Turkey sliders, aka Rachel sandwiches or turkey Reubens, are a delightful twist on a traditional Reuben. You’ll love these sliders stuffed with sliced turkey, creamy coleslaw and nutty Swiss cheese, baked in the oven until golden.

Image of a turkey slider being lifted out of the pan on a large spatula.

It’s almost a little embarrassing to write about a Rachel sandwich. I didn’t name these sliders in honor of myself, guys. Even though these Rachel sandwich sliders are super delicious, it seems a little weird to have a sandwich named after you. Popcorn, maybe….

But, here’s the facts: a Reuben sandwich made with turkey and coleslaw instead of corned beef and sauerkraut is called a Rachel sandwich. Reuben, masculine — Rachel, feminine.  I guess turkey is more feminine than corned beef?

All I know is that these turkey sliders are super delicious. Traditionally, a Rachel sandwich is made with rye bread and grilled. These turkey sliders are baked in the oven. I love that you prepare a dozen sliders at a time, making this recipe an easy meal time entree or a fantastic appetizer.

Sliced turkey, Swiss cheese, creamy coleslaw, and Thousand Island dressing encased in a slider bun, topped with a buttery sauce studded with caraway seeds, baked in the oven until they’re hot, melty, golden and crisp — Yum! 

Image of Rachel Sandwich sliders baked in a white baking dish, topped with caraway seeds.

About these Turkey Sliders:

Like my popular ham and cheese sliders recipe, this turkey slider recipe uses Hawaiian slider rolls which come twelve to a package. Using a long serrated knife, slice across all twelve rolls at once. You’ll have one large top piece and one large bottom piece.

Place the bottom half of the rolls in a baking dish. Next, spread on a layer of Thousand Island dressing, topped with thinly sliced roasted turkey, and sliced Swiss cheese. Are you with me so far? Pretty easy, right?

Next comes a layer of creamy coleslaw.  I like to make my own coleslaw. You’ll use a cup of it for the sliders and then you can serve the rest of it for a salad to accompany your sandwiches. It’s super easy to make especially if you buy the cabbage already shredded.

Cover the coleslaw layer with the top half of the rolls. Mix melted butter with caraway seeds, minced onion, and seasonings, and spread the mixture over the tops of the sandwiches. 

Into the oven it all goes, and in 30-35 minutes, you’ll be serving the most delicious Rachel sandwiches, aka turkey sliders, ever. 

Overhead image of butter-soaked slider buns in a white baking dish. They are filled with coleslaw, turkey, swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing.

How to make these Turkey Sliders your own:

  • Have leftover roast turkey? Use it instead of deli turkey. Or use corned beef if you like.
  • Not crazy about Swiss cheese? Try another mild tasting cheese such as Monterey Jack or mozzarella.
  • Use sauerkraut instead of coleslaw. Or just leave the coleslaw out and spread additional Thousand Island dressing over the cheese layer.
  • Use Russian dressing instead of Thousand Island.
  • Don’t want to make baked sliders? Instead of the slider rolls, use sliced bread of your choice, maybe rye bread, and make grilled sandwiches instead. 
  • Looking for a cold sandwich? You could make this slider recipe, omitting the butter sauce, and serve it cold.
  • To skinny this recipe up a bit, skip the Thousand Island dressing, and halve the butter mixture. The sliders won’t be quite as ooey, gooey but will be a bit more healthy and still delicious.

Reuben or Rachel?

“The Reuben is a grilled sandwich traditionally made on rye bread with a filling of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. Instead of the classic corned beef and sauerkraut, the Rachel is usually made with turkey or pastrami and coleslaw. Both sandwiches are made with Swiss cheese and rye bread.” (Diana Rattray of Spruce Eats).

Image of a white baking dish full of slider buns filled with turkey, cheese, coleslaw and thousand island. One slider has been removed from the pan, showing the insides of the other sliders.

Reheating and Storage Tips

Turkey sliders are best served immediately. Leftover turkey sliders can be wrapped well and refrigerated for up to 24 hours. To reheat, wrap in foil and heat in the oven or toaster oven until warm.

Image of a pan of turkey sliders aka rachel sandwich sliders.

Other sliders & hearty appetizer recipes:

I mentioned my popular ham and cheese sliders above but I have more crowd pleasing recipes I know you’ll love:

 

Turkey Sliders - Rachel Sandwich Sliders

Turkey Sliders - Rachel Sandwich Sliders

Yield: 12 sliders
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Turkey sliders, aka Rachel sandwiches or turkey Reubens, are a delightful twist on a traditional Reuben. You'll love these sliders stuffed with sliced turkey, creamy coleslaw and nutty Swiss cheese, baked in the oven until golden.

Ingredients

FOR SLIDERS:

FOR TOPPING:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 11x8 baking dish lightly with cooking spray. 
  2. Use a serrated knife to slice horizontally through all 12 rolls at once, keeping all the rolls attached. Make the bottom half slightly thicker than the top half. Place bottom half of rolls in prepared baking dish.
  3. Spread Thousand Island dressing on bottom half of rolls. Layer on half of the cheese. Top with turkey, and remaining half of cheese. Spoon coleslaw evenly over cheese, and then top with roll tops. It’s fine if the turkey and cheese overlap the edges of the individual rolls because you will be slicing them apart when they’re baked. 
  4. In another small bowl, combine melted butter, caraway seeds, dried minced onion, garlic powder, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine, and then brush over the tops of the rolls. It’s okay if some runs down to the bottom of the pan.
  5. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until tops of the rolls are crispy and golden brown. 
  6. With a sharp knife, slice into individual rolls, and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Have leftover roast turkey? You can use it instead of deli turkey. Or use corned beef if you like.
  • Not crazy about Swiss cheese? Try another mild tasting cheese such as Monterey Jack or mozzarella.
  • Don't want to make baked sliders? Instead of the slider rolls, use sliced bread of your choice, maybe rye bread, and make grilled sandwiches instead. 
  • Looking for a cold sandwich? You could make this slider recipe, omitting the butter sauce, and serve it cold.
  • To skinny this recipe up a bit, skip the Thousand Island dressing, and halve the butter mixture. The sliders won't be quite as ooey, gooey but will be a bit more healthy and still delicious.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 333Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 354mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 18g
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Verdict: Oh my goodness you guys, I could eat the entire pan.
Husband’s take: Ben liked these, but he’s more traditional when it comes to food and he prefers the ham version.
Changes I would make: None are necessary at all, but have fun with some of our suggestions above!
Difficulty: Easy!