Whole Turkey Recipes

Everything you need to grill, roast, spatchcock, or smoke a whole turkey is here, from top-rated recipes to cooking times and tips.

Staff Picks

Perfect Turkey

Rating: 4.82 stars
1755
A perfectly seasoned and juicy turkey. My friend from France taught me to cook turkey like this, but she never measures anything so use your own judgment for vegetable amounts, etc. I usually err on the side of 'more is better'!

The World's Best Turkey

Rating: 4.66 stars
404
This recipe makes a deliciously moist turkey.

How Long to Cook a Turkey

Get a handy turkey cooking time chart for a perfectly cooked bird.
By Vanessa Greaves

Honey Smoked Turkey

Rating: 4.69 stars
48
Sweet and light, this is the easiest way to cook a big bird! It will be the best turkey you have ever had. The breast is moist and juicy, and the honey makes a great thin sauce. I hope you enjoy it as much as my friends and family do when I make it. I never have any leftovers! Enjoy!

Easy Beginner's Turkey with Stuffing

Rating: 4.62 stars
52
This easy to make turkey is great for beginners, but experts will find it equally delicious. Adjust the cooking time for different sized birds.

How to Cook a Turkey

Rating: 4.83 stars
160
The biggest myth in all of American cookery is that a juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is difficult for the novice cook to achieve. Even if this is your first time, don't play scared, this will work! There is nothing to fear but the fear of dry turkey itself.

Grilled Whole Turkey

Rating: 4.85 stars
89
This is an easy way to cook a Thanksgiving turkey and free up your oven for other dishes.

How to Season a Turkey 3 Ways

Should you baste, brine, or rub? Learn these tried-and-true seasoning methods for a flavorful bird.
By Melanie Fincher

Cajun Deep-Fried Turkey

Rating: 4.76 stars
45
Delicious, juicy and tender, this recipe was given to me by a true Cajun sixteen years ago and has been on our Thanksgiving table ever since. The injector and instructions for frying came with our fryer which was a good thing because this original recipe didn't explain all the nuances of frying a turkey. It is well worth the learning process, though. We strain the peanut oil after it cools and pour it back into the containers (I bought it in gallon jugs). It will keep nicely in a cool place, under 40 degrees, or in the refrigerator until needed again.

Turkey Mercedes

Rating: 4.51 stars
135
Thanksgiving turkey has been given a Cuban twist! We celebrate this American holiday by preparing a turkey marinated with the flavors of Cuba. The recipe is foolproof and the turkey is the best you'll ever taste!

A Simply Perfect Roast Turkey

Rating: 4.82 stars
541
Simple, perfect roast turkey just like grandma used to make. Seasoned with salt and pepper, and basted with turkey stock, the flavors of the turkey really stand out. Stuff with your favorite dressing.

Roast Spatchcock Turkey

Rating: 4.91 stars
55
This roasting method results in the juiciest, crispiest turkey cooked in a fraction of the time it usually takes. The secret is to remove the backbone and flatten out the bird. Carving is a whole lot easier, too. Once you try it, you might never go back.
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Inspiration and Ideas

How to Check the Temperature of a Turkey
Make sure that turkey is cooked to perfection without any guesswork. Learn how to properly check the turkey's temperature so it's cooked just right.
How Much Turkey Per Person Do You Need?
When buying a whole turkey, there's a lot to consider, like whether you want leftovers. Don't get stuck with way too much or far too little. Read this before buying your turkey!

How to Cook a Turkey

Rating: 4.83 stars
160

The biggest myth in all of American cookery is that a juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is difficult for the novice cook to achieve. Even if this is your first time, don't play scared, this will work! There is nothing to fear but the fear of dry turkey itself.