After sampling eight different turkeys around town, I can confidently say that I have narrowed down the top contenders. Whether you're looking for a classic Thanksgiving feast or just a tasty sandwich, I've got you covered.

So sit back, grab a fork (or maybe some stuffing), and let me guide you to the best bird in Austin!


Stiles Switch BBQ

Stiles Switch BBQ
🗺️ 6610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752
☎️ 512-380-9199
🌐 Website
Sunday: 11 AM–8 PM
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11 AM–8 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–8 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–8 PM
Friday: 11 AM–8 PM
Saturday: 11 AM–8 PM

Let me tell you, this place is no turkey when it comes to BBQ! The smoky aroma alone will make your mouth water. I opted for the turkey plate and was pleasantly surprised by the succulent meat that was served. It was perfectly cooked and had a nice balance of seasoning. The sides were also top-notch, especially the scrumptious mac & cheese.

The atmosphere is cozy and welcoming with friendly staff ready to help. They have a great selection of beers to choose from too. Don't forget to try their homemade sauces - they add just the right amount of zing.

Overall, Stiles Switch BBQ is a gem in Austin's food scene and definitely worth checking out. But be warned - once you've tasted their turkey, you'll be hooked!

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Hoover's Cooking

Hoover's Cooking
🗺️ 2002 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
☎️ 512-479-5006
🌐 Website
Sunday: 3–9 PM
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11 AM–2 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–2 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–2 PM
Friday: 11 AM–2 PM
Friday: 4–9 PM
Saturday: 3–9 PM

I must say, the turkey at Hoover's Cooking was a culinary delight that left me feeling like I had just taken a bite out of Thanksgiving dinner itself. The meat was perfectly cooked and seasoned to perfection. The sides were equally delicious with mouth-watering mac and cheese and delightful cornbread. The atmosphere at Hoover's Cooking is charming and welcoming. If you're ever in Austin looking for some good eats, Hoover's Cooking is definitely worth checking out!

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Gebby's BBQ

Gebby's BBQ
🗺️ 75 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
☎️ 512-271-9448
🌐 Website
Sunday: 12–9 PM
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 6 PM–12 AM
Friday: 6 PM–1 AM
Saturday: 12 PM–2 AM

First off, let me just say that their turkey is phenomenal. It's juicy and tender with the perfect amount of smoky flavor. I almost forgot I was eating turkey and not a succulent cut of brisket. The sides are also worth mentioning - the mac and cheese had me feeling like a kid again.

The atmosphere at Gebby's is lively and fun, making it the perfect spot for a casual meal with friends or family. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about their menu, which is always a plus.

Overall, if you're looking for some top-notch BBQ turkey in Austin, Gebby's should definitely be on your list. Just don't blame me when you can't stop thinking about it for days after!

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Stuffed Cajun Meat Market

Stuffed Cajun Meat Market
🗺️ 12226 Ranch Rd 620 N, Austin, TX 78750
☎️ 512-918-1600
🌐 Website
Sunday: 10 AM–3 PM
Monday: 10 AM–6 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM–6 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM–6 PM
Thursday: 10 AM–6 PM
Friday: 10 AM–6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–6 PM

First off, the ambiance of the place was charming with its rustic decor and friendly staff. As for the turkey, it was exceptional! The meat was perfectly seasoned with a blend of Cajun spices that left my taste buds dancing in joy.

But what really stole my heart (and stomach) were the stuffings. They had a variety of options ranging from classic cornbread to spicy jalapeño, each one more delicious than the last.

Overall, Stuffed Cajun Meat Market is definitely worth a visit if you're looking for a delectable turkey experience. I promise you won't be disappointed!

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Micklethwait Craft Meats BBQ & Catering

Micklethwait Craft Meats BBQ & Catering
🗺️ 1309 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702
☎️ 512-791-5961
🌐 Website
Sunday: 11 AM–4 PM
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 11 AM–5 PM
Friday: 11 AM–5 PM
Saturday: 11 AM–4 PM

Let me start by saying that this BBQ joint is the real deal. The smell of wood smoke hits you as soon as you step out of your car, and it's a sign that you're in for a treat. I ordered the turkey plate, and let me tell you, it was magnificent! The meat was juicy and tender, with just the right amount of smoky flavor. It was served with some delicious sides like coleslaw and baked beans that were equally impressive.

The service at Micklethwait is friendly and efficient. The staff knows their stuff when it comes to BBQ, and they are more than happy to give recommendations or answer any questions you might have. And if you're lucky enough to catch them on a day when they have homemade pies available, don't hesitate to get one - they are divine!

Overall, Micklethwait Craft Meats BBQ & Catering is a must-visit for anyone looking for some finger-licking good barbecue in Austin. I can confidently say that this place has earned its spot on my list of top turkey joints in town.

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New World Deli

New World Deli
🗺️ 4101 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751
☎️ 512-451-7170
🌐 Website
Sunday: 11 AM–5 PM
Monday: 11 AM–9 PM
Tuesday: 11 AM–9 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–9 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–9 PM
Friday: 11 AM–9 PM
Saturday: 11 AM–9 PM

Walking into New World Deli, I was immediately impressed by the inviting atmosphere and friendly staff. The menu boasts a variety of sandwiches and salads, but I knew what I was there for: the turkey sandwich.

I opted for the house-roasted turkey, which was succulent and flavorful. The bread was fresh and chewy, adding a great texture to each bite.

But what really set this sandwich apart from others in Austin was the house-made cranberry sauce. It was tangy with just enough sweetness to balance out the savory turkey.

Overall, my experience at New World Deli left me feeling like a turkey expert who had just discovered a hidden gem in Austin. Don't be fooled by its unassuming exterior, this deli is definitely worth a visit!

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Salt & Time Butcher Shop

Salt & Time Butcher Shop
🗺️ 1912 E 7th St A, Austin, TX 78702
☎️ 512-524-1383
🌐 Website
Sunday: 10 AM–8 PM
Monday: 10 AM–8 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM–8 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM–8 PM
Thursday: 10 AM–8 PM
Friday: 10 AM–8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–8 PM

As soon as I walked in, I was struck by the immaculate presentation of their meats. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, and they even offered me a sample of their house-made jerky. I couldn't resist buying some to snack on during my turkey taste-testing adventures.

The butcher shop had a great selection of turkeys to choose from, including heritage breeds that are hard to find elsewhere. Plus, their commitment to locally-sourced and sustainable meat made me feel like a responsible carnivore.

Overall, Salt & Time Butcher Shop definitely deserves the hype it gets. Whether you're looking for a turkey or just want to stock up on high-quality meats, this place is worth checking out. Just be warned: once you try their jerky, you might be hooked!

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Sour Duck Market

Sour Duck Market
🗺️ 1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702
☎️ 512-394-5776
🌐 Website
Sunday: 10 AM–9 PM
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10 AM–9 PM
Thursday: 10 AM–9 PM
Friday: 10 AM–10 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–10 PM

Firstly, the ambiance is charming with a rustic decor and lively atmosphere. The service was impeccable, with friendly staff who were eager to make our experience enjoyable.

Now, let's talk about the turkey! The tender meat was cooked to perfection and had a succulent flavor that melted in my mouth. The accompanying cranberry sauce was a delightful addition that elevated the dish to new heights.

But wait, there's more! Their sides were just as impressive, especially the roasted sweet potatoes which were seasoned with a blend of herbs that created an explosion of flavors in my mouth.

Overall, Sour Duck Market is definitely worth a visit for anyone looking for a culinary adventure. I'd give it two thumbs up if I had more than two thumbs!

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Susan Wright

Susan has a passion for helping small, locally-owned restaurants and businesses to tell their stories and showcase their unique offerings to the public. With a loyalty to her hometown of Austin, TX, Susan is committed to making sure these establishments get the recognition they deserve. Outside of work, Susan enjoys exploring Austin's food and music scene with friends, hiking in the nearby hill country, spending time in nature, and savoring every bite of barbeque she can find.