Here’s What It Costs to Order Thanksgiving Dinner From 7 Stores

Thanksgiving is hands down, unequivocally and undeniably my favorite major holiday of the year.

Too many holidays require things that are exhausting and stressful. Do I have enough money for all the gifts? What costume should I wear? Is that leprechaun going to attack me? Not cool, man.

Thanksgiving is free from all of that. On Thanksgiving, you eat a great meal, then you watch some football, take a nap, eat some more food, watch some more football and just chill with family and friends.

That’s a holiday!

You might think, “That’s all well and good if you’re not the one who has to make that massive feast.” Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to be the one who does all the cooking this year. You have plenty of options to order Thanksgiving dinner to go from your favorite grocery store or restaurant.

It just depends on what you’re willing to spend.

Here’s Where to Order Thanksgiving Dinner To Go

Despite the pandemic, 59% of people expect the same number of guests at their Thanksgiving table this year, according to a Supermarket News survey. For 73% of us, that means four or more people, and 20% are expecting 10 or more guests.

That’s a lot of mouths to feed.

So, what are your options when you want to skip the gourmet cooking and let someone else do the heavy lifting?

Here are seven companies ready to stuff your family for the big day.

1. Publix

If you live in the South, you probably know and love Publix. It loves you right back with the pre-made Publix Deli large turkey dinner. All you have to do is buy it, take it home and heat it up. It’ll feed 14 to 18 people.

This meal rings in at $89.99, which comes out to $4.99 to $6.43 per person.

It includes:

  • One 16- to 18-pound fully cooked Butterball turkey
  • 5 pounds of dressing
  • 5 pounds of mashed potatoes
  • 64 ounces of Publix gravy
  • 56 ounces of Marshmallow Delight
  • 32 ounces of Publix cranberry orange relish

And if you’re feeding a smaller family, you can get the Publix Deli turkey dinner for 7 to 10 people for $49.99, or about $5 to $7.14 per person.

The meal includes:

  • One 10- to 12-pound fully cooked Butterball turkey
  • 2 1/2 pounds of dressing
  • 2 1/2 pounds of mashed potatoes
  • 32 ounces of Publix gravy
  • 28 ounces of Marshmallow Delight
  • 16 ounces of Publix cranberry orange relish

Some items require up to 150 minutes to heat. Heating instructions are included for both meals.

2. Cracker Barrel

Nothing says “homestyle” like Cracker Barrel. With its Heat n’ Serve Holiday Family Meal To-Go, you know you’ll get comfort food — and plenty of it.

This Heat n’ Serve Feast feeds eight to 10 people for $139.99, which comes out to $17.50 to $13.99 per person.

The meal includes:

  • Two oven-roasted turkey breasts
  • Cornbread dressing
  • Turkey gravy
  • Cranberry relish
  • Your choice of three country sides
  • Sweet yeast rolls
  • Pumpkin pie and pecan pie

If you’re planning a smaller gathering, the Heat n’ Serve Family Dinner serves four to six people. At $69.99, that comes out to $17.49 to $11.67 per person. The meal includes the following:

  • Oven-roasted turkey breast
  • Cornbread dressing
  • Turkey gravy
  • Cranberry relish
  • Your choice of two country sides
  • Sweet yeast rolls

It’s pricy per person, , but if you schedule your pickup for Nov. 23 or Nov. 24, you’ll also receive a $10 Cracker Barrel gift card with the Feast or $5 gift card with the Family Dinner.

3. Boston Market

Boston Market prides itself on its homestyle food, so when Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s not about to step back. It gets in on the action with its complete Thanksgiving meal for 12.

The price is $139.99, putting it at $11.67 per person.

The meal includes:

  • One 11- to 12-pound roasted turkey
  • 44 ounces of homestyle stuffing
  • 24 ounces of cranberry walnut relish
  • 64 ounces of mashed potatoes
  • 12 dinner rolls
  • 48 ounces of gravy
  • One 9-inch apple pie
  • One 9-inch pumpkin pie

Or you could go for the essential turkey meal for $119.99, or $10 per person, instead. This meal also serves up to 12 people and includes:

  • One 11- to 12-pound roasted turkey
  • 44 ounces of homestyle stuffing
  • 64 ounces of mashed potatoes
  • 48 ounces of gravy
  • 12 dinner rolls

And for smaller families (up to 6 people), you’ll find two meals to choose from on Boston Market’s heat-and-serve Thanksgiving menu. If you need any additional meats, sides or desserts, you can order from the a la carte menu, which comes fully cooked and chilled for pickup the week of Thanksgiving.

To make your Thanksgiving dinner preparations even less stressful, you can have your heat-and-serve meals, a la carte sides and desserts delivered right to your door. Keep in mind, there’s a $25 shipping fee and all orders are shipped frozen. Once fully thawed, your meal will be ready to heat and serve in two to three hours.

4. The Fresh Market

Fresh Market is known as an upscale grocer, but it doesn’t stretch the budget with its deluxe holiday dinner. If you want variety in your meal, you’ll get it with this one.

The cost to feed 12 to 14 people is $159.99, which comes out to $11.43 to $13.33 per person.

The meal kit includes:

  • One 10- to 12-pound fully cooked turkey
  • 3 ½ pounds boneless sliced ham
  • 4 pounds of Yukon Gold whipped potatoes
  • 3 pounds of traditional herb stuffing
  • 30 ounces of turkey gravy
  • 2 pounds of corn soufflé
  • 2 pounds of green bean medley
  • 16 ounces of cranberry relish with walnuts
  • 24 dinner rolls
  • 1 apple pie

Wait. Turkey and ham? That’s crazy talk! Plus, the sides look amazing. If you have a Fresh Market nearby, this could be a great option.

If your Thanksgiving dinner will be a little smaller — as in 8 to 10 people — then you can go for the traditional holiday dinner for $79.99, or about $8 to $10 per person.

This meal includes:

  • One 10- to 12-pound fully cooked turkey
  • 3 pounds of Yukon Gold whipped potatoes
  • 3 pounds of traditional herb stuffing
  • 30 ounces of turkey gravy
  • 16 ounces of cranberry relish with walnuts
  • 12 golden dinner rolls

And if your Thanksgiving table is even smaller, you can grab the essential holiday dinner for 3 to 5 people. This heat-and-serve meal rings in at $59.99, or about $12 to $20 per person, and includes:

  • 2 1/2-pound fully cooked turkey
  • 2 pounds of Yukon Gold whipped potatoes
  • 2 pounds of traditional herb stuffing
  • 1 pound of green bean medley
  • 30 ounces of homestyle turkey gravy
  • 8 ounces of cranberry relish with walnuts

The Fresh Market will be open Thanksgiving Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

5. Bob Evans

To feed 12 people with Bob Evans’ Turkey Farmhouse Feast, you’d need to order one eight-person meal and one four-person meal. Together, they run $149.98, putting your bill at  $12.50 per person.

The meal includes:

  • Slow-roasted turkey
  • Bread-and-celery dressing
  • Mashed potatoes with gravy
  • Corn
  • Green beans with ham
  • Cranberry relish
  • Dinner rolls
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Pumpkin bread

You can also opt for the Premium Farmhouse Feast, which feeds 8-10 people for $124.99, or $12.50 to $15.62 per person, and includes:

  • Slow-roasted turkey
  • Hickory-smoked ham
  • Bread-and-celery dressing
  • Mashed potatoes with gravy
  • Corn
  • Green beans with ham
  • Cranberry relish
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Pumpkin bread
  • Dinner rolls
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Double-crust apple pie

The meals are packed cold, but heating instructions are included.

6. Hy-Vee

If you’re lucky enough to live in the Midwest where you can shop at Hy-Vee, you have a great holiday meal option with its family feast turkey dinner. Those outside the Midwest don’t know what they’re missing from this Iowa-based grocery store chain.

The price for up to 12 people is $129.99, which comes out to $10.83 per person.

The meal includes:

  • One 14- to 16-pound Butterball turkey
  • 32 ounces of beef or turkey gravy
  • Two large sides of mashed potatoes
  • Four large sides of your choice (including dessert)
  • 24 dinner rolls

The instructions say to plan for 2 1/2 hours to reheat the meal.

7. Whole Foods Market

OK, you’re ready to pull out all the stops. “Go big or go home” is a great motto for this holiday. Whole Foods’ festive feast for 12 isn’t cheap, but it’ll blow the doors off your Thanksgiving — as well as your belt buckles and buttons.

The price for up to 12 people is $279.99, which comes out to $23.33 per person.

It includes:

  • One classic roast turkey
  • One spiral-sliced ham
  • Creamy mashed potatoes
  • Traditional herb stuffing
  • Green beans with roasted shallots
  • Roasted butternut squash with cranberries and sage
  • Creamed spinach and kale
  • Turkey gravy
  • Cranberry orange sauce
  • Spiced brown sugar glaze
  • Brioche rolls
  • One pumpkin pie
  • One apple pie

At $279.99, it’s a more expensive option, but you’re getting a lot of food for your buck. Plus, there are a few smaller holiday meal options.

Remember, holidays should be fun and relaxing, not tiring and taxing. Sometimes it pays to spend a little money to buy back your time.

So this Thanksgiving, why not order your Thanksgiving dinner to go so you can take a load off and let someone else do the cooking? Your football team needs your help cheering, and it’s hard to do that from the kitchen.

Tyler Omoth is a freelance writer covering topics from personal finance to career advice and even lawn care. His work has been featured on TopResume.com, Writersweekly.com and more. He is also the author of over 70 educational books for children and a proud parent of twin toddlers. 

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