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DAWSONVILLE, GA - JANUARY 25: General view of Arby's Restaurant on January 25, 2018 in Dawsonville, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Arby's)
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Every November, there are a lot of folks who tell themselves that this is finally the year they're going to deep-fry a Thanksgiving turkey. Soon thereafter, reality tends to set in: deep-frying a turkey can be complicated, not to mention potentially dangerous for those who don't know what they're doing. And in 2020, there's the added consideration of smaller Thanksgivings (and smaller turkeys), which might make the hassle of frying up a bird feel like more trouble than it's worth. 

If you want to dip your toes into the world of deep-fried turkey without going whole hog, the good news is that some returning seasonal menu items at Arby's should have you covered. Just in time for peak turkey season, they're bringing back three deep-fried turkey-themed menu items that seem like souped-up versions of your typical Thanksgiving leftovers. 

Arby's Deep Fried Turkey Sandwiches
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First up, the Deep-Fried Turkey Club Sandwich takes a deep-fried turkey breast, topping it with Cheddar cheese, pepper bacon, tomato, lettuce, and mayo fit between two halves of a bun.

Meanwhile, the Market Fresh Cranberry Deep-Fried Turkey Sandwich takes some classic Thanksgiving tastes and packages them together. In addition to the same deep-fried turkey breast, you'll find Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and a cranberry sauce spread sandwiched between honey wheat bread. That assortment of market fresh ingredients is also available as a Market Fresh Cranberry Deep-Fried Turkey Wrap, for those who'd rather eat their Thanksgiving favorites rolled up. 

This marks an annual return for these sorts of turkey day favorites at Arby's, where they first surfaced in 2017. As you might expect for something tied to a specific date on the calendar, they'll only be around for a limited time at participating locations. 

So if you want to research what deep-fried turkey tastes like before really committing to it in 2021, Arby's is your destination. Just know that you might get some strange looks if you make bacon a part of Thanksgiving dinner, though.