10 Places You Can Buy Thanksgiving Dinner if You Don't Have Time to Cook

10 Places You Can Buy Thanksgiving Dinner if You Don't Have Time to Cook

Don’t feel like cooking this Thanksgiving? We get it. Maybe you’re planning a scaled-down Thanksgiving celebration and you don’t want to turn your whole kitchen upside down for just a few guests.

Or maybe, after months of doing everything virtually, you’d rather spend some actual face-to-face time with your family instead of standing over the stove.

Luckily, you have plenty of options for ready-made Thanksgiving food that tastes homemade but is totally hassle-free. Here’s where to buy Thanksgiving dinner so you can take a load off and enjoy the holiday.

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1. Costco

Schwan’s Thanksgiving Meal from Costco serves eight and includes five pounds of turkey breast along with potatoes, gravy, biscuits, veggies, and desserts. Everything is pre-chopped, and you can cook the meal from frozen — no thawing necessary.

To keep it healthy, load up on turkey and healthy sides like corn, green beans, mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes, and go easy on the biscuits, gravy, and desserts. For extra veggie side dish options, you can always buy additional pre-cut veggies or a salad kit.

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2. Boston Market

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If variety is what you’re after, go for Boston Market’s Complete Turkey Meal for 12. The hearty meal comes with a whole roasted turkey, spinach artichoke dip, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, dinner rolls, cranberry walnut relish, apple pie, and pumpkin pie.

Smaller holiday meals are also available, and you can always order Thanksgiving-friendly foods from the a la carte menu too. Consider ordering a side of fresh steamed veggies to help fill you up so you don’t overdo it on the heavier items like dinner rolls and gravy.

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3. Whole Foods

Whole Foods offers a variety of creative Thanksgiving dinner options, including a vegan menu with yummy plant-based dishes like lentil loaf, vegan pumpkin pecan pie, and a butternut squash and macaroni casserole.

They also offer a classic menu with turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cornbread, sausage stuffing, butternut squash soup, orange cranberry sauce, and desserts.

Or, since this is already an out-of-the-ordinary Thanksgiving, try their “Unexpected Thanksgiving Menu” which includes spicy Cornish hens, sweet potato salad, and braised pineapple. You can easily pre-order and pick up in store, and all you have to do is reheat it and enjoy.

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4. Buca Di Beppo

This popular Italian chain restaurant offers Thanksgiving catering to make your holiday stress-free and delizioso! Whether you’re serving three guests or 20, their Thanksgiving Feast includes sliced white meat turkey, gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

If you’re trying to stick to your healthy eating plan on Thanksgiving, enjoy the turkey and green beans and take lighter portions of the stuffing and desserts.

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5. Veggie Grill

If you have this vegan chain in your area, it’s a great option for where to buy Thanksgiving dinner. Their Thanksgiving Holiday Feast includes plant-based pot pies, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, salad, and mini pumpkin pies. Depending on the size of your crowd, you can add on extras of any menu item.

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6. Trader Joe’s

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Trader Joe’s doesn’t offer a catered Thanksgiving dinner, but if you’re in a pinch, it’s the perfect place to stock up on everything you’ll need to throw together a DIY feast.

Pick up a Brined Bone-In Half Turkey Breast, along with tasty premade sides like apple cranberry tarts and holiday vegetable hash. Stroll the aisles and you’ll find plenty of additional options for cobbling together a last-minute dinner.

 

7. Bob Evans

The Premium Farmhouse Feast from Bob Evans is a complete, ready-to-heat Thanksgiving meal for 8 to 10 guests. It includes all the holiday staples: slow-roasted turkey, hickory-smoked ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, buttered corn, cranberry relish, freshly baked rolls, pumpkin bread, pies, and more.

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8. Chart House

Planning a cozy dinner? This nationwide seafood restaurant offers a Thanksgiving To-Go menu that serves 3 to 4 family members. Choose from prime rib with a side of creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, and pecan or pumpkin pie; or turkey dinner with gravy, stuffing, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, cranberry dressing, and pecan or pumpkin pie. (Don’t miss the pre-order deadline of November 20th!)

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9. Maggiano’s Little Italy

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This Italian chain offers catering and carry-out options for an Italian-inspired Thanksgiving dinner. Their carry-out package — which serves 4 to 5 people — includes roasted turkey, giblet gravy, focaccia sausage stuffing, country-style smoked ham, whipped sweet potatoes, spaghetti & meatballs, four-cheese ravioli, Caesar salad, garlic mashed potatoes, bread, cranberry relish, and pumpkin praline cheesecake. You can also tack on sides like creamed corn or creamed spinach.

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10. Your Local Supermarket

Many grocery stores offer Thanksgiving catering. A few standouts:

  • In Southern California, Gelson’s offers a variety of ready-to-heat options, ranging from a traditional turkey dinner to a plant-based hazelnut cranberry roast.
  • In the southeastern U.S., Publix offers a fully-cooked turkey dinner that serves up to 10 guests and includes staples like turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and more.
  • Sprouts offers several fully-prepared holiday meals including boneless turkey, spiral-sliced ham, or a vegan holiday roast — along with all the fixings.

So before you start stocking up on ingredients, ask your local grocer what they have available!

Chelsea Frank

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Chelsea Frank was born and bullied in Los Angeles, CA. When she's not performing stand up comedy or crying while doing squats, Chelsea writes about all things health, beauty, and travel. Her work has been featured in Shape, Uproxx, TripSavvy, The Daily Beast, Thrillist, and Reductress, among others. Fun fact: she's traveled to over 50 countries and has gotten sick in pretty much all of them! Follow her on Twitter.