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It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and the rest of the holiday season is not far behind. So we have put together some alternatives to the traditional Thanksgiving meal. This year has not been typical, shouldn’t your Thanksgiving match?
Thanksgiving Alternatives to the Traditional Turkey Dinner

Spatchcock that Bird!

Not going to make the cover of Martha Stewart Living but damn delicious.

Spatchcocking is a great way to prepare any poultry but especially a Thanksgiving turkey, because of its size. Spatchcocking is when you remove the backbone and crack the breastbone so that you can cook the bird flat on the grill. This method is a great way to get crispy skin and cut your cook time in half.

spatchcocked turkey

Spatchcock Turkey Instructions

1. Remove the spine and break the breasts to flatten the bird, this cuts the cooking time down substantially.
2. Coat bird with olive oil, salt, and pepper well.
3. Stuff under skin fresh Rosemary, sage, and thyme.
4. You can grill, or bake the turkey. Bake at 325 ° for 15 minutes per pound, or grill at 265 ° for 27 minutes per pound the turkey must reach an internal temperature of 165 °.
5. Make sure to rest the bird for 30 minutes prior to cutting and serving!

Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers

All that tradition stuffed into one delicious burger.



  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers


1. Shape patties and rest in the fridge for 45 minutes, so they hold their shape better.
2. Cranberry Mayo: Mix Mayo with cranberry sauce, a little salt, and pepper.
3. Grill buns and spread with cranberry mayo.
4. Grill burgers, preferably in a cast iron pan, or you can grill on a barbecue grill but only flip once. The patties are prone to fall apart when moved too much.
5. Then grill to an internal temperature of 165 and top with Havarti or your favorite cheese.

Standing Rib Roast, leg of lamb or Cornish game hens are a great main if you do not feel like the traditional turkey.

Standing (Ovation) Rib Roast

It is just that good.

Standing (Ovation) Rib Roast


1. Coat with butter, season well with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder.

2. Roast in the oven at 350° degrees, 18 minutes per pound, and the roast will be medium when the center reaches 130° degrees. Let rest 15 minutes minimum, pull the meat at 125° to serve medium-rare. Resting is very important! Serve with your favorite sides.

Silence of the Leg of Lamb

Because it is always quieter when everyone is just eating.


1. Coat with olive oil, salt, and pepper well,

2. Stuff a sprig of Rosemary and thyme, roast in the oven at 450° degrees for 15 minutes.

3. Turn down to 350° degrees, and roast 15 minutes per pound until the center reaches 135 degrees.

4. Let rest 15 minutes minimum. Resting is very important.

This is everything you need to do Thanksgiving a little differently and still keep it delicious.

From our family to yours. Stay safe, be vigilant and God bless. The Angelo Group