Here’s What It Costs to Order Your Thanksgiving Meal From These 8 Stores

Thanksgiving is hands down, unequivocally and undeniably my favorite major holiday of the year. (National IPA Day is still waiting to be recognized as “major” by some.)

Too many holidays require things that are exhausting and stressful. Do I have enough money for all of 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

The average Thanksgiving meal has 12 people ready to dig in, according to the Pew Research Center. That’s a lot of mouths to feed. Sure, some of them — like the young ones and your weird uncle — may be at the kids’ table, but they’ll want food nonetheless.

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

Here are eight 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 $4.99 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. Shoney’s
Thanksgiving dinner from Shoneys.

Shoney’s has two options for eat-and-serve holiday meals: you can grab a Thanksgiving bundle meal or “pick and choose” your Thanksgiving meal.

The holiday bundle meal rings in at $74.99, or $7.49 per person, and includes:

One 10- to 13-pound whole roasted turkey
2 quarts of green beans
2 quarts of mashed potatoes
24 ounces of gravy
12 dinner rolls

The bundle meal only serves 8 to 10 people. However, if you’re expecting more guests, you do have the option of adding additional sides. Or you can opt to build your own meal and choose your own sides and quantities.

You can order your holiday meal by stopping by or calling your nearest participating Shoney’s. The deadline for ordering is Monday, Nov. 19, and the meal must be picked up by 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

3. 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 down-home meal feeds up to 10 people for $109.99, which comes out to $10.99 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

It’s pricy per person, but Cracker Barrel’s Thanksgiving meal gives some good options.

And if you’re hosting a smaller Thanksgiving dinner, you can grab the Homestyle Turkey n’ Dressing Family Meal To-Go, which serves up to six people for $67.99, or $6.79 per person. The meal includes:

Turkey
A sampling of sugar cured ham
Cornbread dressing
Turkey gravy
Cranberry relish
Your choice of three country sides
Choice of bread

Sorry, no pies included with this one, but still a good deal for a smaller crowd.

4. Boston Market
Thanksgiving dinner from 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 for up to 12 people is $119.99, putting it at $10 per person.

The meal includes:

One roasted turkey
Two orders of vegetable stuffing
One order of spinach artichoke dip with crackers
24 ounces of cranberry walnut relish
Two orders of mashed potatoes
12 dinner rolls
Two orders of gravy
One apple pie
One pumpkin pie

Cranberry walnut relish? Spinach artichoke dip? The downside may be that your family will know that you couldn’t pull that off yourself! If you can convince them, kudos to you.

But if you really want to be convincing, you could go for the essential turkey meal for $99.99, or $8.33 per person, instead. This meal also serves up to 12 people and includes:

One roasted turkey
Two orders of vegetable stuffing
Two orders of mashed potatoes
Two orders of gravy
12 dinner rolls

No fancy dips or pies included with this one, so your secret is safe with us!

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 through Nov. 18. Keep in mind, all orders are shipped frozen. Once fully thawed, your meal will be ready to heat and serve in two to three hours.

5. The Fresh Market
Thanksgiving dinner from 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 $149.99, which comes out to $10.71 to $12.50 per person.

The meal kit includes:

One 10- to 12-pound fully cooked turkey
3-pound boneless spiral 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 beans
16 ounces of cranberry relish with walnuts
24 dinner rolls

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 $54.99, or about $11 to $18.33 per person, and includes:

3 1/2-pound fully cooked turkey
2 pounds of Yukon Gold whipped potatoes
2 pounds of traditional herb stuffing
1 pound of green beans
30 ounces of homestyle turkey gravy
8 ounces of cranberry relish with walnuts

The deadline for ordering in stores is Nov. 21, or you can order online by Nov. 18. The Fresh Market will be open Thanksgiving Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

6. Bob Evans
Thanksgiving dinner from 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 $129.98, putting your bill at  $10.83 per person.

The meal includes:

Two slow-roasted turkey breasts
Bread-and-celery dressing
Homestyle mashed potatoes with gravy
Buttered sweet corn
Green beans with ham
Cranberry relish
Dinner rolls
Two pumpkin pies
One loaf of pumpkin bread

You can also opt for the Premium Farmhouse Feast which feeds 10 people for $114.99, or $11.50 per person, and includes:

Slow-roasted turkey breast
Hickory-smoked ham
Bread-and-celery dressing
Homestyle mashed potatoes with gravy
Buttered sweet 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.

7. 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
48 ounces of turkey gravy
Two large sides of mashed potatoes
Four large sides of your choice (including dessert)
24 dinner rolls

This is a no-frills, basic Thanksgiving meal, but there’s plenty of it! How much is 48 ounces of gravy, you ask? That’s 6 cups of savory delight, plus over one pound of turkey, per stomach. Perfect for bulking up for a hard, Midwestern winter. The instructions say to plan for 2 1/2 hours to reheat the meal.

8. Whole Foods Market
Tanksgiving meal from Whole Foods.

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 $269.99, which comes out to $22.50 per person.

It includes:

One 14-pound classic roast turkey
One 7-pound spiral-cut ham with 8 oz. of maple-mustard glaze
6 pounds of creamy mashed potatoes
6 pounds of traditional herb stuffing
3 pounds of green beans with crispy garlic and parsley
4 pounds of roasted butternut squash with cranberries and sage
4 pounds of creamed spinach and kale
48 ounces of holiday turkey gravy
32 ounces of cranberry orange sauce
One pumpkin pie
One apple pie

Yeah, that’s a meal for 12 with 21 pounds of meat. All in all, it’s about 50 pounds of delicious food. That’s 4 pounds per guest. At $269.99, 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 senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

Jessica Gray is an editorial assistant at The Penny Hoarder. She updated this post for 2018.

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