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Air Fryer Sandwich Recipe using Vegan Thanksgiving Leftovers

Ultimate Air Fryer Sandwich With Thanksgiving Leftovers

  • Author: Gina House | World of Vegan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large sandwich 1x
  • Category: Lunch or Dinner
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Possibly the messiest and most mouthwatering air fryer sandwich you’ll have all year! There’s no end to the luscious leftovers that you can add to your vegan Thanksgiving sandwich. Say goodbye to food waste and say hello to quick and easy lunches all week long. Warm, savory, and absolutely delicious!


  • 2 slices of bread (your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon of cranberry sauce
  • ¼ cup of mashed potatoes and/or bread stuffing
  • Sprinkling of corn and peas (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of vegan gravy
  • A few vegan turkey deli slices or a thick slice of veggie roast or lentil loaf
  • ½ teaspoon of salt and pepper (or to taste)
  • Oil spray


  1. Place all of your Thanksgiving leftovers on the kitchen counter and place the slices of bread on a plate.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  3. While the air fryer is heating up, assemble the sandwich. Spread the cranberry sauce evenly on one slice of bread, add the potatoes (and/or stuffing), and smoosh it down a bit. Top with corn and peas, if using. Add the slices of vegan deli turkey, plant-based meat, or lentil loaf on next. Finally, spread the gravy onto the other slice of bread and place it on top (with gravy on the inside). Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  4. At this time, you can include anything else that you like—just make sure that you don’t make the finished sandwich too big so that it will be difficult to turn halfway through cooking.
  5. Carefully place the sandwich into the air fryer basket.
  6. Spray the outside of the top slice of bread with a little bit of oil.
  7. Cook for 5 minutes at 350 degrees until the outside looks crisp and golden and then gently flip the sandwich over, use a little more spray oil on the other slice of bread, and cook for another 3 minutes. Check often once you flip the sandwich over so that it doesn’t burn. Once done, use a spatula to remove the sandwich. Slice in half or diagonally and enjoy immediately!


  • Other Cooking Methods – This 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.
  • Gluten-Free Version – Use a gluten-free, vegan bread and also choose a vegetable, soy, or bean-based loaf (such as lentil, chickpea, etc) instead of the vegan roasts, which are often made solely of wheat gluten.

Keywords: leftovers, easy, lunch, holidays, meat-free, sandwich, gravy