Attention Kroger shoppers - turkeys are now in stock!. This is your guide to everything you need to about picking up a turkey at your local Kroger store. We got frozen turkeys, fresh turkeys, turkey breasts, turkey drumsticks, turkey thighs - we got it all for you in this guide.
We are updating the prices now for 2022. We have the frozen turkeys done and are waiting to hear about more about fresh turkeys.
Even though turkeys are available year round, most of us only seem to buy them for Thanksgiving, maybe Christmas.
It's a shame because turkey is so good. I prefer it everyday over chicken.
If you are Kroger shopper and you probably are if you are reading this post, we are here to help you select your bird. This guide will tell you all you need to know about the turkeys available at Kroger.
💲 Frozen Turkey Prices
First let's look the prices of the frozen turkeys, then we will move on to fresh.
Here are the prices of frozen turkeys at Kroger.
|Kroger Brand Whole Turkey||$.49/lb|
|Butterball Whole Turkey||$1.29/lb|
|Simple Truth Natural Whole Turkey||$2.49/lb|
|Simple Truth Natural Bone-In Turkey Breast||$3.99/lb|
|Honeysuckle White Turkey Breast||$2.99/lb|
|Pride of Farm Turkey Breast||$2.99/lb|
By far, the cheapest price of a turkey at Kroger is the Kroger band frozen whole turkeys at the rock bottom price of 49 cents per pound. Kroger posted a sign doing all the math for us.
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A few "rules" go along with the turkeys
- You have to add the digital coupon in order to get the deal. Otherwise it's 69 cents a pound with your Kroger card.
- You can use the deal once.
- You must spend at least $25 in additional purchases.
Not all those weights are going to be available. You don't often see turkeys that are 10 pounds in the grocery store. I looked through the selection of Kroger turkeys and found that the smaller end turkeys average around 13-16 pounds and the larger sizes were in upwards of 20-22 pounds.
❓ Are Prices Different at Different Stores?
The answer is yes. The prices you see here are from a Kroger store in Columbia, South Carolina.
Here is a list of prices for the Kroger brand turkey at other stores across the country.
|Knoxville, TN||$.49/lb, $.59 w/o coupon, limit 1|
|Cincinnati, OH||$.49/lb, $.69 w/o coupon, limit 1|
|Dallas, TX||FREE when you spend $100 or $.99/lb with card|
|Louisville, KY||$.49/lb, $.69 w/o coupon, limit 1|
|Indianapolis, IN||$.49/lb, $.69 w/o coupon, limit 1|
|Little Rock, AR||$.97/lb with card, limit 1|
|Atlanta, GA||$.49/lb, $.69 w/o coupon, limit 1|
|Ann Arbor, MI||$.49/lb, $.69 w/o coupon, limit 1|
|Charleston, WV||$.69/lb with card, limit 1|
|Bloomington IL||$.49/lb, $.69 w/o coupon, limit 1|
As you can see the price does vary but still cheap at any Kroger store. In fact, it's free in Dallas stores with $100 purchase. I was surprised to see Little Rock stores are about twice as expensive.
Read our tips on How to Quickly Thaw a Turkey
🦃 Fresh Turkey Prices
If you aren't a fan of thawing, then you might be in the market for a fresh turkey. Or you simply don't have enough time left.
Here are the prices of fresh turkeys at Kroger. Any turkey marked with a (*) means I haven't confirmed the price for the current year for that turkey.
|Amish Country Whole Turkey||$1.99/lb*|
|Honeysuckle White Whole Turkey||$1.99/lb*|
|Butterball Whole Tukrey||$1.59/lb*|
|Honeysuckle White Turkey Drumsticks||$2.39/lb*|
|Honeysuckle White Turkey Thighs||$2.29/lb*|
Read our post on How Far in Advance to Buy a Fresh Turkey
The best deal on a fresh turkey is going to be the Butterball for $1.59/lb. You can also choose from Honeysuckle White and Amish Country.
If you don't want to buy a while turkey or are looking for additional turkey drumsticks and tights are both available. Great for those families than can't get enough of the dark meat.
🙋 Frequently Asked Questions
Let's get into some of the most frequently asked turkey questions to further help you select your turkey.
Can You Order a Turkey for Kroger Pickup?
Yes you can! Kroger Pickup is a way to have your groceries shopped for you and delivered right to your car. According to Pickup for my store, you can get a 10-14 pound Kroger turkey for about $4.81, limit 1 per order.
How Much Does a Butterball Turkey Cost at Kroger?
Butterball is probably the most recognized brands of turkey in the United States. Nearly all grocery stores carry their turkeys. Kroger was nice enough to put up a sign breaking down the price of a frozen Butterball turkey.
What is the Largest Turkey You Can Buy?
The largest turkeys I saw were around 22 pounds in the Kroger and Butterball brands. I am not a fan of large turkeys as they are hard to deal with and take longer to cook - thus easy to dry out. I always recommend either doing 2 small turkeys or a 14-15 pound turkey along with a whole bone-in turkey breast (see our Instant Pot recipe)
Can You Get an Amish Turkey?
Yep, my Kroger was selling an Amish Country fresh turkey for $1.99/pound. Amish turkeys known to be raised in better conditions than many of the other turkeys. They do not use antibiotics and may or may not be free range.
Can You Get Organic Turkeys?
I do not see any organic turkeys at my Kroger this year. If you have seen any at yours, please let us know the comments below.
❔ Do They Sell Turkeys That Haven't Been Soaked in a Solution?
If you look at the package of most turkeys you will see that it includes some percentage of a solution that may contain turkey broth, water, sugar, vinegar, "natural flavoring", sodium phosphate etc. Yikes! The percentages tend to be higher in the frozen turkey than the fresh
Even if the turkey is labeled "all natural" that doesn't mean anything. They still could contain these added ingredients.
There was only one turkey in the store that I could find that didn't contain any added ingredients besides retained water (more on that in a moment). The turkey was the Simple Truth turkey. Not organic in this case but still the most "natural" turkey I could find.
If money is not a concern, I would pick the Simple Truth turkey as my Thanksgiving turkey.
💧 What Does Contains Retained Water Mean?
Whether it's turkey or chicken whenever you see the words "retained water" on the package, that means that the turkey has soaked up some water from the cooling process. When processing poultry one is done to chill it as soon as possible is to dunk it in really cold water.
Naturally some of the water will be absorbed into the turkey. Whenever you see the word "air chilled" on chicken that means that instead of dunking in water it was chilled by fans. this is slower and more expensive but results in a a better flavored bird.
I have not seen any air chilled turkeys before.
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Are you finding different turkeys in your store or different prices? Let us know what your store has by leaving a comment below. Thanks! Also feel free to ask any question you have.