Turkey Bacon Bravo Sandwich - Panera Copycat Recipe (2024)

This Panera Copycat recipe: Turkey Bacon Bravo is truly satisfying! Thinly sliced turkey, smoked gouda, bacon, and “special sauce” are all piled onto freshly made parmesan herbed focaccia!

Don’t ask me why, but since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, turkey has been on my mind. 😉

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Turkey and sandwiches (pronounced sam-wiches…just me?). Every once in awhile I get a really strong craving for sandwiches. Like, I need one NOW, kinda craving. Unfortunately, I never keep bread in the house. Why? Heyyyyy carboholic over here! That loaf would be gone in 2 sittings, max!

Well…remember that amazing focacciabread from yesterday’s post? Yea. I made that into a copy cat recipe: Panera’s Turkey Bacon Bravo Sandwich.

Carboholics… WE. ARE. IN. TROUBLE.

Turkey Bacon Bravo Sandwich - Panera Copycat Recipe (2)Like I said, every once in awhile I get a strong urge to make a sandwich. My go-to sandwiches are grilled cheese (and tomato soup, of course), a breakfast sandwich made of half anenglish muffin topped with turkey and a fried egg, or a turkey, cheese, and apple panini. For the longest time, all I wanted wasturkey, apple, and cheese sandwiches!

Not anymore! Apple step aside and make way forthe turkey bacon bravo!

Have you guys ever had this sandwich from Panera, because if you haven’t, you’re seriously missing out! I used to eat at Panera all the time and I’d order this sandwich, but instead of the tomato basil bread they traditionally serve it on (too sour for me), I opted for an asiago focaccia. Now that I live in downtown Seattle, I have no idea where the nearest Panera is. I was saddened by the thought that I may never have this sandwich again but then, BAM! It hit me! Why don’t I just make this at home? Duhhh. Food blogger, remember?!

I started by making my parmesan herbed focaccia. It’s soo good!

Then you have to make the Panera special sauce. It’s just a combination of mayo, ketchup, lemon juice, dried mustard, and hot sauce. Whisk together and let set in the fridge. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am!

Turkey Bacon Bravo Sandwich - Panera Copycat Recipe (3)Now,cut your freshly baked focaccia (or the bread of your choosing) and smother each side in the special sauce.

Top with crisp romaine, thinly sliced turkey, sliced tomatoes, smoked gouda,and another piece of bread. Oh yea. And bacon. We all know how much I love bacon, I made that very clear in my blog post about a warm bacon spinach salad.Although, I love bacon, the real star in this dish is the combination of the fresh bread and that smoked gouda, both add so much flavor to the sandwich that really makesit over the top!

Turkey Bacon Bravo Sandwich - Panera Copycat Recipe (4)You want to know something funny? The gouda is my favorite part and yet, I forgot to put it on the sandwich while I was photographing it! Probably because it was all in my mouth. So ignore what the pictures may tell you and DON’T forget the cheese, please!

This sandwich is just a little bit chewy from the focaccia, juicy from the tomatoes, fresh from the lettuce, crisp from the bacon, and smoky from the turkey and gouda. And the special sauce? Well, that adds just a little acidity and a spicy kick to round out the whole thing! I just had the turkey bacon bravo sandwich for lunch, like 30 minutes ago, but I may need to make just one more now…no seriously. I’m really going to.

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Turkey Bacon Bravo: Panera Copycat Recipe

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This Panera Copycat recipe: Turkey Bacon Bravo is truly satisfying! Thinly sliced turkey, smoked gouda, bacon, and "special sauce" are all piled onto freshly made parmesan herbed focaccia!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Yield: 6 sandwiches

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Special Sauce

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • hot sauce to taste

Sandwich Fixings

  • 1 loaf herbed parmesan focaccia
  • 6 slices tomato
  • 6 slices romaine lettuce
  • 12 slices bacon cooked
  • 6 slices smoked gouda
  • thinly sliced turkey



  • Take two pieces of focaccia and spread on the special sauce.

  • On top of one piece of bread layer lettuce, turkey, bacon, tomato and cheese!

  • Top with the other slice of bread!

Special Sauce

  • Whisk together all ingredients.

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The recipe is made for 6 servings, but can be easily scaled down to just one or a couple sandwiches!

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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Turkey Bacon Bravo: Panera Copycat Recipe

Amount Per Serving (1 large sandwich)

Calories 677 Calories from Fat 342

% Daily Value*

Fat 38g58%

Saturated Fat 13g81%

Cholesterol 106mg35%

Sodium 2715mg118%

Potassium 502mg14%

Carbohydrates 48g16%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 10g11%

Protein 36g72%

Vitamin A 626IU13%

Vitamin C 6mg7%

Calcium 233mg23%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.

Keywords: focaccia bread, special sauce, turkey

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Course: Lunch - Sandwiches

Cuisine: American

Author: Jennifer Debth

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