Holiday Turkey With Honey Orange Glaze


The best recipe by far we have ever made for Thanksgiving. The glaze makes the turkey sweet and succulent!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 45 mins


  • 2 teaspoons rubbed sage

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 pinch dried thyme

  • 1 (16 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

  • ¼ cup butter

  • cup orange juice

  • cup orange marmalade

  • 1 ½ teaspoons honey

  • 1 orange, peeled, sectioned, and cut into bite-size pieces


  1. Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Combine sage, salt, and thyme in a small bowl. Rub half of the sage mixture all over the turkey, then place the turkey in a large roasting pan. Set remaining sage mixture aside. Bring butter, orange juice, orange marmalade, honey, and orange sections to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until thickened, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the remaining sage mixture. Brush the turkey with the glaze.

  3. Bake the turkey in the preheated oven for 5 hours and 30 minutes, basting every 30 minutes. Cover turkey lightly with foil and continue baking until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 30 minutes to 1 hour, occasionally brushing with the glaze. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

Editor's Note:

Please note differences in ingredient amounts and total time when following the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

582 Calories
28g Fat
5g Carbs
74g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 582
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 221mg 74%
Sodium 430mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 74g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 745mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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