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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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: 30 minutes or less, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: california reuben, georgia reuben, hot turkey sandwich, quick sandwich recipe, rachel sandwich, turkey reuben
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 890kcal
Author: NicholeL


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: 1 | Calories: 890kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 3727mg | Potassium: 541mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 2555IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 964mg | Iron: 4mg