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The best Turkey Sandwich recipe is simple to make with roast turkey, deli cheese and your favorite toppings. This classic sandwich is filling and always a hit with everyone at lunchtime.

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Best Turkey Sandwich recipe

Never underestimate how delicious a simple turkey sandwich is. Whether you are using deli meat or leftover turkey, it never disappoints.

This makes a quick and easy lunch or dinner any day of the week. We also love to pack this type of sandwich for picnics and more. It isn’t messy and holds up well if you plan to eat it later.

I’m going to show you my favorite way to make a classic turkey sandwich. Keep reading though because I will also give you some tasty variations to try.

You only need a few minutes and a handful of ingredients to make this yummy sandwich.

Ingredients for recipe.


  • Whole Wheat Bread
  • Mayonnaise (See The Best Mayonnaise Substitutes)
  • Sliced Deli Turkey (smoked turkey is great too) – Slice your on Deli Turkey with these Best Meat Slicers.
  • Provolone Cheese
  • Green Leaf Lettuce Leaves. You can also used shredded lettuce or spinach.
  • Tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

How to make a turkey sandwich?

  • Add mayo to the bread. Evenly spread the mayonnaise on each slice of the bread.
  • Layer the meat and cheese. Take one piece of bread and put the sliced turkey and provolone cheese on it.
Process of making  turkey sandwich.
  • Add toppings to the sandwich. Now, add the tomato slices, lettuce and onion. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Top with the other slice of bread. Cut the sandwich in half. Enjoy!

Keep reading for complete directions and nutritional content including saturated fat.

What Bread Should I Use?

  • Rye
  • Wheat
  • Pumpernickel bread
  • Artisan – This type of bread is great for making Grilled Cheese with turkey.
  • White bread
  • Croissants – I like to use these if I am serving them for something special. The turkey looks pretty in croissants for a baby shower, bridal shower and more.

Any of these would make delicious options. I like to use a good and hearty thick type of bread.

It doesn’t get soggy and can easily hold the condiments and toppings you choose. You do not want to use a really thin bread or it will result in a soggy sandwich.

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What cheese goes on a turkey sandwich?

  • Provolone
  • Swiss cheese
  • Monterey jack
  • Colby Jack
  • Muenster
  • Cheddar

If you really like cheese, try combining several different types of cheese. It is really delicious. My favorite is provolone and Monterey Jack.

What condiments go best on a turkey sandwich?

  • Mustard – Brown, Dijon, Spicy and Honey Mustard make good options.
  • Mayonnaise – Regular or Chipotle Mayonnaise is tasty.
  • Guacamole – This is great alone but you might also like it with bacon too.
  • Cranberry sauce. Any form of this is great with turkey. Whether you have whole berries or congealed, The combination is tasty.
  • Pickles. You can use sweet or dill pickles slices based on your preference.

How many slices of turkey should I use?

The weight of a serving of turkey is 3-4 oz, but if you are going by slices I would use 3-4 slices of turkey for one sandwich.

Turkey sandwich variation ideas:

  • Turkey club – Toast the bread and add bacon to make this a club sandwich.
  • Grilled Cheese – Jazz up a typical grilled cheese by adding turkey. It is so hot and cheesy. I love this with honey mustard.
  • Turkey Salad – If you like chicken salad, you will enjoy turkey salad. Make a batch with thanksgiving leftovers. Turkey salad is great on croissants or rolls.
  • Turkey Cranberry – This is a delicious combination bursting with flavor. You can toast the bread or leave it plain. Either option is super yummy.
  • Open faced Turkey Sandwich – This type of variation is served hot with the two pieces of bread separated. It is topped with turkey and gravy and served with mashed potatoes.

    This variation is best with white bread but feel free to use your preference.

Make-ahead Instructions

Assemble the sandwiches just as you normally would. I prefer to not add any condiments if I’m making ahead but if I have to I will still add it. Wrap the turkey sandwich in saran wrap and store in the refrigerator until the next day.

This is an easy classic recipe. You can easily mix it up with your favorite variations for turkey recipes.

The ideas are truly endless and they are all simple to make. I think you will love this classic sandwich recipe and all of the options to make it.

Serving ideas:

These are great ideas and always tasty. We have also just cut up some fresh fruit and veggies to serve alongside it. Kettle chips are great too.

You can easily serve this with many options and it will be amazing. See more side dishes for Sandwiches.

Make a turkey sandwich today.

The beauty of this recipe is how simple and delicious it is. It is super tasty served classic style. However, it is easy to jazz up with other toppings and variations.

This is such an easy meal and inexpensive as well.

Let us know your favorite way to enjoy this meal. Leave a comment below.

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Turkey Sandwich

5 from 7 votes
The best Turkey Sandwich recipe is simple to make with roast turkey, deli cheese and your favorite toppings. This classic sandwich is filling and always a hit with everyone.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 610


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  • Spread approximately 1 Tbsp of Mayonnaise on each slice of bread.
  • On one piece of bread place place the sliced turkey, provolone cheese and top with the tomatoes, lettuce and red onions.
  • Season with the salt and pepper based on you preference.
  • Top with the remaining piece of bread, cut in half and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This is an easy classic turkey sandwich recipe. You can easily mix it up with your favorite variations.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 610kcal, Carbohydrates 32g, Protein 36g, Fat 38g, Saturated Fat 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat 15g, Monounsaturated Fat 9g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 96mg, Sodium 809mg, Potassium 624mg, Fiber 5g, Sugar 6g, Vitamin A 2997IU, Vitamin C 13mg, Calcium 415mg, Iron 3mg

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