Turkey’s a Natural for Thanksgiving-Themed Lunch Specials

The return of colder weather tempts diners’ taste buds with alluring fall comfort foods—none more popular than the classic Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving may be limited to one day on our calendar, but you can surely satisfy diners’ turkey day cravings all season long with Thanksgiving-themed lunch specials.

Diners seek portable, appropriately portioned lunch options when dining away from home. By tradition Thanksgiving dinner is filling and heavy, but with turkey as the foundation, it’s very easy to lighten up. Also keep in mind, more than half of lunches are ordered during the week for takeout or delivery—formats not conducive to large platters overflowing with sauces and gravies. Try these portable, appropriately portioned lunch ideas as Thanksgiving LTOs at your operation:

  • Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie—All the classic components of Thanksgiving dinner, pot pie style. Shredded turkey meat is combined with corn, carrots, peas, and more before baking to perfection is a flaky pie crust.
  • Turkey Medallions and Sweet Potato Soup—A creamy soup that includes corn, sweet potatoes, sage and sliced turkey medallions.
  • Turkey Filet Sandwich —Grilled turkey breast filet, warm stuffing, lettuce and cranberry sauce sandwiched between two slices of whole wheat artisanal bread.
  • The Pilgrim Burger —A freshly cooked turkey burger is topped with mayo, cranberry sauce and lettuce, served on a brioche roll.

Browse our E-Z Menu Ideas to find more Thanksgiving-themed LTOs, and view our latest Turkey Trends for more lunchtime inspiration.


Lunch Consumer Trend Report, Technomic, 2014

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