It’s Turkey Time! Here’s Where to Buy the Best Thanksgiving Birds Online

updated Nov 13, 2023
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Let’s talk turkey! Whether you wake up at 5 a.m. to start the slow-roasting process or you deep-fry your dinner in the backyard, Thanksgiving is all about the bird. And, no matter how many (or few) loved ones are on your guest list, you can get all the turkey — and all the leftovers! — you crave without waiting in the supermarket checkout line.

Order a fresh or frozen bird online, and it’ll be delivered right to your door in time for you to season and cook it for Thanksgiving. If the idea of making a whole turkey seems a bit daunting, don’t sweat it! You can order a pre-seasoned, or even a pre-cooked, bird and dig right in.

We combed the web to find you the best turkeys of all kinds, from grocery-store go-tos to pasture-raised birds to the famous turducken that the football commentators feast on during the Thanksgiving gridiron action. So get ready, turkey fans, because the drumsticks, the leftover sandwiches, and all that sweet, sweet tryptophan are just a few clicks away.

Fresh and Frozen Turkeys

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Williams Sonoma

Get a fresh, free-range turkey from famed California poultry ranch Willie Bird via Williams Sonoma. We’ve tried them before, and they really are that good, with meat that's “tender and moist with a delicate, sweet flavor.”

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Crowd Cow
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Blackwing's pasture-raised, broad-breasted turkeys are some of the juiciest, tastiest around. They come from a family-run farm where they're free to roam and are never fed antibiotics or hormones. Place your order via Crowd Cow by Nov. 13 to ensure delivery in time for Thanksgiving.

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It's oh-so-easy to add a whole frozen turkey to your FreshDirect order. FreshDirect sources birds from family-run Jaindl Farms in Lehigh Valley, PA, where they grow their own feed for the turkeys and selectively breed them for a lean bird that offers lots of juicy white meat without antibiotics.

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Sure, they sell specialty meat products like foie gras and pheasant, but D’Artagnan also carries that Thanksgiving dinner staple. Specifically, a fresh, free-range organic turkey raised on an all-vegetarian grain diet. These birds even drink pure spring water! Pre-orders are available now for delivery between November 17 and 23.

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For a high-quality bird raised without hormones or antibiotics, order your turkey from famed NYC meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda through Goldbelly. These turkeys are the creme de la creme. Bonus: Each order comes with uncased sweet Italian sausage that will take your stuffing from ordinary to extraordinary.

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The name Butterball is synonymous with Thanksgiving turkey — and with good reason. Their Thanksgiving hotline has saved countless dinners from turkey tragedy, and their birds are reliably juicy, tasty, and affordable. Looking for lots of leftovers? You can snag a frozen 20- to 24-pound premium all-natural young turkey from your local Target.

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Fossil Farms

Northern New Jersey-based meat purveyor Fossil Farms focuses on sustainable practices and animal welfare, and they source their birds from family-run local farms. You can order a fresh whole bird that’s been fed a local vegetarian diet without antibiotics, steroids, or hormones.

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Porter Road

Check out another pasture-raised option, this time from Porter Road, a Nashville-based online butcher shop that offers quality cuts of fresh meat shipped directly to your door. This turkey comes from Kentucky’s Jolly Barnyard Farm, arrives frozen, and can serve up to 15 people.

Pre-Seasoned and Pre-Cooked Turkeys

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Williams Sonoma

This year, you and your family can munch on the deliciousness prepared at the Diestel Family Turkey Ranch in Sonora, California. The company brines its free-range, non-GMO turkeys in a lemon-herb blend and then coats them with sea salt, fresh herbs, and lemon zest. As your bird roasts, it will fill your home with a bright, citrusy aroma that'll make everyone eager to dig in come dinner time.

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Football fans, this one's for you! Yes, you and your loved ones can chow down on the Gourmet Butcher Block Turducken that John Madden helped make famous. Prepared over the course of two days, this boneless beauty is a turkey stuffed with a duck and then stuffed with a chicken. Then Goldbelly ships it from New Orleans straight to your door so that you can cook it up in time for game day (aka Thanksgiving).

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Yep, you really can get everything on Amazon – including a hickory-smoked turkey from Burgers’ Smokehouse. The bird arrives fully cooked, along with heating and serving instructions for the big day.

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Omaha Steaks
was $199.99

You’ll still get to say you cooked the turkey, but Omaha Steaks takes all the guesswork (and hard work) out of the task. Your bird arrives frozen, pre-basted with brown sugar and honey, and in its own cooking bag. All you need to do is defrost it and cook it — but don’t worry, it comes with instructions. It’s even got a pop-up turkey timer so you know when it’s ready to come out of the oven.

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Harry & David

Maybe you want turkey but don’t feel like cooking the whole bird, or maybe you want something special but just aren’t a turkey fan. Harry and David has you covered with a line of ready-to-cook poultry and pork, which includes feasts ranging from turkey and stuffing Wellington to a gourmet feast complete with all the sides.

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Give Thanksgiving a little Southern flair with a deep-fried, Cajun-spiced turkey from Goldbelly. Shipped from Louisiana-based Cajun Turkey Company, these birds are hand-rubbed with Cajun spices, marinated overnight, and then deep-fried in peanut oil for a moist, juicy turkey with a serious kick.