30 Best Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Are you wondering what to do with all that leftover turkey this holiday season?  Here are the 30 Best Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes you need to try this year.

Thanksgiving leftover turkey sandwiches, cranberry desserts and soups

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Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays. It could be because my youngest son was born 2 days before which makes it extra special for me. But, it’s also the tradition of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, before we enjoy a delicious meal with the family gathered together.

It’s something I look forward to every year. But, what I don’t look forward to is trying to figure out what to do with all that leftover turkey, stuffing, and cranberries, which is why I decided to compile a list of the best recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers. It will not only help me use up all that yummy food from turkey day but may help you out this year as well.

A quick tip: Make your food budget stretch by purchasing your turkey when it goes on sale just before the holidays. I like to purchase an extra turkey to keep in the freezer and use it for many different meals during the holiday season. This is the perfect way to help you save some money on your grocery bill.

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How long do Thanksgiving Leftovers Last?

As long as you are keeping your Thanksgiving leftovers refrigerated, they can be stored for up to 4 days without going bad. If you know that they won’t be used up in that amount of time, then toss them in the freezer to enjoy later. They should last for 4-6 months in the freezer.

Looking for more holiday leftover recipes? Here are some easy ways to use up that leftover holiday ham.

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30 Best Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Here are 30 of the best Thanksgiving leftover recipes. You will find ways to use up leftover turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and cranberries. Everything from soups, casseroles, and desserts.

Recipes with Leftover Turkey

White turkey chili with vegetables in bowl

White Bean Leftover Turkey Chili- Served From Scratch

Our new favorite leftover turkey recipe is this warm and comforting White Bean Leftover Turkey Chili. It’s creamy (without cream), flavorful, and can be on the table in just a little over 30 minutes!

turkey chili in white bowl

Leftover Turkey Chili– The Clean Eating Couple

Leftover Turkey Chili is one of the best leftover turkey recipes. Easy to make, healthy, and loaded with flavor – this is a must-try! Make it in your crockpot, instant pot, or on the stove. This simple recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving leftovers.

turkey enchiladas in white baking dish

Cheesy Baked Turkey Enchiladas– Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen

Turkey Enchiladas are a cheesy baked Mexican-inspired rolled tortilla dish made with leftover turkey, salsa Roja, and a three-cheese blend. They are the perfect way to use up leftover turkey.

turkey cannoli on plate

Leftover Turkey Cannelloni– Sustain My Cooking Habit

Put those roast turkey leftovers to use with this recipe for making a delicious batch of leftover turkey cannelloni.

Turkey pot pie on white plate with fork

Cheater” Leftover Turkey Pot Pie– Two Healthy Kitchens

This super-fast “Cheater” Leftover Turkey Pot Pie is ready in less than 20 minutes and leverages tons of shortcuts to make pot pie easier than ever.

shepherds pie with turkey

After the holidays, try this leftover turkey recipe for shepherd’s pie. Use turkey leftovers, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and more from Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas.
turkey casserole in white dish

Old Fashioned Turkey Tetrazzini– Lana’s Cooking

Turn those Thanksgiving leftovers into one of the most delicious casseroles ever! Combine chopped roasted turkey and pasta with a creamy, cheesy mushroom sauce to create a hearty dinner your whole family will be excited about.

rolls with turkey in muffin tin

Leftover Turkey Recipe– The Typical Mom

These super easy and flavorful turkey dumplings are everyone’s favorite way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers.

creamy turkey casserole in dish

Creamy Turkey Casserole– Little Sunny Kitchen

You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for a turkey casserole recipe to use up your leftover turkey. This leftover turkey casserole is packed with pasta, veggies, and turkey chunks, all folded in with a simple, creamy, cheesy, savory sauce. Top your casserole with some buttery Ritz crackers for the perfect finish.

turkey rueben on white plate with pickles in the side

Turkey Reuben– Kid Tested Recipes
Perfect for those Thanksgiving day carved turkey leftovers. This Turkey Reuben includes melted cheese, yummy sauerkraut, and our homemade version of Russian dressing which combine to make this sandwich a special treat your family is sure to love.
turkey salad on croissant with lettuce

Turkey Salad Recipe– Dinner at the Zoo

This turkey salad is a blend of diced turkey and colorful veggies, all tossed in a savory creamy dressing. A super easy and delicious way to use up leftover turkey with plenty of options to customize the flavors.

Leftover Turkey Soup Recipes

turkey stock in white bowl

Turkey Stock-The Forked Spoon

Learn how to make turkey stock using the leftover bones, carcass, neck, and giblets from your Thanksgiving turkey. Use it to make nourishing soups and stews or freeze it for later.

leftover turkey noodle soup in brown soup bowl

Turkey Noodle Soup– iFood Real

Easy, simple but delicious Turkey Noodle Soup is made with leftover turkey, basic veggies, and pasta. It is ready in about 30 minutes and is a year-round family favorite.

turkey and rice soup in black ladle and white bowl

Turkey and Rice Soup– Julie’s Eats & Treats

Do you have leftover turkey from the holidays? Turn it into this quick and easy Turkey and Rice Soup! It’s thick, and creamy and warms you from the inside out. Loaded with turkey, rice, and carrots and perfectly seasoned for an easy dinner recipe.

turkey tortellini soup in white bowl

Leftover Turkey Tortellini Soup– Sonshine Kitchen

Don’t let that leftover turkey go to waste this holiday season. Use that, plus a few extra vegetables you may have, to make a delicious soup.

turkey tortilla soup in silver ladle

Turkey Tortilla Soup– Chef Savvy

This super easy Turkey Tortilla Soup is loaded with tons of Mexican flavor and goes great with leftover roasted Thanksgiving turkey. 

tex mex turkey soup in white bowl with spoon

Tex-Mex Turkey Soup– Valerie’s Kitchen

 Tex-Mex Turkey Soup is a warm and comforting post-holiday meal. This quick and easy turkey soup recipe is a delicious way to make use of your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Recipes with Leftover Stuffing

leftover stuffing waffles on grey plate with fork

Leftover Stuffing Waffles– If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen

Leftover Thanksgiving stuffing waffles are a perfect (and easy) breakfast to make the day after Thanksgiving.

leftover stuffing muffins on white plate

Turkey Leftover Stuffing Muffins– Made in a Pinch

This Leftover Turkey Stuffing Muffins Recipe will make your leftovers feel new again.

stuffing in blue bowl

Amish Turkey Stuffing– Thrifty Frugal Mom

This delicious turkey stuffing is soft and moist on the inside and delightfully crispy on the outside! It’s made with simple ingredients and is a vintage recipe that you are sure to love.

Mashed Potatoes and Squash Recipes

Mashed Potato Croquettes on white plate

Mashed Potato Croquettes– Platter Talk

Potato Croquettes are the only excuse you need to make too many mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving! You’ll want plenty of leftovers to make this recipe.

chocolate mashed potato cake on white plate with fork in it

Chocolate Mashed Potato Cake– I Heart Eating

This Chocolate Mashed Potato Cake recipe takes leftover mashed potatoes and turns them into a moist chocolate cake that’s so light and fluffy!

squash pizza on black plate

Leftover Butternut Squash Pizza– Smack of Flavor

If you have leftover mashed butternut squash from Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, make this creative recipe to use up leftovers. If you’re sick of the same flavors from the holidays and want something different, this savory butternut squash pizza with goat cheese, prosciutto, and balsamic glaze is perfect.

Recipes to Make with Leftover Cranberries

panini with cranberries

Turkey and Cranberry Panini-The Foodie Physician

These delicious Turkey and Cranberry Paninis are nice and toasty on the outside and warm and melty on the inside. They’re utterly irresistible and are the perfect vehicle to use up your leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

cranberry sliders on white plate

Turkey Cranberry Sliders– Confessions of Parenting

Turkey cranberry sliders are the perfect addition to your leftover turkey recipes. These are simple to make and taste amazing. With the Hawaiian rolls and garlic mustard, you can’t beat this Thanksgiving leftover treat!

quick bread with leftover cranberries on white plate

Cranberry Sauce Quick Bread- Strength and Sunshine

Use up your favorite holiday sauce in this healthy quick bread recipe. This Cranberry Sauce Quick Bread uses homemade cranberry sauce and is gluten-free, vegan, allergy-free, and perfect for breakfast, brunch, a snack, or dessert!

cinnamon waffles with cranberry sauce on white plate

Cinnamon Roll Waffles With Cranberry Sauce-Dancing Through the Rain

These Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Maple Cranberry Sauce are the perfect way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. With delicious fall flavors, this sweet and tart treat will leave you wanting more!

piece of cranberry breakfast casserole on white plate

Holiday Leftovers Breakfast Casserole-Sense and Edibility

Holiday leftovers are better when they’re baked in a sweet breakfast casserole. The perfect combo of orange and cranberries baked with rolls.

turkey casserole with cranberries

 Leftover Turkey Casserole– Wholesome Yum
Trying to decide what to do with leftover turkey? Make this easy leftover turkey casserole recipe with mayonnaise. Common ingredients & 10 mins prep.

pastry with leftover holiday cranberries in the center

Cranberry Puff Pastry Tart-Barley and Sage

These cranberry puff pastry tarts are an easy, savory treat that comes together in just 20 minutes. They’re a great way to use up leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving.

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