Thanksgiving Turkey Biscuits and Gravy

This post is sponsored by Jennie-O. As always, all opinions and recipe are my own.

Wow guests by taking traditional Thanksgiving offerings and making them unique during Thanksgiving Brunch. These Thanksgiving Turkey Biscuits and Gravy make the perfect centerpiece. You start with fluffy, buttery biscuits, speckled with Jennie-O Oven Ready Boneless Turkey Breast. Cut them in half and add a slice of turkey with homemade vanilla cranberry sauce before covering and drizzling on the gravy. The perfect entree for any festive brunch! 

Be sure to scroll all the way down to watch a VIDEO showing how to make this recipe.

turkey biscuits and gravy on a white plate with a fork taking a bite

It’s November 1, and y’all know what that means: THANKSGIVING FOOD TIME!


And this year, we’re doing something a little bit different at The Speckled Palate. Instead of a regular Thanksgiving feast, we’re serving up several Thanksgiving BRUNCH recipes.

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    thanksgiving turkey biscuits on a platter with gravy

    When Winston and I were in Lake Tahoe, we spent one morning by the pool. We enjoyed the cool(ish) weather and hid beneath tents reading our books, sipping on water and relaxing.

    Before long, we hopped into the water and began discussing recipes—as we do from time to time.

    It was Winston who made the marvelous suggestion of biscuits and gravy for Thanksgiving brunch.

    And that started the whole thing.

    close up of thanksgiving biscuits

    As y’all should know by now, I’m a Southern girl. While it’s debatable whether or not I sound it, I’m one to the core, and I love, love, LOVE biscuits. And if you give ‘em to me with gravy, I’m happy as a clam.

    So when I discovered that this month’s Jennie-O featured product was their Oven Ready Boneless Turkey Breast, I knew exactly how to utilize the product into a Thanksgiving brunch centerpiece.

    (Hint: These delightful Chili Cheese Biscuits served as inspiration for my Thanksgiving Turkey Biscuits and Gravy.)

    hand grabbing a turkey biscuit from a white plate

    The beautiful thing about the Jennie-O Oven Ready Boneless Turkey Breast is it requires no thawing. It goes into the oven frozen and comes out an hour and 40 minutes later (give or take a few minutes) fully cooked and perfect for any Thanksgiving meal. (It also makes a fabulous weeknight meal, too.)

    The turkey flavor is absolutely delicious, and your guests will never know you didn’t spend the entire day fretting over this piece of poultry as it roasted. (Seriously. Best thing ever, right?)

    And it is the rightful centerpiece of this biscuits and gravy dish because what’s Thanksgiving without some turkey?

    hands holding turkey over a plate

    In addition to the turkey—featured diced inside the biscuits, as well as sliced on top of the biscuits—I made some Vanilla Cranberry Sauce to pair with them. Because cranberries plus turkey is one of my favorite combinations, and I could not in good conscience serve y’all a Thanksgiving brunch without some sort of cranberry dish.

    The sweet-savory combination is simply fabulous.

    The only downside is these Thanksgiving Turkey Biscuits and Gravy require a bit of time and planning.

    That said, it’s doable, and several elements of the dish can be made a day or two in advance. (More on this in the recipe notes below.)

    pouring gravy on biscuits

    When all is said and done, the biscuits are fluffy, buttery and wonderfully light. (They’re especially delightful straight out of the oven, so plan your meal around serving ‘em warm.)

    And when paired with the tart vanilla cranberry sauce, additional turkey and turkey gravy?

    Out of this world, y’all.

    Scroll on down to learn how to make ‘em yourself. And watch the video below to see how I made them!


    Silver Fork in Thanksgiving Biscuit with Gravy on white plate
    hand grabbing a turkey biscuit from a white plate

    Thanksgiving Turkey Biscuits and Gravy

    Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
    Wow guests by taking traditional Thanksgiving offerings and making them unique during Thanksgiving Brunch. These Thanksgiving Turkey Biscuits and Gravy make the perfect centerpiece. You start with fluffy, buttery biscuits, speckled with leftover turkey breast. Cut them in half and add a slice of turkey with homemade vanilla cranberry sauce before covering and drizzling on the gravy. The perfect entree for any festive brunch! 
    5 from 2 votes
    Servings 12 biscuits
    Calories 284 kcal
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 2 hours
    Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


    Vanilla Cranberry Sauce

    • 12 oz. fresh cranberries
    • 1 cup apple cider
    • ¾ cup maple syrup
    • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
    • 2 vanilla bean split
    • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
    • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

    Turkey Biscuits

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour 240g
    • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter frozen
    • 1 cup turkey breast diced
    • ¾ cup milk whole, 2% and nonfat are all OK
    • ¼ cup leftover turkey juices from the cooking process, reserved

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    • If using leftover turkey, chop that up.
      If baking a turkey breast fresh, follow the packaging instructions before making the cranberry sauce or the biscuits.

    Make the Vanilla Cranberry Sauce

    • In a large saute pan over high heat, pour in the apple cider, maple syrup and apple cider vinegar.
    • Add the vanilla beans, ground cinnamon, ground allspice and ground ginger. Stir with a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula.
    • Pour in the cranberries.
    • Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. The cranberries will burst and the sauce will thicken as it cooks. (This should take 10-20 minutes, depending on how powerful your stovetop is.)
    • Once the mixture is correct consistency (no longer watery, but the cranberries still have their form), remove from the heat.
    • Transfer to a serving dish, and bring to room temperature. (Or refrigerate until time to serve.)

    Make the Biscuits

    • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking sheet, and set aside.
    • Grate the 6 tablespoons of FROZEN butter using a cheese grater, and transfer back to the freezer until it’s time to use.
    • In a chilled bowl, combine the dry ingredients — the flour, sugar and baking powder. Whisk or stir until combined.
    • Add the chilled butter and diced turkey. Using a rubber spatula, stir the ingredients until combined.
    • Pour in the turkey cooking liquid and milk. Stir using the spatula.
    • Turn the biscuit batter out onto a floured surface, and knead until just combined. Unlike bread, you don’t want to knead this for a long time. Simply press the dough together until no scraps remain, moving quickly so the ingredients don’t get warm, and shape into a 1” tall rectangle.
    • Using a biscuit cutter, cut the biscuits.
    • Place the biscuits onto the prepared baking sheet. When the rectangle is just scraps, reshape the dough into another rectangle and cut more. Repeat until all the dough has been cut and placed on the baking sheet.
    • Brush the tops of the biscuits with butter.
    • Transfer the pan to the oven and bake 10-12 minutes, or until the biscuits have risen and are golden brown.
    • Let the biscuits cool before preparing them for the brunch table!

    Prepare the Biscuit Sandwiches

    • Cut the biscuits in half.
    • Add a good dollop of the Vanilla Cranberry Sauce.
    • Add a slice of leftover turkey.
    • Close the biscuit, and place on a plate.
    • Pour gravy on top of the biscuit.
    • Enjoy immediately!



    Recipe adapted from my Chili Cheese Biscuits.
    Please note that the turkey cooks for 1 hour and 40 minutes, while the biscuits only cook for 10-12 minutes
    Easy Entertaining Suggestions
    • Use leftover turkey from your holiday feast. 🙂
    • If baking a turkey breast for this recipe, bake it the day before, let it cool, and chop it up accordingly before storing in the fridge overnight so it is COLD. 
    • Make the Vanilla Cranberry Sauce up to three days in advance. Store in the refrigerator.


    Serving: 1biscuitCalories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 12gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 262mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19g
    Keyword biscuit recipe, Biscuits, easy biscuit, Southern Biscuits and Gravy, Thanksgiving leftovers, Thanksgiving recipe, turkey, turkey entree, turkey recipe
    Course Breakfast & Brunch
    Cuisine American
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    How do you feel about Thanksgiving brunch?

    Would you like to try these unique biscuits and gravy for your holiday feast?

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    About the Author:

    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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    1. Oooh gosh the hubs looooves biscuits and gravy! I should give this a try for him 🙂 Never made biscuits before!

    2. You’ve done it again, my friend. This combination looks to die for. I may be drooling over here. I loooove biscuits and gravy and thing this turkey version needs to happen ASAP.

    3. Biscuits are my JAM! No pun intended… I am just loving all these Thanksgiving flavors together. A brunch for Thanksgiving just sounds perfect to me. What a fun twist!

    4. My family would flip out — in the best way possible — if I turned our Thanksgiving day fixings into this breakfast. YUM!

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