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Turkey Grilled Cheese Sliders

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These turkey grilled cheese sliders have pesto and cranberries to make them extra delicious. They are the perfect combination of flavors and texture. Make them as a snack or enjoy them as a simple meal.

Turkey grilled cheese sliders with craisins and pesto.

Sometimes a grilled cheese sandwich is more than a grilled cheese sandwich.  To be honest I enjoy even the simplest grilled cheese.  

You know the kind, the old childhood favorite of a slice of American cheese sandwiched between two slices of white sandwich bread toasted with a bit of butter.

Ingredients including rolls, cheese, pesto, shaved turkey, butter, and craisins ready to be made into grilled cheese sliders.

Of course you could serve it up with some tomato soup and really go for the gusto.  I mean, you might as well for old time sake and I wouldn’t blame you one bit.

There is something about the buttery toasty simplicity of all that makes me hungry just thinking about it.  But sometimes you want something a bit more.

There are so many different flavorful combinations you could put together.  Whatever your favorite sandwich is, there is a pretty good chance it would be better grilled up.

That leads me to my toasty taste combination.  I was toying with a few different ideas when inspiration struck.

My friend, Tisha, used to make a delicious sandwich.  She put a schmear of mayo, some pesto, plenty of turkey, some cheese and dried cranberries all on some hearty bread.

It sounds like quite the combination, but it really works.  The sweet cranberries, fresh herby pesto and all that turkey.  I thought it would make a perfect grilled cheese!

Close up of turkey grilled cheese slider with pesto and dried cranberries inside.

Then the wheels really got turning.  What if I did it on smaller rolls and made sliders. Now we were firing on all cylinders.

My grocery store has a nice selection of fresh baked breads and rolls.  I wanted something whole wheat and they had perfect little cocktail buns that fit the bill nicely.

So, I picked up the rest of ingredients and headed home to make something delicious.  I am glad to say it was every bit as good as I envisioned!

Grilled cheese sliders with pesto, turkey and cranberries.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what my husband would think.  He isn’t usually big on sweet in his savory food but he ate four of them and complimented them every few bites.

He said he’d happily write a review if I needed one.  So I’d say it was a winner all the way around.

More Great Sandwich Recipes:

If you are looking for more ways to make your grilled cheese pop, I have 12 ways to make your grilled cheese gourmet.

Otherwise start your day with some breakfast sliders. This recipe features ham, eggs and cheese in yummy little sandwiches that can be assembled the night before.

Hot ham, turkey and cheese sliders are another great option. We keep them pretty simple, but that doesn’t make them any less delicious.

Or make some pizza burger sliders for a fun change. They are a mini version of our favorite lunchroom inspired pizza burgers.

What are your favorite sandwich recipes? As always, I would love to hear about them in the comments below.

Grilled cheese sliders with toasted buns, turkey, pesto, cranberries and cheese, ready to eat.

Turkey Pesto Grilled Cheese Sliders with Cranberries

Servings: 6 Servings
Author: Carlee
What is better than a grilled cheese? Not much! These sliders are snack size, butter, golden, cheesy and have pesto, dried cranberries, turkey and plenty of gooey cheese!
4.86 from 7 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 6 dinner rolls or cocktail buns
  • 2 Tablespoon pesto
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 12 slices shaved turkey
  • 4 Tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 Tablespoons butter


  • Preheat a griddle or electric skillet to medium.
  • Slice the buns in half, keeping them attached if possible. Turn them inside out and spread pesto on the inside of half of the rolls. 
    6 dinner rolls or cocktail buns, 2 Tablespoon pesto
  • Sprinkle with cranberries.
    4 Tablespoons dried cranberries
  • Put half of the cheese on top of the cranberries and the other half on the other side. Put the turkey between the layers of cheese and put it all together.
    4 slices mozzarella cheese, 4 slices provolone cheese, 12 slices shaved turkey
  • Spread butter over the now inside out rolls and place on hot skillet. Cover if possible to allow the cheese to melt. When the bottom is golden brown, flip the sliders and continue to cook until the cheese is melty and the bread is toasty and golden.
    2 Tablespoons butter
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 348kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 30gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 622mgFiber: 3gSugar: 10g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Sunday 11th of February 2018

It's hard for me to get excited about a grilled cheese sandwich, but Carlee really outdid herself with these! They even looked easy enough to make that I could have done it, provided I had someone to buy me all the ingredients.


Friday 16th of February 2018

Ha! Luckily you have such a person if you think to put the stuff on the grocery list ;-)


Tuesday 30th of May 2017

Perfect, I can' wait to try them. Turkey is my favorite!!!


Friday 2nd of June 2017

I just love this flavor combo and I hope you do too!

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Friday 21st of April 2017

Yum! This recipe looks amazing. Pinned and sharing. Thank you for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party. I hope you will join our next party starting Sunday at noon EST.


Friday 21st of April 2017

Thank you so much, they were definitely a hit here!


Thursday 13th of April 2017

Thank you!


Monday 10th of April 2017

They look delicious. Those cranberries are very intriguing. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.


Tuesday 11th of April 2017

They add that little bit of sweet/tart bite. Thanks!