The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line Open for its 39th Season

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Published: Nov. 6, 2019 at 11:17 AM CST
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The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is officially open for the holiday season, ready to help hosts with their turkey questions for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, and every ‘giving’ in between. This year, Talk-Line experts are encouraging hosts to put their own stamp on the holiday with new trends, tricks, and hosting expertise from the first ever Ultimate Thanksgiving Host, Freddie Prinze Jr.

To understand how the Thanksgiving holiday is evolving and expanding to include new occasions like Friendsgiving, Butterball recently conducted a survey regarding how celebrations are changing among different generations. According to the survey:

► Responsibility for family traditions and hosting are being handed to the next set of generations – while Millennials are expected to overtake Boomers as the largest generation in 2019, Generation X are taking on more of the hosting duties that recently belonged to Boomers.

► Americans are trying new recipes or adding cultural dishes, especially for the side dishes:

• 30 percent of Millennial hosts are interested in serving new and different foods

► Millennials are more likely to experiment with alternative ways to cook a turkey: three out of 10 tried cooking with a turkey fryer, on the grill, and/or on a smoker.

► 83 percent of those who celebrated at an alternative gathering last year (e.g. Friendsgiving), in addition to Thanksgiving Day, intend to do so again this year.

“Over the past 40 years, the Turkey Talk-Line has witnessed first-hand the evolution of Thanksgiving celebrations among the people we help every year,” Butterball Turkey Talk-Line Director Nicole Johnson said. “From hosting your first Friendsgiving to testing different cooking methods – like air-frying – we are here to help answer all those turkey questions so you can celebrate the big day—when, where and however you decide.”

New this year, Freddie Prinze Jr. joins the Turkey Talk-Line as the first-ever ultimate Thanksgiving host – where he’ll dish out his favorite hosting hacks and simple recipes anyone can pull off. Freddie has years of experience hosting his own Thanksgiving occasions, from big gatherings to intimate dinners, hosting friends, family and everyone in between. Now, he’s excited to share the lessons he’s learned along the way.

“I've been eating Butterball turkeys my entire life and I'm thrilled to bring my cooking and hosting skills to the Turkey Talk-Line this year to join the experts and help people celebrate however they want this holiday," said Freddie Prinze Jr., Butterball’s first-ever Ultimate Thanksgiving Host. "Over the years I've enjoyed all kinds of Thanksgiving celebrations and know that as long as you have good people and good food, it’s going to be a holiday to remember.”

The beloved actor will help hosts knock Thanksgiving out of the park with practical hosting tips and simple recipes. Consumers will also have the chance to directly ask Freddie all kinds of Thanksgiving questions when he helps answer questions over the Turkey Talk-Line phones on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Viewers can reach the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line for help:

► Butterball Skill for Amazon Alexa: Users can simply say, “Alexa, ask Butterball…” to enable the Butterball Skill for Amazon Alexa. Once enabled, just ask the Butterball skill your cooking questions and hear trusted Talk-Line experts share answers. Users can even watch how-to videos on compatible Alexa-enabled devices (Echo Show, Echo Spot and Amazon Fire TV).

► Texting 844-877-3456: For the fourth year, people can text in their cooking questions.

► Calling 1-800-BUTTERBALL (800-288-8372): Turkey Talk-Line experts will be available this season starting Nov. 1 through Dec. 24, 2019.

► Live Chat: Engage with turkey experts through Live Chats on

► Share on Social: Help is available through the Butterball Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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