Where to Order Your Thanksgiving Dinner for a Stress-Free Holiday

Christine Byrne
·6 min read

Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays of the year (especially if you’re a food person), but can also be one of the most stressful. Travel is expensive, families can be hard to deal with, and cramming a dozen people into a table that only seats half as many is a real challenge. Not to mention, cooking so many dishes, for so many people, sometimes seems like an impossible feat. This year, things are bound to be even weirder, thanks to the pandemic and the challenges it presents when it comes to shopping and gathering.

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The good news is, several companies make Thanksgiving a whole lot less stressful by offering fully or partially cooked meals for delivery and/or pickup. The options below range from budget-friendly to very high-end, and there are options for traditionalists (that is, turkey eaters) and people who would rather eat ham than poultry. Scroll through and see if anything strikes your fancy, then place an order immediately. This way, you won’t have to worry about Thanksgiving dinner until it’s time to actually set the table and heat things up.

Fresh Direct

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Where: Ships to certain counties in NY, NJ, CT, and PA, plus Washington DC.

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What you’ll get: Fresh Direct, a grocery delivery service, offers a variety of options for Thanksgiving dinner. As well as offering uncooked fresh and frozen turkeys for delivery, they’ll an already cooked feast right to your door. Choose between a small meal that serves 2-4 people, a medium meal that serves 6-10, or a large meal that serves 12-14. Each one comes with an appropriately sized turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, and a choice of vegetables and side dishes.

Price: $99 to $229

Williams Sonoma

 

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Where: Ships nationwide.

What you’ll get: The most basic dinner available is the Complete Thanksgiving Stuffed Turkey Breast Dinner for four, which includes a fully cooked sausage-stuffed turkey breast roulade, green bean casserole, butter chive mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. The most elaborate option, the Ultimate Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner, serves 12, and includes a 16-18 pound Willie Bird Free Range Turkey, sausage stuffing, butter chive mashed potatoes, bacon mac and cheese, green bean casserole, sweet yam casserole, brussels sprouts with bacon, turkey gravy, parker hour rolls, cranberry chutney, pumpkin pie, and pecan. And if turkey just isn’t your thing? They’ve got fancy ham dinners, Italian entrees, and lots of other meals to choose from, too.

Price: $179.95 to $699.95

Harry and David

 

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Where: Ships nationwide.

What you’ll get: Harry & David offers a Gourmet Turkey Feast and a Gourmet Ham Dinner for your family’s festivities. The Gourmet Turkey Feast includes a 10 lb oven-roasted turkey, apple sausage stuffing, creamy brussels sprouts with bacon, brown sugar sweet potatoes, gravy, cranberry chutney, and a pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. The Gourmet Ham Dinner includes a 7.5 pound spiral-sliced honey-glazed ham, creamy snap peas with bacon, three-cheese scalloped potatoes, artichoke and bacon frittata, and cheesecake. Either option is ideal if you want a heat-and-eat meal that will satisfy the family.

Price: $214.99 to $219.99

Porter Road

Where: Ships nationwide.

What you’ll get: If the thought of heading to the store and fighting the crowds of people for a turkey during a freaking pandemic sends a full shudder up and down your spine, never fear – Porter Road has you covered with their Holiday Turkey box, available for pre-order now. The week before Thanksgiving, you’ll be sent a box containing a 13-15.5 pound pasture-raised turkey, a pound of sage sausage for your stuffing, a pound of bacon ends to add to veggies or stuffing, and a pound of ham bacon that you can use in hors d’oeuvres or cook up for breakfast the next morning.

Price: $165

Omaha Steaks

Where: Ships nationwide.

What you’ll get: Omaha Steaks has several options for building your own Thanksgiving meal, with options that include turkey or ham and a variety of sides and desserts, all of which come pre-cooked, so you just have to heat-and-eat. Their Tailor-Made Thanksgiving for 8 lets you choose an entree, a potato side, another side, a steakhouse side, and two desserts.

Price: Varies.

Costco

Where: Ships nationwide, or available for pickup in-store.

What you’ll get: Like all things from Costco, this 8-person Thanksgiving dinner is inexpensive, crowd-pleasing, and gets the job done. You’ll need to cook up the two 2.5-pound turkey breasts, but the mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, sweet corn, Brussels sprouts, baguette, pumpkin pie, and apple pie come ready to heat-and-eat. There’s also a carton of ice cream thrown in , for good measure. Note that everything arrives frozen, so order far enough in advance that it has time to thaw.

Price: $89.99

Goldbelly

Where: Ships nationwide.

What you’ll get: With Goldbelly, you can order your Thanksgiving meal, sides, and desserts from restaurants around the country. If you’ve been craving that one sweet potato pie from a bakery across the country, or want to try a famous turducken, Goldbelly lets you do it. The possibilities are endless, but along with the convenience comes a high price tag. Still, if you want to order just a few favorites, or if you’re dying to try a deep-fried turkey but are too afraid to cook one, this is a great choice.

Price: Varies.

Milk Bar

Where: Ships nationwide

What you get: If you’re looking for classic pumpkin pie and pecan pie, look elsewhere. Milk Bar is all about creative, fun, and outrageously delicious desserts. This year, why not opt for a Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Cake, or some Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Truffles, instead? They have lots of festive options for dessert lovers, and this year just might be the year to try something new.

Price: $24-$140

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