Turkey Sandwich (Deli Style)

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Nothing beats a simple, deli turkey sandwich. Try this easy 5-minute sandwich or one of our five different variations!

Turkey sandwich with toppings on a cutting board

How To Make A Turkey Sandwich

The possibilities are endless when it comes to turkey sandwiches. A platter of turkey sandwiches are the ultimate comfort food. 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!

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.

Two turkey sandwiches next to a jar of mayonnaise and a knife

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:

  1. Turkey Club – Toast your bread and add some bacon. Cut your sandwich into fourths and stack each section. Secure with toothpicks.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Turkey-Cranberry – Swap out the mayo for some softened cream cheese and spread on a generous layer of cranberry sauce.
  5. 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.
Deli turkey sandwich stacked on a cutting board next to another sandwich

Turkey Sandwich Topping and Condiment Ideas:

  • Bacon
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Pickles
  • Banana peppers
  • Sliced red onion
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Oil & red wine vinegar
  • Pesto
  • Brown or dijon mustard
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Brie cheese
  • Plain Greek Yogurt in place of mayo
  • Hummus
  • A sprinkle of garlic powder
  • Fig jam & apples (like this recipe, trust me, SO GOOD)
Slices of bread with turkey and cheese next to tomatoes and lettuce

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!


What cheese goes well with a turkey sandwich?

Provolone, Swiss, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Colby Jack, or Havarti are all great cheese choices.

Are turkey sandwiches healthy?

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.

What bread is best?

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.

Delicious Sandwiches to Try

Turkey sandwich on a cutting board cut in half and facing up

Turkey Sandwich (Deli Style)

5 from 7 votes
Nothing beats a simple, deli turkey sandwich. Try this easy 5-minute sandwich or one of our five different variations!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine American
Servings 1




  • 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.
    Slices of bread with turkey and cheese next to tomatoes and lettuce
  • Top sandwich with remaining bread slice, cut into halves, and serve.
    See above for more variation ideas.
    Two turkey sandwiches next to a jar of mayonnaise and a knife

Nutrition Information

Calories: 709kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 45gFat: 44gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 1587mgPotassium: 888mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1034IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 616mgIron: 2mg

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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her three beautiful girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    Great simple recipe! What is your favorite turkey to use when you make this sandwich? I learned the tutorial on Kaya Street Kitchen to use leftover turkey that I cooked for dinner to make sandwiches for lunch throughout the week.

  2. 5 stars
    I looooove this sandwich! I have had it for lunch now several days in a row because I just can’t get enough!

  3. 5 stars
    Simple, delicious and so satisfying. Why pay $12 for a deli sandwich when I can make it just as yummy at home for even less $! Thanks for this recipe. Next I’m trying the teriyaki chicken variation!