Thanksgiving Over the Road OTR

Truck drivers make Thanksgiving happen. Every year, drivers deliver millions of turkeys, sides, and desserts to grocery stores and restaurants across the country to ensure that everyone can celebrate with their families. What about the drivers? Often, it can be difficult to guarantee drivers home for Thanksgiving, which results in spending the holiday on the road. This doesn’t mean going without a hearty meal, though! There are plenty of options to have a traditional Thanksgiving feast while away from home.


Many chain restaurants have Thanksgiving meals for sale for those who don’t want to cook or deal with storing leftovers in limited cab space. Here are a few popular ones:

Cracker Barrel

A staple for those finding themselves away from home on Thanksgiving Day, Cracker Barrel has three special plates that are exclusively sold on November 24th.

Golden Corral

For an easy dinner, Golden Corral offers individual plates for pickup with options for turkey, ham, or roast beef.

Bob Evan’s

Offers a hot plate with traditional Thanksgiving fare, as well as a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert! They also offer a Thanksgiving turkey sandwich served with fries for those who want to change it up.

Boston Market

Sells Thanksgiving meals for 6 or 12 people, as well as individual plates with potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and more!


While they don’t offer Thanksgiving specials this year, Denny’s is a 24-hour option for those looking for a plate of comfort food after a long day.

Thanksgiving on the Road

Boston Market offers Thanksgiving meals for truckers,
Boston Market offers meals like these for 12, or individual plates with similar fare.

Cooking on the Truck

For those looking to try their hand at making a feast exactly how they like it, it’s possible to make an entire Thanksgiving meal on the road with the right equipment! Plenty of recipes are available online for dishes like slow cooker turkey and microwave stuffing, as well as options from your nearest grocery store like instant mashed potatoes. Many stores also have options for premade hot sides and proteins at their deli counter. This method will leave you with plenty of leftovers that can keep you fed for days, making it a cheaper alternative to restaurant food when accounting for servings.

Pilot Flying J's thanksgiving meal for truck drivers.

Truck Stops

If there’s anyone who understands Thanksgiving on the road, it’s truck stops. Depending on where a driver finds themselves, there are plenty of local and national truck stops that offer Thanksgiving meals. Pilot Flying J is offering a discounted Thanksgiving meal at over 150 locations across America. Be sure to check out surrounding truck stops and see what they’re offering this holiday season!

Thanksgiving at Melton

Here at Melton, we understand how difficult it is to be away from home during the holiday season. We’re extremely thankful for our drivers and everything they do, which is why our operations team has a record of getting drivers home more than 95% of the time and works hard to get hundreds of drivers home on time to their families for Thanksgiving. For those who are unable to make it home in time, Melton cooks lunch at the Tulsa Terminal for drivers on Thanksgiving Day. Plus, we host our annual Thanksgiving lunch for all employees at our Tulsa Terminal at the beginning of the week.

Happy Thanksgiving from our Melton family to yours!


Best Truck Stops in the US

The Best Truck Stops in the US After a long day of driving across America, the one thing on a truck driver’s mind is finding a place to rest. However, not all trucks stops are created equal! Some could be as small as a convenience store, and others could be more akin...

Layover and Detention Pay for Truck Drivers

Layover vs Detention Pay When it comes to truck driving, time spent on the road is money. Most drivers are paid by the mile versus hourly, which means if you’re not driving, you’re not making money. Delays are often unpredictable – traffic, weather, supply chain...

Is Truck Driving a Good Career for Women?

Is Truck Driving a Good Career for Women?Nowadays, women compose more of the trucking workforce than ever before – but that number still sits between 8 and 10%. In the midst of the driver shortage that has worsened over the past few years, recruiting women drivers is...

How Do I Get a CDL License?

How Do I Get a CDL License?The first step to starting a career in trucking is obtaining a Class A commercial driver’s license by completing CDL training. There are numerous schools and training programs to choose from, it can seem a little overwhelming at first. Not...

Top 10 Reasons Why Gen-Z Should be CDL Drivers

Top 10 Reasons Gen-Z Should be CDL DriversIt’s no secret that truck drivers may not have the best reputation. Decades of misleading stereotypes have disregarded the importance of drivers to our economy and life as we know it. The industry is changing every day, and...

How Much Do Truck Drivers Make?

How Much Do Truck Drivers Make?The number one thing people normally look for when searching for a place to work is the salary. A high salary doesn’t automatically mean that a potential job is the best choice for you, but it’s certainly a huge deciding factor. In the...

Local vs OTR Truck Driving Jobs

Truck Driving: OTR VS LOCAL The process of becoming a truck driver can be an adventure. Some jump headfirst into driving, and others join trucking later in life for a change in career. No matter what your reason is for becoming a driver, you must all have one thing in...

Causes of Back Pain & Injury Prevention Tips

Causes of Back Pain & Injury Prevention Tips Flatbed trucking jobs are some of the most labor intensive in the transportation industry. From picking up and adjusting 8 pound tarps to load securement, there's many ways for drivers to sustain short or long-term...

Planning the Day in the Life of a Flatbed Driver

A Day in the Life of a Truck DriverIf you’ve considered truck driving as a career, you’re probably curious what a typical day on the road is like. The lifestyle can be appealing to those who like working independently and don’t mind working for long stretches of time,...

Accomplish Your New Year Resolutions!

Did you know that approximately 80% of resolutions fail over the course of the year? Seems pretty dismal - but that means 1 in 5 will succeed in changing their life. Keep reading and see if you'll be the next 1 out of 5!The beginning of the new year feels like a fresh...