Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Get trusted recipes for preparing the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece. Find recipes for roast turkey, brined turkey, deep-fried turkey, and more.

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Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey

Rating: 4.84 stars
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My grandmother and mother passed this recipe on to me. It changes just a little every year, because we've never written it down before. But it is always incredibly juicy and succulent!

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A Simply Perfect Roast Turkey

Rating: 4.82 stars
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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.

Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast

Rating: 4.72 stars
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Easy to make, great for dinner, leftovers and sandwiches. Adapted for our 2-person household from larger recipes for larger families with larger appetites.

How to Cook a Turkey

Rating: 4.82 stars
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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.

Easy Beginner's Turkey with Stuffing

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

The Greatest Grilled Turkey

Rating: 4.75 stars
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Although not very traditional, grilling turkey is the best way of cooking it—it comes out tender and juicy every time! The turkey drippings may be used to prepare a gravy by placing a metal pan under the turkey inside the roasting pan, and mixing in about 1/2 cup water, adding more water as necessary to prevent the drippings from scorching. Remove the pan about 30 minutes before the turkey is done cooking.

Turkey in a Smoker

Rating: 4.8 stars
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This is a great recipe for smoked turkey. A barbecue grill is nearly impossible to cook a large bird. A smoker is best for this. I prefer hickory chips or hickory wood. Hickory generates a more even smokiness than other woods, and it does not matter whether the wood is green or seasoned. Mesquite, if not well seasoned, will generate a creosote type coating because of the sap that oozes out of the wood while cooking.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast

Rating: 4.57 stars
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The Instant Pot® made the moistest turkey breast I have ever made. I usually let this cook in the slow cooker all day, but this turned out so much better. I couldn't believe that I had such a wonderful meal ready in less than an hour total!

Roast Spatchcock Turkey

Rating: 4.91 stars
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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.

Simple Deep Fried Turkey

Rating: 4.63 stars
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If you like a more traditional tasting turkey, this is the one for you. No injecting, no marinades, no complicated rubs.
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Inspiration and Ideas

How Long to Cook a Turkey
Turkey cooking times can vary depending on the weight of your bird. This handy chart and guide is here to help!
How to Stuff a Turkey
Prefer your stuffing in the bird instead of on the side? Read this first!

Turkey in a Bag

Rating: 4.81 stars
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This is a very easy way to make a Thanksgiving turkey using an oven bag. The bird will be perfectly moist when done, and you can make gravy out of the juice that forms in the bottom of the bag. Plus, cleanup is a snap! The cooking time will vary for different sized turkeys.