This Thanksgiving, save a turkey! Or at least save yourself the trouble of ordering a Thanksgiving bird early enough in advance. This year, cook something delicious like an alternative Thanksgiving dish from the grill. Grilled oysters? Check. Wild venison? Check. Roasted potatoes and crème brûlé? Check, check. Check out all the recipes below.

Rid yourself of the last-minute anxiety you’ll feel when fighting over the last few turkeys from the market. Or, for an even more ethical reason, liberate the holiday institution. It’s the holiday grill season so fire up the grill!

What you can cook instead of turkey

You might be thinking, “What can I cook instead of turkey?” Because on one single day, Thanksgiving, over 46 million turkeys are estimated to be eaten in the U.S alone. Nowadays, many people in Canada and abroad are celebrating the beloved holiday as well. Be bold, be different and save a turkey this year.

It’s easy on the Otto Grill

This year, Otto wants to save a turkey and save the headache surrounding this U.S. tradition. Instead, he likes to serve an alternative Thanksgiving dish from the grill. This kind of forward thinking is all a buzz in North America and starting to catch wind by those who don’t conform. For rebels and grill masters alike, here are Otto’s favorite alternative Thanksgiving dishes from the Otto Grill.

Best alternative Thanksgiving dishes
…from the grill

1. Fish Feast

Especially popular in the south with grilled shrimp dishes like Gumbo, a fish feast is all the rage on the holiday grill from coast to coast. Anywhere from Maine lobster tail to southern grits and shrimp to a grilled Baja fish taco recipe, seafood is a delectable alternative. Pescatarians will definitely be thankful this year with a marine themed alternative Thanksgiving dish from the grill. Slurping oysters raw with champagne, check. Grilling oysters with butter sauce, oooooh yeah! You can grill up any fish to a crispy and tender perfection in just minutes.

Oysters Rockefeller from the holiday grill

2. Tri-Tippin’

Tri-tip is always a favorite – even as a traditional turkey bird substitute. Grill up an alternative Thanksgiving dish from the grill with a juicy steak — you won’t find any complaints this year. Otto likes to grill up a tri-tip recipe with whiskey marinade in just a few minutes. For a special holiday grill party, tri tip is where it’s at. It is easy to buy in bulk, grill up and serve to a large group of steak lovers. Add some mushroom ragout and a bottle of your favorite whiskey — now, that’s a party!

tri tip is an alternative thanksgiving dish from the grill

3. Exotic Cuts – Picanha & Sushi

The sirloin or rump steak is known as Picanha in Brazil. Brazilians are known for their meat heavy meals, especially their barbeque. When you think of Brazilian BBQ, you might imagine a juicy steak grilling amidst flames. This is Picanha: a fatty cut gives the meat intense flavors. You know that Brazilians are firing up their holiday grills to celebrate. Simply roll in salt for the purest taste.

Or maybe you have a Japanese feng shui this year? Enjoy a fun twist on the traditional sushi with this unique steak sushi recipe. You just have to try it.

4. Go Wild – on the hunt

If you’re a frequent hunter, you probably plan on catching your meal this year. If it’s bird, go right ahead! But most hunters like the taste of a wild boar or deer. This year, a juicy venison recipe as your alternative Thanksgiving meat dish will make your guests go wild.Garnished with a side of wild chanterell mushrooms and dumplings makes this dish a stuffing in itself. Or, how about some wild barbequed pork loin straight from the Otto Grill? Oh my!

alternative thanksgiving dish of lamb chops
Lamb chops are easy to eat and ready to grill

5. Leg o’ Lamb

Grilling lamb is even easier than pie. Well, pie is actually kind of difficult to make, but it’s easier than that turkey! Instead of slaving all day over a bird. Lamb loins are easily grilled to a crispy outside perfection while remaining juicy on the inside. Lamb steak is not your everyday meal which makes it a perfect specialty for a day like Thanksgiving. Thank your field, thank your harvest and thank a lamb for its tender fillets.

The side dishes & grilled dessert

To host a Thanksgiving that will really leave an impression, the main Thanksgiving dish isn’t what it’s all about. Make sure your sides are just as tasty or even more creative than your choice of a main alternative Thanksgiving dish from the grill. One piece of advice: bacon wrapped everything. The holiday grill love bacon. Bacon wrapped asparagus. Bacon wrapped scallops. Bacon wrapped dates. Bacon wrapped carrots. Bacon wrapped cheese. Bacon basically wraps around anything and is easy to cook on the Otto Grill.

Oh, and dessert. Anyone can make a pie, right? Instead of the traditional Thanksgiving pumkin pie, try some alternative Thanksgiving desserts from the grill.

Broiled creme brulee from the Otto Grill