Thanksgiving Leftovers Gravy Balls

Ballz. Today I’m talking Thanksgiving leftovers gravy balls.

Thanksgiving leftovers gravy balls on a tray

How to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers

Yeah, so this is a bit ridiculous.  And a bit nutty.  And every little bit fantastic.  I’m not even going to spend time with small talk today, because it’s 2 days until Thanksgiving and we all need to make a serious plan for leftovers.  We are all ready for the actual day of Thanksgiving {we are ready, right?} – most of us don’t veer much year to year, we have our favorites – but it’s always a crap shoot for leftovers.  And I am not saying it’s off limits to just warm up a plate of leftovers.  But what I am saying is that you can do sooo much better than that.

And, friends.  I have every little bit of fantastic right here for you – wrapped up in a crunchy little ball of Thanksgiving goodness.  That’s right.  Thanksgiving Leftovers Gravy Balls are in the housssse and they are everything you could ever want rolled up in a neat little package {nevermind the bow}.

Thanksgiving leftovers in bowls
Thanksgiving leftovers gravy balls on tray

What are Thanksgiving leftovers gravy balls?

Turkey + Stuffing + Mashed Potatoes

Rolled into… ballz… dipped in egg wash and rolled in panko breadcrumbs then baked to a crisp.   And I bet you can guess what’s next.  Yep, gravy.  Or cranberry sauce.  Whatever floats your boat {no pun intended, I promise}.  To me, the thought of having all of my favorite flavors in one morsel is super enticing.

Thanksgiving leftovers gravy balls on a rack
Thanksgiving leftovers gravy balls on a tray

You’re going to want to dip these leftovers balls in all the gravy

So let me just give you a little more detail here.

When you go to take a bite, you taste a little bit of the turkey, a little bit of the stuffing and a little bit of the mashed potatoes.  With all of the classic Thanksgiving-like flavors in each bite.  You know, sage, thyme… butter.  With a super crunchy coating.  Dripping in gravy n’ cranberries.  SERIOUSLY.  This isn’t a joke.

So you know what I’m sayin’, folks.  IT’S THANKSGIVING IN A BALL and it’s going to make you more excited for leftovers than the actual meal.

Thanksgiving leftovers balls on tray

And ohmygosh, I do realize I’ve spent 15 minutes repeating myself over and over and over again about how amazing these ballz are, so I hope you’re not sick of me or sick of talking about this.  I just hope you’re hungry and excited and hungry, like I am.


Thanksgiving Leftovers Gravy Balls

Turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes wrapped together in a ball with gravy for dipping.

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 10-15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20-25 mins
  • Total Time: 30-40 mins
  • Yield: Makes 16 balls 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 cups cooked turkey, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ½ cups leftover stuffing
  • 1 ½ cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup leftover gravy and/or cranberry sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Fit baking sheet with a wire rack and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Mix together chopped turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes in a bowl until thoroughly combined, like meatloaf. Using your hands, roll mixture into about 16 medium-sized balls.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and milk. Place breadcrumbs in a medium-sized bowl. Coat each ball with egg wash, then breadcrumbs and place on the wire rack. Coat balls with cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes, until outside is crispy. Turn oven to a low broil and toast balls for about 4 minutes, turning occasionally so all sides are evenly browned.
  5. Serve with reheated gravy or cranberry sauce.


Storage Tip: Balls can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.


  • Serving Size: 4 balls
  • Calories: 286
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 649mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Cholesterol: 57mg

Keywords: Thanksgiving leftover ideas, healthy, turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, seasonal, holiday

And for more Thanksgiving leftover inspiration, visit last year’s Thanksgiving blog for Holiday Leftovers Whole Grain Pizza.  More yum!

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