18 Inexpensive Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

inexpensive thanksgiving dinner recipes

Preparing a holiday meal can get pricy. However, there are ways to prepare a fantastic holiday dinner while still saving a few dollars. Planning a menu early and shopping sales are two tips. Preparing recipes with budget-friendly ingredients is also key. Potatoes are inexpensive and Hasselback potatoes make an amazing presentation. Turkey is typically the priciest part of the meal. Serve a turkey breast this year. Corn casserole is not only delicious, it’s economical. Food doesn’t have to suffer if you’re looking to prepare an inexpensive Thanksgiving meal and these 18 recipes prove that.

Thanksgiving Teaser Roast Turkey Breast

Thanksgiving Teaser Roast Turkey Breast

"I really like Thanksgiving... like a lot. So instead of waiting for the holiday to enjoy all the delicious food, I'll make it in smaller portions so we can have it more often. This recipe is really held together by the seasoning blend I made which I will list on here. The turkey is also really great for sandwiches if you're trying to cut down on deli meat!" - Ashley
Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Soup

Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Soup

"It never ceases to amaze me how simple vegetable soups like this one can be so good with so few ingredients and that might be why I keep coming back to them. The main vegetable in this soup is of course the cauliflower and it is roasted before being added to the soup to concentrate its flavour and to get a bit of caramelization going." - Kevin
Corn Casserole

Corn Casserole

"Once baked, the corn casserole is fluffy yet dense and creamy like corn pudding." - The Kitchen Crew
Honey Glazed Carrots

Honey Glazed Carrots

"Any way to make kids eat their veggies. Adults love them prepared this way as well. Kid tested and mother approved." - Marsha
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

"Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes are creamy and rich. They’re delicious enough to serve as a holiday side dish but easy enough to make on a busy weeknight. Roasted garlic makes everything better and it’s sure to make your mashed potatoes your favorite side dish recipe." - Paula
Twice Baked Sweet Potato With Pecan Streusel

Twice Baked Sweet Potato With Pecan Streusel

"Creamy mashed maple bourbon sweet potatoes served in their skins topped with pecan streusel." - Kevin
Candied Pecan Bites

Candied Pecan Bites

"Trying to decide what to bring for an upcoming Thanksgiving dinner? Here is a double-duty dish—Candied Pecans. When you toss together this simple plant-based snack in a nicely adorned container, you have a perfect hostess gift." - Shikha
Cheesy Corn and Green Bean Casserole

Cheesy Corn and Green Bean Casserole

"This casserole is an easy way to get my kids to eat their vegetables! Sometimes I don't need a big 9 x 13 pan, so I cut the recipe in half and make it in a 1.5 qt casserole. Cheesy deliciousness!" - Kelli
Hasselback Scalloped Potatoes

Hasselback Scalloped Potatoes

"An easy and delicious recipe for cheesy, garlicky, crazy-delicious Hasselback Scalloped Potatoes. They are the perfect side dish for a family dinner!" - Paula
Oven Roasted Potatoes With Olive Oil & Rosemary

Oven Roasted Potatoes With Olive Oil & Rosemary

"These potatoes can be sprayed with olive oil pan spray rather than using regular oil to make them less fattening. Most vegetables can be prepared like this. The roasting gives them a much more intense flavor than just steaming them." - Pat
Pumpkin Crisp

Pumpkin Crisp

"This Pumpkin Crisp has a pumpkin pie type filling and a spicy buttery crisp topping. Easier than pie this will soon be a fall favorite served with whipped cream or ice cream. While I love pumpkin pie a crisp is much easier not only to make but this recipe can serve a crowd." - Debbie
Herb Rotisserie Turkey Breast

Herb Rotisserie Turkey Breast

"This turkey breast is perfect on a rotisserie or roasted in the oven. It's brined and then marinated in flavorful herbs. However you cook the turkey, the brining step is very important, don't skip this, it makes the turkey so moist." - Donna
Apple Pie Deep Fry

Apple Pie Deep Fry

"We adored these little fried apple pies. Using tortillas and canned pie filling makes this a super easy and tasty dessert. The cinnamon sugar coating is the perfect touch." - The Kitchen Crew
Baked Brussels Sprouts

Baked Brussels Sprouts

"These Brussels sprouts have a buttery nuttiness which is only enhanced by the lemon zest and sprinkling of fresh Parmesan. If you're looking for an easy Brussels sprouts recipe definitely give this one a try." - The Kitchen Crew
Soft Vegan Sweet Potato Dinner Biscuits

Soft Vegan Sweet Potato Dinner Biscuits

"These simple Soft Vegan Sweet Potato Dinner Biscuits are so moist and flaky, they practically melt in your mouth." - Cathe
Always Perfect Apple Pie

Always Perfect Apple Pie

"A must-have for every major holiday, this pie comes out perfectly every time... and it doesn't last long in my house either!" - Brad
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

"When looking for a fun fall treat try these whoopie pies. This recipe adds a few simple ingredients to a cake mix to make a soft cake-like cookie." - The Kitchen Crew
Butterscotch Pumpkin Pudding Cheesecake

Butterscotch Pumpkin Pudding Cheesecake

"I LOVE pumpkin and always have canned pumpkin in my pantry. I love easy, instant yumminess and this pie fit's the bill perfectly!" - Amanda