The 13 Best Mail Order Turkeys for Thanksgiving 2020

Find the right kind of bird for your holiday menu

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Harry and David

"Choose from a wide variety of turkey options, from roasted to smoked and whole or sliced."

Best Heritage Bird: D’Artagnan

"This company offers organic free-range, bone-in-breast, fresh or frozen turkeys, ranging from 8 to 24 pounds."

Best Fresh: Williams Sonoma

"Options include smoked, roasted, and herb-roasted whole turkeys, stuffed turkey breast, and more, so you'll find whatever you need."

Best Free-Range: Fossil Farms

"This company prides themselves in their free-range turkeys that are never given antibiotics, steroids, or hormones."

Best Roast: Rastelli's

"At 104 ounces, it’s enough meat to feed a small crowd, and the preparation couldn’t be simpler."

Best Complete Thanksgiving Dinner: Omaha Steaks

"Get your whole meal from one place, including the turkey, sides, dessert, and even appetizers for noshing."

Best Fried: Uncle Ray’s Fried Turkeys

"You can choose from Uncle Ray's famous mild or signature spicy turkey to suit your family's taste."

Best Turducken: Gourmet Butcher Block

"Weighing in at 16 to 18 pounds, this monster bird can serve 20 to 25 people."

Best Smoked Whole Bird: Nueske’s

"Choose a whole or sliced smoked turkey with or without a honey glaze, or select a combo of ham and turkey breast for more variety."

Best for Large Gatherings: Elmwood Stock Farm

"Whether you're dishing up one extra-large bird or prefer to cook a few smaller ones instead, Elwood Stock Farm has what you need."

Sure, you can go to the grocery store and buy a basic frozen turkey, but it's no secret there are many more choices available online. You can find everything from heritage birds that are not at all like the ones you see at the grocery store, to cooked birds that you simply have to heat, slice, and serve. Whether you’re craving something different or simply looking for a free-range and organic bird, you can order online and make the dinner exactly what you want. Even better, many of these sellers offer great turkeys available all year long.

Here are the best mail order turkeys to help you enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast.

Best Overall: Harry and David

Harry & David's
Courtesy of Harry & David's

Known for fruit baskets and nut selections, Harry and David is also one of the best places to order Thanksgiving turkeys online. They offer a full lineup of pre-cooked turkeys, including roasted, smoked, whole, and pre-sliced. You can also buy a complete meal, so you won’t even have to worry about side dishes. The fun doesn’t stop there—you can pick up some relish, buy a platter to serve the food on, or pick up an extra dessert or two. If you'd rather not carve a bird at the table, a turkey and stuffing Wellington might be the perfect way to celebrate.

Best Heritage Bird: D’Artagnan

Thanksgiving turkey
D'Artagnan 

D'Artagnan has earned a reputation as one of the best places to buy mail-order turkeys and other gourmet meats. D'Artagnan's turkeys are 100-percent natural, farm-raised heritage birds. All turkeys come from free-range farms and never given any antibiotics or hormones. The company offers organic birds, bone-in-turkey breast, and even wild turkey, ranging in size from 8 to 24 pounds. 

Best Fresh: Williams Sonoma

Thanksgiving turkey

 Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma may not be the name you think of when it comes to turkeys, but they’ve got the connections to get a fresh turkey shipped right to your door. The turkeys are raised on a natural diet at the Willie Bird Ranch in California, where they’re allowed to roam free. Order fresh or select a pre-cooked option including smoked, roasted and herb-roasted whole turkeys, stuffed turkey breast, and more. They’re shipped directly from the ranch and arrive chilled, so there’s no need for thawing.

Best Free-Range: Fossil Farms

Thanksgiving turkey
 Fossil Farms

Fossil Farms sells turkeys that are humanely raised in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where they are free to roam and they’re fed with a vegetarian diet that includes a variety of grains. These Nicholas breed turkeys are never given antibiotics, steroids, or hormones. Turkeys are available in a wide variety of sizes, from 8-pounds up to 28-pounds, so you can find the size you need to feed just about any gathering. For more adventurous diners, you can supplement Thanksgiving dinner with game birds, ostrich, or perhaps a goose.

Best Roast: Rastelli’s

Rastelli's Turkey Roast
Courtesy of Rastelli's 

If you’re looking for a turkey dinner that’s as easy as it is fresh and delicious, Rastelli’s has you covered with its pre-seasoned, all-white meat turkey breast roast. At 104 ounces, it’s enough meat to feed a small crowd, and the preparation couldn’t be more simple. Shipped frozen, the turkey will need to thaw in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Then, keep it in the bag, place it in a roasting pan, and pop it into the oven for around 2 hours or until the internal temperature of the roast reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 

This family-run business raises its turkey on American Humane Association-certified family farms in North Carolina. You can rest assured the meat is antibiotic, steroid, and hormone-free.

Best Complete Thanksgiving Dinner: Omaha Steaks

Thanksgiving turkey
Omaha Steaks

You might not have thought of Omaha Steaks as the place to order your Thanksgiving dinner, but maybe it's time you do. You can build your entire Thanksgiving menu, starting with the turkey and then choosing from a variety of potato and vegetable side dishes. You can also choose between pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert and either an additional turkey breast or ham as a free add-on menu item, so you'll have plenty of meat to enjoy leftover turkey in soup, sandwiches and more all Thanksgiving weekend long. If you need even more sides or appetizers to nosh before the main event, Omaha Steaks offers those, too, for one stop shopping.

Best Fried: Uncle Ray’s Fried Turkeys

Thanksgiving Turkey
Uncle Ray's Fried Turkey

For fried turkey without the hassle, consider a pick from Uncle Ray's Fried Turkeys. In no time, the fried turkey will be at your door—and you won’t have to invest in (or clean!) all of the turkey frying gear and accessories. You can choose either a mild or spicy turkey to suit your family's taste. All the turkey needs is an hour in the oven (after thawing) and it will be ready for serving, so you can concentrate on all your favorite side dishes. Unlike companies that sell a huge variety of products, Uncle Ray’s only sells fried turkeys, so you know they've got it down to a science.

Best Turducken: Gourmet Butcher Block

all-madden turducken
Image by Gourmet Butcher Block.

This turducken came to fame thanks to former NFL coach and sportscaster John Madden. Dubbed the official food of the 1997 "All-Madden Team," this hefty dish features two layers of sausage stuffing and one layer of cornbread dressing jam-packed inside a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey. That may sound like a lot—because it is. Weighing in at 16 to 18 pounds, this monster bird can serve 20 to 25 people.

Turduckens take a minimum of 18 hours to defrost at room temperature and up to five days in the fridge, so plan accordingly. Once thawed, baked, cooled, and unthreaded, push a fork into the end of each leg, twist slightly, and remove tendons. Cut in half lengthwise and carve to reveal all three types of meat and stuffing.

Best Smoked Whole Bird: Nueske’s

Nueske's Smoked Turkey
Courtesy of Nueske's Smoked Turkey

If you’re looking for a smoked turkey, why not get it from a company that specializes in smoked foods, like Nueske’s? You can choose a whole applewood smoked turkey, a smoked turkey breast with or without a honey glaze, or a combo of ham and smoked turkey breast for even more variety. Tired of turkey? You can also find applewood smoked chicken breasts or duck.

Best for Large Gatherings: Elmwood Stock Farm

Thanksgiving turey
Elmwood Stock Farm

When you’re feeding a crowd, Elmwood Stock Farm has enough turkey to feed everyone. You can choose heritage or big-breasted turkeys in a variety of weights, so you serve one large 20-pounder, or choose two or three smaller turkeys, depending on your cooking setup. With this many choices, you’ll have exactly what you need, no many how many folks you’re feeding.

Best Cajun Style: Cajun Grocer

Turducken
 Cajun Grocer

For anyone looking to bring some unique spices to Thanksgiving dinner, Cajun Grocers offers turduckens featuring flavorful fillings such as seafood jambalaya, cornbread stuffing, or Creole pork sausage. Serving couldn’t be easier—you can simply slice straight through to see the layers, with no bones in the way.

For a smaller gathering, you can get a smaller turducken roll, where the outer layer is just a turkey breast instead of the whole bird. For an even smaller option, there are stuffed, partially deboned chickens, or you can choose a Cajun stuffed pork tenderloin for something completely different.

Final Verdict

If you'd like to order a traditional roasted turkey that's fully pre-cooked, the oven-roasted turkey from Harry & David won't disappoint. All you have to do is reheat the turkey so you'll have more time to spend preparing your favorite side dishes and desserts. If you're looking to change things up this year, check out D'Artagnan for a gourmet selection of old breed turkeys sustainably raised on free-range farms.

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What to Look for in a Mail-Order Turkey

Size: How many people are you hosting for Thanksgiving? Some companies offer a variety of turkey sizes, while others only have one, so you’ll need to calculate how much meat is necessary before you order. The general rule of thumb is you need 1 pound of turkey per guest if you don’t want any leftovers; plan for 1.5 pounds per guest if you want to have meat to spare. 

Precooked: When it comes to mail-order turkeys, you typically have two options: a precooked bird that just needs to be reheated, or a frozen, uncooked turkey that you have to prepare yourself. The best option for you ultimately depends on how much work you want to do on Thanksgiving day.

Flavor: Many companies offer pre-cooked turkeys that are seasoned in various ways. Some are hickory-smoked, some are apple-smoked, and some are even fried! Consider what else you’re serving at Thanksgiving to find the perfect turkey flavor to round out the meal.

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