Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas to Spice Up Your Feast

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together and indulge in a lavish feast that traditionally includes roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and the much-beloved pumpkin pie. 
However, with changing times and evolving tastes, there has been a growing trend towards exploring unique and convenient ways to celebrate this festive holiday. This article aims to delve deeper into the world of non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner ideas that promise to add an exciting twist to your feast.

Traditional vs. Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Dinners

Traditional Thanksgiving dinners have a charm of their own. The aroma of the roasted turkey filling the air, the creamy mashed potatoes, the rich gravy, the tart cranberry sauce, and the sweet pumpkin pie - all come together to create a symphony of flavors that define the holiday. 
However, as our society becomes more diverse and people's dietary needs and preferences evolve, there has been a shift towards non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner options. This includes incorporating dishes catering to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets and exploring different cuisines and flavors that may not be typically associated with Thanksgiving.

 Traditional  Non-Traditional
 Roasted Turkey  Grilled Seafood Platter
 Mashed Potatoes with Gravy  Quinoa Salad with Roasted Veggies
 Stuffing  Wild Rice Pilaf
 Cranberry Sauce  Mango Salsa
 Pumpkin Pie  Chocolate Fondue with Fruit

Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

When it comes to non-traditional Thanksgiving dinners, the possibilities are truly endless. 
For those looking to add a touch of the sea to their feast, a grilled seafood platter featuring an assortment of fish, shrimp, and lobster can be a delightful alternative to the classic roasted turkey. 
Vegetarians and vegans can indulge in a spread that includes dishes such as quinoa salad with roasted vegetables, wild rice pilaf, and a variety of plant-based pies. 
For those wanting to explore different cuisines, Italian lasagna, Mexican enchiladas, and Indian curries can add an exotic flair to the holiday feast. 
The key is to select dishes that cater to your and your guests' tastes and dietary needs, ensuring that everyone leaves the table satisfied and with fond memories of the meal.

Thanksgiving Dinner Fast Food Options

The thought of fast food Thanksgiving dinner might raise a few eyebrows, but it's a trend gaining popularity in recent years. Fast food offers convenience and variety that can appeal to those short on time or energy to prepare a full-fledged Thanksgiving dinner. With many options, you can easily find something that suits your palate and dietary needs.

Thanksgiving Dinner Fast Food Options

PDQ: Your Best Fast Food Option for Thanksgiving

Regarding Thanksgiving fast food options, PDQ stands out from the crowd. For "People Dedicated to Quality," PDQ prides ourself on our commitment to quality and fresh ingredients. With a diverse menu that caters to different tastes and dietary needs, PDQ is a fantastic choice for those seeking a convenient and delicious Thanksgiving meal.

PDQ's Delicious Thanksgiving Offerings

Tenders and Nuggets:

  • Tenders: Premium tenderloins with no added hormones or steroids. Choose from Crispy, Grilled, or Spicy options.
  • Nuggets: Premium all-white meat nuggets with a choice of Crispy, Grilled, or Spicy options.
  • Tenders Meal: Hand-breaded tenders served with waffle fries, a choice of sauces, and a regular tea or soft drink.
  • Nuggets Meal: Hand-breaded nuggets served with waffle fries, a choice of sauces, and a regular tea or soft drink.

Signature Sauces:

  • PDQ Sauce, Ranch, Buffalo Bleu, Creamy Garlic, Honey BBQ, Sweet Sriracha, and Honey Mustard - each offering a unique flavor profile to enhance your meal.

PDQ Signature Sauces


  • Options include the Crispy Chicken Classic, Crispy Chicken Deluxe, Spicy Chicken Classic, Spicy Chicken Deluxe, Honey Butter, Buffy Bleu, Jacked Spicy, and Grilled Chicken.


  • Choose from the PDQ Salad, Spicy PDQ Salad, and Mediterranean Salad, each offering a fresh and flavorful option for those seeking a lighter meal.

Hand-Spun Shakes:

  • Indulge in classic shakes like Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Banana, and Peanut Butter, or try specialty shakes such as the OREO® Cookie Shake made with M&M's and Reese's Cup.

Kids Meals (Age 10 or under):

  • The Tenders Meal for kids includes 2 crispy or grilled tenders with a choice of side, a kids' drink, and a choice of one sauce.

Thanksgiving Ordering and Dining Experience at PDQ

Ordering from PDQ is a breeze, with options to order ahead online or through our app. Once you step into a PDQ restaurant, you'll be welcomed by a clean, modern design and a family-friendly atmosphere that will make your Thanksgiving meal a delightful experience.

Enjoy the Warm and Family-Friendly Setting at PDQ This Thanksgiving!

In conclusion, these non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner ideas offer a refreshing change from the usual holiday fare. With a diverse menu that caters to different tastes and dietary needs, we are the perfect choice for a unique and enjoyable fast food on Thanksgiving this year. So go ahead, break free from the traditional Thanksgiving meal, and indulge in a feast that will leave you and your guests with happy hearts and satisfied taste buds. Happy feasting!