Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Wondering how to put together a traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu? Here are classic Thanksgiving recipes that you’ll come back to year after year.

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Menu


If you’ve ever been in charge of making a full Thanksgiving dinner, you realize what an intimidating task it can be. There are so many different traditions that people hold to when it comes to their Thanksgiving dinner. Some family members like turkey, others want ham. “Cranberry sauce?…Ew, mom”.

My suggestion? Make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu. You just can’t go wrong with Grandma’s recipes. You’ll find our favorites below. The links are highlighted. Just click them to take you right to the recipe!

Oh…and if you need help thinking through and organizing a Thanksgiving dinner, find our Thanksgiving checklist here.

Thanksgiving Appetizers

I’ll be honest. Our family generally doesn’t have appetizers at Thanksgiving, because really, we never stop eating. So really, breakfast and snacks on the hour are our Thanksgiving appetizers, but here are a few easy ideas if you need to take an appetizer along to a Thanksgiving party!

the best thanksgiving appetizers

Veggie Blossoms

Mexican Tortilla Rollups

Thanksgiving Drinks

I don’t know how many times I’ve planned a nice gathering and completely forgotten about drinks. When you are trying to make an impression, it’s not fun to have to say, “Umm….how about water?”. These two drinks are cranberry-inspired so are perfect for the holidays. One hot and one cold!

the best thanksgiving drink recipes

Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider – A delicious hot drink kept warm in the slow cooker.

Cranberry Pineapple Iced Tea – Easy, ice cold drink!

Cranberry Punch – 5 minutes…so easy and delicious.

Sherbet Punch – A classic! Use any flavor sherbet and Jello for any holiday.

Thanksgiving Jello Salads

What is Thanksgiving dinner without Jello salads? Ok, so maybe these aren’t traditional salads, but we can call them fruit salads and serve them similar to a dessert. They’re a classic and these are a few of our favorites.


Cranberry Jello Salad – Easy, tangy and sweet.

Bing Cherry Jello Salad – With cherry cola!

7up Lime Jello – Grinch-like Jello salad perfect for Christmas too!

Cherry Pineapple Marshmallow Jello – This was my favorite Jello salad when I was younger.

Watch us make Cranberry Jello Salad


Thanksgiving Turkey

The main event. And this one is golden brown and juicy!

How to Smoke a Turkey. Our rub recipe is delicious!

The Best Smoked Turkey Recipe – Stuffed with citrus, butter and cola!

Turkey in an Electric Roaster – Save oven space and serve a juicy turkey.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast – Just need a small turkey? Try this fork-tender turkey breast.


Thanksgiving Side Dishes

My favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is the side dishes. I pile my plate high with mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole and stuffing. I could make a meal off of these easy casseroles with no problem.

the best thanksgiving side dishes

Green Bean Casserole– From Scratch!

Grandma’s Thanksgiving Stuffing– One of our most popular recipes.

Cornbread Sausage Stuffing – A classic southern recipe.

Cranberry Sauce – Ok…I’ll make it for those who want it.

Rich and Creamy Mashed Potatoes – With secret ingredients to make them deliciously rich.

5 Ingredient Corn Casserole – And several ingredients you can add to make this your own!

Scalloped Corn – A classic my mom used to make.

Corn Pudding – Creamier and a little sweeter than the traditional corn casserole.

Sweet Potato Casserole – I’m a pecan streusel sweet potato casserole kind of girl. Use real sweet potatoes instead of cans for a great homemade flavor.

Foolproof Turkey Gravy – Don’t forget the gravy! This is a great tutorial.

Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls

We have two dinner roll recipes that both get excellent reviews and are perfect for the beginning baker.

the best thanksgiving rolls

Egg Free Pumpkin Dinner Rolls – Soft, fluffy and so easy!

Buttery Soft Rolls- These get crazy good reviews and are a great recipe to start with if you aren’t used to working with yeast.

Brown ‘n Serve Rolls – Skip store bought and make your own!

Thanksgiving Desserts

My second favorite part of dinner, which I usually eat about 4 hours after dinner because I’ve stuffed myself so full of potatoes. I stuck with classic pumpkin desserts here, but cakes and candies are a great option, too!
the best pumpkin desserts for thanksgiving

Pumpkin Crumb Pie– If you love pumpkin dump cake, you must try this pie!

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake- Easy make-ahead dessert with a gingersnap crust

Pumpkin Cake– Two layers covered with cream cheese frosting.

Pie Crust- My grandma’s recipe!

Traditional Pumpkin Pie – with adjustments for different pan sizes

Sweet Potato Pie – for something a little different!


Am I missing something you always have on your traditional thanksgiving dinner menu? Tell me what I forgot! In a nice way, of course.

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