Your State’s Most Googled Thanksgiving Recipe in 2019


Trevor Wheelwright
Researcher & Writer
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Published on November 16, 2019

’Tis the season to start loosening your belt! To whet our appetites, SatelliteInternet.com wanted to know what people across the nation will be making for Thanksgiving.

Using data from Google Trends, we took 20 of the most popular Thanksgiving foods, went state by state to find their search trends for the month of November, and came up with a winner for all fifty states and Washington, DC.

Ready to see what people are craving? Let’s get cooking!

Thanksgiving Map 2020

America’s most googled Thanksgiving recipes

According to our results, here are the most popular Thanksgiving dishes ranked by number of states who like them best. (Don’t hate us if your neighbors didn’t google your famous potato salad recipe, Martha.)

  • Mashed potatoes: 10
  • Jell-O: 8
  • Green bean casserole: 7
  • Mac and cheese: 7
  • Sweet potato casserole: 5
  • Roast turkey: 4
  • Pecan pie: 3
  • Cranberry sauce 2
  • Cornbread dressing: 1
  • Honey baked ham: 1
  • Sausage gravy: 1
  • Candied yams: 1
  • Gravy: 1

What we learned

Most people mash: From coast to coast, the glorious and simple mashed potato won as the recipe with the most states searching for it. Whether you’re enjoying them as a side with gravy or hurling them in a food fight, mashed potatoes make most meals better.

Jumpin’ for that jigglin’ Jell-O: Jell-O is an American tradition that’s a favorite in states ranging from West Virginia all the way to Idaho. And that includes Utah, of course, where Jell-O is the official state food.

Mean green bean casserole: If you’re not a fan of the green creamy goodness with a crunchy layer on top, you’re just not grateful for great combinations. Seven different states made searching for this sloppy side a priority.

Return of the mac and cheese: Although it comes in many forms, everybody’s enjoyed a bowl of mac and cheese at some point in their lives. Tied for third in Thanksgiving popularity, we think people are probably just trying to upgrade their mac game.

Not pumped on pumpkin pie: We were surprised to see an absence of pumpkin pie as any state’s most searched recipe. Maybe it’s such a staple that people don’t need to search for it—at least beyond their local Village Inn.

Happy Turkey Day: Only four states made turkey their top topic for recipe searches, which may or may not be a big deal. Are more people opting for a vegan option like Tofurky? Or does nobody need a recipe for a Thanksgiving turkey? It’s hard to say. Just make sure you don’t burn the house down, and we won’t ask any more questions. 

We’re stoked to try out some Cajun cornbread dressing like the folks in Louisiana. And we can’t be mad that pecan pie was the only pie search that won a few states. (It’s our personal favorite too.) 

Are you aligned with your state’s favorite? Let us know in the comments.

Your state's favorite Thanksgiving recipe

State
Recipe

Alabama

Sweet potato casserole

Alaska

Candied yams

Arizona

Mashed potatoes

Arkansas

Pecan pie

California

Mashed potatoes

Colorado

Green bean casserole

Connecticut

Mashed sweet potatoes

Delaware

Mac and cheese

District of Columbia

Mac and cheese

Florida

Sweet potato casserole

Georgia

Honey baked ham

Hawaii

Roast turkey

Idaho

Jell-O

Illinois

Mashed potatoes

Indiana

Jell-O

Iowa

Jell-O

Kansas

Green bean casserole

Kentucky

Sweet potato casserole

Louisiana

Cornbread dressing

Maine

Cranberry sauce

Maryland

Mac and cheese

Massachusetts

Roast turkey

Michigan

Jell-O

Minnesota

Mashed potatoes

Mississippi

Sweet potato casserole

Missouri

Green bean casserole

Montana

Green bean casserole

Nebraska

Jell-O

Nevada

Green bean casserole

New Hampshire

Mashed potatoes

New Jersey

Mashed potatoes

New Mexico

Green bean casserole

New York

Mac and cheese

North Carolina

Mac and cheese

North Dakota

Mashed potatoes

Ohio

Jell-O

Oklahoma

Pecan pie

Oregon

Gravy

Pennsylvania

Roast turkey

Rhode Island

Roast turkey

South Carolina

Mac and cheese

South Dakota

Mashed potatoes

Tennessee

Sweet potato casserole

Texas

Pecan pie

Utah

Jell-O

Vermont

Cranberry sauce

Virginia

Mac and cheese

Washington

Mashed potatoes

West Virginia

Jello

Wisconsin

Green bean casserole

Wyoming

Sausage gravy

Trevor Wheelwright
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