Turkey Brine Recipes

Whether you want to know how to wet brine or how to dry brine a turkey, our collection of turkey brine recipes has you covered.

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Turkey Brine

Rating: 5 stars 1357
This turkey brine recipe uses simple ingredients to impart big flavor.

Out of this World Turkey Brine

Rating: 5 stars 852
Best brine for smoked turkey around. This recipe was given to me by my uncle. He is always smoking meat. EDITOR'S NOTE: This recipe uses canning or kosher salt, not table salt. Using table salt in this amount will make the brine too salty.

Ultimate Turkey Brine

Rating: 4.5 stars 23
Simple overnight brine that will make any turkey moist and tasty. You can use this recipe for turkeys in the 15 to 20-pound range. Brining works best for fresh turkeys; you should definitely not brine any turkey that is already injected with a 'solution.'

Matt's Fried Turkey Brine

Rating: 5 stars 9
This recipe comes from a dear friend of mine who's made his living as a sous chef on a luxury cruise line. When I asked him for a recipe for deep fried turkey, this is what he produced. Please remember to PAT THE TURKEY DRY before placing into hot oil. We don't want any injuries....just full tummies! Recipe is for brine for a 16-pound turkey.

Citrus Turkey Brine

Rating: 5 stars 283
A great citrus brine recipe. This will leave your Turkey very moist. You could also use it on other poultry in smaller amounts.

Apple Cider Turkey Brine

Rating: 5 stars 16
Delicious apple cider brining liquid for turkey. Brined turkeys tend to shorten your roasting time by about half an hour. But be sure your bird cooks to an internal temperature of 180 degrees when tested through the thigh. Season and roast according to any of your favorite recipes.

How to Brine a Turkey

Brining is the secret to a juicy, flavorful turkey.
By Carl Hanson

Dry Brine Turkey

Rating: 5 stars 18
Dry brining is the easiest way to get a moist and flavorful turkey on the table for your Thanksgiving dinner. Plan ahead, you'll need a few days to get the most flavor. I found that salt and pepper was enough for me, but feel free to season with other aromatics before roasting.

Dry Brined Turkey

Rating: 4 stars 1
I mixed together different recipes to try a dry brined turkey this year.

Maple Turkey Brine

Rating: 5 stars 59
This is Dave's favorite brine for Thanksgiving turkey. It can be used on any kind of poultry and pork. It gives a sweet, maple flavor to meats.

Brined and Roasted Whole Turkey

Rating: 4.5 stars 23
No dish has more riding on its success than the holiday turkey. Brining locks in a turkey's natural juices, so it won't dry out during the roasting process, ensuring the perfect centerpiece for a flavorful feast.
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Out of This World Turkey Brine

Rating: 5 stars 841
Easy 6-ingredient brine for a juicy and flavorful smoked or roasted turkey.

Inspiration and Ideas

How to Dry Brine a Turkey
Wet-brining (a.k.a. "brining") may get the ink, but dry-brining is so easy, and it doesn't require a bucket.
Our Best Turkey Brine Recipes
Give your turkey flavor from the inside out!
Basic Brine for Smoking Meat
Rating: 4.5 stars 79

This is a very basic brine recipe for preparing meats and fish for smoking. Add any personal taste preferences to the brine for additional flavor enhancement. I like to add white wine, soy sauce, and various herbs and spices. Anything that you like will work, so experiment at will.