Using Thanksgiving Leftovers: Lemon Pepper Turkey Sandwiches

Written by Allison of Some the Wiser.

Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday.  In my opinion, all holidays are about food, but the Thanksgiving holiday really is all about food!  I have been so excited about the upcoming feast that I finalized my menu early and got a head start on the shopping and prep work.  I’m feeling really prepared this year.

In fact, I’m feeling so prepared, that I’m already planning a menu for the days after the holiday is over.  We will still have guests in town and lots of mouths to feed, so I’ve been thinking about ways to incorporate our Thanksgiving leftovers into post holiday meals that still taste fresh and interesting.  I’m also remembering that after days of laboring in the kitchen for the big holiday feast, I want my post-holiday meals to be quick and easy so I can enjoy my friends and family for the weekend.

These Lemon Pepper Turkey Sandwiches take next to no time at all when you have turkey leftovers.  The lemon pepper gravy is so full of tangy flavor and adds the perfect kick to the sandwich. These delicious and easy sandwiches will keep the turkey interesting even after the big holiday feast.

Lemon Pepper Turkey Sandwiches

Put your Thanksgiving leftovers to good use with this flavorful and easy sandwich.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 276kcal
Author: Allison Ruth


  • 3 Tablespoons butter divided, plus 1 tsp
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups broth or milk
  • 6 large Bolillo rolls Ciabatta, or dinner rolls
  • 3 cups cooked turkey chopped or sliced


  • In a medium saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of butter of medium-low heat. Stir in lemon pepper and flour until well combined. Add broth and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens into a thick gravy. Remove from heat.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Slice rolls in half. Lightly butter each half with remaining teaspoon of butter. Place butter side down on the skillet. Toast, approximately 30 seconds, or until bread is lightly golden.
  • Top rolls with turkey. Pour approximately 1/4 cup gravy, or as desired, over turkey. Eat warm and enjoy!


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 720mg | Potassium: 177mg | Vitamin A: 365IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.9mg

Here are a  few more great ways to use your Thanksgiving leftovers:

How do you like to serve up leftovers?

About Allison

Allison Ruth, mama to three hungry girls, blogs at Some the Wiser where she takes life as it comes and tries to learn a little something as she goes.
Whether she’s baking bread, sewing, or contemplating the fate of socks gone missing in the laundry, she looks for the peace and creativity life offers to everyone who is paying attention.

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  1. I usually end up having Thanksgiving dinner for Friday and Saturday, and then I take the left over turkey and gravy and put it in bags in the freezer so I can take them out for turkey pot pie during the winter 🙂

  2. This looks delicious! Love the idea of lemon pepper gravy.

  3. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says

    5 stars
    This sounds so yummy! I can imagine adding a little ham too, for an almost “Turkey Cordon Bleu” sandwich.

    My favorite leftover trick is to thicken up chicken veg or meat veg soup with a roux, and then turning it into pot pie filling.

  4. Oooh, I don’t usually like hot meat and gravy sandwiches. Largely because the bread goes soggy and becomes mush. I never thought to try it with a toasted crusty roll. Thanks! That looks wonderful. Now I wish I’d cooked up a turkey just for the heck of it.

  5. Yum! What a nice twist on the regular old turkey sandwich.

  6. 5 stars
    This is a great use of leftovers, we’re going to try this tonight. I hope you won’t mind if I share the same recipe, I wanted to post my recipes we’re using this year so I can return and pull them again without having to hunt so far and wide next year. Thanks for sharing it with us!!

  7. These sandwiches are lovely! My favorite way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers is making turkey soup or turkey pot pie, but these I will definitely have to try.

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