Thanksgiving Deals: Turkeys and More

Local groceries want your business this year, and they know you want their turkeys. Having just moved to Houston from the country's 10th-most populous county for turkeys (Dubois, in southern Indiana), I should point out that most of these are the same birds stuffed into different-colored wrappers. But these numbers are worth crunching -- there are some deals out there for the savvy. The main markets and their offerings, in alphabetical order (all prices are per pound unless otherwise noted):

Central Market (all fresh)

  • Mary's free range, $1.99
  • H-E-B standard, $2.99
  • Mary's free range organic, $3.29
  • Mary's free range organic heritage, $4.99 ("heritage" turkeys have more dark meat)
  • H-E-B Greenberg Smoked, $49.99 total, average weight about 10 pounds
  • Fiesta

  • Jennie-O 84 cents fresh; 25 cents frozen with $15 purchase
  • Butterball 99 cents
  • Jennie-O "Classic" $1.09
  • Honeysuckle $1.29
  • Eddy's Smoked $1.69 fresh
  • DEALS/PROMOTIONS: A smoked or baked turkey or a spiral ham, cornbread dressing, green beans, sweet potato casserole, giblet gravy and cranberry relish runs $39.99. Not available at all stores.


  • RiverSide, 25 cents (with $20 purchase); 84 cents otherwise.
  • H-E-B, 97 cents (if over 16 pounds)
  • H-E-B, $1.19 (if lighter than 16 pounds)
  • Butterball $1.19 frozen, $1.99 fresh
  • Jennie-O "freezer to oven," $1.99
  • H-E-B natural, $1.99 fresh
  • H-E-B smoked, oven roasted or Cajun, $2.29
  • Mary's Free Range, $2.99
  • DEALS/PROMOTIONS: Buy a spiral-sliced, bone-in half or whole ham or a natural spiral-cut bone-in half ham, and get an up to 12-pound RiverSide turkey free (or $4.80 off a larger turkey).

    Also, buy a fully cooked turkey or beef brisket and get ice cream, chopped spinach, charro beans, bacon, broth, tea, macaroni and cheese and a turkey rack free.


  • Jennie-O 27 cents (with $20 purchase); 97 cents otherwise
  • Butterball $1.49 frozen; $1.59 fresh
  • Private Selection 67 cents (with $20 purchase), $1.99 frozen
  • Private Selection Organic, $2.99 frozen
  • Eddy Smoked Turkey, $2.99
  • Randall's

  • Honeysuckle, 69 cents (if more than 16 pounds)
  • Honeysuckle, 79 cents (if lighter than 16 pounds)
  • Safeway, 27 cents (with $25 purchase); 99 cents otherwise
  • Butterball, $1.29 frozen, $1.69 fresh
  • Safeway organic, $2.79
  • Rice Epicurean Market

  • Butterball 89 cents frozen, (with additional $35 purchase); $1.19 otherwise
  • Butterball $1.99 fresh
  • Eddy's Smoked, $1.99
  • Whole Foods Market

  • Nature's Rancher, $1.99
  • Diestel (three types): $1.99, $2.29, $2.99
  • Heidi's Hens $2.99 organic
  • Kosher Valley $3.99 fresh
  • DEALS/PROMOTIONS: Buy any turkey and get bacon, eggs, English muffins and orange juice free.

    We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


    Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


    Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.