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50+ Cheap Thanksgiving Side Dishes Recipes

We all want a delicious spread this Thanksgiving. We also don’t want to break the bank. Our list of Cheap Thanksgiving Side Dishes is filled with delicious recipes that are budget-friendly.

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When you’re planning your Thanksgiving menu, you want to make delicious side dishes to accompany your turkey.

This year, groceries are pretty expensive, so you might have to squeeze your Thanksgiving budget a little bit. That doesn’t mean you have to squeeze the flavor off your Thanksgiving table.

We put together this list of delicious, but cheap Thanksgiving side dishes to help you decide what to serve with your turkey this year.

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50+ Cheap Thanksgiving Side Dishes

We split this list into a few categories so you could easily find what you’re looking for.

There are vegetable side dishes and side salads, potato side dishes, breads, and miscellaneous sides. We do have some other side dishes on Drugstore Divas, but I kept this list to ones that would go well with your Thanksgiving spread.

Vegetable Side Dishes And Side Salads

Green bean fries on a plate with the words "Air Fryer Green Bean Fries (with panko and parmesan)" digitally written on top.

Air Fryer Green Bean Fries

A great way to make green beans a little more exciting is to dredge them in flour and bread crumbs, then air fry them until they’re golden brown.

These Air Fryer Green Bean Fries will be a big hit with your whole family, so make more than you think you’ll need to feed your crowd.

Broccoli on a pan with the words "Roasted Panko Parmesan Broccoli" digitally written on top.

Roasted Panko Parmesan Broccoli

​The easiest way to make broccoli is by roasting it.

A sprinkle of olive oil, panko, and parmesan cheese makes this a really delicious side dish.

A turkey in the back and a casserole in the front with the words "Vegetarian Brussels Sprouts Casserole" digitally written on top.

Vegetarian Brussels Sprouts Casserole

Brussels sprouts are such a quintessential side dish for Thanksgiving.

But, if you want to make it a little different for Thanksgiving dinner this year, this Vegetarian Brussels Sprouts Casserole, which is packed with cheese, is for you.

Cooked carrots on a sheet pan with the words "Oven-Roasted Carrots" digitally written on top.

Oven-Roasted Carrots

Carrots are great, but Oven-Roasted Carrots are even better.

Cooking them until they caramelize on the edges make such a sweet side dish that doesn’t have any added maple syrup or brown sugar for sweetness.

A pair of tongs holding a corn rib above a bowl of them with the words "Grilled Corn Ribs With Tajin" digitally written on top.

Grilled Corn Ribs With Tajin

Corn ribs are a really fun way to serve corn on the cob to a crowd.

​Cut the corn, add some butter, and grill it until it gets slightly charred. Season and serve.

Kabobs with mushroom, tomatoes, and parsley and the words "Grilled Tomato And Mushroom Skewers with garlic butter" digitally written on top.

Grilled Tomato And Mushroom Skewers With Garlic Butter

If it’s nice where you live, and you can grill your Thanksgiving side dishes, these Grilled Tomato And Mushroom Skewers With Garlic Butter are such an easy side dish.

Thread tomato and mushrooms on a skewer, spread some butter over them, and grill until they’re soft. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and you’re ready to serve.

Grilled zucchini on a tray with the words "Mexican Street Corn-Style Grilled Zucchini" digitally written on top.

Mexican Street Corn-Style Grilled Zucchini

Zucchini can be pretty bland, but not this Mexican Street Corn-Style Grilled Zucchini.

It has all the flavors of street corn — Tajin, cheese, etc. — but on top of zucchini.

Street corn in a bowl with the words "Grilled Mexican Street Corn Salad (Grilled Esquites)" digitally written above it.

Grilled Mexican Street Corn Salad

Mexican Street Corn is so good, but it’s served on the cob and that’s a little difficult to make if you’re feeding a crowd. So instead, go with our Grilled Mexican Street Corn Salad.

It’s basically the same thing, just with the corn cut off the cob into kernels.

Grilled asparagus is such an easy vegan summer recipe. All you need is a drizzle of oil and seasoning, plus foil, and you're good to go.

Grilled Asparagus

Asparagus is one of the most traditional sides.

If you don’t have room in the oven before it because your turkey is taking up all that space, Grilled Asparagus is an option. And, dare I say, a tastier option.

stuffed tomatoes

Stuffed Tomatoes

If you haven’t had Stuffed Tomatoes yet, cross off a side dish that’s already on your menu and add this.

Croutons, cheese, and seasoning are mixed together and stuffed into a tomato, then baked. It will be your favorite side dish this holiday season.

stuffed artichokes

Stuffed Artichokes

​The best part of visiting Pete’s dad’s friend for Thanksgiving, when we still lived in New York, was the Stuffed Artichokes.

They’re a little time consuming to make the first time because you need to get the hang of it, but they’re so worth it.

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Shaved Asparagus And Radish Salad

Your peeler will get a workout making this Shaved Asparagus And Radish Salad, but it’s worth it.

You shave the asparagus and radish, combine them with some feta and nuts, and enjoy.

Corn, zucchini, red onion, and white cheese mixed in a bowl with the words "Mexican Corn And Zucchini Salad" digitally written on top.

Mexican Corn And Zucchini Salad

A way to serve a lot of vegetables at once is this Mexican Corn And Zucchini Salad. It’s corn, zucchini, and red onion seasoned as you would season Mexican street corn. 

You can serve it at room temperature, so you can definitely make this one earlier in the day before the rest of the cooking.

Cucumbers on a blue plate with red seasoning on top and the words "Cucumber Salad (with Tajin and Lime)" digitally written above them.

Cucumber Salad With Tajín And Lime

We usually make this Cucumber Salad With Tajín And Lime with garden cucumber, but you can definitely use cucumber from the grocery stores for Thanksgiving.

It has a really light flavor and a great crunch, which is perfect for your Thanksgiving meal since everything else is generally soft and full of flavor.

Feta cheese wrapped in zucchini with toothpicks through it and the words "Grilled Zucchini And Feta Rolls" digitally written on top.

Grilled Zucchini And Feta Rolls

My current favorite side dish is this Grilled Zucchini And Feta Rolls recipe. I’m obsessed.

​These zucchini rolls are made from really simple ingredients: zucchini and marinated feta. Roll them, cook them, serve them. Side dishes don’t get much easier than that.

Grilled Salad on a tray with the words "Grilled Caesar Salad with homemade grilled croutons" digitally written above it.

Grilled Caesar Salad

Salad is good for an every day side dish. But for a Thanksgiving feast, you need to elevate that salad. Do that and make our Grilled Caesar Salad.

Yes, you literally grill the lettuce — which will make your taste buds so incredibly happy. We grill fresh croutons for this as well, as you should.

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Oven-Roasted Corn With Husks

Boiling corn is easy, but it isn’t as great as Oven-Roasted Corn With Husks is.

You just throw the corn on a baking sheet and bake it in the oven. Since the oven is already on because cooking the turkey, this makes it so easy to roast your corn too.

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Easy Garden Tomato Salad

If you’re looking for a really easy recipe, this Easy Garden Tomato Salad is it.

​You cut the tomatoes and onion, season them, and let them marinate overnight. Then serve. It’s so incredibly simple and gets one the Thanksgiving sides off your list the day before.

Looking for a tasty, rich but light side dish? These Creamy Cheesy Brussels Sprouts With Bacon are perfect. Get the recipe on

Creamy Cheesy Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

One of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes is this Creamy Cheesy Brussels Sprouts With Bacon. Every time I make this brussels sprouts recipe, there aren’t any leftovers.

It has bacon and cream and lots of cheese. What’s not to love?

Grilled Mushrooms are the perfect grilled side dish. And they go from grill to table in about 10 minutes. Get the recipe on

Grilled Mushrooms

Grilled Mushrooms are so perfect for Thanksgiving because the flavor really goes well with mashed potatoes and turkey.

If you don’t want to grill, you can just make these on your stovetop instead. The mushrooms will still be a crowd pleaser that way.

Oven-Roasted Asparagus is the perfect summer side dish. This one comes out perfectly! Get the recipe at

Oven-Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus isn’t everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving side dish, but you’ll please almost everyone with this recipe. 

The secret is the crispy parmesan cheese that adds a ton of flavor.

Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect holiday appetizer. Get the recipe at

Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are such a popular Thanksgiving side dish. And there’s a good reason for that. They’re so easy. You make the mixture, stuff the mushrooms, and bake alongside your turkey.

​You could make these ahead of time and serve them as appetizers too, if you wanted.

The perfect potluck salad is this Broccoli Salad. It's salad WITH bacon. Get the recipe at

Broccoli Salad

My mom has been making this Broccoli Salad for as long as I can remember and it’s always a huge hit.

​It’s bacon, onion, and broccoli that marinates overnight, which means you can make it ahead of time. And you still get the perfect crunch of the broccoli when you serve it the next day.

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Bacon And Brussels Sprouts

​Bacon makes everything better.

And if you’re not sure if your company will like brussels sprouts, this Bacon And Brussels Sprouts is a good way to ease them into it.

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Mini Tomato Pies

If you can’t decide between bread and vegetables, have the best of both with these Mini Tomato Pies.

These mini pies are made from puff pastry, which makes them super easy since you’re not making dough.

If you're looking for a fresh string beans recipe, check out this Super Simple Sauteed String Beans recipe from

Super Simple Sauteed String Beans

Fresh produce is so good. If you can get some fresh string beans, this Super Simple Sauteed String Beans is delicious.

It’s definitely one of the most easy Thanksgiving side dishes on this list. So if you need something simple, this is it.

Headed to a BBQ? Bring these grilled tomatoes with you. Get the recipe at

Grilled Tomatoes

Grilled Tomatoes are such a great side dish. You put the entire baking sheet on the grill and cook it that way.

If you don’t want to grill a side dish, you could just make these in the oven as well.

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Grilled Vegetables In Foil Packets

Zucchini and yellow squash are the perfect combination, and they’re great in these Grilled Vegetables In Foil Packets.

Foil packets make clean up easy. And you need easy clean up on Thanksgiving since all that cooking really does make a mess of your kitchen.

Add some kale into your meals with this Sauteed Kale recipe from

Simple Sautéed Kale

I am obsessed with kale. I haven’t ever met a kale side dish I didn’t like.

The easiest way to ease people into kale is this Simple Sautéed Kale recipe. It’s light, fresh, and really easy to make.

Potato Side Dishes

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Vegan Avocado Potato Salad

If you’re having ham as your Thanksgiving main dish, potato salad is a great side dish.

This Vegan Avocado Potato Salad uses avocado rather than sour cream or mayonnaise to make the creaminess you expect in potato salad. And trust me. It’s delicious.

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Grilled Garlic Parmesan Potatoes

Grilled Garlic Parmesan Potatoes are so good. You dice potatoes, season them with a parmesan garlic combination, and grill them until they’re fork tender.

If you’d rather just cook them in an oven, you can do that too.

When you're grilling your main dish, it's the perfect time to make this Baked Potato On The Grill recipe on the side.

Baked Potatoes On The Grill

Personally, I don’t need a whole baked potato for Thanksgiving. There’s too much other food on the table.

But, if you do, this Baked Potatoes On The Grill is so easy and frees up your oven for some other side dishes.

Mini Pommes Anna are a great way to serve individual portions of the popular dish. Find out how to make them on

Mini Pommes Annas

I love how pretty Mini Pommes Annas look when they’re served. The delicate potato stacks are just so cute.

So definitely make these to serve on Thanksgiving day.

Loaded Poutine Twice Baked Potatoes will be your new favorite one-bite appetizer. It's all the tastes of poutine in one bite!

Loaded Poutine Twice Baked Potatoes

One of my most popular potato recipes are these Loaded Poutine Twice Baked Potatoes.

These twice baked potatoes are stuffed with cheese and topped with crispy bacon bits, sour cream, and green onion.

It doesn't have to be Thanksgiving to make sweet potato casserole. Stuffed Sweet Potato Casserole is easy and made in the potato's skin.

Stuffed Sweet Potato Casserole

You have to have sweet potatoes on your Thanksgiving menu.

But, a traditional sweet potato casserole is so overdone. Instead, go with our Stuffed Sweet Potato Casserole, which is basically single serve versions of that traditional dish.

Potato Rounds in a plate with the words "Parmesan Potato Rounds" digitally written on top.

Parmesan Potato Rounds

Parmesan Potato Rounds are a great way to get potatoes on your table, but in a way that people will still have room for other foods in their stomach.

The potatoes are cut with a mandolin, seasoned, and baked. They’re easy and so good.

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Loaded Potato Salad

If you’re looking for a more interesting potato salad, this Loaded Potato Salad is it.

It’s packed with sour cream, bacon, cheese, and green onions. It’ll be your new favorite potato salad recipe.


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Grilled Garlic Bread

I would eat garlic bread with any meal. It’s so much better to me than a boring basket of buns on the Thanksgiving spread.

This Grilled Garlic Bread absolutely does not disappoint.

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Irish Potato Bread

I couldn’t decide if I should put Irish Potato Bread under bread or potatoes, since it’s bread made of potatoes.

Either way, it’s the perfect base for all your tasty Thanksgiving items and should be on your Thanksgiving table.

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Cheesy Zucchini Cornbread Casserole

Cornbread is really popular at Thanksgiving. But, don’t make a plain box of cornbread. Instead, make our Cheesy Zucchini Cornbread Casserole.

Tons of zucchini and cheese are added to the cornbread mix, then topped with more cheese and baked. It’s so good.

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Grilled Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

If you want a little spice in your cornbread, this Grilled Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread is for you.

So many components of this cornbread is grilled, giving it a ton of really rich flavors.

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Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins

Growing up, we used to make refrigerated biscuits for Thanksgiving and spend so much time pulling them apart, layer by layer.

I bet that’s why I love these Cheddar Garlic Pull Apart Muffins, which are three pieces baked together and really fun to pull apart.

Prosciutto Bread (aka Lard Bread) is a really popular Italian bread. Find out how to make it on

Prosciutto Bread (aka Lard Bread)

Prosciutto Bread is such a classic Italian bread.

So, if you want to add a little meat bread or a taste of Italy to your Thanksgiving dinner, this is the way to do it.

Miscellaneous Side Dishes

Deviled Eggs With Tajin are a (literally) sweet twist to traditional Deviled Eggs. Get the recipe at

Deviled Eggs With Tajin

Deviled Eggs are such a popular Thanksgiving side dish.

Our version is a little sweeter, with a couple changes, like a sprinkle of Tajin. Try them and you’ll use this recipe from now on.

Looking to be the hit of your next pot luck? This corn casserole recipe from is PERFECT!

Corn Casserole

My absolute favorite Thanksgiving side dish is corn casserole. I make it every year because I want to make sure it’s on our menu.

It’s so easy to make with canned corn, butter, sour cream, and corn muffin mix. And tastes even better as leftovers.

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More Thanksgiving Recipes:

If you need some more side dishes for Thanksgiving, check out our Thanksgiving main dish casseroles and our Thanksgiving side dish casseroles too.

And don’t forget about your turkey. Check out our Dutch Oven Turkey Breast and our Deep Fried Turkey recipes.

Which of these cheap Thanksgiving side dishes recipes are you going to make this year? Let us know in the comments.