Waffle Iron Turkey Melt

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Recipe: #37448

October 08, 2021

Categories: Waffles

"I have a waffle maker and a panini press. Trying to downsize a bit and found recipes that use the waffle maker as a panini press! Experiment with different kinds of cheese, deli meats and/or breads."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (201.9 g)
  • Calories 586.8
  • Total Fat - 35.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 13.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 85.8 mg
  • Sodium - 948.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 33.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5 g
  • Sugars - 7.4 g
  • Protein - 32.1 g
  • Calcium - 338.9 mg
  • Iron - 2.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat a waffle iron with 4 compartments to HIGH.

Step 2

Place a paper towel on a microwave-safe plate. Arrange bacon on paper towel; cover with an additional paper towel. Microwave bacon at HIGH for 4 minutes or until done.

Step 3

Combine mayonnaise and mustard in a small bowl. Spread about 1 1/4 teaspoons mayonnaise mixture over each bread slice.

Step 4

Divide bacon, turkey, apple slices, and cheese evenly among 4 bread slices; top with remaining bread slices, spread side down.

Step 5

Lightly coat both sides of sandwiches with cooking spray. Place 1 sandwich in each compartment of waffle iron; close waffle iron firmly on sandwiches.

Step 6

Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown and cheese melts.

Step 7

NOTE: If you're using larger bread, make two sandwiches at a time.


  • Waffle maker

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For best results, use a tart apple such as Granny Smith for the apple slices.
  • Use unsalted deli turkey, such as Boar's Head, for the cooked turkey meat.

  • Substitute the bacon with tempeh bacon for a vegan-friendly option. The benefit of this substitution is that it provides a plant-based source of protein that is still flavorful and crispy.
  • Substitute the mayonnaise and mustard with hummus for a healthier option. The benefit of this substitution is that it adds a creamy and savory flavor without adding additional calories or fat.

Vegetarian Option Replace the bacon and turkey with 8 ounces of sliced portobello mushrooms, 4 slices of vegan cheese, and 1/4 cup of diced red onion. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and cheese melts.

Creamy Potato Salad: Creamy potato salad is the perfect accompaniment to this waffle iron turkey melt. The creamy, tangy dressing adds a nice contrast to the savory sandwich, and the potatoes provide a heartier side dish. Plus, it's easy to make and can be served either hot or cold.

Grilled Vegetable Skewers: Grilled vegetable skewers are a great way to add some extra flavor to this waffle iron turkey melt. The vegetables are lightly charred and have a great smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with the savory sandwich. Plus, they're easy to make and can be served either hot or cold.


Q: How long should I cook the sandwich for?

A: Cook the sandwich for 3 to 4 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted.

Q: What kind of bread should I use?

A: Use your favorite type of bread, such as white, wheat, sourdough, or rye. You can also try a wrap or pita for a different flavor.

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: This recipe is similar to the classic Monte Cristo sandwich, which was created in the 1920s at the Monte Cristo Café in Los Angeles. The café was a popular spot for celebrities like Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, and Marilyn Monroe.

Fun Fact 2: The Monte Cristo sandwich is a variation of the French dish Croque-monsieur, which was created in the early 1900s. The Croque-monsieur is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, and the Monte Cristo is a variation with turkey, bacon, and apples.