The 12 Best Mail Order Turkeys of 2022, Tested and Reviewed

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Best Mail Order Turkeys

The Spruce Eats / Chloe Jeong

Tested & Approved

Our editors chose the turkey from D'Artagnan as our overall winner after sampling a Green Circle turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, in addition to other high-quality meats from their extensive offerings throughout the rest of the year. For a whole turkey dinner you can get all in one place, including sides and desserts, check out Purdue.

Sure, you can go to the grocery store and buy a basic frozen turkey, but it's no secret there are many more choices available online, even as Thanksgiving inches closer and closer. You can find everything from heritage birds that are not at all like the ones you see at the grocery store to cooked birds that you simply have to heat, slice, and serve. Whether you’re craving something different or simply looking for a free-range and organic bird, you can order online and make the dinner exactly what you want. Even better, many of these sellers offer great turkeys all year long.

We ordered turkeys online and sent them to the homes of our experienced testers and editors so they could evaluate the taste and presentation. Each turkey (or turducken) was rated on the delivery process, freshness, taste, and ease of preparation. We collected additional insights on how long preparation and thawing take so you can decide exactly when to order your bird. Whether you're looking for a turkey for a large family gathering, looking for something to save you time in the kitchen, or you want to experiment with something a little different this year, our list of mail order turkeys has an option for you.

Here are the best mail order turkeys to help you enjoy a delicious feast.

Best Overall: D’Artagnan Turkeys

5
D’Artagnan Turkey

D’Artagnan

What We Like
  • Farm-raised heritage birds

  • Wild and organic available

  • Smoked breasts available

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Who else recommends it? Delish and Saveur both picked D’Artagnan Turkeys.

D'Artagnan has earned a reputation as one of the best places to buy mail-order turkeys and other gourmet meats, and after our Associate Editorial Director, Mary Kate Hoban, prepared one of the Green Circle birds for her family's Thanksgiving dinner, we knew the brand was deserving of our best overall spot. D'Artagnan's turkeys are all farm-raised. In fact, each farmer D'Artagnan works with signs an agreement saying they will never use antibiotics or added hormones. The company offers organic birds, heritage turkeys, bone-in-turkey breast, and even wild turkey, ranging in size from 8 to 24 pounds. 

The Green Circle label means the turkeys are certified by Humane Farm Animal Care. These turkeys are fed a diet of vegetables (surplus from markets) and whole grains. The turkey that was sent as a sample arrived on the specified day, packaged frozen in a box with insulated foam. The flavor of the cooked bird impressed everyone, and the whole process was incredibly easy.

Other editors have also ordered from D'Artagnan at other points throughout the year. "You really can't go wrong when you order from D'Artagnan," says Julia Warren, VP of Commerce. "Any of the meats you can choose from are high quality and the shipping process is pretty seamless. I've ordered a few things and have yet to be disappointed." 

*As of mid-November, the Organic Turkey, Green Circle Turkey, Heritage Turkey, Wild Turkey, and Organic Bone-In Turkey Breast are sold out. However, several other options are available.

Price at time of publish: $52.99-$69.99 (for a 4-6- or 6-8-pound frozen Bone-In Natural Turkey Breast), $59.99 (for a 3.15-3.75-pound Truffle Turkey Breast), or $82.99 (for a fresh 7-pound Smoked Turkey Breast)

Size: 4-16 pounds | Serves: 4-10 people | Shipping: Preorders are delivered between November 18 and November 22

D'Artagnan turkey

The Spruce Eats / Mary Kate Hoban

What Our Editors Say

"I sampled a Green Circle turkey from D'Artagnan for my family's Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone agreed it was one of the best turkeys we've ever had. Plus, ordering it ahead of time and receiving it frozen in enough time to thaw in the refrigerator before the big day was so convenient." — Mary Kate Hoban, Associate Editorial Director Commerce

Best Last Minute: Omaha Steaks Smoked Whole Turkey

Omaha Steaks Smoked Whole Turkey

Omaha Steaks

What We Like
  • Cooking bag and pop-up turkey time included

  • Medium size

  • Lots of shipping options

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive unless you buy more products

Even the most seasoned Thanksgiving chef can have mishaps, and luckily there are mail-order turkeys out there that can be shipped to your table in a pinch if needed. Omaha Steaks is already known for its meat deliveries including steak, chicken, and seafood, but should you need an 8-pound turkey, it's got that as well.

This whole turkey is costly when ordered by itself—but the company offers it half off when any other food item is purchased, too. This gives you the chance to pick up any appetizers, sides, desserts, or even wine you may need for dinner, ultimately saving you money.

The turkey is slow-smoked for up to 14 hours in brown sugar and then is delivered frozen. Be sure to account for thawing and cooking times when ordering, even if it is last minute.

Price at time of publish: $224.99 (but $112.49 when purchased with another Omaha Steaks product)

Size: 8 pounds | Serves: 8 people | Flavor: Smokey brown sugar | Availability: 2-5 business days or less—express, rush, and Saturday rush shipping available

Best Fresh: Williams Sonoma Turkey

williams sonoma turkey

 Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

What We Like
  • One-stop-shop for food and accessories

  • Turkeys are chilled, but not fully frozen

  • Sides and complete dinners also available

What We Don't Like
  • Can't be picked up at stores

Williams Sonoma may not be the name you think of when it comes to turkeys, but the store has the connections to get a fresh turkey shipped right to your door. Order fresh or select a pre-cooked option including smoked, roasted, and herb-roasted whole turkeys, stuffed turkey breast, and more. They are shipped directly from the farms they were raised on and arrive chilled, so there’s no need for thawing. Just thaw, brine if necessary (this Brine Kit from Williams Sonoma makes this easy), and put into the oven.

*Be sure to note that many options are only available for delivery in time for Christmas 2022.

Price at time of publish: $104.95-$144.95 for a 3.8-8-pound turkey breast and $119.95-$164.95 for a 10-16-pound whole turkey

Size: varies | Serves: 6-13 people | Shipping: Order by 11:59 p.m. on November 18 for delivery before November 23 for Thanksgiving, or order by 11:59 p.m. on December 18 for delivery by December 22 for Christmas

Best for Local Delivery/Pickup: Good & Gather Premium Basted Young Turkey

Good & Gather Premium Basted Young Turkey

Target

What We Like
  • Widely available

  • Large size

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Frozen

For anyone in need of a turkey on short notice, Target has you covered. The Premium Basted Young Turkey under the Good & Gather line weighs between 10 and 16 pounds—which is enough to feed nearly a dozen people or mroe. It is all ready to go after thawing as it is marinated in broth, salt, and sugar before being wrapped. For another added time-saver, the turkey comes with a gravy packet, as well.

Target's pickup service allows customers to make purchases online that are ready in two hours or less. When buying the Good & Gather Premium Basted Young Turkey and using this feature, customers will select their store when ordering. Once the order is ready, Target will send an alert. Inside each Target there is an Order Pickup counter, usually right by the entrance—however, for those with the store's mobile app, you can switch to "Drive Up" once you're at the store. An employee will then bring the order directly to you parked in a marked spot.

Price at time of publish: $0.99 per pound

Size: 10-16 pounds | Serves: 10-15 people | Shipping: Delivery through Target, but pickup is also available for free within two hours

Best Ham and Turkey Sampler: Harry & David Sliced Ham and Turkey Sampler

4.8
harry and david ham and turkey sampler

Courtesy of Harry & David

What We Like
  • Preparation is easy

  • Nice smoky flavor

  • Great for gifting

What We Don't Like
  • Turkey tasted slightly salty

Known for fruit baskets and nut selections, Harry and David is also one of the best places to order turkey and ham online. The pre-sliced ham and turkey sampler lets you enjoy the best smoked meats of the season. We sent a sampler to one of our editors to test and she gave both the ham and the turkey high marks for flavor and freshness. It arrives pre-sliced so all you have to do is take it out of the refrigerator and heat it on the big day.

If you're someone who gets more excited about sides than the turkey, this sampler could be the perfect addition to your table. You can spend all your time on cranberry, dressing, and casseroles and still have a delicious choice of meat to round out your meal. It's also ideal for next-day sandwiches and would make a great gift for someone any time of the year.

If you're looking around the rest of the site, you can also buy a complete meal, so you won’t even have to worry about side dishes. The fun doesn’t stop there—you can pick up some relish, buy a platter to serve the food on, or pick up an extra dessert or two.

Price at time of publish: $99.99

Size: 4 pounds | Serves: 5-6 people | Shipping: 2-day shipping (overnight express available for an additional $20)

What Our Editors Say

"I really enjoyed the smoky flavor of both the ham and the turkey, and the convenience cannot be beaten. If you want to save hours on prep time, this should be your go-to. I'd recommend this to anyone who doesn't want their entire day to be about cooking a turkey. It's the perfect low-maintenance addition to a table full of delicious sides." Mary Kate Hoban, Associate Editorial Director Commerce

Best for a Full Meal: Purdue Premium Holiday Turkey

Purdue Premium Holiday Turkey

Purdue

What We Like
  • Feeds over 15 people

  • Sides and other foods available for purchase

  • Affordability

What We Don't Like
  • Long delivery time

Feeding a crowd on holidays like Thanksgiving can take a lot of work, but this up to 20-pound turkey from Purdue is delivered right to your door and then only requires thawing and cooking. It can feed over 15 people, and costs less than many other mail-order turkeys on the market. Plus, Purdue offers things like classic sides and other foods you can get delivered at the same time, including Bacon White Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Sriracha Maple Brussels Sprouts, as well as Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes, Mini Cheesecakes, and more.

It comes without any spices or seasonings, allowing you to roast or cook it in whatever you'd like. With this turkey it is necessary to note the delivery times—Purdue usually ships in 1-3 business days, but to get the turkey and all its fixings by Thanksgiving Day 2022 you will need to order almost 10 days before the holiday.

Price at time of publish: $94.99 and $114.99

Size: 10-16 and 16-20 pounds | Serves: 10-16 people | Shipping: Order by 9 a.m. EST on November 15 for delivery by Thanksgiving and 9 a.m. EST on December 13 for delivery by Christmas and New Years Day

Best Turducken: Gourmet Butcher Block The All-Madden Turducken

4.8
All-Madde Turducken
What We Like
  • Well seasoned

  • Easy preparation

  • Fast shipping

What We Don't Like
  • Free shipping only in selected states

This turducken came to fame thanks to former NFL coach and sportscaster John Madden. Dubbed the official food of the 1997 "All-Madden Team," this hefty dish features two layers of sausage stuffing and one layer of cornbread dressing jam-packed inside a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey. That may sound like a lot—because it is. Weighing in at 16 to 18 pounds, this monster bird can serve 20 to 25 people.

We sent one to the home of one of our editors, who was impressed with the quick and smooth delivery process as well as the ease of preparation. Turduckens take a minimum of 18 hours to defrost at room temperature and up to five days in the fridge, so plan accordingly. One thing to note is that it arrives without directions, but there are ample instructions on the Goldbelly website for storage, defrosting, and roasting. Our test editor roasted her turducken according to those instructions, and her meat came out perfect. She recommends adding about 2 cups of water to the roasting pan in the last hour—combined with the pan drippings this creates a gorgeous, flavorful sauce and makes for easier cleanup. 

Our editor appreciated the fact that you do not have to deal with any bones, aside from the wings (which you can save to make turkey stock). Then, you simply cut in half lengthwise and carve to reveal all three types of meat and stuffing.

Price at time of publish: $199.95

Size: 16-18 pounds | Serves: 20-25 people | Shipping: 2-day shipping available in 19 states, scheduled delivery available for November 16-19, 22-23 for Thanksgiving, and December 1-3, 6-10, 13-17 and 20-23 for Christmas.

Best Mail Order Turkey

The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

What Our Editors Say

"If you find the typical Thanksgiving roast turkey bland, this is a great alternative. The Cajun seasoning is tasty with subtle peppery-ness but not overpowering. And the turkey breast came out moist without my having to do anything to it." — Adriana Velez, Senior Editor

Best Pre-Cooked: Burgers' Smokehouse Hickory Smoked Whole Turkey

Burgers' Smokehouse Hickory Smoked Whole Turkey

Amazon

What We Like
  • Fast and easy to prepare

  • Great hickory smoked flavor

  • Several sizes of turkeys

What We Don't Like
  • Risk of overcooking

  • No drippings for gravy

Whether you want a whole turkey, half turkey, or turkey breast, Burger’s Smokehouse has you covered—plus this fully-cooked hickory-smoked turkey makes the holidays easy. Serve it hot or cold, and pair it with the brand's side dishes and desserts for a complete meal.

Our tester's 10-pound bird shipped quickly and arrived frozen and packaged in a styrofoam box with dry ice—no signature required at delivery. The instructions included were brief, as the preparation of this turkey is super simple. After thawing for a couple of days in the fridge, it took less than two hours to heat. Just remove the plastic seal, wrap the turkey in aluminum foil, and pop it into the oven; no other prep is required. You can also use a roaster with a cover or a baking bag.

The finished product was delicious and flavorful, especially considering the ease and speed of preparation. However, our tester did note that "because it is pre-cooked, there is a risk of overdoing the meat, and I did experience a few bites that were a bit too tough."

Price at time of publish: $159.00

Size: 16-20 pounds | Serves: 15-20 people | Flavor: Hickory | Shipping: Ships via UPS for delivery on Wednesdays-Fridays.

Burgers Smokehouse Turkey

The Spruce Eats / Taysha Murtaugh

What Our Editors Say

"This turkey was savory and perfectly smoked—wonderful when served with mashed potatoes and stuffing or on a sandwich."Taysha Murtaugh, Editorial Director

Best Cajun Style: Cajun Grocer Premium Turducken with Cornbread Stuffing

4.8
Premium Turducken with Cornbread Stuffing

Cajun Grocer

What We Like
  • Authentic turducken

  • Cooking instructions included

  • Unique presentation

What We Don't Like
  • No fresh turkeys

For anyone looking to bring some savory spices to dinner, Cajun Grocer offers turduckens featuring flavorful fillings such as seafood jambalaya, cornbread stuffing, and Creole pork sausage. Serving couldn’t be easier: You simply slice straight through to see the layers, with no bones in the way.

For a smaller gathering, you can get a smaller turducken roll, where the outer layer is just a turkey breast instead of the whole bird. For an even smaller option, there are stuffed, partially deboned chickens, or you can choose a Cajun stuffed pork tenderloin for something completely different.

We sent our tester a turducken stuffed with cornbread stuffing. Cooking instructions are included, as well as carving instructions, but our tester found that the timing was slightly off. Both the thawing and cooking took longer than anticipated, based on the thermometer used. While the instructions suggested three days for thawing, our tester didn't feel confident it was completely thawed until five days, but it will depend on your refrigerator and the size of the bird you order.

Once done, the bird needs a long rest, and then it’s cut horizontally and then cut in slices for serving. As far as taste, our tester found it delicious and just a bit spicy. She raved about the cornbread stuffing, but there are plenty of other stuffings available to choose from and some are probably much spicier for those who want a real kick. The only bones in this bird are the wings, so there wasn’t much to make stock from, but with those wings and the drippings, our tester ended up with a unique Cajun-flavored stock.

Price at time of publish: $132.00

Size: 15 pounds | Serves: 15-20 people | Flavor: Cajun | Shipping: Ground, 2-day, 3-day, and overnight delivery available in 48 states

Cajun Grocer turducken

The Spruce Eats / Donna Currie

What Our Testers Say

"This was unique and quite tasty. I think it would work well for people who like traditional turkey as well as more adventurous folks." — Donna Currie, Product Tester

Best for Free Shipping: Butcherbox Turkey Box

Butcherbox Turkey Box

Butcherbox

What We Like
  • No membership required

  • Scheduled delivery available

  • Raised without antibiotics

What We Don't Like
  • Turkey ships frozen

There's no hassle involved with shipping when you order the Turkey Box at Butcherbox—"shipping and delivery are always free," the company says. And while other meats are part of the signature subscription service, the Turkey Box and the Turkey Feast (which includes a Whole Turkey, Italian Ground Sausage, Charcuterie Variety Pack, and a Boneless Turkey Breast) do not require a membership.

If you're sticking with the Turkey Box you'll get their medium-sized whole turkey for the set price, and not anything more. Be ready to season the bird how you like, it comes raised without antibiotics, all-natural with no basting or artificial ingredients. Just thaw, cook, and enjoy.

Price at time of publish: $85.00

Size: 14-18 pounds | Serves: 8-12 people | Shipping: Free shipping on any order, with scheduled shipping available for October 23 through December 11—choose November 6 or 13 for delivery before Thanksgiving

Best Roast: Mackenzie Herb Roasted Whole Turkey

Mackenzie Herb Roasted Whole Turkey

Mackenzie

What We Like
  • Fully cooked

  • Serves up to 10 people

  • No prep needed

What We Don't Like
  • More expensive than others

Gourmet food company Mackenzie Limited delivers prepared food frozen so there is very little work for you to do to get it onto the table, and that's the case with our pick for the Best Roast mail-order turkey. This option is a little pricier than others, but is 9-11 pounds and can feed up to 10 people at Thanksgiving dinner. It is pre-seasoned with herbs and seasonings for a fresh-tasting turkey. After it thaws it only needs about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes in an oven at 375 degrees.

Price at time of publish: $129.95

Size: 9-11 pounds | Serves: 8-10 people | Shipping: Orders arrive in 7 business days with standard, expedited, and overnight shipping available

Best for Large Families: Elmwood Stock Farm Organic Turkey

Turkey, Organic Broad-Breasted

Elmwood Stock Farm

What We Like
  • Large variety of sizes

  • Samplers and bundle

  • Stock/broth items available

What We Don't Like
  • No sides or desserts

When you’re feeding a large family, Elmwood Stock Farm has enough turkey to go around. You can choose heritage or big-breasted turkeys in a variety of weights; you can serve one large 20-pounder, or choose two or three smaller turkeys, depending on your cooking setup. With this many choices, you’ll have exactly what you need, no many how many folks you’re feeding.

Price at time of publish: $149.00-$299.00 for Heritage Breed, $209.00-$279.00 for Broad-Breasted

Size: 6-16.9 pounds for Heritage Breed, 18-28.9 pounds for Broad-Breasted | Serves: 5-30 people | Shipping: Ships to 48 states, local delivery available. Thanksgiving orders ship the week before.

Final Verdict

Check out D'Artagnan for a gourmet selection of old-breed turkeys sustainably raised on free-range farms. Or, for a Thanksgiving meal that takes a little less effort than cooking an entire bird, the roast from Williams Sonoma received rave reviews from our tester for both taste and ease of preparation.

How We Tested

We spent months researching the best options for mail-order turkeys of all sizes and flavors, as well as alternatives to traditional Thanksgiving turkey options. We then ordered several turkeys to the homes of our experienced product testers and editors so that they could prepare them and provide feedback. They rated each turkey (or sampler or turducken) on the delivery process, freshness, taste, and ease of preparation. We used our research and the testing data to determine placement on this list.

What to Look for in Mail Order Turkeys

Size

How many people are you feeding? Some companies offer a variety of turkey sizes, while others only have one, so you’ll need to calculate how much meat is necessary before you order. The general rule of thumb is you need 1 pound of turkey per guest if you don’t want any leftovers; plan for 1.5 pounds per guest if you want to have meat to spare. 

Precooked

When it comes to mail-order turkeys, you typically have two options: a precooked bird that just needs to be reheated or a frozen or uncooked turkey that you have to prepare yourself. The best option for you ultimately depends on how much work you want to do.

Flavor

Many companies offer pre-cooked turkeys that are seasoned in various ways. Some are hickory-smoked, some are apple-smoked, and some are even fried. Consider what else you’re serving to find the perfect turkey flavor to round out the meal.

Thanksgiving Turkey

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FAQs

How much turkey should you order per person? 

The general rule when buying a whole turkey is 1 pound of turkey per person. That seems like a lot of meat for a single diner to eat, but a whole turkey has a lot of inedible bones to consider. Of course, if you’re looking forward to lots of leftovers and a big pot of soup, or if you like to give leftovers to guests, it’s fine to buy a larger bird and enjoy turkey sandwiches for days.

What is a heritage turkey? 

A heritage turkey may be from one of many breeds of turkey that are closer to their wild ancestors—but they’re still domesticated. A heritage breed turkey is likely to have a much smaller breast and may have a stronger flavor than the big-breasted birds that are found in the supermarket.

Thanksgiving Turkey

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What is the difference between free-range and organic turkeys? 

Free-range turkeys have access to the outdoors. This doesn’t mean, however, that they spend a lot of time outside—they simply have to have access for this label to be applied, and they can get most or all of their food supplied by the farmer. Pasture-raised turkeys sound like they’d be similar to free-range, but they have more freedom and are raised on food they get outdoors, and are not supplemented with grain. Organic turkeys may be free-range, but they don’t have to be. Organic turkeys are raised on an organic diet, which may be supplied entirely by the farmer. They can also graze on organic pasture. In addition to organic food, these turkeys are never given antibiotics.

How long does it take to thaw a frozen turkey?

It takes one day for every 4 pounds of frozen turkey to thaw in the refrigerator. The outside of the turkey may feel thawed in less time, but the thicker areas and joints take longer. Turkeys should never be thawed on the counter at room temperature. If the turkey needs to be thawed quickly, it can be placed in a sink full of cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes. If the turkey is too large to stay submerged, it should be turned every 30 minutes. It will take a minimum of 30 minutes for each pound of turkey, so this still isn’t quick—a 12-pound turkey will take about six hours.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Donna Currie is a cookbook author as well as a writer and product tester for The Spruce Eats, specializing in all the latest kitchen gadgets. When the local butcher comes up short, Donna Currie knows where to find what she needs online. She’s ordered from half of the companies on this list on her own, and she personally prepared and tested three of the turkey options on this list for The Spruce Eats.

Amanda McDonald is an editor at The Spruce Eats and has over seven years of experience researching, writing, and editing about all things food — from what new products are at the grocery store to chef-approved hacks that keep tricky leftovers fresh for days.

This roundup was updated by Sharon Lehman, a home cook, registered dietitian nutritionist, and freelance writer for The Spruce Eats, where she specializes in small kitchen appliance reviews.

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