Nothing beats a simple, deli turkey sandwich. Try this easy 5-minute sandwich or one of our five different variations!
Looking for more lunch ideas or side dishes to serve with this sandwich? Try our famous potato salad, our fresh and easy marinated cucumbers, or our popular Hawaiian macaroni salad.
How To Make A Turkey Sandwich
The possibilities are endless when it comes to turkey sandwiches. They can be simple with just turkey and cheese, or they can be dressed up with all sorts of delicious flavor combinations. Save this recipe to your Pinterest board or PrePear account so you can be reminded of not just one way to use up that extra deli turkey, but several ways all in one place!
Make It A Turkey Melt
If you prefer your sandwiches melty and toasty, turn this simple turkey sandwich into a turkey melt! Simply place the turkey in a pan or over a griddle and heat until warmed through. Place the turkey and cheese on the bread and spread a little butter or mayonnaise on the outside of the sandwich. Cook sandwich until golden brown on each side or until cheese has melted (as if making a grilled cheese). Lift the slice of bread that doesn’t have cheese stuck to it and add your toppings.
Kick It Up A Notch With These 5 Fun Variations:
- Turkey Club – Toast your bread and add some bacon. Cut your sandwich into fourths and stack each section. Secure with toothpicks.
- Turkey Avocado – Add some sliced avocado or spread mashed avocado onto your bread slices. Add some bacon to make it a turkey-bacon avocado sandwich.
- Turkey Pesto Sandwich – Combine 2 tablespoons of fresh pesto with the mayonnaise before spreading on the bread. Add some sun-dried tomatoes for an extra flavor boost!
- Turkey-Cranberry – Swap out the mayo for some softened cream cheese and spread on a generous layer of cranberry sauce.
- Turkey Breakfast Sandwich – Heat up the turkey slices on a griddle and melt the cheese over the top. Toast the bread and place the turkey and cheese over the top. Cook or scramble an egg on the griddle and add it to your sandwich. Add the tomato (and maybe some avocado) but leave out the lettuce.
Turkey Sandwich Topping and Condiment Ideas:
- Banana peppers
- Sliced red onion
- Sliced cucumber
- Oil & red wine vinegar
- Brown or dijon mustard
- Cranberry sauce
- Fig jam & apples (like this recipe, trust me, SO GOOD)
Get Your Turkey From The Deli
Getting turkey from the deli doesn’t cost much more than getting it pre-packaged and it tastes SO MUCH BETTER. You can choose the thickness of your slices (we like it sliced extra thin) and you can choose the EXACT amount you want. You can also usually choose from a wide variety of flavors. There is no downside here!
Provolone, Swiss, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Colby Jack, or Havarti are all great cheese choices.
Yes! Turkey is a lean meat that is a healthier option that other deli meats. For a low-carb option, make it into a whole wheat wrap or even wrap it in some butter lettuce instead of using bread.
You can make this sandwich on whole wheat, multi-grain-white, or any other kind of sliced bread. It’s also delicious on hoagie rolls, bagels or large croissant rolls.
- Roast Beef Sandwich – This Roast Beef Sandwich is loaded with deli roast beef, bacon jam, blue cheese, and horseradish cream making it an explosion of flavor!
- Shrimp Po Boys – Shrimp Po Boys are the ultimate sandwich for seafood lovers! Tender shrimp drizzled with creamy, spicy sauce topped with crunchy cabbage on a soft roll.
- Club Sandwich – This Club Sandwich is a classic deli sandwich filled with meat, cheese, and veggies. Add chips and a pickle spear and you have the perfect lunch!
- Big Kahuna Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich – This teriyaki chicken sandwich recipe is the best thing to make when grilling out with friends. This version has a Hawaiin twist to it with sliced ham, grilled pineapple, and Pepper Jack cheese.
- Lay out all ingredients. Spread mayonnaise on bread slices and layer one slice with sliced turkey, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, salt and pepper, and any other additional toppings.
- Top sandwich with remaining bread slice, cut into halves, and serve. See above for more variation ideas.