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Stress less and enjoy more family time with a premade Thanksgiving dinner!

If cooking Thanksgiving dinner in 2020 isn’t your idea of enjoying Thanksgiving and it brings on too much stress, consider buying a deliciously cooked meal instead! I’m sharing 11 places that offer incredibly delicious premade Thanksgiving dinners.

All you have to do this year is turn your oven on (required in most cases to heat up the food), set the table, light a few candles, and spend time relaxing with family. It doesn’t get any easier & stress-free… and we know you all could use less stress in your lives this holiday season.

Here are the 11 restaurants we’re extra thankful for this Thanksgiving 2020:


1. Create a Farmhouse spread for Thanksgiving with Bob Evans step by step heat & serve dinners.

thanksgiving dinner plate of turkey green beans mashed potatoes

Bring home Bob Evans signature Farmhouse Thanksgiving feast – all you have to do is heat it up and they’ll even include step-by-step directions so everything is done perfectly at the same time. You’ll even have the option to add additional bakery treats and extra sides if needed. Their fully equipped Turkey or Ham Farmhouse Feasts feeds up to 4 and all are available for order now for just $54.99!

Want to skip clean up altogether? Bob Evans plans to be open this Thanksgiving, which gives you the option to dine in with your family and save on the mess, too. Their entire Thanksgiving menu is affordable and even has meals just for the kids.

Here’s what’s included in their Farmhouse Turkey Thanksgiving Feast:

  • Slow-Roasted Turkey
  • Bread & Celery Dressing
  • Corn
  • Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
  • Green Beans with Ham
  • Cranberry Relish
  • Rolls
  • Cherry Supreme Pie

2. Order a piping hot Thanksgiving Feast at Buca di Beppo for your Thanksgiving celebration.

buca di beppo premade thanksgiving dinner feast on table with to go bag

At Buca di Beppo, their delicious Thanksgiving feasts are already available for pre-order now! Even better, you’ll have the choice to pick it up piping hot or cold if you’re holding out for Thanksgiving Day.

Their Thanksgiving Cold Packages are available for pick up between Nov. 23rd – 25th, Hot Packages are available for pick up Nov. 25th & 26th and Catering Feasts are available for pick up between Nov. 16th – 26th. You can also choose the no clean-up option and dine-in on Thanksgiving Day.

Their prepared dinners start at just $68.99 (serves 3) or their large dinner is $138 (serves 6). Plus, you have the ability to add any of their delicious Italian side dishes to really beef up your whole holiday dinner.

Here’s what their Thanksgiving Feast includes:

  • Sliced White Meat Turkey
  • Homestyle Gravy
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Spicy Italian Sausage Stuffing
  • Green Beans
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Pumpkin Pie

3. Grab Thanksgiving dinner in a pinch at your local Cracker Barrel.

premade thanksgiving dinner on table

Feeding a crowd? The Thanksgiving Heat & Serve Meal at Cracker Barrel feeds up to 10 people and comes with all the traditional holiday fixings your heart desires. In 2 hours or less, you can have this delicious meal ready for your family – just make sure to order it at least 24 hours beforehand!

This year, Cracker Barrel is still running on normal business hours, even on Thanksgiving Day so if you really don’t want the hassle, dine in and enjoy a hot Thanksgiving meal starting at 11 AM!

Here’s what’s included in their Thanksgiving Kit:

  • Two Oven-Roasted Turkey Breasts
  • Cornbread Dressing
  • Turkey Gravy
  • Cranberry Relish
  • Choice of 3 Country Sides (each serves 10)
  • Sweet Yeast Rolls
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Pecan Pie

4. At Marie Callender’s you can even score a Prime Rib Thanksgiving feast if you want.

marie callendar's thanksgiving food spread on table

If you’re lucky enough to have a Marie Callender’s location near you, then you’re in luck because the restaurant is selling five different types of holiday feasts to choose from depending on your family’s needs. Whether you’re a fan of enjoying a traditional turkey & ham dinner or want to splurge on a Prime Rib feast, they’ve got something for all taste buds! Plus, they’re available for pre-order now and can be picked up on your desired date between November 23rd – 26th.

Your pre-made dinner will come frozen and takes about 3 hours of cook time, but that’s nothing when all you have to do is pop it in the oven! Their dinner feasts serve either 4-6 or 6-8 people and range in price starting at $114.99 up to $179.99 with additional al la carte options and legendary holiday treats available at an extra cost.

Here’s what’s included in their Ultimate Whole Turkey & Ham Feast: 

  • Whole roasted turkey
  • Bone-in spiral cut quarter ham with chipotle-pineapple glaze topping
  • Apple-Sage Stuffing
  • Fire-Roasted Yams (with cranberry streusel topping)
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Fresh Mashed Potatoes
  • Turkey Gravy
  • Chef’s Vegetables
  • Fresh Baked Cornbread
  • Whole Pumpkin or Apple Pie
  • Marie’s House Blend Coffee

5. Grab unique Trader Joe’s goods with even delicious gluten-free options.

bowl of mashed sweet potatoes with pecans

While Trader Joe’s doesn’t technically serve up or deliver an entire Thanksgiving meal, you can be sure to find dishes to make your dinner a lot easier and totally delicious.

In past years, they have stocked delicious seasonal items like a 40-ounce Turkey and Stuffing en Croute for just $12.99. It featured a turkey tenderloin & sweet cornbread stuffing, hand-rolled into flaky, buttery puff pastry with a sprinkling of herbs on top and it even came with turkey gravy and cranberry sauce! Yum! 

trader joe's bowl of pumpkin bisque on table with mini pumpkins

Plus you can expect more unique options you won’t find anywhere else such as Gluten-Free Cornbread and ready to heat, savory Pumpkin Bisque which was being sold for just $3.99 a jar! We can’t wait to see what they’re whipping up for this year.

Oh, how we love you Trader Joe’s!


6. Get the most bang for your buck with Shoprite‘s Friendsgiving Feast.

premade thanksgiving dinner meal on table

If you’ve got your eyes and belly set on a much more affordable dinner, you can score a massive Friendsgiving Feast from Shoprite for just $149.99 and it feeds a crowd of 15 people! That’s under $10 per person and all you have to do is heat and eat! Whoa! 

Even better, they’ll only need 72 hours’ notice to feed your gathering, but make sure to allow about 48 hours to defrost your Thanksgiving Dinner in the refrigerator so it’s ready in time to kick off the festivities!

Here’s what’s included in their Friendsgiving Feast for 15:

  • Herb Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Applewood-Smoked Cider Maple-Glazed Ham
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts
  • Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
  • Fall-Spiced Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries
  • White Cheddar Mac ‘n’ Cheese
  • Country Stuffing
  • Thanksgiving Turkey Gravy
  • Gourmet Apple Pie

7. Grab a Turkey & Dressing dinner from Denny’s.

Turkey dinner from Denny's

Denny’s is adding a Turkey & Dressing Dinner to its Thanksgiving menu, and they’ll be open all day long on Thanksgiving for dine-in (where available) and pick-up too.

Denny’s is also offering a family-sized Turkey & Dressing Dinner Pack which can be ordered online between November 21 – 26. Dinner packs come refrigerated and ready to heat, and they require 24-hour notice when ordering. Pricing starts at $30 and varies by location.

Here’s what you’ll get with Denny’s Turkey Bundle:

  • 12 slices of turkey
  • cranberry sauce
  • stuffing
  • red-skinned mashed potatoes with gravy
  • your choice of broccoli or sweet petite corn

8. Build your own premade Thanksgiving dinner from Omaha Steaks.

serving a turkey dinner

That’s right – the company famous for its juicy mail-order steaks will deliver Thanksgiving dinner directly to your doorstep too! Select 5 of your favorites from a menu of main dishes, sides, and desserts, and have dinner for six people delivered to your home for $159.99 shipped.

Your meal will arrive in 3-5 business days from the day you place your order, so plan accordingly to make sure you have your turkey in time for Turkey Day!

Here’s what’s included with Omaha Steaks’ Build Your Own Thanksgiving meal (choose one of each from the following choices):

  • 2 Fully Cooked Turkey Breasts or a Spiral Sliced Ham
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes or Whipped Sweet Potatoes
  • Green Beans or Green Bean Casserole
  • Steakhouse Cauliflower Gratin or Steakhouse Creamed Corn
  • Caramel Apple Tartlets or Mini Chocolate Mousse and Caramel Cups

9. Order your Thanksgiving dinner from Safeway.

Thanksgiving dinner

Let Safeway handle the cooking on Thanksgiving and order a prepared turkey dinner complete with all the sides. There are several options to choose from including turkey, ham, prime rib, and turkey breast dinner. Safeway’s holiday meals must be ordered ahead of time, so stop by your local store deli, call 1-888-358-7328, or place your order online.

Here’s what’s included with Safeway’s Traditional Turkey Dinner for $69.99 (serves 6 – 8):

  • 9 – 10 lb. fully cooked turkey
  • 48 oz of mashed potatoes
  • 28 oz of homestyle stuffing
  • 24 oz of gravy
  • 14 oz cranberry sauce
  • 12 Kings Hawaiian Rolls

10. Order a classic Thanksgiving dinner from Whole Foods.

serving a citrus-brined turkey

You can now reserve a premade Thanksgiving dinner online for easy pick up in-store at any Whole Foods. Just reheat your meal, pour the wine, and enjoy!

Whole Foods Holiday Meals feature classic Thanksgiving dinner packages along with the option to order additional sides and desserts a la carte if you choose. All holiday orders must be placed a minimum of 48 hours ahead of pickup date and time.

Many of these pre-assemble Thanksgiving meal bundles are unfortunately sold out, but there are still some roasted turkeys and sides available to build your own meal a la carte!


11. Get a fully-cooked turkey dinner from the Publix deli.

Turkey dinner with side dishes

For around $50, you can swing by the deli at your local Publix and pick-up a fully-cooked, ready to heat-and-eat Thanksgiving dinner. The meal serves 7-10 people and requires 48-hour notice when ordering.

Here’s what comes in the Regular Fully-Cooked Turkey Dinner from Publix:

  • One 10 to 12 lb Butterball fully-cooked Turkey
  • 2.5 lb holiday dressing
  • 2.5 lb mashed potatoes
  • 32 oz. of Publix gravy
  • 28 oz. of Publix marshmallow delight
  • 16 oz. of Publix cranberry orange relish

Now that you have all this free time, plan your virtual Black Friday shopping accordingly!

Join The Discussion

Comments 20

  1. Eleanor Start

    Problem is I can’t find any restaurants that are set up for turkey dinners for 1-2 people. Smallest I can find is 4 servings. Any suggestions welcome.

    • EM

      We have local restaurants doing takeaway per person and it is advertised differently than family meals, so you might consider calling around to places that are usually open on the holiday in your area. Opentable had a list also for our area. But also thanksgiving leftovers are the best so at least if you have to buy a bigger meal there’s always that silver lining?!

    • Jen S

      Denny’s says it has it on their actual menu according to this post. Is there one anywhere close to you?

    • Kristy

      Someone mentioned that old country buffet was serving individual meals to go. I haven’t confirmed

    • Rita

      try hyvee. just saw meal for 2 and 4online

    • Gwendolyn

      Boston Market is an option.Honey baked stores are another option.

    • Omshaol

      Can you really have a real Thanksgiving dinner without having any leftovers? Besides, ot is highly likely that their “serving size” is too small to induce that after-Thanksgiving-dinner-coma that Thanksgiving is all about

  2. Elizabeth

    IMHO, cooking for family on Thanksgiving should be enthusiasm, not stress! Like a Tradition. But modern times I think.

    • Amanda

      Maybe, but if you genuinely despise cooking, why make yourself slog through it in the name of tradition? Make a tradition out of something you’re genuinely enthusiastic about. Goodness knows the restaurants could use the business! I just hope everyone does carry out instead of dine-in and sticks to celebrating with their own household. Carryout: literally the least you can do.

    • Nkiser

      I cooked for 25 one year it was hell

    • Emily

      I think this year premade dinners will be very popular since so many people are staying home to keep their families safe. I know in my family, the host generally makes the Turkey and everyone else brings the sides/desserts/drinks. Having to do the whole meal by yourself takes a lot of time and energy, and that’s normally not how it goes.

  3. Suzy

    Where can I get a pre made Thanksgiving dinner for just 1 person?

    • Blutarski

      Swanson Hungry Man Dinner! Sorry, that’s kind of depressing. But seriously, I don’t know why you can’t call any restaurant that serves T.G. Dinner and ask them to box up a single dinner. Most places are doing takeout now, it’s the only choice in the great state of Washington. I keep a cooler with hot packs in my car to keep takeout food warm on the way home.

    • gwendolyn

      Boston market.

    • Lisa

      Bob Evans & Cracker Barrel serve turkey dinner on their menu, year round.

  4. john ewaldsen

    where can i get a premade dinner for 2 in savannah Ga

  5. Danielle E

    I purchased the dinner from Costco yesterday. Approximately 28 for a 1/2 turkey breast, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green beans. Fresh beans, not canned. Gravy is in there too. This is perfect for turkey sandwiches. It is just my son and I, and a lot more reasonsble than getting a togo dinner from somewhere.
    Add 6 for a pie.

  6. Red

    No the sad part us going back to work and getting roped into the questions… so did you have a good thanksgiving? Yeah? Where did you go? To sad to say couch can of cranberry sauce. But if you start that lying about going to grandmas and sitting by pretend creepy uncle Charlie it can get wierd FAST. what happened to invite a lonely person to enjoy a day of disfunctioning family, and 20 questions? Gone with the good china i guess?

  7. Eva with SuperSafeway

    Thank you for the shout out!

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