Planned Leftovers: Turkey & Dressing (Stuffing) Patties

by Texas Homesteader ~

Aaaah the holidays. A special time of the year when friends and family gather to bask in the warmth of their relationships and enjoy some really good food. So much food in fact that oftentimes the day afterward can leave you scratching your head. Wow, there’s so much food leftover! What do I do with it all??

Well when you’re tired of eating the same leftovers over & over again, the freezer can be your friend. Or my favorite: planned leftovers. That’s where you make a whole new meal from those delicious leftovers.

Take that turkey & dressing for instance. RancherMan loves when I make Turkey & Dressing Patties from them. It’s like Potato Cakes, but with turkey & dressing instead. Come see.

What to do with that leftover turkey & dressing? Make it into turkey & dressing patties. Similar to potato cakes, it's crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. And so good. No more wasted food! #TexasHomesteader

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Gathering Leftovers for Turkey/Dressing Patties

(although my family has always called it dressing, some folks call it stuffing instead)

It’s pretty common for us to have leftover Roasted Turkey of course. But whether you call it stuffing or dressing, it’s a treat for RancherMan & me. So it usually gets gobbled up quickly &  doesn’t last enough to be leftovers in our household!

No worries, I’ve got a box of dressing mix in the pantry I’ll be using for this delightful leftovers meal. So if you don’t have leftover dressing, buy an inexpensive box of the commercial stuff. I promise it works great in this recipe.

Since I don’t have leftover dressing, first of course I need to whip up the stuffing mix. It’s pretty easy since it’s basically adding the mix to hot broth. Then I take some of the leftover turkey & the dressing I’d made, mince an onion & bell pepper and mix it all together.

I’ll add some bread crumbs and an egg for binding it all together. Then I roll it into about 2″ balls. The last step for me is to roll each ball in additional bread crumbs (because I love the crunchy outside that gives) Then I place them in a skillet of hot grease and press lightly with my spatula to slightly flatten them.

What to do with that leftover turkey & dressing? Make it into turkey & dressing patties. Similar to potato cakes, it's crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. And so good. No more wasted food! #TexasHomesteader

Frying The Turkey/Dressing Patties

I typically prefer to use bacon grease because it’s plentiful, it’s free and it adds a nice flavor. But feel free to use whatever grease you prefer when frying these.

I cook the patties on each side until they’re golden brown and then bring them out to drain.

In my Paperless Kitchen I haven’t purchased paper towels in more than a decade. So my method of draining fried foods is to lay them on a plate topped with black & white newspaper. The newspaper soaks up the excess grease and I’m ready to serve.

RancherMan loves these Turkey & Dressing Patties. If you give them a try, I’m guessing you’ll love them too.

Leftover Turkey & Dressing Patties

Leftover turkey & dressing made into a whole new (delicious) meal! #TexasHomesteader

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword dressing, fried, leftover, patty, turkey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 people



  • 1 box stove top stuffing mix, prepared (or 3 cups leftover stuffing)
  • 2 cups Cooked, chopped turkey
  • 1/2 cup Diced onion
  • 1/4 cup Diced bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup Bread crumbs
  • 1 large Egg
  • optional: Additional bread crumbs to coat



  1. Add all ingredients together and mix to combine thoroughly.
  2. In a skillet heat enough oil to cover bottom of skillet.

  3. Roll turkey mixture into approximately 2" balls.

  4. Roll in additional bread crumbs to coat if desired.

  5. Place in hot oil and press with the back of a spatula to flatten slightly.

  6. Cook until brown and flip to cook other side. Drain cooked patties on paper and serve hot.

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