Top Alternatives to Turkey for Thanksgiving

Turkey might be the usual star of the Thanksgiving dinner table—but there are plenty of other dishes that can give the classic turkey a run for its money.

If you’re more of an innovator than a “stick to the classics” type of chef, read on to discover the top alternatives to turkey for Thanksgiving!


Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash

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It’s not just your vegan guests who will absolutely love this dish! This Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash packs the best of healthy and tasty goodness that will amaze everyone. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also an aesthetic sight to behold.

The taste of acorn squash is amplified with quinoa, mushrooms, celery, sage, and thyme.


Porchetta on the Rotisserie

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Porchetta on the Rotisserie might just be your newest alternative to Thanksgiving turkey. It’s a true feast of rustic herbs, pork belly, and pork tenderloin that is so succulent and so crispy that guests will want this for every holiday meal.


Venison Tenderloin Stuffed with Comté, Apple and Walnuts

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Next on our list of alternatives to turkey for Thanksgiving, we have Venison Tenderloin Stuffed with Comté, Apple and Walnuts. You’re only going to need 15 minutes to prep this recipe, after which a quick 30 minutes of grilling will keep it succulent and cooked to perfection. When your kitchen starts to be filled with the unique aromas of this dish, you’ll surely be so thankful you gave this recipe a try.

Filled with the strong and buttery flavors of Comté cheese that subside into a sweet and nutty finish, it is complemented by tart apple and mild walnut filling. Are you ready to slice into perfection this Thanksgiving?


Apple Cider Beer Can Chicken

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This Apple Cider Beer Can Chicken is one of the alternative recipes for Thanksgiving that will set the bar high for poultry dishes. Rather than containing actual beer, it brings the succulent flavours to life with apple cider. Perfect for smaller gatherings or couples, your intimate Thanksgiving feast wouldn’t be complete without this beer can chicken.

We’ll even let you in on the secret recipe of our homemade gravy with sour cream in it!


Grilled Duck


Another standout on our list of alternatives to turkey for Thanksgiving is this Grilled Duck recipe.

With its ginger garlic stir fry sauce and basting mixture of orange juice and Grand Marnier, you can already imagine that no other grilled duck recipe comes close to this one! You’ll need to set aside 20 minutes of prep time and three hours of cook time.


Grilled Whole Lobster

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If you’re looking for other tasty meat alternatives for Thanksgiving, then this Grilled Whole Lobster recipe will not disappoint!

This heavenly dish only needs 20 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes of cook time—the star of your Thanksgiving dinner will be ready in no time! Who knew cooking lobsters over the grill would be this easy?


Holiday Marrow Bone Beef Roast

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Make your Thanksgiving preparations more adventurous with this Holiday Marrow Bone Beef Roast.

This lightly smoked and seared prime rib roast surrounded by beef marrow bones will have elevated flavors when you choose to grill them with oak, maple, hickory, or apple wood chips!


Start Grilling These Alternatives to Turkey for Thanksgiving

Which of these turkey meat alternatives for Thanksgiving will be the star of your dinner table festivities this year? If you’re looking for more inspiration, try some of these other awesome holiday recipes.

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