Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Dinner

thanksgiving sheet pan dinner

The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

  • Total: 2 hrs 23 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 113 mins
  • Servings: 2 to 4 servings
  • Yield: 1 pan
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1061 Calories
51g Fat
67g Carbs
83g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 1061
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51g 66%
Saturated Fat 24g 122%
Cholesterol 321mg 107%
Sodium 2534mg 110%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 83g
Vitamin C 30mg 150%
Calcium 230mg 18%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 1430mg 30%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A sheet pan Thanksgiving dinner is the perfect solution for small holiday gatherings. It’s a great way to serve an entire Thanksgiving dinner, including rolls to two to four people. It’s all cooked on one pan and is on the table in about an hour.

This is the perfect solution for those who are celebrating away from extended family or for those who do not have a large family. The turkey, stuffing, and sweet potatoes are cooked first, then the green beans and rolls are added right to the pan towards the end of cooking. Everything comes out perfectly cooked and you don’t have to dirty a thousand pans.

Serve with cranberry sauce and gravy if you wish.

Ingredients

For the Stuffing:

  • 1 pound Italian sweet sausage

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • 4 cups seasoned or unseasoned bread cubes

For the Turkey:

  • 1 (2-pound) turkey breast

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 3 sprigs sage, minced

  • 1 teaspoon thyme, minced

  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

For the Sweet Potatoes:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1/4 cup mini marshmallows

For the Green Beans:

  • 12 ounces green beans

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cloves cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 crescent rolls

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Prepare the Stuffing and Turkey

  1. Gather the ingredients for the stuffing and turkey. Preheat the oven to 375 F. 

    ingredients for sheet pan turkey
  2. Brown the sausage in a large pot or dutch oven on medium high heat. Remove the sausage from the pot, leaving behind the grease.

    browned sausage in a pan
  3. Add the butter to the pot and once it has melted add the onions and garlic and saute until they are softened. Add the poultry seasoning and salt and pepper.

    sautéed onion in pan
  4. Add the chicken stock, egg, parsley, and bread cubes to the pan. Stir to combine and moisten the bread cubes completely. Set aside.

    stuffing in a pan
  5. Loosen the skin from the breast of the turkey. Combine the softened butter with all the remaining ingredients. Coat the turkey under the skin and on top of the skin with the seasoned butter.

    seasoned turkey breast
  6. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Cover half of the baking sheet with the stuffing. Make a well in the center for the turkey breast. Place the turkey breast on top.

    turkey on a sheet pan with stuffing

Prepare the Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    sweet potato and green bean ingredients.
  2. Hasselback the sweet potatoes by placing them in between two chopstick sand making thin, even cuts down to the chopsticks and not all the way through the sweet potato.

    hasselbacked sweet potatoes
  3. Place the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet next to the stuffing. Combine the melted butter and brown sugar and brush the mixture (or pour) into each crevice of the sweet potato.

    turkey and sweet potatoes on baking sheet
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes.

  5. While they are baking prepare the green beans. Toss the green beans with the olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.

    green beans tossed with seasonings
  6. Add them to the baking sheet. Along the edge of the baking sheet at the rolled crescent rolls. Top the sweet potatoes with the marshmallows. Bake for an additional 20 minutes. If the stuffing is getting too brown, cover the turkey and stuffing with foil. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Carve the turkey and serve.

    green beans and sweet potatoes on a baking sheet

Recipe Variations

  • You can use frozen dinner rolls instead of crescent rolls or you can make your own roll dough.
  • You can add carrots, celery, mushrooms or apples to the stuffing. Prepare it however you like it best.