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Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

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If you or somebody you love has decided to ditch gluten, you’re going to have to do your absolute best to make sure this year’s Thanksgiving dinner is a gluten-free one. That may seem like a bummer at first glance – and kind of tricky. After all, your average, run-of-the-mill Turkey Day classics like stuffing, thick gravies, and pumpkin pie are all filled to the brim with gluten.

But don’t stress. There are loads of clever workarounds and 100% gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes that are dripping with holiday flavor and taste.

Let’s start from the top and work our way down. If this is your first gluten-free Thanksgiving, you’ve probably got just one question on your mind -- and luckily, there’s an answer you’re desperately hoping to hear.

Is Thanksgiving Turkey Gluten-free?

Thanksgiving turkey is naturally 100% gluten free, but that doesn’t mean every turkey you see in the supermarket is gluten free.

You have to read the labels really carefully when you’re shopping for your bird, because a lot of big brands pre-baste (or inject their turkeys with brines or solutions during the processing stages) that do contain some form of gluten. You’ll also get pre-made gravy packs that come with Thanksgiving turkeys that include gluten-laden ingredients.

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How to Find a Gluten-free Turkey

The best way to find a gluten-free turkey is to make sure you’re reading store labeling top-to-bottom. At the end of the day, you should be able to find a gluten-free turkey in any large supermarket or butcher shop, but do yourself a favor and avoid any bird with words like “enhanced” or “basted” on the packaging as these products will most likely include gluten-based ingredients.

When in doubt, you can ask for help at the meat counter to make sure you’ve picked up a gluten-free bird. As long as you’ve got a fresh, unbasted turkey on your hands, it should be naturally gluten free.

Gluten-free Turkey Recipes

After selecting a gluten-free turkey in the run up to Thanksgiving, you’ll need a couple of fool-proof, gluten-free turkey recipes -- and we’ve got you covered. Our recommendations for gluten-free turkey recipes are:

  • Dry Brine Traeger Turkey
  • Roasted Citrus-Herb Spatchcock Turkey
  • Spatchcocked Maple Brined Turkey

Dry Brine Traeger Turkey

Rub down your turkey with kosher salt and spices, wrap it tightly, and let the dry cure seal in all those juicy flavors over the course of four days. Then cook to perfection on your Traeger.

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Prep time: 4 days

Cook time: 6 hours

Serves: 6-8

Difficulty Level: 3/5

Main Ingredients: Turkey

Pantry Ingredients: Kosher salt, thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley

Smoking wood: Hickory

See Dry Brine Traeger Turkey Recipe

Roasted Citrus-Herb Spatchcock Turkey

Spatchcocking your turkey helps it cook faster and more evenly. A citrus brine and herb butter rub will ensure the meat is incredibly tender.

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Prep time: 4-24 hours

Cook time: 3 hours

Serves: 8-12

Difficulty Level: 4/5

Main Ingredients: Turkey, onion, celery, carrots, chicken or turkey stock, oranges, lemons

Pantry Ingredients: Bay leaves, thyme, oil, salt, brown sugar, thyme, rosemary, butter, garlic, pepper

Smoking wood: Maple

See Roasted Citrus-Herb Spatchcock Turkey Recipe

Spatchcocked Maple Brined Turkey

For a sweet take on Thanksgiving, consider this recipe. You brine the bird in a salt solution enhanced with this terrific trio: maple syrup, brown sugar, and bourbon.

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Prep time: 8.5 hours

Cook time: 3 hours

Serves: 6-8

Difficulty Level: 3/5

Main Ingredients: Turkey, bourbon, maple syrup, oranges

Pantry Ingredients: Kosher salt, onion, bay leaves, black peppercorns, whole cloves, butter, Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub, sage, thyme

Smoking wood: Maple

See Spatchcocked Maple Brined Turkey Recipe

Gluten-free Gravy Recipes

Many gravy recipes call for gluten-packed flour as a thickener. One easy fix to make these recipes gluten-free is to use cornstarch as a thickener instead. Our recommendation uses the heat of your wood pellet grill to reduce down so everyone at the table can enjoy.

Ultimate Scratch Gravy

A Thanksgiving masterpiece made the old-fashioned way, from poultry bones. Prep is a snap, then you simmer low and slow on your Traeger.

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Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 10 hours

Serves: 8-12

Difficulty Level: 4/5

Main Ingredients: Turkey bones / chicken bones / chicken feet, carrots, onion, garlic, celery

Pantry Ingredients: Bay leaves, black peppercorns, cider vinegar, parsley, thyme

Smoking wood: Pecan

See Ultimate Scratch Gravy Recipe

Gluten-free Stuffing Recipes

We all love a pile of stuffing on Thanksgiving, but it is probably one of the most glutinous items on Turkey Day. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out, though. All you need to make it work for you and your guests is gluten-free bread or cornbread to substitute.

For gluten-free stuffing recipes, we suggest:

  • Baked Cornbread, Bacon, and Pecan Stuffing
  • Classic Sausage Stuffing
  • Thanksgiving Sausage Leek Stuffing

Baked Cornbread, Bacon, and Pecan Stuffing

This recipe pairs cornbread with salty bacon, seasonal spices, and toasted pecans to create a rich and flavorful stuffing that’ll disappear from the table in a matter of minutes.

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Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Difficulty Level: 3/5

Main Ingredients: Day-old cornbread (made from gluten-free mix), pork sausage, onions, garlic, celery, low-sodium chicken broth, pecans

Pantry Ingredients: Apple cider vinegar, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, kosher salt, black pepper, eggs

Smoking wood: Pecan

See Baked Cornbread, Bacon, and Pecan Stuffing Recipe

Classic Sausage Stuffing

A hearty stuffing with classic from-scratch ingredients like celery, pecans, and herbs. To make this gluten-free, simply substitute gluten-free bread for the sourdough called for in the recipe.

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Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 70 minutes

Serves: 8-12

Difficulty Level: 3/5

Main Ingredients: Gluten-free bread, celery, onion, bulk sausage, dried sour cherries, pecans, chicken stock

Pantry Ingredients: Unsalted butter, olive oil, herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage

Smoking wood: Cherry

See Classic Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Thanksgiving Sausage Leek Stuffing

Feeling a little bold? This recipe incorporates leeks, apples, and spicy sausage for a unique sweet/spicy combo rarely found in stuffing. Be sure to use gluten-free bread cubes.

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Serves: 8-12

Difficulty Level: 3/5

Main Ingredients: Gluten-free bread cubes, leek, onion, celery, Granny Smith apples, sweet or spicy Italian sausage, chicken stock,

Pantry Ingredients: Butter, parsley, kosher salt, black pepper

Smoking wood: Maple

See Thanksgiving Sausage Leek Stuffing Recipe

Gluten-free Side Dishes

There are plenty of gluten-free side dishes worth checking out in order to accompany your turkey and complete your Thanksgiving feast. Here are our top picks:

  • Roasted Carrots with Parsley Vinaigrette and Pomegranate Seeds
  • Roasted Crispy Potatoes
  • Whole Roasted Cauliflower
  • Do-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
  • Smoked Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad
  • Grilled Winter Succotash
  • Roasted Root Vegetables
  • Prosciutto Wrapped Dates with Marcona Almonds
  • Roasted Mushrooms with Sherry & Thyme

Roasted Carrots with Parsley Vinaigrette and Pomegranate Seeds

You'll top wood-fired carrots with a bright, crunchy relish studded with ruby-red pomegranate, This zesty side brings variety to a table filled with rich dishes.

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Difficulty Level: 1/5

Main Ingredients: Carrots, garlic, lime, pomegranate seeds, pistachios, mint, flat-leaf Italian parsley

Pantry Ingredients: Kosher salt, fennel seed, sugar, coriander, cumin, extra-virgin olive oil, flake salt

Smoking wood: Cherry

See Roasted Carrots with Parsley Vinaigrette and Pomegranate Seeds Recipe

Roasted Crispy Potatoes

Bake tri-colored potatoes in your Traeger for those amazing autumn hues, then fry them to crispy perfection.

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Difficulty Level: 3/5

Main Ingredients: Tri-color marble potatoes, peanut oil, lemon, fleur de sel, red onion, Aleppo pepper

Pantry Ingredients: Kosher salt, black pepper, parsley

Smoking wood: Mesquite

See Roasted Crispy Potatoes Recipe

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

A head of cauliflower lovingly coated with butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese, then slow-roasted in your Traeger. Naturally gluten-free, and an easy meat-free centerpiece for vegetarian guests.

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Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4-6

Difficulty Level: 2/5

Main Ingredients: Cauliflower, garlic, parmesan cheese, parsley

Pantry Ingredients: Olive oil, salt, pepper

Smoking wood: Pecan

See Whole Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Do-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Save time on the big day when you prep this recipe a day or two ahead, then smoke with alder flavor on your Traeger for unmatched flavor.

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Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Difficulty Level: 2/5

Main Ingredients: Cauliflower, garlic, parmesan cheese, parsley

Pantry Ingredients: Olive oil, salt, black pepper

Smoking wood: Alder

See Do-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Smoked Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad

A gorgeous, gourmet salad that adds brightness to your Thanksgiving table with fresh mint, oranges, and pomegranate seeds. Roast the veggies, toss, and serve.

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Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Difficulty Level: 3/5

Main Ingredients: Sweet potato, parsnips, shallots, oranges, goat cheese, champagne vinegar, Brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, mint

Pantry Ingredients: Olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper

Smoking wood: Hickory

See Smoked Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad Recipe

Grilled Winter Succotash

A hearty roasted vegetable dish that both your gluten-free and vegetarian guests will appreciate. After roasting in alder smoke, the veggies are lightly dressed for extra flavor.

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Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Serves: 4-6

Difficulty Level: 3/5

Main Ingredients: Butternut squash, asparagus, bok choy, mixed mushrooms, shallot

Pantry Ingredients: Lime juice, sherry vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil, herbs, kosher salt, black pepper

Smoking wood: Alder

See Grilled Winter Succotash Recipe

Roasted Root Vegetables

Craveable root veggies like carrots, beets, and yams are lightly dressed and roasted with hickory smoke. The kiss of hickory enhances the natural flavor of the harvest bounty.

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Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Serves: 4-6

Difficulty Level: 1/5

Main Ingredients: Beets, butternut squash, yam, parsnips, carrot, red onion, garlic, honey

Pantry Ingredients: Thyme, cinnamon stick, olive oil, salt, pepper

Smoking wood: Hickory

See Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe

Prosciutto Wrapped Dates with Marcona Almonds

A fancy-sounding recipe that's no harder to make than an elementary school crafts project. (And it's a lot tastier.) Just pit the dates, wrap them with prosciutto, and sear on your Traeger.

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Serves: 8-12

Difficulty Level: 1/5

Main Ingredients: Medjool dates, prosciutto, Marcona salted almonds, limes

Pantry Ingredients: Extra-virgin olive oil, honey, flake salt

Smoking wood: Oak

See Prosciutto Wrapped Dates with Marcona Almonds Recipe

Roasted Mushrooms with Sherry & Thyme

This rich, retro side might just be the talk of the table. Mushrooms simmer with butter-softened shallots, then with sherry and thyme to make a composed, tender dish. Add heavy cream to make it even more rich.

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4-6

Difficulty Level: 1/5

Main Ingredients: Assorted mushrooms, shallot, heavy cream, dry sherry

Pantry Ingredients: Unsalted butter, extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt, thyme

Smoking wood: Oak

See Roasted Mushrooms with Sherry & Thyme Recipe

Gluten-free Casseroles

Gluten-free casseroles can be hard to find. Most incorporate some form of bread or flour, either to thicken or to add body. If you prefer these types of casseroles, you could use gluten-free bread to add body, and cornstarch as a thickening agent. But we've got you covered with a couple of tasty ideas.

Our top ideas for gluten-free casseroles are:

  • Baked Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots
  • Baked Potatoes & Celery Root Au Gratin

Baked Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots

A contemporary riff on grandma’s classic -- but instead of canned fried onions you'll be making freshly fried shallots that ooze smoky goodness. Max flavor, zero gluten.

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Serves: 10-12

Difficulty Level: 4/5

Main Ingredients: Green beans, shitake or king trumpet mushrooms, shallot, rice flour, chicken stock, sherry cooking wine, heavy cream, parmigiano reggiano, almonds, shallots

Pantry Ingredients: Kosher salt, olive oil, unsalted butter, canola or vegetable oil

Smoking wood: Pecan

See Baked Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots Recipe

Baked Potatoes & Celery Root Au Gratin

Stacks of smoky, creamy, and cheesy layers of Yukon gold potatoes and celery root make absolute magic on your Traeger.

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Gluten-free Thanksgiving Desserts

Every gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner has to end with a selection of sweet, gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts. These sweet bites are our top choices for Thanksgiving desserts:

  • Gluten-Free Baked Fruit Crisps
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce
  • Smoked Chocolate Pudding

Gluten-Free Baked Fruit Crisps

A classic crisp made with apples, pears, and lots of butter. This decadent dessert is baked in your Traeger, fired by cherry wood pellets.

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Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Difficulty Level: 2/5

Main Ingredients: Gluten-free rolled oats, gluten-free flour, almond flour, apples, pears, creme fraiche or whipped cream

Pantry Ingredients: Brown sugar, ground cinnamon, kosher salt, ground nutmeg, unsalted butter, vanilla, raw cane sugar

Smoking wood: Cherry

See Gluten-Free Baked Fruit Crisps Recipe

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Moist, dense, and bursting with wood-fired flavor. Add our homemade raspberry sauce, and you’ve got a light and tart finish to a devilishly decadent dessert.

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Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Difficulty Level: 3/5

Main Ingredients: Semi-sweet chocolate, raspberries (fresh or frozen), lemon

Pantry Ingredients: Nonstick cooking spray, cocoa powder, unsalted butter, salt, vanilla extract, eggs, granulated cane sugar

Smoking wood: Cherry

See Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce Recipe

Smoked Chocolate Pudding

Creamy, smoky, and topped with sea salt and whipped cream for an indulgent treat. Just 15 minutes of prep, 40 minutes in your Traeger, and you’ll have a line of guests waiting for a slice.

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Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Difficulty Level: 3/5

Main Ingredients: Bittersweet chocolate, whole milk, whipped cream

Pantry Ingredients: Sugar, salt, corn starch, cocoa powder, eggs, unsalted butter, vanilla extract, olive oil

Smoking wood: Maple

See Smoked Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Most beers and some wines are not gluten-free. A cocktail may be your best choice for a gluten-free adult beverage on Turkey Day. Most spirits are gluten-free and many cocktail mixers are as well.

Two excellent choices for your Thanksgiving cocktail list are:

  • Cran-Apple Tequila Punch with Smoked Oranges
  • Blackberry Bourbon Smash

Cran-Apple Tequila Punch with Smoked Oranges

Cranberry and apple juice bring that autumnal blast while smoked, fresh orange juice, tequila, Grand Marnier, and sparkling wine give you a zesty kick.

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Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Serves: 2-4

Difficulty Level: 2/5

Main Ingredients: Tequila, apple juice, cranberry cocktail, fresh or thawed cranberries, oranges, orange-flavored liqueur (such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau), sparkling wine.

Other Ingredients: Sugar, lemon juice

Smoking wood: Hickory

See Cran-Apple Tequila Punch with Smoked Oranges Recipe

Blackberry Bourbon Smash

This simple recipe mixes blackberries, thyme leaves, and grilled limes for a wood-fired bourbon drink that’s bright and beautiful.

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Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Serves: 8-12

Difficulty Level: 1/5

Main Ingredients: Blackberries, bourbon, limes, soda water

Other Ingredients: Sugar, thyme leaves, Traeger Smoked Simple Syrup

Smoking wood: Apple

See Blackberry Bourbon Smash Recipe

Ready, Set, Smoke!

So, what are you waiting for? You now have all the tools you need to plate up a cornucopia of mouth-watering, smoky, and 100% gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes that will go down in the history books.

And if you’re looking for more options, we’ve got you covered. There are hundreds more Thanksgiving recipes to try, and loads of them contain absolutely zero gluten. Check out our collection of Traeger Thanksgiving recipes, tips, and tricks, fire up your Traeger, and prepare to conquer Turkey Day.