Wild Turkey Pesto Melts

Wild Turkey Pesto Melts

These wild turkey pesto melts are the perfect thing to serve at a party or to those who may be dubious about eating wild game!

  • Prep Time45 min
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time1 hr
  • Yield4 big sandwiches


  • 1 wild (or store bought) boneless, skinless turkey breast
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons (90ml) mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) basil pesto
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 12oz (350g) mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ciabatta buns



Preheat the grill to 400°F.

Preheat oven to 350°F. 

Cut the turkey breast into 4 equal portions. 

Drape a piece of plastic wrap over one portion and use a meat mallet, rolling pin, or even a wine bottle to pound it flat. You’re not looking for super thin here, but about a 1/2 inch or 1 cm. This will tenderize the meat as well as make each piece an even thickness for cooking. 

Repeat with the remaining pieces, then season generously with salt and pepper. You could also use your favourite spice or herb blend here to great effect. 


Lightly drizzle the turkey cutlets with the olive oil, then transfer to the grill. 

Cook for 5 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (resting will bring the temperature up to 165°F). 

Set aside the cutlets to rest and you can use the residual heat of the grill to lightly toast the buns.  


In a small bowl, add the mayo and pesto and loosely mix together. 

Slice the cheese thinly, then divide evenly onto the bottom of each bun. 

Spread the mayo/pesto mix on the top of each bun. 

Lay a piece of turkey over the cheese and top with a couple tomato slices. 

Close the sandwiches with the top buns, then place them onto a sheetpan and into the oven. 


Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until you see the cheese melting nicely. 

Cut the sandwiches in half and serve. Enjoy!

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