ranch.
  3. Top with cheese.
  4. Add leftover turkey and avocado.
  5. Top with Bacon.
  6. Add more cheese, spread with ranch and add more buttered bread. Fry both sides.

How to make a leftover turkey grilled cheese sandwich - 6 step by step photos

Top Tip #1 – To pack in some more flavour, consider adding red onion and tomato slices, both of which work gorgeously with the combo of turkey, avocado, cheese and bacon.

Turkey Melts

The best part of a grilled cheese is of course the melty cheese, so it’s important to get it right. I usually use cheddar which is always a solid choice. I have also used Swiss cheese in the past, which is always a great combo with turkey. If you want that classic melty, cheese pull then sub half of whatever cheese you’re using with mozzarella. You could use all mozzarella, it just won’t add as much flavour.

Turkey Panini

You could totally turn this grilled cheese into a panini! Just use ciabatta and adjust the filling amounts accordingly.

Can I sub chicken?

Yup! This works perfectly with chicken. You can also you deli style turkey/chicken.

What to serve with Turkey Grilled Cheese?

pulling turkey melt from pan with cheese pulling

Leftover Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich

And there we have it! The perfect grilled cheese to use up your leftover turkey.

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into this turkey grilled cheese recipe shall we?!

turkey grilled cheese stacked on each other showing filling

How to make Turkey Grilled Cheeseย (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of open grilled cheese showing filling

Leftover Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This Grilled Cheese Sandwich is the perfect way to use up Leftover Turkey. Packed with Bacon, Avocado and Ranch, turkey melts never tasted so good! (Makes 2)
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Servings (click & slide): 2
Course: Brunch / Leftovers / Lunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Calories per serving: 951kcal
Cost per serving: ยฃ3 / $4


  • 12" frying pan
  • Spatula/Turner
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

  • 4 slices Large Thick White Bread
  • 1 cup Leftover Turkey, or as needed
  • 6 slices Cheese (see notes)
  • 6 single rashers Streaky Bacon, cooked to preference
  • 4 tbsp Ranch
  • 1 small Avocado, sliced
  • Butter, as needed


  • Place two slices of bread on the pan with the heat OFF. Spread with butter and flip.
  • Spread with ranch (don't go overboard or it'll soak into the bread), then place cheese, followed by turkey, avocado, bacon, more cheese and finish with another slice of bread.
  • Spread with ranch, flip, then spread with butter.
  • Turn on heat to a medium and fry each side until golden brown, ensuring you flip carefully so the filling doesn't spill out. Enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Leftover Turkey - I recommend using breast if you can. Here I slice, but you can also shred with two forks.ย 
b) Turkey Sub - This grilled cheese work perfectly with chicken too! You can also use deli style chicken/turkey.
c) Cheese - I usually go for cheddar, but Swiss cheese also works great. If you want that classic cheese pull go half mozzarella with whatever cheese you choose. I place 1.5 slices per side, but you could also grate the cheese too. Approx 1.5 cups cheese would work, but work to preference.
d) Additions -ย Red onion and sliced tomato also work great in this grilled cheese!
e) Calories - per sandwich, using all cheddar and 4 tsp butter.

Your Private Notes:


Nutrition Facts
Leftover Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 951 Calories from Fat 558
% Daily Value*
Fat 61.95g95%
Saturated Fat 23.119g116%
Trans Fat 0.184g
Polyunsaturated Fat 12.182g
Monounsaturated Fat 22.374g
Cholesterol 151mg50%
Sodium 2078mg87%
Potassium 716mg20%
Carbohydrates 45.94g15%
Fiber 8.4g34%
Sugar 6.58g7%
Protein 55.73g111%
Vitamin A 947IU19%
Vitamin C 10.1mg12%
Calcium 775mg78%
Iron 3.21mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    Haley Williams
    November 1, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    5 stars
    Love making this with my leftovers from Thanksgiving!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 1, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      Awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    November 1, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    5 stars
    I tried it with leftover chicken breast and it was incredible. I will be making it again after Thanksgiving with my leftover turkey.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 1, 2019 at 7:58 pm

      That’s awesome to hear! Glad it was enjoyed ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    November 1, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    5 stars
    Going to make it again for a family gathering this weeI made this recipe last weekend and it was incredible! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 1, 2019 at 7:58 pm

      You’re so welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    November 1, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    5 stars
    I may have to move up Thanksgiving dinner to get to this sandwich in my belly! I’m not a big fan of cranberry sauce so I am in love with the idea of using avocados – which I do love!!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 1, 2019 at 7:57 pm

      Avocados all the way! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    November 1, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    5 stars
    I bet the sandwich tastes amazing! Avocado, bacon, and cheese, pretty much all my favorite food in one bite. Cannot ask for more. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 1, 2019 at 7:56 pm

      The perfect combo right?!