13 Delicious Ways to Use Up Thanksgiving Leftovers

So, it’s the day after Thanksgiving and you’re left with a refrigerator full of leftover food. Yes, the food was delicious, but how are you going to put all that stuffing and turkey to good use? You certainly don’t want all that holiday food to go to waste, but there are a limited number of times you can eat the same food over and over again.

If you’re anticipating some Thanksgiving meal fatigue, we’ve got you covered. These leftover thanksgiving recipes it will make sure nothing goes to waste.

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sunrise sandwich

sunrise sandwich

sunrise sandwich

Sandwiches are some of the easiest and most delicious ways to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey. This sunrise sandwich calls for smoked turkey, but you can use any kind of leftover turkey for this one.

Get our Sunrise Sandwich recipe.

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Turkey BLT Salad

Chances are you’ve heard of a BLT, but have you ever tried a BLT turkey salad? This turkey salad uses diced turkey, but the recipe will also work with leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Just add some lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, and your favorite croutons, and you have an easy leftover meal.

Get our recipe for a Turkey BLT Salad.

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Bacon-Infused Turkey Avocado Sandwich

healthy gobbler

healthy gobbler

When all else fails, turn that leftover turkey into a sandwich. This one combines bacon and fresh greens with the inevitable turkey and cranberry sauce leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner.

Get our recipe for an Avocado Bacon Infused Turkey Gobbler Sandwich.

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Spinach and Pomegranate Salad with Roasted Turkey

mason jar salad with spinach, turkey, cara cara oranges and pomegranate seeds on wooden tray with jar of nuts and white plate

mason jar salad with spinach, turkey, cara cara oranges and pomegranate seeds on wooden tray with jar of nuts and white plate

Feel like eating a lighter meal after Thanksgiving dinner? Add some of that leftover roast turkey into an easy salad.

Get our recipe for a Pomegranate Spinach Salad with Roasted Turkey.

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turkey and waffles

Turkey Waffle Stuffed Breakfast Sandwich

Turkey Waffle Stuffed Breakfast Sandwich

You’ve heard of chicken and waffles, but what about turkey and waffles? This clever recipe turns leftover turkey and stuffing into a tasty breakfast. If you’ve never tried “waffle topping” before, give it a try!

Get the recipe from Real Food by Dad.

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Leftover Thanksgiving Breakfast Sandwiches

Leftover Thanksgiving Breakfast Sandwich with Mashed Potatoes and Poached Egg

Leftover Thanksgiving Breakfast Sandwich with Mashed Potatoes and Poached Egg

Adding that leftover turkey to a regular sandwich is work for beginners. If you really want to spice up your Black Friday meals, add mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce to an egg sandwich for a breakfast the morning after Thanksgiving that could be better than the main meal.

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.

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Shakshuka Stuffing Pan

thanksgiving shakshuka

thanksgiving shakshuka

Baked eggs make everything better. So if you have a Tupperware full of leftover stuffing, put it to good use by baking it with some eggs on top. It’s the perfect post-Thanksgiving brunch meal.

Get the recipe for Jackie’s Happy Plate.

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Coffee Cake with Greek Yogurt and Cranberry Sauce

blueberry coffee cake

blueberry coffee cake

If you have leftover cranberry sauce, use it in this coffee cake recipe. You’ll wonder why you didn’t use cranberry sauce in baked goods sooner!

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.

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Mashed Potato Waffles with Leftover Cheese

mashed potato waffles topped with sour cream

mashed potato waffles topped with sour cream

We already suggested putting filling in your waffle iron, so why not have mashed potatoes for waffles too? Top them with Greek yogurt or sour cream for a delicious breakfast.

Get the recipe from Diethood.

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Leftover Thanksgiving Meatballs

Leftover Thanksgiving Meatballs in a Skillet

Leftover Thanksgiving Meatballs in a Skillet

If Thanksgiving leftovers can be waffles, they can be meatballs, too. Grab some wonton wrappers and turn those leftovers into an artful dish that’s one of a kind.

Get the recipe for Foxes Love Lemons.

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Leftover Thanksgiving Balls

Fried Thanksgiving Leftover Balls

Fried Thanksgiving Leftover Balls

Think of this as arancini meets Thanksgiving stuffing. If your family can’t resist anything fried, this recipe is for you.

Get the recipe from Real Food by Dad.

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Turkey tartines with arugula pesto

Turkey sandwich with arugula pesto

Turkey sandwich with arugula pesto

Instead of the traditional leftover turkey sandwich, try this open-face turkey sandwich with fresh arugula. Hmm!

Get the recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking.

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Leftover Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from Thanksgiving

pumpkin pie milkshake in glass with whipped cream

pumpkin pie milkshake in glass with whipped cream

It’s hard to imagine anyone getting sick of pumpkin pie. But if you’re feeling crafty, turn that leftover candy into a smoothie with this easy recipe.

Get the recipe for A Beautiful Plate.

Thanksgiving dinner almost always leaves you with too many leftovers to handle, especially if you’re hosting the meal. While you can leave leftovers in the fridge while you watch them go bad, you can also try these fun and clever recipes that turn regular Thanksgiving fare into fantastic new meals.

An earlier version of this story was published in November 2020. Updated to include additional entries.

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