Thanksgiving dinner often means spending hours at the stove, basting a giant turkey in the oven, stirring mashed potatoes and sautéing vegetables. But have you ever wondered if you could make the entire meal outdoors instead? Well, we did! Canadian Thanksgiving comes early this year, so take advantage of the mild weather and fire up the grill one last time with this Thanksgiving-worthy menu, made entirely on the BBQ.

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Grilled Polenta Crackers with Roasted Pepper Salsa
As your Thanksgiving guests arrive, make them feel at home by presenting drinks and grilled snacks before the sit-down dinner. Warm thin slices of polenta on the grill before topping them with a fresh salsa of peppers, olives, capers, onions, garlic, herbs and red pepper flakes. This impressive recipe is perfect for passing around on a party tray, and the ultimate start to any harvest dinner party.

Pumpkin, Arugula and Prosciutto Salad
A plated fall salad makes a great starter, especially when it involves sweet chunks of pumpkin, peppery arugula and salty strands of prosciutto. It’s an unexpected, Thanksgiving-worthy recipe that can easily be made on an outdoor grill.

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BBQ Turkey Drumsticks with Chipotle Glaze
If you’re not keen on roasting a whole turkey, consider BBQ turkey drumsticks to spice things up. These are finished with a flavourful, finger-licking chipotle sauce that won’t make anyone miss the gravy.

Planked Stuffed Potatoes
Potatoes are a Thanksgiving table must-have. This twist on simple baked potatoes features a goat cheese, crab, corn and basil filling, topped with Parmesan cheese and cooked until crispy on the grill.

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Giada’s Grilled Vegetables
Accompany your turkey with an assortment of freshly grilled vegetables. This recipe includes a colourful veggie selection, but almost any seasonal produce can be substituted.

Bobby Flay’s Dessert Pizza
Dessert and pizza aren’t exactly foods you’d expect to do well on the grill, but this creation will convince you otherwise. The sweet pizza is warmed on the grill and topped with mascarpone cheese, honey, seasonal fruits and icing sugar. Try sautéed apples or a smear of pumpkin pie filling to make this feel more autumnal.

Roasted Chestnuts
If you’re able to find chestnuts at the grocery store or farmers’ market, get in the festive mood with these homemade roasted chestnuts. They’re easy to warm on the grill, and a nice treat for Thanksgiving guests to take home.

Turn Thanksgiving leftovers into an epic brunch tomorrow with Bobby Flay’s Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash.