8 Dishes To Make When You Have a Fridge Full of Leftover Brisket

Sliced slowly cooked brisket


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Sliced slowly cooked brisket

Brisket Remix

Maybe you just got back from your grandma’s house with a bag full of leftovers. Maybe you ordered way too much food at a BBQ restaurant. Maybe you threw a dinner party but nobody came. That last one is a bummer, and I’m sorry to hear it, but there’s good news: There are a ton of things you can do with leftover brisket.

When Reddit user u/Rumpel00 asked the internet what to do with theirs, the responses were swift. If you’re in the same boat, take a look at these eight leftover brisket recipes.

Homemade Bean and Cheese Burrito

Brisket Burritos

Cheesy bean and rice burritos are a top-shelf cheap lunch, but the addition of leftover brisket is a gold mine. Throw some fresh seasoning on that brisket, heat it up, and stick it in the burrito. Feeding the whole family? Check out this recipe for enchilada-style burritos.

Recipe: Derrick Riches

Shepherd's Pie or Cottage Pie. Casserole in baking dish

Cottage Pie

If you want to get technical, you can’t make shepherd’s pie with brisket. A true shepherd’s pie has ground lamb, but if you’re calling this "cottage" pie, stick all the brisket you want inside without fear of the pie police knocking on your door. “Mince it up with some gravy, add finely minced carrot and peas,” one user explains, “and top with mashed potato, then heat in the oven until piping hot all the way through.”

Recipe: Home & Plate

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Homemade Hearty Beef Stroganoff

Beef Brisket Stroganoff

This is a hassle-free, cheap winner that can easily feed a family. The more you chop that brisket and add mushrooms, the further a small quantity will go. In order to avoid dryness, one user says to add the leftovers towards the end, “just long enough to heat it up and combine with the other ingredients.”

Recipe: The Spruce Eats

Cheesy nachos
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Smoked Barbecue Brisket Sandwich with Coleslaw
Homemade Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

Brisket Cheesesteak

Sure, maybe a cheesesteak is best with thinly-sliced ribeye. But it’s a big world out there, and this recipe from The Meatwave, which features green chili queso, looks outstanding.

Recipe: The Meatwave

Fried Rice with Fried Spiced Ham

Brisket Fried Rice

You won’t find anything much easier than this, and you can probably make the entire dish out of leftovers if you’ve got the goods. Throw some leftover rice and any veggies on hand into a pan, add your brisket, and you’re in business.

Recipe: With the Woodruffs