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The Best Places to Order Turkey for Thanksgiving

Skip the lines and limited selection at your grocery store this November. You can order turkey for Thanksgiving and get a fresh, tasty bird without leaving home.

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When to Order Your Turkey

Plan to order turkey for Thanksgiving well before the feast to ensure enough time for delivery. Fortunately, turkeys are fairly easy birds to ship, store and prep. Many brands even ship frozen turkeys that can survive in your freezer for months until Thanksgiving.

Just make sure to thaw your turkey in advance. The rule of thumb is one day of thawing for every four pounds, so a larger turkey can take five or six days to prep.

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Order Turkey for Thanksgiving from Williams Sonomavia williams-sonoma.com

Williams Sonoma

That’s right—the store where you splurge on fancy kitchen tools and housewarming gifts is also an excellent place to order your Thanksgiving bird. Williams Sonoma has a large selection of turkeys for every size and flavor preference.

Why It Made Our List: Williams Sonoma functions almost like a marketplace, so it’s easy to compare and contrast turkey options.

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Dartagnan Turkeyvia dartagnan.comvia dartagnan.com

D’Artagnan

There’s a reason why highly-rated D’Artagnan turkeys taste so good: They’re raised free-range on American farms, without any antibiotics or hormones. The focus is on treating birds well, and customers swear they can taste the difference. Try the brand’s Wild Turkey for a memorable (and authentic!) Thanksgiving experience.

Why It Made Our List: D’Artagnan offers whole, unseasoned turkeys, as well as ground turkey and breast-only options for a small-scale Thanksgiving dinner.

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Turkey for thanksgivingVia Fossilfarms.com

Fossil Farms

Whether you’re looking for a small 8-lb. turkey or a crowd-pleasing 28-lb. one, Fossil Farms can deliver exactly what you need. It also carries options for ground turkey and turkey burgers, so you can enjoy Thanksgiving poultry in any form.

Why It Made Our List: Fossil Farms is committed to raising its free-roaming birds humanely on farms in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with an antibiotic-, hormone- and steroid-free diet.

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AMERICAN HEIRLOOM WHOLE TURKEYvia diestelturkey.com

Diestel

No need to fret over the quality of your bird when you shop from Diestel. Its whole turkeys are never treated with antibiotics, and come in a variety of brines, seasonings, smokes and sizes so it’s easy to find a turkey that pleases everyone at the table.

Why It Made Our List: Taste of Home editor Nicole Doster swears by this retailer, praising its “pricey but super high-quality birds that taste delicious.”

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Nueske's Applewood Smoked Whole Turkeyvia nueskes.com

Nueske’s

Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Whole Turkey is a great bird, specifically chosen for its high-quality, ample white meat. Then, it’s made even better by smoking it with Wisconsin applewood for a full 24 hours for a sweet, flavorful turkey that’s fully cooked and ready to eat.

Why It Made Our List: Nueske’s is another Taste of Home favorite, known for its superior-quality meats. The turkeys will arrive fresh, but we recommend freezing them until the holiday.

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Hickory-Smoked Whole Turkeyvia swisscolony.com

The Swiss Colony

Hickory is a classic turkey flavor, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find it represented better than with this Swiss Colony smoked bird. Simply reheat and serve for a crowd-pleasing dinner that you’ll be able to pass off as home-cooked.

Why It Made Our List: With praise like “a surprise of deliciousness,” “so easy to prepare” and “best turkey ever,” this turkey’s reviews speak for themselves. When preparing your bird, be sure you’re not making any of these Thanksgiving mistakes.

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Glatt Organics

This whole turkey from Glatt Organics boasts kosher, organic and gluten-free labels. It comes in sizes from 12 lbs. up to 25 lbs., plus extras like necks and thighs, so you can order turkey for Thanksgiving that works best for your feast.

Why It Made Our List: Since these whole turkeys come unseasoned or brined, you can truly make it your own. Follow our expert guide on how to cook a turkey to get it right, whether you’re a first-timer or want a few new tricks up your sleeve.

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Organic "Free Range" Turkeyvia willie-bird.myshopify.com

Willie Bird Turkeys

From procuring, seasoning and smoking meats to sealing and shipping them, Willie Bird Turkeys controls every step of the process until the turkey arrives at your doorstep. This results in an incredibly tasty bird—and an easy ordering experience.

Why It Made Our List: Whether you prefer your turkey smoked, flavored or plain, with the bone in or out, or even chicken or duck in place of turkey, Willie Bird offers plenty of options.

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Frozen Whole Turkeyvia ferndalemarket.com

Ferndale Market

While delivery is limited to just the upper Midwest, Ferndale Market’s frozen whole turkey is a treat if you’re within the delivery zone. It’s raised antibiotic-free and free-range on family farms in Minnesota, and keeps in your freezer for months leading up to Thanksgiving.

Why It Made Our List: Whether you choose to smoke, grill, bake or even deep-fry your turkey, you can feel good knowing it was raised with care.

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organic prairie turkeyvia organicprairie.com

Organic Prairie

You can taste the difference in this organic, antibiotic-free, free-range turkey from Organic Prairie. Each 13-16 lb. turkey comes with all its giblets included, so you can make use of every part of the turkey. With multiple reviews calling it the “best turkey ever,” you know it’s a good bird!

Why It Made Our List: Organic Prairie is dedicated to old-world farming practices to raise quality poultry. For more insight on buying excellent turkeys, read our roundup of turkey buying tips.

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Signature™ Ready-to-Roast Turkey Breastvia schwans.com

Schwan’s Turkey Breast

If you’re not so keen on prepping a whole bird, this frozen, ready-to-roast turkey breast is for you. It comes in its own roasting bag that locks in flavor and juices to deliver a rave-worthy turkey without any of the prep.

Why It Made Our List: Not only is this main dish an easier option than traditional turkey, but it’s less expensive, too. And it’ll pair well with any of the tasty Thanksgiving recipes we’ve rounded up.

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organic, kosher-certified turkeysvia growandbehold.com

Grow and Behold

Not only are these organic, kosher-certified turkeys leaner than their mass-market counterparts, but they’re juicer, too. They’re raised in small batches by Amish and Mennonite growers, so you might even taste the difference a well-raised, cared-for turkey can make.

Why It Made Our List: With four weight options to choose from, you can order a turkey for Thanksgiving that’s slightly larger than you need to make use of our delicious leftover turkey recipes.

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Dartagnan Turkeyvia dartagnan.comvia dartagnan.com

Harry & David

Harry & David offers plenty of gourmet entrees for either a typical turkey dinner or a nontraditional feast. You can order turkey for Thanksgiving or change things up with a tasty glazed carving ham. You could even choose beef Wellington or stuffed Chateaubriand for a fancy dinner!

Why It Made Our List: Not only does Harry & David have lots of entree options, but it can also deliver your entire feast, including stuffing, bacon-accented Brussels sprouts and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.

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Turkey for thanksgivingVia Rastellis.com

Rastelli’s

All that’s left to do when this 7-lb. turkey arrives is let it thaw, then pop it into the oven. Rastelli’s has already done the prep work for you, coating the bird in Tuscan-style seasonings so it comes out perfectly juicy and delicious, no additional work necessary.

Why It Made Our List: Preparing for Thanksgiving dinner is hard enough without having to worry about a less-than-tasty turkey. We like that Rastelli’s makes cooking the bird easy.

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Kelly Bronze Unboxing After You Order Turkey for Thanksgivingvia @kellybronze/instagram.com

KellyBronze

Sure, you could pick up any ordinary turkey from the store. Or you could opt for a tender, flavorful turkey from KellyBronze instead. KellyBronze uses its own breed of turkey, opting for slow-growing, hand-plucked birds for a luxurious experience from farm to table.

Why It Made Our List: Even celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is a fan of this top-quality turkey, which is available in sizes up to 28 lbs.

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Megan Mowery
Megan is a freelance writer based in Des Moines. You can usually find her shopping at the farmers market, reading a book or scrolling through Instagram.

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