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grilled turkey reuben sandwich on white plate with white wood background

Turkey Reuben Sandwich

Whether you call it a Turkey Reuben or a Rachel, this grilled sandwich definitely does not disappoint. Melty Swiss cheesy, tangy Thousand Island dressing, sauerkraut and deli turkey come together on slices of grilled rye bread.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course 30 minutes or less, Sandwich
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 890 kcal


Thousand Island Dressing

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp cup sweet relish
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Turkey Reuben

  • 4 slices rye bread
  • 1 lb Swiss cheese slices
  • 1 lb deli turkey
  • 1 cup sauerkraut
  • 4 tablespoon butter


For the Dressing:

  • Whisk together the mayonnaise, ketchup, sweet chili sauce, sweet relish, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper together in a medium bowl.

For the Sandwich:

  • For each sandwich, spread about 1 tablespoon of the dressing on both pieces of bread.
  • Add 1 ½ slices of cheese to each piece of bread, followed by 4 oz of the deli turkey.
  • Spread ¼ cup of sauerkraut on top of the turkey, then assemble the sandwich by placing the piece of bread with dressing and cheese on top of the sauerkraut-turkey-cheese piece.
  • Butter both sides of the sandwich.
  • Cook in a skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes per side.


  • Bread - most grocery stores offer very thin slices of rye bread. If you can find a thicker slice, it will hold up better to the weight of this sandwich and you may not need so many napkins!
  • Sauerkraut - reduce to ⅛ of a cup per sandwich or replace it with coleslaw. Just make sure to drain the coleslaw first or the sandwich will become soggy.
  • Dressing - this makes more Thousand Island dressing than you'll use on 4 sandwiches. Reduce the recipe by half or keep the remainder in the fridge for a week.
  • Pastrami is an acceptable substitute in both the Reuben and Rachel sandwiches.


Serving: 1Calories: 890kcalCarbohydrates: 84gProtein: 52gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 3727mgPotassium: 541mgFiber: 4gSugar: 50gVitamin A: 2555IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 964mgIron: 4mg

Recipes on Cookaholic Wife are for information purposes only. Nutritional Data provided has not been evaluated by a nutritionist.

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