Turkey and Cheese Oven Sliders

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Easy baked turkey and cheese sliders covered in a simple honey mustard glaze.

turkey and cheese slider on a plate

If there is one thing I have come to appreciate more than ever since having kids, it’s quick-prep meals. I mean, not that I’ve ever been a huge fan of laboring over a hot stove or oven to get a meal on the table, but ever since our first born learned to walk and talk, this solo-parenting-every-evening life brought us a whole new ball game I was not prepared for.

As soon as that dude started walking, gone were the days of plopping him in his bouncer or corralling him in the kitchen with some toys on the floor while I put things together.

serving baked turkey sliders with a spatula

I learned quickly that the less time I had to spend with my hands and attention up on the counter, the more time I was able to spend with my kiddo pointing at everything (everythingggg) in our house while dinner made itself.

Well, sort of. These baked turkey sliders are not a slow cooker meal, but they’re darn close to set-it-and-forget-it!

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These Turkey Sliders are so easy (and awesome!)

You’ve likely seen this simple turkey sliders recipe show up at some sort of group meal/potluck/picnic in the past, because hellooooo, they’re awesome.

But once I started adding quick meals to our nightly routine, I decided I wanted to change things up a bit and make the recipe a bit healthier for myself and our (then) toddler because in my opinion, the O.G. recipe tends to be a little sticky and drippy for me.

Not that I don’t welcome that kind of situation (looking at you, salted caramel brownies), but when it comes to a meal, I’d prefer to make things a bit on the less sticky, because there’s not much worse than sticky kid hands.

What you’ll need for Turkey and Cheese Sliders

•12 of your favorite slider rolls (I like to use potato rolls or make my own easy yeast rolls)
•sliced turkey (this is a great place for leftover turkey from Thanksgiving)
•sliced cheese (I like Havarti or Cooper sharp cheddar– use whatever cheese you like with turkey)
•a little mayo
•a honey mustard glaze (!!!)

aerial photo of turkey and cheese sliders with a honey mustard glaze ready to bake

Uhh, is that a recipe for amazingness or what? Believe me, it is.

How to make Turkey and Cheese Sliders

MAKE THE GLAZE

This honey mustard glaze is really simple. It’s made of butter, Dijon mustard, honey, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, and dried minced onions. The sauce is sweet and tangy and the perfect amount of “sticky” to give these easy turkey and cheese sliders some texture and a little something extra.

PREPARE THE ROLLS

As I mentioned, you have a few options for the slider rolls. I like to use potato rolls or my easy yeast rolls, and I have, on occasion, used the mini slider rolls, which uses the same amount of ingredients, it’s just spread out over twice as many rolls.

slider rolls in a baking dish prepped to make turkey and cheese sliders

You can also make these turkey and cheese sliders with Hawaiian rolls, and that just takes it over the top in the “delicious” category. Don’t miss out on trying them that way!

ASSEMBLE THE SLIDERS

The simplicity of these easy turkey sliders is that once your glaze is together, you just layer your slider bottoms, mayo, turkey, cheese, and slider tops in a casserole dish or baking sheet and cover everything with the glaze. Bake and boom, dinner is ready in less than 30 minutes!

What I love most about these turkey sliders is that we never have to keep making up new sandwiches for meals for a few days. Toss some veggies on the side and you’re all set for lunch or dinner that is totally kid-approved.

Or party approved, you know, since that’s where they seem to be the most popular.

turkey sliders in a baking dish

Variations on this Turkey Sliders Recipe

I am a total sucker for honey mustard and turkey, so if you’re not into that combo, change it up! Get creative! Turn them into ham and Swiss or turkey and Swiss sliders, roast beef and cheddar sliders, or chicken and Provolone sandwiches.

turkey slider on a plate with a bite taken out of it

If you’re feeling really Phillyish (hello there, Philly cheesesteak lovers), consider these Philly cheesesteak sliders from my friend Kathleen!

The point of this recipe for turkey sliders is that it’s quick, painless, and very labor non-intensive. And it’s great for using whatever leftover meat (even non-turkey!) you have from a previous meal. Do we love it or what?

Not only that, but I think we all may have a bit of extra turkey lying around after Thanksgiving, so this is a great way to repurpose that.

More bonuses: reheating is not even 100% necessary! You can serve cold turkey and cheese sliders in a lunch box and they taste just as good.

No matter how you choose to serve this easy meal (hot or cold), I suggest tucking this recipe away for safe keeping year round.

What goes well with turkey Sliders in the Oven?

 any kind of leafy green salad
 potato chips
 pasta salad
 potato salad
 roasted vegetables
 cucumber salad
 baked beans
 potato wedges
 fries
 coleslaw
 mac and cheese

turkey slider on a plate with a bite taken out of it

How to store Baked Sliders

Store leftover sliders covered tightly in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

HOW LONG ARE TURKEY SLIDERS GOOD FOR IN THE FRIDGE?

Turkey sliders will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, but pay attention to the expiration date on your turkey if you’re using cold cuts. If you made your turkey from scratch or leftover, the timing on freshness for those will also be a factor in how long your sliders will last.

Parties, a meal for someone in need, easy lunches, or a way to repurpose leftovers, these sliders are a favorite here, and I’m thinking they’ll be favorite with you soon, too.

Baked Oven Sliders FAQs

Depending on the size of the slider rolls you use and how many other options there are for your meal, 1-2 standard size sliders is typically enough per person. If you use mini-slider rolls, 2-4 sliders per person is more appropriate.

These sliders will only take about 18-20 minutes in the oven, but if you are heating them from making ahead in the refrigerator, they may need more time to be heated through.

Consider using my easy yeast rolls for your sliders!

easy yeast rolls

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Baked Turkey Cheese Sliders

These easy baked turkey sliders with cheese are covered in a simple honey mustard glaze.
Prep Time10 minutes
Bake Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Recipe Author Lynn April
Servings: 12 sliders

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter melted
  • 1 Tablespoon (14g) Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 12 slider rolls1
  • 2 Tablespoons (29g) mayonnaise
  • ¾ to 1 pound (340-454g) sliced turkey any kind (fresh, leftover, deli meat, etc.)
  • 12 slices thinly sliced cheese2

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177ºC).
  • In a small bowl, combine melted butter with Dijon mustard, honey, Worcestershire Sauce, poppy seeds, and dried minced onion. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
    ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter, 1 Tablespoon (14g) Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon honey, ½ Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons poppy seeds, 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • Pull apart the rolls, or slice them if they aren't already sliced. If you are slicing them yourself, slice the tops off the whole sheet of rolls at the same time and carefully set them aside until ready to use. Lay the bottom halves of the rolls in a 9" x 13" casserole dish or jelly roll pan (I always use a 9" x 11.5" jelly roll pan).
    12 slider rolls1
  • Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the bottom rolls. Layer on the turkey and cheese slices, then carefully place the bun lids on top of the cheese slices. Pour the glaze evenly over the top of all of the sliders.
    ¾ to 1 pound (340-454g) sliced turkey, 2 Tablespoons (29g) mayonnaise, 12 slices thinly sliced cheese2
  • Bake sliders for 18 to 20 minutes until the cheese is nicely melted and the sliders are toasted on top. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Reheat in microwave as needed.

Notes

  1. Slider rolls: consider making my easy yeast rolls from scratch for these.
  2. Havarti cheese: you can use any cheese here that you like, but Havarti is my favorite to pair with turkey.
 
Adapted from Martin’s
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Nutrition Disclosure

All nutritional values are approximate and provided to the reader as a courtesy. Changing ingredients and/or quantities will alter the estimated nutritional calculations.

Serving: 1slider | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 643mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 2mg

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33 Comments

  1. dont like mine toasted to hard on the top i found out today. i wondered how they did it. however warmed is nice. at a younger age i might have. wished id known how good turkey sliders were with peperjack cheese spinach and pickles. . do you get paid for the pop ups on your blog pages.?

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made these multiple times and they’ve been a big hit for parties, lunches, or snacks. My son practically inhales them! 🙂 One small change is that I swap out Everything Bagel Seasoning for the poppy seeds and minced onion. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    These sliders were a huge hit at a gathering with family. So good in fact, my Mom made this for a work Christmas party. They are soooo tasty. We’ve substituted for ham and Swiss cheese and they are equally as delicious.

  4. 5 stars
    I just made this recipe this past weekend for my SIL’s baby shower. To be fair, I was skeptical. I’m not a fan of squishy food textures. I was afraid of the glaze making the bread soggy, but what the pregnant woman wants, the pregnant woman gets! So, I made these with the turkey and some with ham and they were AWESOME! A slight crunch on top and the bread(I used hawaiian rolls… Again.. pregnant woman wanted them) was not squishy or soggy at all! Pleasantly surprised and would gladly make them again.

    1. Thanks so much, Leslie! I was happy to be on ONLY the taste-testing end this time. Thanks for trusting my recipe 🙂 (and it was so nice to see you!)

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve tried other recipes and usually end up with soggy bottoms. Lynn’s recipe leaves you with endless flavorful bites that don’t taste like you’re eating a soggy sandwich!

  6. 5 stars
    Very good! Add dill pickle slices before baking. Used provolone cheese. Baking tips: Line jelly roll pan with foil, place wire rack on top, spray with cooking spray. Raising the buns up on the rack for baking helps keep the bottoms from getting soggy. Baking time was 15 minutes.

  7. 5 stars
    I used turkey lunch meat slices, shredded cheese and honey mustard (Sugar free dipping sauce by G. Hughes). topped with melted butter.

  8. 5 stars
    We made these the other day with the intentions to also feed them to our 11m twins. So we had to exclude the honey. STILL DELICIOUS! (They enjoyed it too)
    One of our go-to recipes during the winter months.

  9. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Goodness. So good!!! These will def be a staple throughout the winter season! Thanks for another yummy recipe, Lynn!!! (So many exclamation points.. I swear I’m not a psycho. Just pumped about these delicious little cuties!!!!!)

  10. 5 stars
    Enjoyed these, will make again! Made almost as written, used a different bread (potato, same brand) and completely left off the mayo only because hubs is a staunch Hawaiian bread hater and mayo is icky to me even if you can’t ‘taste’ it. Just a personal preference for our family, not a reflection of the recipe itself. These are crunchy, cheesy, and tasty! I baked them uncovered since the recipe didn’t specify that they needed to be covered by foil. I was worried they would burn, didn’t though! I’m hoping they will keep their crunch when reheated. You can tweak this recipe to your liking, the base recipe is great.

    1. This review made me laugh! Thanks, Ursula. I’m so glad you enjoyed them with your preferences– and thank you for noting your changes! That’s so helpful for others 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    I love when I have no idea what to cook for a meal and google the ingredients I have on hand and then use a corresponding recipe! This was such a great idea and I wouldn’t have thought of it on my own, even though I’ve had similar ham sliders before. Def will add to my rotation! (I also used everything bagel seasoning!)