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21 Cheap And Easy Thanksgiving Recipes You'll Actually Want To Make

Save time, save cash, and eat *really* well this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving food is the best. 🥧

But you don't need to spend tons of money and endless hours in the kitchen cooking a holiday spread. Here are some cheap and no-frills (but totally delicious!) recipes to get you started.

1. Turkey Stuffing Roll-Ups

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Roll up stuffing in slices of deli turkey, cover in homemade or store bought gravy, and pop them into the oven seam-side down in a baking dish.

Recipe: Turkey Stuffing Roll-Ups

2. Crescent Roll Brie Bites

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Slice some brie cheese and roll it up in little triangles of crescent roll dough. Brush with melted butter and serve with cranberry sauce for dipping.

Recipe: Crescent Roll Brie Bites

3. Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet

A skillet filled with turkey, sweet potatoes, and cheese.
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All the best Thanksgiving flavors in a simple one-skillet recipe. Go the extra mile and toss some shredded Brussels sprouts into the mix.

Recipe: Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet

4. Cranberry Turkey Crescent Pizza

A crescent roll pizza topped with cranberry sauce and diced turkey.
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Instead of pizza dough, this Thanksgiving-ready pie calls for crescent roll dough. And in place of tomato sauce, it's topped with a mixture of pesto and cranberry sauce.

Recipe: Cranberry Turkey Crescent Pizza

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No one needs to know the base of this loaded mac 'n' cheese came from a box.

Recipe: Upgraded Mac 'n' Cheese With Bacon, Mushrooms, and Brie

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Pick up a pack of puff pastry dough, your favorite grocery-store spinach artichoke dip, and add some shredded Parmesan for extra cheesiness.

Recipe: Three-Ingredient Spinach Artichoke Pinwheels

7. Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese

Two halves of a turkey, cranberry, and Brie grilled cheese stacked.
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The best thing since sliced bread might just be this turkey, cranberry, and brie sandwich melted between two pieces of bread. If you didn't make a Thanksgiving turkey, go ahead and use deli turkey or even rotisserie chicken.

Recipe: Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese

8. Three-Ingredient Green Bean Casserole

Canned green beans, canned cream of mushroom soup, and fried onions is all you need to make this classic holiday side dish.

Recipe: Three-Ingredient Green Bean Casserole

9. Baked Cranberry and Turkey Sliders

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If you don't have every ingredient on the list, don't worry. All you really need is deli turkey, cranberry sauce, your favorite kind of cheese, and your go-to condiment like mayo or mustard. Just be sure to brush these sliders with melted butter before baking.

Recipe: Baked Cranberry and Turkey Sliders

10. Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers

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Start with your favorite frozen turkey patties and them it on a bun with cranberry sauce, shredded Brussels sprouts, and some gravy for good measure.

Recipe: Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers

11. Thanksgiving Poutine

A plate of sweet potato fries poutine topped with cheese curds, cranberry sauce, turkey, and gravy.
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Start with frozen sweet potato fries and top them with anything from extra turkey and cranberry sauce to gravy and stuffing.

Recipe: Thanksgiving Poutine

12. Air Fryer Turkey Legs

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Not only is this recipe a cheaper alternative to roasting a whole bird, but it'll save you lots of oven space. Cooked in the air fryer, turkey legs get an incredibly crispy skin and super moist meat.

Recipe: Air Fryer Turkey Legs

13. Turkey and Stuffing Meatballs

A plate of turkey meatballs with cranberries, fresh herbs, and cranberry sauce for dipping.
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Start with ground turkey meat and cornbread stuffing and you're half-way to these festive meatballs, the perfect party app or main dish.

Recipe: Turkey and Stuffing Meatballs

14. Trader Joe's Two-Buck Chuck Sangria

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Using cheap wine for sangria doesn't compromise the flavor. It's mixed with brandy, triple sec, orange juice, and lots of fruit for a delicious holiday cocktail.

Recipe: Trader Joe's Two-Buck Chuck Sangria

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How do you take a humble can of White Claw and make it fancy? Spruce it up with a spritz of sparkling wine, some fresh grapefruit, and a sprig of rosemary. Voilà.

Recipe: Ruby Grapefruit and Rosemary White Claw Cocktails

16. Three-Ingredient Apple Cider Cocktails

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Apple cider (hot or cold) + whiskey + ginger juice. It's as simple as that!

Recipe: Three-Ingredient Apple Cider Cocktails

17. Apple Pie Cake

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If you're afraid of baking, this cake-pie hybrid will be a game changer. It starts with boxed yellow cake mix. If you want to make things even easier, grab some canned apple pie filling.

Recipe: Apple Pie Cake

18. No-Cook Pumpkin Fluff Dip

Two bowls of pumpkin pie fluff dip.
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Grab some canned pumpkin, instant vanilla pudding mix, and Cool Whip — and mix it all together. Just like that, dessert is served.

Recipe: No-Cook Pumpkin Fluff Dip

19. Four-Ingredient Apple Turnovers

Several flaky, baked apple turnovers on a countertop.
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Puff pastry dough, sliced apples, egg, and sugar are the only ingredients required for these hand-held apple pies.

Recipe: Four-Ingredient Apple Turnovers

20. Three-Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies

A handful of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack.
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These cookies call for a secret ingredient: Cake mix! Yup, that's right. Spice cake mix, to be exact.

Recipe: Three-Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies

21. Mini Pumpkin Pies

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Start with refrigerated pie dough cut into little circles — then press the pie dough into the wells of a muffin tin. Fill the dough with a mixture of pumpkin purée, milk, eggs, and pumpkin spice and bake until set.

Recipe: Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Pies