Lemon-Herb Turkey


Your mouth will water as this easy, flavorful turkey roasts in your oven all afternoon!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
1 to 12 - pound turkey


  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh marjoram

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

  • 3 tablespoons garlic, minced

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 (12 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 2 large lemons, juiced, lemon halves reserved

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 turkey-size oven roasting bag


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mix the marjoram, rosemary, thyme, basil, garlic, and black pepper in a small dish; set aside.

  2. Gently lift the skin of the turkey away from the meat, and lightly brush the meat with olive oil. Sprinkle the meat evenly with lemon juice, then sprinkle the meat with 2/3 of the mixed herbs. Pat the turkey skin onto the meat; sprinkle the remaining herbs into the turkey cavity, and add the squeezed lemon halves. Place the flour into the turkey roasting bag, and shake to evenly coat. Place the turkey into the bag, close the end with a nylon tie, and place into a deep roasting pan. Cut 6 half-inch slits in the top of the bag.

  3. Bake the turkey in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

722 Calories
36g Fat
4g Carbs
91g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 722
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 265mg 88%
Sodium 221mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 91g
Vitamin C 17mg 85%
Calcium 109mg 8%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 954mg 20%

* 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.