Beyond Turkey: 25 Alternative Thanksgiving Meat Recipes

The beginning of November is my time to start planning my Thanksgiving menu. This year I’m vowing to get a little more creative in the kitchen and break with tradition just a bit. I’m fairly certain that we’ll always roast a turkey, but sometimes we also like add alternative Thanksgiving meat recipes to our feast. Heavy or light, red meat or fish, I love the variety another meat can bring. Other meat dishes can also set off the turkey beautifully.

Whether you’re skipping the Thanksgiving turkey or just looking to add unique flavors, here are 25 turkey alternatives for your Thanksgiving dinner.

  • Beyond Turkey: 25 Meaty Thanksgiving Mains 1 of 26

    Go beyond turkey and cook up an inspired feast with one of these delicious Thanksgiving meat recipes.

  • Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops 2 of 26

    Yum! This creative pork roast features all kinds of Thanksgiving flavors in one dish. With cranberries and pecans, these tender pork chops are the perfect turkey alternative.
    The Corner Kitchen Blog has the recipe
    Image: The Corner Kitchen Blog 

  • Lamb Meatloaf Baked in Mini Pumpkins 3 of 26

    Bake up a feast to remember with this creatively delicious recipe for lamb meatloaf baked in pumpkins.
    The Tomato Tart has the recipe
    Image: The Tomato Tart 

  • Honey-Orange Glazed Ham 4 of 26

    A classic honey-glazed ham is a wonderful addition to any Thanksgiving table.
    Miss in the Kitchen
    Image: Miss in the Kitchen 

  • Pomegranate Brisket with Cranberry Succotash 5 of 26

    Get creative with your Thanksgiving menu and make this incredible pomegranate brisket with cranberry succotash.
    What Jew Wanna Eat has the recipe
    Image: What Jew Wanna Eat 

  • Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs 6 of 26
    Beyond Turkey: 25 Alternative Thanksgiving Meat Dishes

    Beef short ribs are incredibly rich, and just right for your Thanksgiving feast. Best of all, this recipe is made in a slow-cooker, giving it serious make-ahead appeal.
    The Corner Kitchen Blog has the recipe
    Image: The Corner Kitchen Blog 

  • Maple-Braised Pork Belly 7 of 26

    Add a little decadent richness to your meal with this sweet and savory maple-braised pork belly recipe.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin 8 of 26

    This simple pan-seared tenderloin is begging to be smothered in a little cranberry sauce!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Bone-In Holiday Ham 9 of 26

    This classic bone-in holiday ham is the ultimate in festive eating! Head over to the Noble Pig for a simple, step-by-step recipe for a tender, juicy holiday ham.
    Noble Pig has the recipe
    Image: Noble Pig 

  • Maple Dijon Chicken 10 of 26

    If you're forsaking turkey altogether this Thanksgiving, you may want to add a little poultry to your holiday table, and this simple maple Dijon chicken is just the ticket.
    Everyday Maven has the recipe
    Image: Everyday Maven 

  • Sweet Chili-Glazed Salmon 11 of 26

    Sweet and spicy, this simple salmon recipe would be great atop a pile of creamy mashed potatoes.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Angie McGowan 

  • Cherry, Almond, and Wild Rice Stuffed Pork Loin 12 of 26

    Make a pork loin to remember with this incredible cherry- and almond-studded recipe from Joy the Baker.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Joy the Baker 

  • Beef Brisket 13 of 26

    Keep things classic with this easy, flavorful brisket recipe from The Lemon Bowl.
    The Lemon Bowl has the recipe
    Image: The Lemon Bowl 

  • Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon 14 of 26

    Julia Child first popularized this French classic, but if the recipe's complexity has proved too daunting to you, give this pared-down slow cooker version a shot. The hearty braise is ideal for Thanksgiving festivities.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Aggie Goodman 

  • Lemon Dill Grilled Salmon 15 of 26

    Grill up this delicious salmon recipe for a light and satisfying Thanksgiving main.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Shaina Olmanson

  • Roast Beef with Madeira Sauce 16 of 26

    A small beef roast is an excellent compliment to a traditional turkey. This tender roast also features a simple and mouthwatering madeira sauce that will go well with all that Thanksgiving flavor.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Sausage-Stuffed Butternut Squash 17 of 26

    Add some heartiness to a traditional side with this stuffed butternut squash recipe.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Lemon and Herb Poached Halibut 18 of 26

    Lighten things up this Thanksgiving with this flaky lemon and herb poached halibut!
    The Corner Kitchen Blog has the recipe
    Image: The Corner Kitchen Blog 

  • Roasted Chicken with Fall Vegetables 19 of 26

    Instead of turkey, keep things simple, seasonal, and oh-so delicious with this easy recipe for roasted chicken and vegetables.
    Babble has the recipe
    Image: Sandra Lee 

  • Stuffed Chicken Medallions 20 of 26

    Forget turkey and make chicken the star of the Thanksgiving show with these tender, herbaceous stuffed chicken medallions
    Crumb Blog has the recipe
    Image: Crumb Blog 

  • Mini Tourtieres 21 of 26

    Tourtières, tiny meat pies hailing from Canada, might seem like an unlikely candidate for an American Thanksgiving table, but these flaky little pies filled with a mix of beef, veal, and pork are perhaps the perfect counterpoint to a roasted bird.
    Crumb Blog has the recipe
    Image: Crumb Blog 

  • Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Dijon Sauce 22 of 26
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    This classic beef tenderloin features an irresistible red wine dijon sauce that compliments the meat beautifully.
    Karen's Kitchen has the recipe
    Image: Karen's Kitchen

  • Cranberry Ropa Vieja 23 of 26

    Ropa Vieja is a dish most closely associated with the Canary Islands, Cuba, and the Caribbean, and is essentially a shredded beef stew. This delicious version rises well above its humble roots and makes the most of seasonal flavors with cranberries, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
    Always Order Dessert has the recipe
    Image: Always Order Dessert 

  • Red Wine Marinated Flank Steak 24 of 26

    A simple marinated flank steak will be perfectly at home on your Thanksgiving plate.
    The Corner Kitchen Blog has the recipe
    Image: The Corner Kitchen Blog 

  • Prime Rib Roast 25 of 26

    Poultry isn't for everyone. If you're expecting a house of meat lovers this Thanksgiving, then consider this crowd-pleasing, totally classic prime rib roast.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal 

  • Beef Phyllingtons 26 of 26

    These clever pockets feature all the wonderful flavors of Beef Wellington in a scrumptious pastry!
    Cupcakes and Kale Chips has the recipe
    Image: Cupcakes and Kale Chips 

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