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Baked Turkey Croquettes

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Not sure what to do with all your leftover turkey?  Baked turkey croquettes are the perfect way to use up your leftover holiday turkey!

Not sure what to do with all your leftover turkey? Baked turkey croquettes are a perfect way to use your leftover turkey and mashed potatoes!
Baked Turkey Croquettes

Thanksgiving leftovers get repurposed with these delicious baked turkey croquettes, a favorite of mine. Leftover turkey gets mixed with mashed potatoes and herbs, breaded and baked in the oven. I love them with leftover gravy and some veggies on the side. And if you still have more turkey leftover, try this Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata or Turkey Noodle Soup!

Not sure what to do with all your leftover turkey? Baked turkey croquettes are a perfect way to use your leftover turkey and mashed potatoes!

My Mom always made turkey croquettes with leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Only difference was she deep-fried hers. I was hoping to make them lighter, so I decided to try baking them in the oven instead. And and the results? Amazing. We didn’t even miss the fried ones.

The key to success is to spray them generously with oil before baking so the crumbs get golden. After I top them with some turkey gravy or chicken gravy and serve it with a vegetable on the side. Dinner is done!

These also make great appetizers. You could substitute chicken breast for turkey if you wish to make them anytime of the year. Enjoy!

What is a croquette?

Potato croquetttes are small finger foods, usually fried and rolled in breadcrumbs. They’re made of mashed potatoes, veggies and eggs mixed with any meat like ham, chicken, veal, turkey, beef, shellfish, fish, etc. Often times perfect for any leftover meat and served at holiday parties.

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Baked Turkey Croquettes

4.65 from 17 votes
Not sure what to do with all your leftover turkey? Turkey Croquettes are a perfect way to use your leftover turkey!
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Baked Turkey Croquettes
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 35 mins
Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 3 croquettes


  • 12 oz cooked turkey breast, chopped fine (a food processor or chopper is great for this)
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled, cooked and mashed
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 1/2 cup seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • olive oil spray
  • leftover turkey gravy for serving, optional


  • In a large bowl, mash potatoes with 1/4 cup broth, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Saute garlic, and onions in oil over low heat. Add parsley, salt and pepper and cook until soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add turkey, and remaining broth, mix well and shut heat off.
  • Add turkey to mashed potatoes and using your clean hands mix well. Taste for salt and adjust if needed.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Measure 1/4 cup of mixture then form into croquettes. Place on waxed paper. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  • Dip each croquette in egg mixture, then breadcrumbs and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet for easy cleanup. Spray generously with olive oil (about 1 tbsp worth). Bake in the oven about 15 minutes, or until golden.
  • Optional, serve with leftover turkey gravy.

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Serving: 3 croquettes, Calories: 217 kcal, Carbohydrates: 26.9 g, Protein: 13.8 g, Fat: 6.2 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 60.5 mg, Sodium: 713.5 mg, Fiber: 2.7 g, Sugar: 2 g


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97 comments on “Baked Turkey Croquettes”

  1. About how much mashed potatoes should you have to make this? Or what potato weight should I do? Thank you

  2. For breadcrumbs like Panko that don’t brown well in the oven, I “toast” them dry in the microwave stirring every 30 seconds or so until light golden brown. They finish brightening in the oven with little to no additional oil. Same for the air fryer.

  3. Made these last night for dinner – used chicken instead of turkey. Added approx 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese to add a bit more flavour. A great way to use up leftovers.  Will make again.

  4. Yummy!   I think I will try it with half potatoes and half riced cauliflower.  I put it into the recipe builder and it comes out to only 1 point on the Purple Plan!  💜

  5. Hi – will you be gearing your points calculations for WW for all three plans? Currently I am going with the green plan but your points don’t correspond with that plan and I love your recipes. Please let me know!

    1. If you just plug the ingredients into your recipe builder, it will adjust the recipe for the plan you chose. It would be a lot of work for her to have to convert all of her recipes for the various plans offered and I wouldn’t expect her to. I’d rather her spend time coming up with more delish recipes! ❤️

  6. Trying for the first time, me and my five sisters had them when we were kids. I’ll let you know.

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    What a delightful recipe.  Filling, tasty and low in points.  Can’t ask for more.  Mine looked just like yours:)

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    Frances Locati

    Have been wanting to make these for awhile, and wanting to take some things to my 96 year old parents thought this would be good. Used left over frozen turkey mostly dark meat however, so I figured would have to add some calories to the dish, but tried to make up for it a bit with egg white and didn’t use oil to saute, just some of the broth. Added a bit of poultry seasoning and thyme, too. Loved these. Great use of leftovers that makes turkey shine again. Thank you.

    1. It should be fine but it will change your cooking time as you will have to brown the turkey as opposed to using leftovers.