Delicious Turkey Melt: Two Recipes to Melt Your Heart (and Cheese!)

Tender turkey slices and crispy bacon are sandwiched between two layers of luscious melted cheese in this sandwich. This would make a deliciously simple lunch fit for any café, but it would be a snap to prepare in your own kitchen.

My turkey melt is buttered and toasted like every great grilled cheese, but it’s elevated to a whole new level with a bright and tangy red wine-infused mayonnaise! Melts are like grilled cheese sandwiches, but with meat stacked in-between the slices of cheese!

Craving a warm, melty and satisfying sandwich? Look no further than the turkey melt! This classic comfort food is perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a late-night snack. And the best part is, it’s incredibly easy to make with just a few simple ingredients.

We’ve got two fantastic turkey melt recipes for you each with its own unique twist:

1. Classic Turkey Melt from

This recipe is a true crowd-pleaser, featuring tender turkey slices, crispy bacon, and gooey Monterey Jack cheese all sandwiched between two slices of toasted sourdough bread. The secret ingredient? A tangy barbecue sauce spread that adds a delicious smoky flavor.


  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided
  • 4 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 8 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 slices Canadian bacon
  • 8 slices cooked turkey
  • Dill pickle slices


  1. Sauté the onions in 1 tablespoon of butter until tender. Set aside.
  2. Spread barbecue sauce on four slices of bread.
  3. Layer each sandwich with cheese, Canadian bacon, turkey, pickles, onions, and another slice of cheese.
  4. Top with the remaining bread slices.
  5. Melt remaining butter in a skillet over medium-low heat.
  6. Cook sandwiches on both sides until golden brown and cheese is melted.


  • For a vegetarian option, replace the Canadian bacon with portobello mushrooms.
  • Add a layer of avocado for extra creaminess.
  • Serve with a side of chips or fries for a complete meal.

2. Turkey Melt with Red Wine Vinegar Mayo from Fox Valley Foodie

This recipe takes the classic turkey melt to a whole new level with a bright and tangy red wine vinegar mayo. The combination of flavors is simply irresistible!


  • ¼ pound deli turkey
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 2 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Red Wine Vinegar Mayo:
    • 2 tablespoons mayo
    • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
    • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cook bacon until crispy. Set aside.
  2. Warm the turkey slices in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  3. Butter the bread slices.
  4. Layer cheese, turkey, bacon, tomato, and another slice of cheese on one bread slice.
  5. Mix together the mayo, red wine vinegar, and black pepper. Spread on the other bread slice.
  6. Assemble the sandwich and cook in a skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown and cheese is melted.
  7. Slice in half and enjoy!


  • This sandwich is perfect for making in a panini press for extra crispy bread.
  • Use your favorite type of cheese, such as Swiss, cheddar, or provolone.
  • Add a sprinkle of fresh herbs for an extra flavor boost.

Which recipe will you try first?

Both of these turkey melt recipes are sure to satisfy your cravings. So grab your ingredients, heat up your skillet, and get ready to melt some cheese!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I use different bread for the turkey melt?

Yes, you can use any type of bread you like, such as whole wheat, rye, or even ciabatta.

  • Can I make the turkey melt ahead of time?

Yes, you can assemble the sandwiches and store them in the refrigerator for up to a day. When ready to eat, simply heat them in a skillet or panini press until warmed through.

  • How long will the turkey melt last in the refrigerator?

Leftover turkey melts can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

How to make the melt

This easy turkey melt recipe is just as simple to make as a classic grilled cheese. First, cook the bacon until crispy. Use your favorite bacon-cooking technique, or do this in a frying pan over medium heat. Next, warm the turkey meat. I place it in the microwave for 30 seconds while it’s flat on a plate, but you could also reheat it in a skillet.

Prepare the sandwich by buttering both bread slices on the outside. Next arrange tomato slices, hot turkey meat, cooked bacon, cheese, and another slice of cheese inside. Combine the two tablespoons of mayonnaise and red wine vinegar, then apply it to the uppermost piece of bread and sandwich it.

Your turkey melt is now prepared for melting; put it in a skillet over medium-low heat and allow the butter to toast the bread until it turns golden brown. Flip the melt and repeat until both sides are browned and the cheese is melted. Finally, slice in half and enjoy this delicious sandwich.

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