The Best Ugly Turkey


This is by far the easiest best tasting Turkey you will ever make. If you mess this up I would love to find out how.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs
12 servings


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

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 1 apple - peeled, cored and cubed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) Rinse the turkey inside and out and pat dry with paper towels. Rub olive oil and salt all over the bird. Place the apple pieces inside of the cavity. Place the turkey breast side down in a large roasting pan.

  2. Roast for 3 hours in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and carefully turn the bird so the breast side is facing up. Return to the oven and cook until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh has reached 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Allow the turkey to rest for about 30 minutes before carving.


Learn more about how to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving in our How to Cook a Turkey article!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

807 Calories
45g Fat
2g Carbs
92g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 807
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g 58%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 305mg 102%
Sodium 1454mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 92g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 6mg 36%
Potassium 1204mg 26%

* 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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