Grilled Turkey Sandwich

About 20 years ago, we used to love going to a little sandwich shop called The Sawmill, which made the most amazing grilled turkey sandwich. Called “The Wild Turkey,” it was a hot turkey sandwich made with squaw bread (now sometimes called Indian bread or brown bread), sauteed Teriyaki mushrooms, melted Swiss cheese, sliced tomatoes, garlic mayonnaise and alfalfa sprouts.

The ingredients sound unusual, but trust me — it’s one of the most delicious grilled turkey sandwiches you’ll ever eat.

Although I never got their exact recipe, and the restaurant is now long shut down, my duplicate of the Sawmill’s grilled turkey sandwich is spot on. Hope you enjoy it!

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“Wild” Grilled Turkey Sandwich with Sauteed Mushrooms & Melted Swiss

Recipe by Jason Hill –
This hot grilled turkey sandwich is inspired by a local restaurant in the California mountains, made with squaw bread, sauteed teriyaki mushrooms, melted Swiss cheese, sliced tomatoes, garlic mayonnaise and alfalfa sprouts, making it a delicious alternative to the same old turkey sandwich recipes. Feel free to use sourdough bread if you prefer it, but the sweet brown bread offers a distinct flavor that really goes well with the mushrooms.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • 2 slices Squaw bread or Cheesecake Factory's Brown Bread
  • 2 slices turkey
  • 4 crimini or button mushrooms
  • 1 slices Swiss cheese
  • ½ ounce alfalfa sprouts
  • 3 slices tomato
  • 1 tablespoon garlic mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce for marinating


  • To make garlic mayonnaise, mix 3 cloves of roasted garlic into 1/4 cup mayonnaise.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium high heat. Add sliced mushrooms and cook down.
  • Next, add 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce. Cook down and reduce, then set aside.
  • Butter the outside of each piece of bread and spread a little garlic mayo on inside.
  • In a hot pan, saute two slices of turkey with a piece of Swiss cheese in the middle. Turn after about 1 minute, until the cheese melts.
  • Top bread with the turkey, followed by the sauteed mushrooms, alfalfa sprouts and sliced tomatoes. Place the other slice on top and grill sandwich on both sides until brown. Remove from pan and open. Cut and serve.
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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