Tell us, do you absolutely love Thanksgiving leftovers like we do? If you do, we’re here to make your dreams come true! Our epic vegan Thanksgiving air fryer sandwich is the best you’ll ever make and we’re dying to share our recipe secrets with you.
Imagine two slices of your favorite crusty bread (or use a squishy white bread if you wish, no judgement!) air-fried until golden brown and crispy and then filled with a scoop of each of the most savory and scrumptious dishes from your Thanksgiving feast. To finish it off, you can top it with a generous spoonful of warm and peppery plant-based gravy. Are you drooling yet?
If it’s not quite Thanksgiving yet, do yourself a favor and bookmark this page (or better yet, share it on social media!) so that you will have it for future use. You’ll be glad to have it on hand the day after the enticing event. Also, don’t forget to check out our full vegan Thanksgiving guide for more ideas and recipes!
Are you ready to make the most out of your luscious leftovers? Let’s get cooking!
On the whole, sandwiches are really versatile and are perfect for personalization. We have dozens of reasons why this recipe is a must-make, but read below and judge for yourself. (We bet you’ll agree!)
Because this meal is such a mishmash of mouthwatering ingredients, the best approach for serving it is simplicity. That way, you can easily appreciate the individual elements as you bite into them without confusing your plant-based palette. Which of the vegan sandwich ideas below tempt you the most?
If we’re being totally honest here, you can pretty much make this sandwich by slapping everything you like between two pieces of bread. But, (hear us out) we feel that the arrangement of the yummy Thanksgiving leftovers makes a big difference in the enjoyment of this vegan sandwich. Trust us just this once and you’ll be so happy you did!
How can I make this a vegan gluten-free Thanksgiving sandwich?
Great question! Consider three things: the bread, the stuffing, and the vegan meat. If you’re able to use a vegan, gluten free bread and stuffing—yay! Many vegan Thanksgiving roasts are made with vital wheat gluten, so try to find a substitute by choosing a slice of lentil (or bean) loaf, gluten-free vegan turkey slices, or even marinated slices of tofu or tempeh flavored with parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage, and black pepper. You can easily make a vegan tofu cutlet to put into the sandwich.
I don’t have an air fryer. Can I still make this air fryer sandwich recipe?
Absolutely! This vegan sandwich can easily be heated up in the microwave for 1-2 minutes (warm, but soft), in the oven at same temperature for 10-15 minutes (or until desired crispiness), or on the stovetop using a non-stick skillet. Bring heat to medium high and fry on one side for approximately 4 minutes and then 2-4 minutes on the other. Keep a careful eye on it while cooking because it really does depend on your skillet and the heat from your stovetop.
Adding oil is not an option for me. How can I adapt this vegan thanksgiving turkey recipe?
No worries at all. You can completely eliminate the spray oil if you wish. The sandwich will still toast up and taste amazing, though it might not have the same crispiness or golden color.
There’s no need to stress about the kitchen equipment you’ll need for this recipe. No matter which method you use (air fryer, microwave, skillet, or toaster), we can promise that it will be the best vegan sandwich you’ve ever made.
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Because this recipe is all about the leftovers, you can keep making this vegan turkey sandwich fresh any time you have the urge. If you’re planning on making the sandwich to eat later, make sure to wrap it up well in either a plant-based wax paper, recycled aluminum foil, or covered container. (Adding a paper napkin around your sandwich does help a little to absorb excess moisture.) It’s best if you heat it up right before eating, but if you don’t mind your sandwich a little soggy, then you can air fry it before storing.
You can technically freeze this meal, but it’s not recommended. If you’ll never be able to get through all of your Thanksgiving leftovers in time, just freeze each food separately and then defrost before making into a sandwich. Individual items should last 2-3 months in the freezer, if stored correctly.
This air fryer sandwich recipe made with vegan Thanksgiving leftovers toasted was created and written by Gina House for World of Vegan. Vegan food photography by JJ Steele. Edited by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which supports our work at World of Vegan.