A Trader Joe’s Thanksgiving Dinner Will Cost You This Much

Trader Joe's outside

Trader Joe’s sells fresh flowers on a November morning. | Karen Bennett/The Cheat Sheet

Can a shopping trip to Trader Joe’s result in a sumptuous, butter-slathered Thanksgiving turkey and all the comforting, coma-inducing trimmings? And if so, what would this sort of culinary endeavor cost? In an effort to find out, I headed over to my local Trader Joe’s, after having perused the latest Fearless Flyer online. Here’s what I found.

1. All Natural Brined Fresh Young Turkey 

  • $1.99 per pound

These no-antibiotics-ever turkeys, available in the store starting Nov. 10, come from farms in California, Minnesota, New York, and Pennsylvania, where they roamed free and were fed an all-vegetarian diet, the Fearless Flyer proudly attests. At $1.99 per pound, you can choose a bird weighing 12-16 pounds or 18-22 pounds. Or, those celebrating Thanksgivukkah can opt for a Glatt Kosher bird, weighing 12-16 pounds, for $2.49 per pound.

If that’s too much turkey, you’ve got another option. Those with a shorter guest list can go with a Fully Cooked Brined Bone In Half Turkey Breast for $6.99 per pound. These come from a Midwest supplier who has split a full breast, left the bone in and marinated it in a brine of salt, sugar, black pepper, and herb butter. It’s already been seared and slowly cooked. All that’s left for you to do is bake it for 40 minutes, and it’s ready to serve.

Trader Joe's Turkey Breast

Trader Joe’s is selling a Fully Cooked Brined Bone In Half Turkey Breast for $6.99 per pound. | Karen Bennett/The Cheat Sheet

Are your family members not fans of turkey? Trader Joe’s has you covered with Spiral Sliced Uncured Hams for $4.99 per pound. To prepare the ham, warm it in the oven at 275 degrees for 1-2 hours, depending on the size, adding on the packet of molasses-based glaze for basting.

Tally for a 12-pound Brined Fresh Young Turkey: $23.88

Next: See a lower-calorie alternative to breadcrumb stuffing.

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