33 Easy Dishes to Make For Thanksgiving Potlucks at Work

Lori Li
14 min read
Nov 9, 2020

A Thanksgiving potluck at work is a great team-building activity to celebrate the holiday together and drive employee engagement. 

For a "Worksgiving," everyone brings in a dish that can feed the whole team — an appetizer, side dish, or dessert — and the manager or other leader can handle the main event: the turkey.

But you don't have to be a professional chef to bring in a dish that will have all your coworkers asking for the recipe. No matter how experienced you are in the kitchen, these 33 Thanksgiving potluck recipes will ensure that you only have to return home with a tray scraped clean. 

(One note: Try not to drool too much while looking at these Thanksgiving dishes pictures.)

1. Sugar-Coated Pecans

Everyone needs a little something to snack on before they sit down for the meal, and sugar-coated pecans are the perfect seasonal snack. 

Bonus: They're super easy to make, and they're sure to impress. If you have pecans, cinnamon, sugar, and an egg, you can pull this recipe off in no time.

Get the recipe for sugar-coated pecans from AllRecipes.com.

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2. Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a classic appetizer that always look much harder to make than they actually are. Believe it or not, you can whip up a plate of these eggs in under an hour. 

Be careful with the hot sauce; you don't want to make them too deviled for some of your coworkers at the Thanksgiving party.

Get the recipe for Di's Delicious Deluxe Deviled Eggs from AllRecipes.com.

3. Pumpkin Dip

Something quick for the Thanksgiving menu? 

This festive dip is incredibly easy, but you have the opportunity to really impress your peers with the presentation. Add some gingersnaps, apple slices, or graham crackers for dipping.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Dip at AllRecipes.com.

4. Cheese Ball 

Cheese and crackers are always a simple crowd-pleaser that whets everyone's appetites before the meal. Add a little bit of drama to the dish by making an easy cheese ball with pecans — perfect for the season.

Get the recipe for Easy Cheese Balls at AllRecipes.com.

5. Sausage, Cranberry, and Apple Stuffing

Sure, you could always just bring a few boxes of Stove Top. But this extra-fancy (but not extra-difficult) stuffing will surely impress. 

Most of your time will be spent chopping up the delicious apples, onion, and herbs. But from then on, it's mostly just throwing all the ingredients together. 

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The key is finding some good loaves of both white and wheat bread to up this stuffing's delicious factor. And of course, the final touch is a little turkey sausage. Who needs to actually stuff a turkey with stuffing when it's this good to eat on its own?

Get the recipe for Awesome Sausage, Apple, and Cranberry Stuffing at AllRecipes.com.

6. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

You want to really make your coworkers happy? 

Switch up the veggie side dish to make a delicious butternut squash mac and cheese. You definitely won't have any leftovers. Plus, the recipe calls for already cooked and cut butternut squash that you can buy at the store, so you don't have to slave forever in the kitchen either. 

This recipe is particularly great as a main course for any vegetarians in the office.

Get the recipe for Rachael Ray's Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese at FoodNetwork.com.

7. Green Beans with Walnuts

This simple, flavor-packed side dish recipe can be prepared in advance, which makes it far more convenient for you. The walnuts escalate the dish into something you can show off within your office.

Get the recipe for Green Beans with Walnuts at AllRecipes.com.

8. Sweet Potato Casserole

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without at least one sweet potato casserole. The dish is so delicious, it's almost a dessert and not a side dish. 

And what no one wants to tell you? It's also incredibly easy—as long as you have plenty of butter and sugar in the pantry.

Get the recipe for the Sweet Potato Casserole at AllRecipes.com.

9. Creamed Pearl Onions

Pearl onions might not be the first go-to Thanksgiving potluck recipe. But once your coworkers have tried these, they will surely be a family Thanksgiving staple. 

You can even change them up a bit by adding some dijon mustard for a different kick. (And no one will tell if you buy the pearl onions frozen in the supermarket.)

Get the recipe for Creamed Pearl Onions at FoodNetwork.com.

10. Cranberry Sauce

You could go to the grocery store and pick up some canned cranberry sauce mold on your way to the office. Or you could seriously impress with this homemade cranberry sauce recipe. It’s not that difficult.

Considering the prep time is only a measly 15 minutes, you should probably go with the latter.

Get the recipe for Holiday Cranberry Sauce at AllRecipes.com.

11. Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

If anyone complains about Brussels sprouts, just remind them that you are also the one who brought the bacon to the party. Nobody can deny bacon. 

And because the recipe could not be easier, you won't be stuck in the kitchen before work preparing this tasty treat.

Get the recipe for Quick Brussels and Bacon at AllRecipes.com.

12. Green Bean Casserole

Another classic holiday recipe, this green bean casserole serves up your daily dose of veggies with enough cheese to make everyone in your office super happy.

Get the recipe for the Green Bean Casserole at AllRecipes.com.

13. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes 

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This recipe is for the slightly savvier chefs. But when you see how it turns out, you know the time will be worth your coworkers' gasps of amazement. Each of your team members will get his or her own sweet potato, stuffed with all the marshmallow, pecan, sugary goodness.

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Get the recipe for Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Marshmallow Streusel at zonacooks.com.

14. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

There can never be too many mashed potatoes at any Thanksgiving feast! 

Fancy your batch up a bit with roasted garlic. But maybe make sure you bring mints, too, because they will taste delicious but no one wants to be stuck in a room with dozens of people with garlic breath.

Get the recipe for Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes at AllRecipes.com.

15. Cornbread

Cornbread is easy to make, and you can finish it ahead of time so you're not scrambling when potluck day comes around. 

If you're not exceptionally talented in the kitchen, this recipe is a crowd-pleaser no matter your skill level.

Get the recipe for Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread at AllRecipes.com.

16. Sweet Potato Fries

If your Thanksgiving potluck is going to have loads of guests in a standing-room-only conference room, sweet potato fries are a fun alternative to a classic side dish that will make it super easy for everyone to chow down. Bonus points if you add a maple or marshmallow dipping sauce instead of ketchup to keep in line with the season.

Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Fries at AllRecipes.com.

17. Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake

Go a little against the grain for dessert and your coworkers will love you for it. There might be a lot of pies on the conference room table, but you can wow with a pumpkin and pecan cheesecake that combos the best of the best in Thanksgiving desserts. Just don't forget the whipped cream.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake at AllRecipes.com.

18. Apple Cake

Don't panic if you're not a baker. This easy apple cake uses a box of yellow cake mix as its base (not that anyone needs to know). All you have to do is toss in some apples, cinnamon, butter, and sugar to the prepared batter to make this delicious cake. Top it off with a side of vanilla or rum raisin ice cream to spice it up a bit.

Get the recipe for the Cinnamon Apple Cake from myrecipes.com.

19. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kick your ordinary chocolate chip cookies up a notch with some canned pumpkin, and you've made a Thanksgiving recipe your coworkers will probably be stuffing in their briefcases to bring home.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies at AllRecipes.com.

20. Apple Crisp

Easier to make than a homemade pie and arguably more delicious, apple crisp is the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving gathering. Vanilla ice cream is an absolute must to complement this dish.

Get the recipe for Apple Crisp at AllRecipes.com.

21. Cranberry Brie Bites

One more quick bite always works even if you’ve already eaten a ton. Plus, it’s perfect for team members who don’t feel like eating too much or just want to taste everything that’s on the menu for the Thanksgiving party. These bites are super easy to put together and are sure to get your colleagues’ praise.

Get the recipe for Cranberry Brie Bites at delish.com.

22. Pumpkin Bread with Salted Maple Butter

More into a dessert you can just bake by putting some ingredients together? This no-fuss Thanksgiving recipe will surprise you with its subtle notes of different spices and rich texture.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Bread with Salted Maple Butter at bonappetit.com.

23. Harvest Punch

If everybody’s bringing solid foods, why not go a different way? 

This drink is full of flavor as it reunites apples, pears, orange, and cranberry. You can also top the drink with fruits, seeds, and spices to make it pop and turn it into a centerpiece for the potluck.

Get the recipe for Harvest Punch at servedupwithlove.com.

24. Tomato-Jam Pinwheels

Tired of apples, pumpkin, and classic Thanksgiving spices?

Bring these tomato-jam pinwheels that are both easy to bake and a crowd-pleaser. The unique mix of ingredients makes these appetizers a hit with minimal efforts.

Get the recipe for Tomato-Jam Pinwheels at marthastewart.com.

25. Glazed and Flaky Apple Tart

The Thanksgiving menu wouldn’t be complete without some more fruit as part of this tart no one could say no to. Once you master the recipe, you can switch up the apples and go for different fruits. You might need to bring more, though, to make sure everyone gets a taste.

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Get the recipe for Glazed and Flaky Apple Tart at bonappetit.com.

26. Sweet Potato Bites

Ditch the sweet potato casserole for smaller bites everyone can enjoy with this Thanksgiving potluck recipe. The mix of flavors will certainly make these disappear fast so prepare just enough.

Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Bites at delish.com.

27. Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Keep the green on the table with this broccoli recipe that will make everyone enjoy the good greens. This is a perfect Thanksgiving side dish that will help maintain some semblance of healthy eating at the party.

Get the recipe for Parmesan Roasted Broccoli at tasteofhome.com.

28. Lemony Brussels Sprout Salad

Who could say no to a simple salad after all the other heavy foods on the table? Fresh and crunchy—that’s what you should aim for with this Brussels sprout salad people will want to steal from your recipe book.

Get the recipe for Lemony Brussels Sprout Salad at goodhousekeeping.com

29. Cranberry-Lime Pie

Time for a colorful dessert as a Thanksgiving potluck idea! Not to mention it’s a perfect piece for everyone’s Instagram Stories for the day. This is a filling dessert that serves around eight people, so consider making more than one dish. 

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Get the recipe for Cranberry-Lime Pie at bonappetit.com.

30. Grandma’s Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

A classic stable to satisfy everyone’s carb cravings, these buttermilk biscuits are an unexpected yet so delicious addition to this year’s Thanksgiving potluck. Go for this recipe if you want to bring something different from the other Thanksgiving dishes to the table.

Get the recipe for Grandma’s Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits at cookingmaniac.com.

31. Turmeric-Roasted Beets with Orange Bell Pepper Romesco

Turmeric isn’t exactly what you’d expect on the Thanksgiving menu. That’s exactly why this dish wins. The surprising combination of flavors will get everyone to want to grab a bite.

Get the recipe for Turmeric-Roasted Beets With Orange Bell Pepper Romesco at womansday.com.

32. Stuffed Mushrooms

This is a versatile recipe you can get creative with by experimenting with different ingredients. The original recipe will also bring the wow factor with its secret ingredient: clams.

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Get the recipe for Stuffed Mushrooms at womansday.com.

33. Southern Sausage Balls


With so much turkey, your colleagues will sure enjoy a change of pace. This is a classic Southern appetizer you can’t go wrong with. After all, who doesn’t like sausage-based recipes?

Get the recipe for Southern Sausage Balls at thedailymeal.com.

From our team at TINYpulse to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

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