Food & Recipes

38 Amazing Thanksgiving Food Fails You Have to See to Believe

Picture this, if you will: You and your family gather on Thanksgiving Day, smiles ear-to-ear because you're so happy to all be together. Granddad is at the head of the table as everybody stands around holding hands and takes turns sharing what they are grateful for in their lives. Then, Grandma comes swishing out of the kitchen with a perfectly golden-brown turkey that smells as good as it looks and is the perfect complement to all of the wonderfully prepared sides already waiting on the table, still piping hot. It's a scene worthy of a Norman Rockwell painting. 

This, folks, is a total fantasy, because we all know that's not how Thanksgiving Day — as glorious as it is — ever goes down. Family drama and kitchen mishaps are what Turkey Day is really all about. 

We all want to create a Martha Stewart-esque Thanksgiving spread, but sometimes it just doesn't happen. Take these hilarious fails, for example. Also, pro tip: If browsing through the #ThanksgivingFail hashtag has taught us anything, it’s to steer clear of pies and sweet potato casseroles. 

Originally published November 2015. Updated November 2017.

The No. 1 Thanksgiving nemesis: the pie.

You had one job, glass lid. One job.

A case for not drinking too much before you get the turkey safely to the table.

Who knew that molten lava came out of overcooked sweet potatoes?

When you need a ladle for your pie, you know it's bad.

Pie crusts like this are why professional bakeries exist.

Turkey jerky is actually pretty expensive, so... silver lining?

Pumpkin pie: Why do you have to be so difficult?

Sometimes apples just don't want to overachieve.

Wait, wait, wait — wasn't Halloween last month?

Because at the end of the day, cats really are just tiny fur-covered jerks.

Forget the five-second rule. The five-hour rule comes into play for mac and cheese.

When you can barely recognize it as dessert, you probably failed.

I like toasty marshmallows as much as the next guy, but...

Does anybody really care about the cranberry sauce?

Not a total fail, but one more strike against pies.

When you can pick up a whole pan of cornbread like this, you know something went wrong.

The burned marshmallow solution: Scrape 'em off, and start over.

We can just eat the bottom half...

Nope. Turkeys do not need to look like this. Ever.

For the last time... just buy the damn pie.

Nothing a little scraping won't fix.

Is it Thanksgiving or the Apocalypse?

We've heard of the chicken crossing the road... guess this turkey wanted to make a go of it.

It's safe to say the goose is cooked.

Brûlée sweet potato casserole is on the menu tonight!

20 bucks says they still taste amazing.

When #DogShaming and #ThanksgivingFail collide.

Just close your eyes when you eat them and everything will be fine.