Smoked BBQ Turkey Shepherd’s Pie recipe is the perfect combo of classic barbecue flavors and down-home comfort food for even the chilliest of nights!

Smoked BBQ Turkey Shepherds Pie

Looking for an easy Turkey Shepherd's Pie recipe? 

In just 30 minutes, whip up a mouthwatering leftover Turkey Shepherd's Pie – a fun twist on the classic that's a delicious way to make the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers. 

This recipe not only adds a flavorful spin to your classic shepherd's pie but also turns those post-Thanksgiving turkey remnants into a cozy, easy-to-make meal. We're talking creamy mashed potatoes, tender veggies, and the delicious flavors of Thanksgiving, all packed into one ultimate comfort food dish. It's the perfect way to use up that leftover turkey meat and whip up a hearty meal that'll have the entire family coming back for more. 

What Is Shepherd's Pie?

Hailing from the United Kingdom, Shepherd's Pie originated during the 18th and 19th centuries as a creative way to use leftovers.

Traditional shepherd's pie is typically made with ground beef or ground lamb, but this recipe uses leftover turkey meat from Thanksgiving festivities. It's a fun way to reuse Thanksgiving dinner without eating the same thing again. 

What you'll love about this recipe:

  • COMFORTING - The leftover turkey combined with the buttery, sautéed veggies, creamy mashed potatoes, and melty cheese is the perfect comfort food. 
  • EASY - You can use leftover smoked turkey, giving the meal a delicious twist without a lot of hassle. You're basically turning Thanksgiving leftovers into a whole new tasty meal. 

What You Need to Make a Turkey Shepherd's Pie

  • Butter – for sauteeing the veggies. 
  • Onion
  • Celery stalk 
  • Green pepper 
  • Leftover smoked turkey – shredded or chopped. 
  • Barbecue sauce – we used KC Masterpiece® Original Barbecue Sauce, but feel free to use your favorite bbq sauce. 
  • Leftover mashed potatoes – these are for spreading on top. 
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt, pepper, and minced parsley for garnish

How to Make Creamy Turkey Shepherd's Pie

  • First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet over medium heat, add butter and swirl it around to coat the pan. 
  • Next, toss in the diced onion, celery, and chopped green pepper into the melted butter, and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes until they become soft. Now, add the leftover smoked turkey to the pan and stir occasionally, toasting the turkey for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. 
  • Pour in the barbecue sauce and stir everything together. After that, spoon the leftover mashed potatoes evenly over the top of the turkey mixture and sprinkle the shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top of the potatoes. 
  • Pop it in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until everything is heated through and the potatoes start to get a golden touch. Once done, take it out, let it cool for 5 minutes, and then garnish with a pinch of salt, pepper, and some minced parsley before serving.
  • Alternatively, smoke this entire dish for 45 minutes with your electric smoker set to 350 to double down on the smoked flavor.

Expert Recipe Tips

  • Use an ovenproof skillet for baking the shepherd's pie. 
  • If you want a sweet twist, use sweet potatoes instead of regular mashed potatoes. 

How to Store Leftovers & Reheat

Store leftover shepherd's pie in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze it for up to 2 months. 

Before reheating, let your shepherd's pie come to room temperature. 

To reheat:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. 
  2. Wrap your shepherd's pie in aluminum foil. 
  3. Bake for 30 minutes. 

What to Serve With Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Throw some green beans on the plate for that fresh crunch – because why not? And don't skip the cranberry sauce; it's that sweet zing that plays perfectly with the savory goodness of the pie. Oh, and if you've got any leftover gravy, don't be shy – pour it on top of those creamy mashed potatoes.

Turkey Shepherd's Pie is hands down the best way to tackle those holiday leftovers, especially when you're navigating the post-Thanksgiving meal scene. If you try this recipe, please rate the recipe card and leave a comment down below to help out the next reader! 

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Smoked BBQ Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Smoked BBQ Turkey Shepherds Pie recipe is the perfect combo of classic barbecue flavors and down-home comfort food for even the chilliest of nights!
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Author: Kita Roberts
47 minutes
Serves: 1 casserole


  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • ½ onion - diced
  • 1 celery stalk - diced
  • ½ green pepper - seeded and chopped
  • 1 ½ lbs leftover smoked turkey - shredded or chopped
  • 1 cup KC Masterpiece® Original Barbecue Sauce
  • 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 2 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt - pepper, and minced parsley for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the butter and swirl to coat the pan.
  • Add the onion, celery, and pepper and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until soft.
  • Add the turkey to the pan and stir occasionally to toast the turkey, 5 to 7 minutes longer. Add the barbecue sauce and stir to combine.
  • Spoon the mashed potatoes over the top in an even layer.
  • Sprinkle the cheese over the potatoes.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until everything is heated through and the potatoes are just starting to get golden on top.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with salt, pepper, and minced parsley.


Alternatively, smoke this entire dish for 45 minutes with your electric smoker set to 350 to double down on the smoked flavor.


Serving: 1cup

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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Recipe FAQs

Absolutely! Whether it's roasted, smoked, or grilled, any leftover turkey works great in this recipe.

Of course! If you don't have leftovers on hand, you can roast or cook turkey specifically for this recipe. Just ensure it's fully cooked before incorporating it into the Shepherd's Pie.

While you can use instant mashed potatoes for convenience, the creamy texture of homemade mashed potatoes adds an extra layer of deliciousness. It's worth the effort!

Certainly! Feel free to customize the vegetable mix based on your preferences. Corn, peas, or carrots can be great additions.

Yes! You can assemble the Shepherd's Pie ahead of time, refrigerate, and bake when ready to serve.

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