Although everyone looks forward to feasting endlessly on Thanksgiving Day, it’s far from a walk in the park if you are the host. I think we can all agree that hosting is a huge responsibility, from providing all the tasty Thanksgiving side dishes to pumpkin pie and more, there is hardly any down time! And let’s not forget creating the ultimate game plan when it comes to coordinating all the food to come out hot and ready for the table. Even though this can be a fun challenge for some home cooks if you want to flex your culinary skills, often times, this just isn’t the case. Unless you are doing a potluck-style dinner, this is when fully cooked Thanksgiving dinners you can buy come to the rescue!
So if you want to forgo the cooking this year, these grocery stores, restaurants and food delivery services are where you can buy a Thanksgiving dinner to-go, which will make your hosting job so much easier. Meaning less cleanup and more time to spend with family and friends as you play Thanksgiving games and watch movies when you are too stuffed to move.
Browse through our list of places where you can buy your ready-made Thanksgiving dinners. From grocery stores like Costco and Whole Foods to well-known restaurants like Maggiano’s and Denny’s. Whether you decide to make a home-cooked feast or go for the prepared Thanksgiving dinner, spend your time with lots of laughs and in great company this holiday season!
FYI – If you are going the home-cooked route, make sure to buy your turkey well in advance since there is a predicted turkey shortage for 2021.
1.Harry & David
The company known for their wine and cheese baskets will also express ship a whole or sliced turkey (fully cooked!) right to your doorstep, plus plenty of sides like Gruyère and Garlic Red Mashed Potatoes and Sun-Dried Tomato Truffle Mac and Cheese.
2. Omaha Steaks
That’s right — this iconic mail-order steak company sends far for than just steak. They run a special promotion every year where they’ll mail a juicy whole basted turkey to you for the big day.
If you love a nice, smoky turkey, this store specializes in smoked meats. They’ll send you some mouthwatering Honey Glazed Turkey Breast or Applewood Smoked Boneless Turkey Breast starting at 39.99.
4. Bob Evans
Each holiday, Bob Evans offers different to-go meal options for you to choose from, which can include turkey, ham, sides and even dessert. Meals start at $54.99 and can serve up to eight guests.
5. Boston Market
The restaurant is always open on Thanksgiving, and you can order their Individual Thanksgiving Meal to bring home. It includes the choice of Boneless Roasted Turkey Breast or a Half Rotisserie Chicken with two regular sides, a dinner roll, and a slice of Apple or Pumpkin Pie.
6. Cracker Barrel
If you’re craving some classic American comfort food, Cracker Barrel offers Heat N’ Serve family meals to-go that can serve up to 10 people. The meal kit includes two oven-roasted turkey breasts, turkey gravy, cranberry relish, three country sides and pie for dessert. And the best part? It comes to you chilled and ready to heat.
The diner prides itself in being open 24/7, all year round, so it works out if you want to dine in too! Select regions offer online ordering and delivery on Thanksgiving, just check with your local Denny’s to make sure they’re participating.
8. Fresh Direct
Customers can enjoy a full Thanksgiving dinner at just $8.99 a plate. Dinner includes turkey breast with cornbread stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy. And, meals are guaranteed fresh.
Every year, the Italian-American restaurant lets customers enjoy a four-course family style meal right at their own homes. Pricing may vary by location.
10. Marie Callender’s
In past years, select locations allowed customers to pre-order their holiday meal. Just make sure to allow three hours for reheating.
Sure they might be famous for their fried chicken (which you can still order Thanksgiving Day), but on Thanksgiving you can pick up one of their Cajun Style Turkeys, available October 18, 2021 at participating locations. It’s pre-cooked and rubbed with all the right seasonings so you can enjoy your dinner quicker. You can also pick up some sides while you are at it — mashed potatoes, biscuits, and mac and cheese!
You can order a complete Thanksgiving Dinner from ShopRite — all you have to do is heat and eat! The meal comes with a fully-cooked Butterball turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, holiday stuffing, green bean casserole and turkey gravy. Make sure to give your local store a heads up at least three days in advance.
13. Williams Sonoma
That’s right: the home decor store sells complete dinners, with turkey and all the fixings online. If you already have the sides and just want the turkey, you can pick from various wild birds or even choose from an assortment of desserts.
You can expect Costco, the wholesale supermarket, to bring back some version of their prepared Thanksgiving meals this year. Last year, loyal customers were delighted to see mini turkey dinners as Costco due the pandemic, which included turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy and cranberry sauce. And of course, you can always rely on Costco for all your pie and dinner roll needs!
15. Whole Foods
While Whole Foods’ Thanksgiving menu isn’t ready yet, they will most likely be having an option for pickup in store if you reserve your dinner online. Last year, you could order a Turkey dinner for up to eight people or for a small group of four. They also have vegan and vegetarian options available!
16. Buca di Beppo
This family-style restaurant is planning to serve up Thanksgiving dinner once again! In the previous year, Buca di Beppo had a selection of Thanksgiving classics, including sliced turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and more!
Ciabatta stuffing, jazz apple ginger crisp, and peppercorn-crusted beef tenderloin – leave it to HelloFresh to deliver and amazing Thanksgiving meal! Just make sure to order with plenty of time in advance before they sell out.
18. Trader Joe’s
Although Trader Joe’s doesn’t have a fully prepared Thanksgiving meal, they do a pretty good job with their 40-ounce Turkey and Stuffing en Croute. Meaning, it’s turkey tenderloin and cornbread stuffing wrapped in puff pastry dough – yum! It also comes with gravy and cranberry sauce, so you end up getting a pretty good deal for $13.
Wherever you are located, you can have your Thanksgiving dinner shipped to you from Goldbelly. Select your region and get a wide selection of Thanksgiving mains and side dishes. From classics like pumpkin pie to modern desserts like a pumpkin caramel layer cake — there is plenty to choose from.
While Albertsons has not yet released their 2021 Thanksgiving dinner menu, we can expect something similar to last year that can be picked up in-store. Last year, their menu had a variety of turkey options, from smoked to baked and more! And of course, they have all the classic sides dishes to complete your meal.