Thick slices of turkey, creamy smoked gouda, sliced avocado, and crispy bacon get warm and melty in between two pieces of toasty bread. This melty, toasty sandwich comes together in 5 short minutes, and the magic happens in a waffle iron.

Waffle Iron Turkey & Smoked Gouda Panini

I found a new obsession, you guys… Waffle iron sandwiches! If you want to get technical, it’s a panini, only it’s pressed and toasted in a waffle iron instead of a panini press. Genius, right?

I thought so.

The thing is, there is not a stitch of space left in my kitchen for one more electronic gadget–not a single, solitary space. No vacancy, if you will.

Not only that, but I’d rather not spend a mini fortune on a panini press. What works just like a panini press that you most likely all ready have handy and costs about $24? A waffle iron! I love waffles, but don’t use it nearly enough as I should. Well, that problem is solved. After discovering that I can make a hot, gooey, toasted sandwich melts using my waffle iron, it hasn’t left the counter. I’ve been making this Waffle Iron Turkey & Smoked Gouda Panini on the daily.

Waffle Iron Turkey & Smoked Gouda Panini

It’s pretty epic, if I do say so myself.

I’ve been super busy lately, so quick meals that come together quickly and easily are a must these days. This panini is perfect for busy weeknights, and it makes for a delicious and easy weekend lunch. Add a side of chips or crispy french fries, and you’re good to go.

You can use any combination of meat, cheese, and toppings, but I happen to love this sweet and smoky combination. I topped it with my new favorite Sweet Golden Mustard Barbecue Sauce by Sweet Baby Ray’s.

Sweet Baby Ray’s has always been my go-to barbecue sauce. I ALWAYS have several bottles stocked in my pantry, but their Sweet Golden Mustard is my current obsession. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and smoky, which is precisely why I chose it for this recipe.

Waffle Iron Turkey & Smoked Gouda Panini

You can use your favorite bread. I had a loaf of potato bread handy, so I went with that. The key to a crispy waffle iron panini is greasing the waffle iron, and the easiest way to that is to spray the iron with canola oil. Load up the bread with your toppings and drizzle on the sauce. Place the sandwich in the pre-heated waffle press and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasty. I like to gently press down on the waffle iron while the sandwich toasts.

That’s it! A few short minutes, and you’re ready to eat.

Waffle Iron Turkey & Smoked Gouda Panini


  • 2 slices bread (your favorite)
  • 4 slices smoked turkey breast
  • 2 slices crispy bacon
  • 2 slices smoked Gouda
  • 4 slices avocado
  • 1/4 cup spring mix
  • 2 tablespoons Sweet Golden Mustard Barbecue Sauce
  • nonstick cooking spray



  1. Preheat a waffle iron set to high. 
  2. Assemble the sandwich by layering the turkey, smoked Gouda, bacon, avocado, and spring mix on one slice of bread. Spread the mustard on the other slice of bread and place it spread side down on the sandwich.
  3. Spray the pre-heated waffle iron with cooking spray. Place the sandwich on the waffle iron and close the iron. Press down firmly on the waffle iron to help flatten the sandwich. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the sandwich is golden brown. 
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