Meal planning can be overwhelming, especially when you want to make sure you’re covering all your food groups and keeping some variety in your diet. That’s where meal delivery services can step in and help make life a little easier by taking the stress of planning and cooking out of your routine.
After researching all the options in the area, we’ve pulled together a list of the 10 best meal delivery services in Pittsburgh. There’s a great variety with something for everyone – from vegans to meat lovers and those in between. Cover your family for backyard barbecues, stock your freezer for those winter blizzards, or have some grab-and-go lunches ready for days in the office.
Home Chef – Easy to customize meal plan for the whole family
Blue Apron – Premium ingredients with a variety of flavors
HelloFresh – Wide range of easy-to-cook menu options
There have never been more options for food delivered right to your door. It’s all about convenience, but what’s the difference between the two?
Meal delivery services have their own facilities where they create recipes and meals, package them, and ship them to you. They usually operate on a subscription basis and food will often need to be cooked or heated before eating.
Food delivery services cover deliveries of supplies, groceries, and prepared meals from restaurants. Companies like Grubhub act as a middleman between restaurants and customers, bringing piping hot meals direct to your door.
Flexible serving sizes available
It’s clear to see why Home Chef is one of the most popular meal delivery services. The variety of meal choices and prep requirements alone is incredible. From Culinary Collection gourmet options like Baked Butter Cracker Salmon and Dill Cream Sauce with Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes and Parmesan Green Beans to an oven-ready Turkey Diavolo Ravioli that just needs to be heated up, there’s something to fit every schedule.
Get more information in my colleague’s Home Chef review .
Once you select your meals, there are options to customize each one. You can swap the protein options and even include plant-based proteins like Impossible Meats. All the necessary ingredients will ship right to your door together with instructions. You can choose your preferred delivery date and update it weekly if your schedule changes.
Easy to use and tons of options – that’s why Home Chef is so popular.
Affordable meal delivery service
Options for two or four people
With a selection of around 12 different recipes each week, Blue Apron offers good variety. There are American recipes like NY Strip Steaks & Mole Sauce or a Creamy Poblano Burger with Lemon Cotija Salad. You’ll also find a few globally inspired dishes like Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry with Rice & Snow Peas or Cheesy Pork Chorizo Enchiladas with Bell Pepper & Rice.
The weekly deliveries include the ingredients you need to prep and cook the meals you select. Recipes are pretty easy to follow. If you’re brand new to cooking, you can find additional instructions on the website with videos and more photos. You can see a breakdown of the full process in our expert’s review .
And the feature that sets it apart from any other service? There’s an additional option to add wine and other market goods like utensils and cookbooks. This can really elevate your at-home dining experience.
Easy-to-use app and website to order and track deliveries
Option to add snacks, breakfasts, or lunches with your order
Company mission is to reduce food waste and minimize carbon footprint
HelloFresh offers more than 25 recipes each week . You can find gourmet recipes, like Slow-Roasted Citrus Trout, or oven-ready choices, like the Pulled Pork & Black Bean Tacos. While there are no options for keto or paleo diets, you can find vegetarian options as well as seafood-free, pork-free, beef-free, calorie-smart, and quick and easy recipes.
Our expert review on HelloFresh breaks down the full process in detail, but one of the best things about this meal delivery service is the range of prep options. HelloFresh has everything from oven-ready meals that you can just heat and eat to gourmet meals that require a lot more time in the kitchen.
And if you’re looking for some extra protein in your diet, HelloFresh offers options to add protein choices to your box each week. So whether you’re looking to train for the Steelers walk-on tryouts or just want to bulk up on muscle definition, it’s easy to add the foods you need.
Offers all three meals each day plus snacks
All recipes are tested and tasted by a professional chef
Generous portion sizes for each meal
Sunbasket is a mission-based company with a focus on using the best ingredients, sustainability, and giving back to the community. That means you’ll receive 100% organic produce and antibiotic- and hormone-free meats with each meal. While the packaging isn’t 100% recyclable yet, as you’ll see in our expert’s review , the company is working towards that goal as quickly as possible.
There’s a variety of different diet plans available when you sign up. You can select gluten-free , Lean & Clean , paleo , vegetarian , and more – plus there’s the option to mix and match. The Market allows you to add in options like traditional Falafel, Organic Mt. Tam Triple Cream Cheese, and Wild Pacific Skin-On King Salmon if you want to stock up and skip the grocery store completely.
Minimally processed ingredients
Made in a certified gluten-free and peanut-free facility
Prepared meals from Freshly are great if you have a busy schedule that doesn’t allow time for cooking or if you’re just not interested in spending much time prepping ingredients in the kitchen. With more than 30 meal options each week, you’ll be able to stock up on as many meals as you need without doubling up. Our expert review breaks down the full process.
Thanks to some help from wellness experts, the meals have just the right amounts of good fats, lean proteins, and fiber-packed carbs. If you have food intolerances, all the ingredients are clearly labeled on each recipe.
Instructions that are easy-to-follow for all levels
USDA-certified organic ingredients
Ready in 30 minutes or less
All options include lean proteins, whole grains, and veggies so each meal is balanced. Read our expert’s review for more information.
The healthy meal options are easy to prepare and packed with nutrients, unique spices and sauces, and locally sourced organic ingredients. The Asian fusion-style Boom Boom Sauce can be found in different recipes, like the Beef Meatballs. It’s savory and sweet at the same time, made with avocado mayo, ginger, lime juice, coconut nectar, and red pepper flakes.
Most affordable meal delivery service in Pittsburgh
Options available for two or four servings
At a starting price per serving of $4.99, this is the cheapest meal service in Pittsburgh. EveryPlate keeps its prices low through a simple menu with just 14 options each week. There are no plans for any special diets and there are no customization options available.
As our expert review points out, sometimes fewer choices are better.
With recipes clearly labeled, for example, if they are spicy or vegetarian, it’s easy to select a few meals and give them a try. Once your delivery arrives, you’ll be able to prepare meals like the Cheese-tastic Southwestern Hash with Fried Eggs, Peppers, and Hot Sauce Crema, right in your own kitchen.
All-vegan meals with gluten-free and soy-free options available
Around 50 meals to choose from each week
Choose between the weight loss plan or à la carte menu depending on your goals and needs. There are options to cover all three meals in your day. Our full-length expert review goes into more detail.
Veestro utilizes meat substitutes so you can still indulge in meals like Pasta Bolognese and know you’re getting a healthy version of your favorites. It’s the perfect way to try plant-based eating without having to do a lot of research.
Huge variety in types of cuisines available to order
No preparation needed, ready-to-eat meals delivered to your door
Easy-to-use app and website for browsing, ordering, and tracking
With more than 2,000 restaurants available on Grubhub , it’s easy to find something that everyone can enjoy. Select the restaurant from the list and simply order anything from its menu. The app allows you to make substitutions or special requests.
Grubhub is a great way to support your favorite local restaurants without having to leave home. The same delivery service is provided for all the restaurants so you can count on a high level of service no matter where you order from. Grubhub is the perfect service for the nights you forgot to plan dinner, need something quick, or want something special.
Quick and reliable delivery
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Postmates’ mission is to enable anyone to have anything delivered on demand. This means there are constantly new restaurants, specialty shops, and convenience stores being added to the network. Hosting a Steelers watch party? You can use Postmates to order appetizers for everyone, plus some plates, napkins, and decorations for the party at the same time.
Take advantage of the Unlimited membership for $9.99/month or $99.99/year if you plan to use the service a few times each month. The membership allows you to take advantage of zero delivery fees and exclusive offers for members.
Meal Delivery Service
Dietary Preferences Offered
$6.99 per serving
Meal kits and prepared meals
$7.49 per serving
$7.99, or free on orders of three meals or more per week
$7.49 per serving
$8.99 per serving
Meal kits and prepared meals
$8.49 per serving
soy-free, dairy-free, low-calorie, low-carb
$10.49 per serving
$4.99 per serving
$9.90 per serving
$9.99 or free on all subscriptions
In my opinion, meal delivery services are definitely worth it. There’s an option for everyone – whether you want budget-friendly meals, services to help you eat more healthily, or you don’t want to lift a finger in the kitchen.
Not only can you save time cooking, but you also save time planning meals and visiting the grocery store. Use this freed-up time to hang out with your family, get outside, or just kick your feet up and relax.
For university students living in dorms or apartments with minimal kitchen space, Home Chef and Freshly are great options. They offer prepared meals that just need to be thrown in the microwave or oven and they’re ready to eat.
HelloFresh is a great healthy meal delivery service. With calorie-smart options and lots of fresh produce, HelloFresh offers a wide selection of meals each week to help you reach your health goals. Sunbasket is another great option, with a range of ready-to-eat, prepared meals for those who want to stay out of the kitchen completely.