23 Tasty Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

When Thanksgiving dinner is done and dusted, it’s time to let the leftovers do the work! Check out these 23 tasty ideas for making the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers, from the turkey and stuffing to cranberry sauce.

Use leftover stuffing to make crispy, buttery stuffing cakes

Leftover Stuffing Cakes

If there’s one thing better than turkey stuffing, it’s turkey stuffing the following day! Transform your Thanksgiving leftovers with this easy recipe for pan fried savory stuffing cakes drizzled with leftover gravy.

A delicious hearty and comforting slow cooker wild rice stew made with leftover Thanksgiving turkey or any other extra meat that you have leftover! It's a great way to incorporate leftovers in a different way!

Slow Cooker Leftover Turkey and Wild Rice Stew

Some could say that slow cookers and leftovers were made for each other. This easy stew featuring leftover turkey is an effortless and hearty recipe that basically cooks itself! The perfect low-maintenance meal in the days following Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Chopped Salad


An easy all-in-one way to make the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers, in the form of a healthy and tasty chopped salad. Diced turkey and squash are tossed with seasonal ingredients for the perfect light and fresh meal or side!

photo of turkey pot pie in a skillet topped with puff pastry crust, and a spoon inside the mixture.

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

One of the best ways to use up leftovers is to bake them together in a delicious, comforting pot pie! This easyrecipe is creamy, hearty, and filled with leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Gravy is poured on top of a stuffed chicken breast.

Stuffing Stuffed Chicken Breast


Even after the festivities are over, stuffing and cranberries remain the ultimate combo! This recipe reunites the two in an quick and easy stuffed baked chicken breast that can definitely use up any leftover turkey dressing.

A wheel of melted baked brie cheese topped with red cranberry sauce.

Cranberry Sauce Topped Baked Brie

Tangy leftover cranberry sauce is the perfect pairing for an ooey, gooey, savory baked brie! All you need is a wheel of brie and a dollop of cranberry sauce for a fast appetizer that’s great for entertaining.

Hot turkey sandwich with stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy

Hot Turkey Sandwich

The perfect recipe for an open faced turkey sandwich that will use up all your Thanksgiving leftovers, and then some! Packed with turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing, and smothered in gravy so you can relive the tastiness of Thanksgiving dinner all over again.

Close up of a bowl of leftover turkey chowder with a piece of crusty bread

Smoked Turkey Chowder with Sweet Potatoes

Toss your Thanksgiving turkey (and leftover sweet potatoes if you have them!) into a delicious and creamy chowder filled with smoky flavor, veggies and herbs. You’ll be craving a warm bowl of turkey chowder all throughout the holidays!

Just the two of you for Thanksgiving or have a bunch of leftovers and want to cook a completely different meal with those leftovers? This turkey shepherd's pie is for you!

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie for Two

A perfectly easy and tasty, single-serving shepherd’s pie is a fun way to use up those leftovers when it’s just the two of you! Leftover turkey and vegetable filling beneath a layer of leftover mashed potatoes = post-holiday perfection!

Leftover Turkey Tetrazzini is a leftover turkey recipe baked into a pasta casserole

Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe

Creamy, cheesy pasta and mushrooms are combined with turkey in this easy casserole recipe. Topped with a crispy layer of breadcrumbs and cheese, this is a super tasty way to upgrade those leftovers!

Cheesy Potato Waffles - Delicious, cheesy, and savory waffles prepared with leftover mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these potato waffles not only taste amazing, but they are a super fun meal to serve to your family. 

Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Waffles

Give delicious new life into your leftover Thanksgiving mashed potatoes with this cheesy, savory waffles recipe! A waffle maker gets these potato patties crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and ready in no time.

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Cornbread Topping easier by using store bought rotisserie chicken

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie


This recipe is the trifecta of convenience: made in a skillet, filled with leftovers, and perfectly delicious! A creamy and savory pot pie recipe topped with a crisp layer of leftover turkey dressing or holiday stuffing.

Creamy Turkey Hand Pies: warm flaky turnovers are stuffed with a delicious turkey filling made with herbs, gravy and onion and then baked until golden brown!

Creamy Turkey Hand Pies

Turkey, gravy, veggies and herbs make up the stuffing for these easy turnovers, the perfect next-day recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers.

close up shot of chowder with leftover turkey, potatoes, and corn

Turkey Corn Chowder

A quick and ultra easy recipe for a cozy, hearty corn chowder made with turkey leftovers! Let your slow cooker do the work with this chowder packed with vegetables and flavor that’s ready in under 30 minutes.

Whiskey Glazed Fried Dumplings are crispy wontons dipped in an addictive whiskey glaze!

Leftover Turkey Wontons

A new twist on next-day turkey! You’ll love these crispy fried wontons filled with a turkey, bacon and scallion dumpling filling. Dip these in a delicious homemade whisky glaze and enjoy as a holiday snack!

An easy and delicious way to use up your Thanksgiving turkey & leftovers! Leftover Thanksgiving turkey sliders give a fresh take on Thanksgiving leftovers!

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sliders

Keep the good times rolling with these perfect mini sandwiches boasting big Thanksgiving flavors. Easy bite-sized turkey sliders with melty cheese and leftover cranberry sauce make an excellent appetizer for guests to gobble up the next day!

Baked turkey and rice casserole.

Leftover Turkey and Wild Rice Casserole

A creamy, melty, cheesy casserole recipe is the definition of comfort food, and the perfect excuse to indulge in Thanksgiving leftovers. This recipe combines wild rice, mushrooms, and leftover turkey for a tasty and satisfying dinner recipe.

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup is a leftover turkey recipe for a healthy soup dinner

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

Is there anything better than a comforting, warm bowl of soup to make use of those savory holiday leftovers? Soothe the soul and overhaul your turkey remnants with this easy and healthy turkey and vegetable soup recipe.

A stack of four slices of meatloaf sandwich.

Vegetarian Meatloaf and Cranberry Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich

A versatile and fuss-free leftovers recipe that uses up tasty Thanksgiving vegetarian meatloaf! All that’s needed is two slices of bread and a quick reheat in the grill pan. The flavors of this easy leftovers sandwich come together perfectly and it’s ready in no time!

White Turkey Chili

Transform leftover turkey with some Tex-Mex style and ease with this super simple crock pot chili recipe. Combined with cannellini beans and flavored with spices, coriander, and a nice jalapeno heat, this turkey chili is perfect topped with some fresh avocado.

A slice of leftover turkey frittata topped with sour cream, with the skillet in the background

Leftover Turkey Frittata


After all the feasting and festivities, sometimes the occasion calls for a little something lighter! This is a perfect recipe for a fresh and easy frittata cooked with turkey, spinach and cheese (plus any other stray ingredients in the fridge!).

Turkey Leg Split Pea Soup is ready when you come home!

Turkey Leg Split Pea Soup

A rich and comforting slow cooker recipe for split pea soup is a cozy way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey. And after all the holiday bustle, the best part is, it cooks itself!

Seeking more easy recipes to try out this holiday season? Visit the recipe index and find your next favorite!

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