The BEST Thanksgiving Turkey recipe that packs all of the flavor and juiciness you expect from the perfect Thanksgiving turkey, with none of the stress! Plus a step by step tutorial for how to cook the perfect turkey.

Not only is this roasted turkey recipe fool-proof and easy to make, it will exceed expectations as the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving feast!

Overhead photo of a roasted turkey on a large white platter, garnished with lemons, apples, garlic and fresh green herbs.

Thanksgiving Turkey

Why in the world do people stress so much over their Thanksgiving Turkey? Ok, I guess it IS the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving meal. And that usually means you have a table full of people not to disappoint. Ok, I get it. It’s a big deal.

My hope is to squash any fears or insecurities you might have about cooking a perfect, beautiful Thanksgiving Turkey. This method is completely fuss-free and EASY. There’s no brining or basting the turkey, no cooking it upside down, or anything weird.

You don’t even need an expensive roasting pan. I’m convinced that this recipe is not only the simplest way to cook a Thanksgiving turkey, it also yields a gorgeous, super juicy, perfectly cooked turkey.

The real KEY to baking a perfect Thanksgiving Turkey is not to overcook it–that’s what dries out the meat, and you want to carve into a juicy, moist turkey on Thanksgiving!  So, just plan ahead to get the timing right.

White and dark meat carved from a turkey, served on a large white platter with fresh green herbs.

Let’s go ahead and go over the basics– the do’s, and the don’ts– for How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey:
What size turkey to buy for Thanksgiving dinner:

First things first: Buy about 1.5 pounds of turkey per person. (So if you’re feeding 6 people, buy at least a 10 lb. turkey). That way you’ll have leftovers. 

How to thaw your turkey:

Make sure and allow plenty of time for your turkey to thaw! A good rule of thumb is to allow one day in the fridge for ever 5 pounds of turkey. I always give myself one extra day, just to be safe. Set the turkey on a cookie sheet or pan, to catch any liquid the turkey may drip as it defrosts in the fridge.

Don’t wash the turkey.

If you wash your turkey in your sink you will just contaminate your sink. Remove the turkey from it’s packaging, dry it off with some paper towels, and then prepare it for the oven. Any bacteria on the turkey will be killed in the hot oven while it bakes.

Don’t brine the turkey.

If you buy a high-quality turkey from the store (like Butterball or Norbest), then brining the turkey is an unnecessary step. You can do it if you want, but you can still achieve a deliciously moist turkey without brining it. However, if the turkey is wild, you should brine it the night before to make sure it will be moist and flavorful.

Don’t baste the turkey.

Basting is really unnecessary to produce a beautiful golden brown turkey. It also requires you to constantly open the oven, which causes the oven to loose heat and the turkey to take longer to cook–which could lead to a dry turkey. By smearing an herb butter mixture over the outer and inner skin of the turkey you will ensure the skin will brown beautifully, and taste amazing. 

Don’t cook stuffing inside the turkey.

If you try to put stuffing/dressing inside the cavity of the bird, the turkey will be overcooked by the time the stuffing reaches a temperature that’s safe to eat. Instead, cook your stuffing in a casserole dish.  Then you can fill the cavity of the turkey with things that will give it flavor (and add flavor to the drippings/stock): salt and pepper and any mixture of onion, apple, carrots, celery, or citrus. 

Do test the turkey with a thermometer.

The only way to really tell if the turkey is cooked (165 degrees F), is by using a thermometer (I love this one). Test the turkey right from the oven—if it reaches 160 degrees F, I take it out and tent it with foil. It will continue to cook inside the foil tent to make up that extra 5 degrees.

Do let the turkey rest.

After removing the turkey from the oven, let it rest for at least 15 minutes, or up to 40 minutes (that gives you some extra time if you need to bake or warm anything else in the oven). If you’re using the drippings for gravy, remove the turkey from its pan, to a cutting board and tent it with foil while it rests there. If you’re not using the drippings, then just leave the turkey in the pan and tent with foil.

You don’t need an expensive roasting pan.

If you have a big metal roasting pan, great! If you don’t, no worries. Just use a casserole dish big enough to fit the bird, or buy a $1 disposable foil roasting pan from Walmart (then you can throw it away after). Place a bunch of chopped veggies on the bottom of your pan. The veggies will act like the wire rack in a regular roasting pan by elevating the turkey slightly. Place the turkey right on top of the chopped veggies.

Do save the turkey drippings.

After the turkey is finished cooking there will be juice and browned cooked bits at the bottom of your roasting pan. You can reserve all of it for making turkey gravy. You can also use the leftover neck and giblets you pull from the turkey when you remove it from the packaging, to make giblet gravy.  The most flavorful gravy! Your grandma would be proud 😉

Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey on a large white platter with a knife carving into the breast meat of the turkey.

How to prepare a simple roasted Thanksgiving turkey:

First, remove the thawed turkey from it’s packaging. Remove the neck (usually found in the large cavity of the bird) and the bag of giblets (sometimes found in the smaller neck cavity of the bird). Discard them, or save them for gravy. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels.

The neck and giblets from inside the turkey cavity are being removed.

Next, season the cavity of the turkey with salt and pepper. Stuff it with the quartered lemon, onion, apple and herbs.

Four photos showing the cavity of the turkey being stuffed with salt, pepper, onion, apple, lemon and herbs.

Tuck the wings of the turkey underneath the turkey and set the turkey on a roasting rack inside a roasting pan (or on top of a bed of chopped veggies —carrots, onion and celery work well—in a disposable roasting pan). Tucking the wings prevents them from burning, and helps the turkey sit flatter.

Two photos showing the wing of a turkey being tucked underneath the bird.

Use your fingers to loosen and lift the skin above the breasts (on the top of the turkey) and smooth a few tablespoons of the herb butter underneath. Use some twine to tie the turkey legs together. Then slather the outside turkey in the rest of the herb butter. That’s it! You are ready to let your oven do the rest of the work!

Preparation of a thanksgiving turkey including fingers loosening the skin on the breast of an uncooked turkey. Then the turkey is placed in a roasting pan and basted in softened herb butter before being roasted in the oven.

You will want to check the turkey about half way through cooking. Use your oven light to see if the skin is golden, and then place a large piece of tinfoil over the breast meat of the turkey to help keep it from overcooking.

Side view of a roasted thanksgiving served in a large platter and garnished with lemons, garlic, apple and herbs.

 

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Recipe

Roasted Turkey on a large white platter, garnished with lemons, apples, garlic and fresh green herbs.
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs 30 mins
Total 3 hrs 50 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 12-20 pound turkey
  • 1 onion , peeled and quartered
  • 1 lemon , quartered
  • 1 apple (your favorite kind), quartered
  • .75 ounce container fresh rosemary *
  • .75 ounce container fresh thyme *
  • .75 ounce container fresh sage *

For the herb butter:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6-8 cloves garlic , minced
  • fresh chopped herbs

Instructions
 

  • If the turkey is frozen: Thaw in the fridge, 24 hours for every 5 pounds of Turkey. I like to give myself 1 extra day, just to be safe.
  • Remove the thawed turkey from the fridge 1 hour before roasting, to let it come to room temperature.
  • Adjust your oven rack so the turkey will sit in the center of the oven. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Make the herb butter by combining room temperature butter, minced garlic, salt, pepper, one tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary, one tablespoon fresh chopped thyme, and half a tablespoon of fresh chopped sage. (You’ll use the remaining fresh herbs for stuffing inside the cavity of the turkey)
  • Remove turkey from packaging and remove the neck and giblets from the inside the cavities of the bird. (Reserve them for gravy, if you want, or discard them). Pat the turkey very dry with paper towels.
  • Season the cavity of the turkey with salt and pepper. Stuff it with the quartered lemon, onion and apple and leftover herbs.
  • Use your fingers to loosen and lift the skin above the breasts (on the top of the turkey) and smooth a few tablespoons of the herb butter underneath.
  • Tuck the wings of the turkey underneath the turkey and set the turkey on a roasting rack inside a roasting pan*.
  • Microwave the remaining herb butter mixture for 30 seconds (it doesn’t need to be completely melted--just really softened). Use a basting brush to brush the remaining herb butter all over the outside of the turkey, legs and wings.
  • Roast at 325 degrees F for about 13-15 minutes per pound, or until internal temperature (inserted on middle of thigh and breast) reaches about 165 degrees. 
  • (I remove the turkey from the oven once it reaches 160 degrees. Then, I tent it with foil, and let it rest on the counter. It will continue cooking under the foil, to reach 165 degrees F.)
  • ***Check the turkey about halfway through cooking, and once the skin gets golden brown, cover the top of the turkey with tinfoil, to protect the breast meat from overcooking. Alternately, you could start cooking the turkey with it tented in foil, then during the last hour or so of cooking you can take the foil off to let the turkey brown.
  • Allow turkey to rest for 20-30 minutes before carving. https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/how-to-carve-a-turkey/
  • Reserve any drippings and juice remaining in your roasting pan to make turkey gravy.

Notes

Herbs: to substitute dried herbs, use 1 teaspoon dried herbs per 1 tablespoon fresh chopped herbs.
Tips for covering with tinfoil:  Start with the bird uncovered.  Once the skin gets golden brown, tent the bird with a large piece of tinfoil.  If you have a roasting pan, you can use the lid to the roasting pan instead.
For Disposable Roasting Pan: Place fresh chopped vegetables on the bottom of the pan to act as a rack to elevate the turkey.  Use 4-5 ribs of celery and 4 large carrots, roughly chopped. The veggies will add great flavor for your dripping to use for gravy however I don't recommend eating them or using them in gravy.
For An Electric Roasting Oven: directions stay the same!
Convection Oven: You can use the same method to cook the turkey in a convection oven, just check the temperature sooner (start checking after 2 hours) as it will cook faster.
How to Carve a Turkey photos and Video.

Nutrition

Calories: 576kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 70gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 264mgSodium: 518mgPotassium: 765mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 565IUVitamin C: 5.4mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 2.9mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this for Thanksgiving and it was a huge success!! Turned out perfectly I used the dry herbs instead of fresh herbs and still was fantastic!! Thank you so much for the recipe and this is my go to for Any turkey now!! This was my first year cooking the Thanksgiving dinner and all were so impressed and it’s all thanks to you and your recipe!!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m a believer! I set my oven to convection roast at 325. I had a 15 lb turkey, I tented it about after an hour, as the breasts had evenly browned. I inserted an internal thermometer deep in the thigh and set it for 170 degrees. Overall, it took 2 hours and 45 minutes to cook. It rested about 2 hours and it was absolutely delicious.

  3. Thank you for this amazing recipe. As a novice at cooking Turkey I was thrilled at the delicious Turkey I contributed to our family Thanksgiving meal. Everyone loved it with comments like “best Turkey I have ever had”. Your video was thorough and easy to follow. Thanks you so much for sharing your expertise!!

  4. 5 stars
    It was my first time making a turkey and I was extremely nervous. I came across this recipe and let me tell you. THE BEST! I don’t like turkey due to all my years it being dry. This turkey was flavorful and juicy! I received many compliments ! I will be using the recipe here on out! Thank you so much!!

  5. 5 stars
    I had never made a turkey before yesterday and I followed this recipe exactly. It was the juiciest turkey I’ve had in recent memory. Came out delicious and I couldn’t recommend this recipe more.

  6. 5 stars
    Thankyou Lauren, you really made our 2021 Thanksgiving. We had never cooked a full turkey before and we followed your recipe including the broccoli casserole with only some minor changes for ingredients, going with what we had. Both came out delicious and we will use your recipes again trying different ones.

  7. 5 stars
    My first turkey was a HUGE success and delicious. Thank you for sharing this quick and easy recipe. I will definitely be using it again.

  8. 5 stars
    Oh man best Turkey recipe ever! I’m currently copying this recipe down on paper so we can make it every year. I don’t ever want to cook a Turkey any other way ever again! Lol

  9. Love this recipe! Best turkey I ever made… so moist and the herbed butter made a gorgeous brown.
    Thank you so much!

  10. This is the best Thanksgiving Turkey recipe! It is so easy and the turkey tasted so good. Tried last year, it worked perfect, this year even better. All my guest yesterday loved the turkey! This is my forever recipe now!

  11. 5 stars
    THE ABSOLUTE BEST TURKEY I HAVE EVER MADE!!! Everyone absolutely LOVED it and it was MOIST!!!❤️❤️❤️Wish I could post my picture! It was picture perfect:)

  12. 5 stars
    The Best! Second year in a row making it and I am confident in saying I perfected the recipe. It turned out moist and really flavorful! I’m so proud of the turkey I made!! The only variation I made was adding a bit of lemon zest from the lemon to the herb butter. My go to recipe for sure!

  13. 5 stars
    Spot on Recipe and fantastic blog post. Thank you for the write-up, pictures and already answered questions on your recipe blog.

  14. 5 stars
    SUCCESS! Used this recipe to roast my first ever turkey for Thanksgiving dinner! All of my concerns were covered – when to buy, how to thaw and simple cooking instructions. The turkey was very flavorful and moist.

    Tasted so yummy that there is none left! Have to get a bigger turkey next year.

  15. I have never been trusted to do the turkey for thanksgiving. My mom has always done most of the dinner and I just bring desserts. This year we bought our first home so my husband and I wanted to host so we got to make the bird this year. My excited husband bought the biggest turkey he could find and I followed your steps and this turkey turned out so moist and tender. Will use this guide every time I make a turkey in the future!, 5 stars!!

  16. 2 stars
    I followed recipe to the letter. I took it our when my meat thermometer read 160 degrees, tented it and let it rest about 45 minutes and when we carved it it was not done. The white meat was good, but dark meat was raw and tough. Really disappointed.

    1. I’m guessing you only tested the white meat? If you used an accurate thermometer, and measured the dark meat correctly, it would not have shown 160 degrees and still have been raw inside.

  17. 5 stars
    I have already used this recipe twice and it is the easiest and yummiest turkey I have made. I also add in celery and carrot just for a little extra moisture. I didn’t have fresh Rosemary and thyme so I just used the dry kind and it worked just as well. The first time I did this, I went light on the seasonings and I decided to go a bit heavier the second time and it turned out much better! It would be really hard to add too much seasoning. Also the drippings were delicious with the variety of the fruits and veggies. 10/10 if you are inexperienced chef like me!

  18. First year I had the responsibility of the turkey, & it was the hit of the table. Left everything in the recipe as is, & NEVER open the oven! I personally don’t like turkey but this was JUICY, SOFT, & HERBACIOUS. MMM.

  19. 5 stars
    So, I’m well known in my family as the best cook ever and the recipes related to thanksgiving from this website kicked up my reputation A LOT!! I used at least 6 recipes from here and all were fabulous. Thank you Lauren for awesome ideas!!

  20. 5 stars
    OMG. Perfect turkey for yesterday’s dinner! I didn’t brine, I didn’t baste, I slathered it with the herb butter and the turkey was beautiful, and deliciously moist. Thank you for a picture perfect turkey!

  21. Literally THE BEST turkey I’ve ever made!! We have dairy allergies so I used Earth balance vegan butter and all dry herbs mixed into it and then slathered the turkey exactly the way this recipe calls for and I let it sit uncovered in the refrigerator overnight to dry out the skin until the next day.. I let the seasoned turkey sit out at room temperature until it came to room temperature, and then I oven roasted it and pulled it out after 2 1/2 hours to check the temperature because I have a convection oven which cooks things faster— my 19 pound turkey was done in a little over three hours and came out perfectly! Super juicy and tender, everyone raved- TYSM.:)

  22. 5 stars
    This was amazing and simple! The turkey was so moist and delicious! Thank you for sharing! Everyone was amazed about how tender and moist it was!

  23. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this delicious recipe. This was my first time baking a turkey and I am beyond pleased with the way It came out 😋 it was golden brown and juicy 🤤 just the way I wanted my turkey to be. I unfortunately didn’t have the fresh rosemary, thyme or sage 😕 because I had barely looked this up the night before and didn’t have a chance to get some. It still came out amazing. I will have everything I need for next Thanksgiving ☺

  24. 5 stars
    This recipe was absolutely perfect!! My turkey usually one out a lil on the dry side, however not this time. Best turkey I have ever made, perfectly seasoned and moist ❤️❤️😁 only recipe I will ever use😋😋

  25. 5 stars
    I followed this recipe to a tee and picked the method of keeping the turkey covered with foil until the last hour (so that it browned at the end). I picked that version because I imagined it would make the skin crisper than the other way around. The turkey was 15lbs and took 3.5 hours to cook. I let it rest for 30 minutes and it was the juiciest, most delicious turkey ever!

    Thank you so much for the clear directions. This was my first time making a turkey 🙂

  26. 5 stars
    I’ve used this recipe two years in a row. Both years it was incredible, and the first time I used it was the first time I ever roasted a turkey. I had to do my own math to calculate how long to roast (especially in my smaller oven), but the recipe itself is foolproof. Last year we had no guests (2020), but this year we did. My mother-in-law, who’s made Thanksgiving turkey dozens of times, said it was better than any turkey she’d ever made.

  27. Thank you for your recipe.. i made it.. we are all full, mine got bit tough cause i forgot to put foil half way while cooking, so it end up over cook, but the thing is you have the right temperature, mine didn’t get burn, nice color of skin. So happy i found your recipe here… Thank you. I also made some gravy, i followed your steps and ingredients except i dont put the giblet, my husband accidentally throw it. Hehehe.. love love love Laura…

  28. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe today for the first time to cook our Thanksgiving turkey. It came out of the oven looking like a magazine picture! It was beautiful! The turkey was so moist and juicy. I will continue using this recipe forever. Do yourself a favor and try it.

  29. Hi Laura, I had an 11 pound Turkey and followed your recipe to the T! I actually cooked mine for 3hrs and 15 minutes and it’s still came out undercooked. Do you have any ideas why that could’ve happened? Thank you!

    1. A thermometer is essential to tell if the turkey is cooked properly. Use an accurate thermometer to test the dark meat and the white meat, before removing it from the oven.

  30. 5 stars
    Thank you for your incredible recipe! It was my first time roasting a Turkey like this in the oven and it turned out so perfect. Everyone loved it.

  31. 5 stars
    We cooked a 20 lb Turkey that came out great. This was my first time hosting thanksgiving and never cooked a turkey before. Everyone was saying that it came out perfect. Great and easy recipe thank you so much!

  32. 5 stars
    ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL! Not many of my guests really like Turkey and everyone had seconds and thirds. Everyone said that it was by far the most tender and flavorful Turkey they have ever had! I will never cook Turkey any other way.

  33. 5 stars
    Second year making this and it turned out just as good if not better than last year. As I noted in my previous review, you only need one stick of butter to coat the turkey. Anything more is overkill. I put a piece of foil over it halfway through to prevent burning. The color is exactly as shown in the pictures on this site. It’s seriously a foolproof recipe and the turkey was very tender and juicy. I’m not sure I’ll make it any other way.

  34. 5 stars
    Best recipe if your turkey is dry. My family couldn’t believe I made a juicy bird. I did end up covering mine with the roaster lid after it was sufficiently brown, turned out great. This is a print-worthy recipe for the book, if you are old fashioned like me.

  35. 5 stars
    We hosted our first Thanksgiving together, with both sides of the family, twenty people total. We’ve never roasted a turkey in the oven before, and we have been stressing over it. We have searched for recipes, and read a ton of reviews. We were indecisive about roasting in a bag or following this recipe, but decided to give it a try. This turned out amazing, super moist, and flavorful. We had a 22lb turkey, we added more butter, and herb mixture than the recipe called for, and also added half of an orange to the mixture for stuffing it. Cooked in our convection oven, and it only took around 4 hours. This is definitely worth making again! Don’t second guess this method, give it a try!

  36. 5 stars
    Make this Turkey if you want people to think you’re a PRO!! This is the best Turkey I’ve ever eaten. It’s moist, juicy the herb butter makes it taste amazing! Also, NO BASTING!! Truly is a show stopper Turkey!!! Thank you for creating this awesome, easy recipe:)

  37. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this! I made my first turkey this year and following this recipe exactly as you directed, the turkey came out the most delicious, juicy turkey I have ever eaten! I will be following this year after year!!

  38. 5 stars
    This recipe was amazing. I’ve never hosted Thanksgiving let alone cooked a turkey before and it was a great hit with the family for our first holiday in our home. I will definitely be using this recipe in the years to come!

    Thank you so much for posting this and making it available!!!

  39. 5 stars
    Unbelievably juicy and flavorful! My Turkey was the hit for dinner! This was my second time using this recipe and it’s always a hit with my family.

  40. Lauren,
    thank you for shearing this recipe, this was the first Turkey i cooked. it turned out great.
    i received a 23.08 lb. fresh turkey from a local farm, i used your brine recipe as well.
    this was the best turkey I’ve had.

  41. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recip3! I was intimidated by the idea of cooking an entire turkey, but this turned out amazingly juicy and full of flavor, and it was pretty easy! The instructions were perfect. This will be a go-to recipe for me!

  42. 5 stars
    Wow! My turkey came out so tasty and moist. The easiest and best turkey i have made in the 20 some years i have been making Thanksgiving dinner!! It will be my go to every year.

  43. 1 star
    Ruined our thanksgiving. These times are not right. I cooked for the maximum amount of time you recommended and it wasn’t even half done. Every side was timed to the Turkey.

  44. 5 stars
    Thank you, this worked well for me. First time making a Thanksgiving meal for my family and everyone loved the turkey!

  45. 5 stars
    Made this recipe last year, and again this year and it was a hit both times!!! Easy, and delicious! Definitely recommend, even for beginners.

  46. Definitely the recipe I will be using anytime I make turkey. This was my first time cooking a turkey I was nervous but after reading all the comments I knew this was the recipe I wanted to try. My oldest son’s comments to my cooking is normally “eh it’s fine.” But today he said, ” mom your are the only person I know who can make good turkey.” I have won with this recipe. Thank you for making what could have been a stressful day easy with this wonderful recipe.

  47. Hi Laura
    This is my 1st turkey and I am very nervous I have a convection oven and my pound is 16 how long do you suggest I cook this I have the tinfoil on it now and at what temperature on convention bake

    1. Take off the foil until your skin is about to get too brown, then use it. Then, using a meat thermometer, start checking your meat temp. Check thighs and breast. Thighs will reach 165 degrees first then the breasts will. At 165 the Turkey is done

  48. 5 stars
    I’ve been making turkeys for years always trying new methods with varying levels of success. EVERYTHING I’VE LEARNED IS RIGHT IN THIS RECIPE! Thank you for cutting through the noise and posting this! Having a reliable meat thermometer is key. It saves you an over cooked bird.

  49. Will the turkey turn out the same if I use the convection setting on my oven? I have a 23 pound turkey any idea how long it would take to cook? I screwed up and didn’t get it in the oven in time to cook with the regular setting.
    Thank you,

  50. 5 stars
    If you don’t have a lemon, would a lime or mandarin oranges work the same or would those change the flavor? Or is there any way to use lemon juice? Thank you.

  51. 5 stars
    Hi! Last year I did this and the garlic burned. But the turkey was amazing. Just had to scrap it off. What did I do wrong?

  52. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! I made the the turkey last year with this recipe and it turned out so amazing. As a result of my success, I’ve chosen to use this recipe again this year. It’s so easy and makes a delicious turkey. I’m also not big on cooking. This recipe makes it look like I can cook. All things aside, I would never have volunteered to do the turkey 2 years in a row if it weren’t for this recipe.

  53. 5 stars
    We just finished our Thanksgiving meal in German time zone with a 7kg turkey. This recipe and video instructions helped make an absolutely perfect feast!

  54. 5 stars
    This is an amazing recipe. I would love if the recipe had conversions for the dried herbs to make it more simple for those that can’t use fresh herbs.

    1. I think you may have missed her note about that substitution. Herbs: to substitute dried herbs, use 1 teaspoon dried herbs per 1 tablespoon fresh chopped herbs.

    2. It does. The suggested conversion is in the notes section.
      Sub 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for each 1 tablespoon of fresh, chopped herbs.

  55. I prepped my bird last night so I had less to worry about today. Except I messed up and put most of the butter underneath the skin and rubbed few tablespoons on the skin. What should I do?
    Should I just put more butter on skin before roasting to protect the skin??

    1. It will be fine! You could rub some olive oil over the outside as well, if it’s not completely covered. Happy Thanksgiving!

      1. Used this recipe last year (first time) and using again this year. Makes an excellent turkey and even this cooking dummy (me) can follow the instructions! Thanks Lauren. I just need your gravy recipe next 🙂

  56. 5 stars
    Used this recipe last year & everyone in the family loved it. So from now on it’s the one & only recipe for us on Thanksgiving & Christmas dinners. Thank you

  57. 5 stars
    So far, this is the best explained recipe I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing such a great tip. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. 5 stars
      Have made turkeys before. This is by the far the easiest to follow. I was tired of turkeys with no flavor. Decided to try this today the smell from the kitchen is unbelievable. Can’t wait to eat and thank so much for this.

  58. 5 stars
    The recipe is great! I used it last year for both Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey (2020), and it was a huge hit – even with my brother who is a chef! I’m using it again this year.

  59. Hi Lauren! I am making 3 turkeys for Tomorrow they are about 13 pounds each. I have already prepped them following your recipe and put them in the fridge. I will take them out ahead of time so they could reach room temperature.

    Quick question: I want to cook 2 of them side by side in the oven. They are in separate aluminum trays. Will I have to cook them longer because there are 2 of them? Or I can do the 3 hours and 20 min for both?
    Thank you so much! Happy thanksgiving!

    1. They may need a bit longer than 13 minutes per pound–I’d guess at least 3 hours–keep an eye on them and check the temperature!

  60. 5 stars
    Even tho I’ve cooked a turkey before but trying things u haven’t use yet is still good & omg it was a success never tried it with apples or lemons I would definitely recommend.

  61. 5 stars
    This is my third year making the turkey with this recipe. Everyone always loves it. Even my mom! And the gravy it makes is always very flavorful. Another big bonus. Thank you!!

  62. I’m making turkey for the first time tomorrow and following this recipe – it sounds simple and delicious! Is it ok if I don’t tie the legs together? I just realized I never got twine. I didn’t know if that was necessary or could be skipped.

  63. Hi Lauren,
    I’m about to make this for my first Thanksgiving turkey, as me and my family are quarantined so we just got the turkey today last minute and it’s frozen. Would you recommend leaving it out on the counter overnight or getting it out of the fridge early tomorrow morning for putting it in the oven at 11:00am?

  64. 5 stars
    Made this last thanksgiving and got so many compliments on how delicious the turkey was . I spoke with my friend and she said she recommended cooking turkey upside down ( breast down ) to keep breast even more tender . Though it might not be as presentable she said it makes the breast meat fantastic . Have you heard of their method ?

    1. Yes, and it does but the turkey looks awful. You can achieve the same if you make it in an oven bag. Comes out absolutely perfect and incredibly juicy.

  65. 5 stars
    Your recipe has helped me achieve a turkey masterpiece for my family to enjoy! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

  66. 5 stars
    I made this last year, and am so glad I found it again for this year! It turned out absolutely amazing, cooked to perfection.

  67. I made this turkey last year during the pandemic because we didn’t have family that was comfortable getting together. It was the first time I’d ever made a turkey (since I was 30 years old) and it turned out amazing!! This year I’m making it again for a Friendsgiving and the recipe is just as easy, straightforward and helpful as I remember!

  68. 5 stars
    I strted using this recipe a few years ago after taking up turkey duty and boy! Best turkey I’ve ever had. Juicy and delicious! Highly recommend! Tip: make sure you weigh your turkey once it’s defrosted so that you have a better estimate of how long to cook it.

  69. 5 stars
    5 out of 5 stars hands down! Made this last year and it was the most mouth-watering moist turkey I have ever made. It was a hit with the whole family! Easy to make. Thank you for the recipe. This is now my go too for Thanksgiving.

    1. Juiciest and tastiest Turkey ever! Made it for the first time last year for our quarantined family of three. We’re so looking forward to making it again this year to share with everyone else!

      Thank you!

  70. 5 stars
    Made this last year and it was fantastic and easy. Question this year can I prep it the night before and put it back in the fridge until time for the oven?

  71. 5 stars
    Lauren this looks amazing. If I have a crowd who requires nondairy, can I substitute the butter with margarine olive oil or any other thing…? Thanks and happy thanksgiving 🙂

  72. I am attempting to use this recipe but I will also be making ham with one oven. Will it be okay if both meat are baking at the same time?

    1. I would not suggest doing both in the oven at the same time, only because with so much in the oven, the turkey will take longer to cook, and risk drying out. The ham is already cooked (just needs to be warmed), so if it were me, I would simmer chicken broth in a large pan on the stove, and warm up carved pieces of ham in the simmering sauce, before serving. You could add all of the meat to a large platter and cover it to keep it warm, as you warm the meat, in batches.

  73. We will be traveling about 90 minutes to where dinner is. Would it be best to bake same day vs day before? How would be the best way to reheat the entire turkey if day before? If same day will it travel ok and reheat or just crisp the skin at the location?

    1. I think the recommendation is that turkeys be refrigerated if sitting out for 2 hours or longer (double check with USDA). If that’s the case, you’d be fine to travel with it as soon as its out of the oven, tenting it well to keep it warm, and carve it as soon as you get there. If you decide to cook it the day before, you can just travel with the carved meat. You can reheat it at your destination by warming it in a large pan of chicken broth on the stove, or in the oven.

  74. I bought fresh herbs (not dried) from the store that were not in a container. I’m not sure how much exactly is .75 ounces. About how much would you say?

  75. Because of all the wonderful reviews I am going to use your recipe this year. A big 22lb turkey!! Question—— where does it say on a store bought turkey if it has been injected with brine?

    1. It will say in small print somewhere on the packaging something like “contains up to 8% of a solution of…”

  76. The turkey available at the grocery store is too big (15lbs) for us and it won’t fit our oven. Which is better to do: roast the crown (breast) separate from legs and wings, or roast as half turkey? What other tips you can share?

    1. You could spatchcock the turkey. With this method you cut the backbone out. This allows you to flatten the turkey somewhat. You’d need to adjust the cooking time. Google “spatchcocked turkey”.

  77. Hi-
    This sounds easy and delicious. Just to clarify, if I have a store bought fresh turkey I should brine it before using your recipe? The turkey says no added solution, no antibiotics, limited processing, no added ingredients. Seems like it has not been brined, right? What happens if I choose not to brine it? Thank you!

  78. I bought an organic turkey and want to use your recipe. I saw where you tell someone to brine the turkey because it was fresh from a farm. Do I need to brine the organic turkey? I rather not.

  79. 5 stars
    Made this recipe last year which was my first time roasting a turkey (stuffed with stuffing though). I must say it was the most flavorful and juicy turkey I have ever eaten in my entire life! I cut into the breast after resting the turkey for 15-20 minutes and the juicing were flowing out of the meat which is unheard of. The meat had actual flavor from the herb butter as well and the skin so crispy! My only concern now is that I will always compare this recipe to every turkey I eat made my someone else.

  80. I bought a roasting pan (not disposable) do I need to add the veggies underneath? Thanks

    I used your recipe last year and everyone loved it. Using it again this year.

    1. You need something to prop up the turkey. You can use a rack or I like to use a bed of roughly cut up veggies.

  81. 5 stars
    Beginner here… I just made the herb butter… 7 cloves… It’s crazy garlicy! Did you chop it or use a garlic press?

    1. Are you sure you used individual small cloves as opposed to an entire head? And yes, mince it with a garlic press.

  82. First time trying this, if I do have a nicer roasting pan, I would just put veggies under the rack correct? But still not eat them? Sorry if my questions are stupid

    1. I only would if you plan to make gravy with the drippings. The veggies would add good flavor to the drippings, but no, you don’t want to eat them after because they will have cooked and soaked in turkey fat/drippings for hours.

  83. Could you help me with the measurements of dried herbs? I’m not sure how many tablespoons of fresh herbs to expect to get from a .75 ounce container. Would about two tablespoons of each (thyme, rosemary, sage) dried be about right?

    1. For the herb butter, use 1 teaspoon dried rosemary and dried thyme, and 1/2 teaspoon dried sage. Then you could add those same amounts into the cavity of the bird, as well.

  84. 5 stars
    Made this last year, 2020, my first big turkey… it was fabulous! It looked beautiful too! Thank you for easy to follow instructions and ingredients. Planning to follow your recipe again this year. Looking forward to it. 🤍

  85. My family is requesting potatoes inside the turkey. Can they be added along with the carrots, celery, onion, and lemons? Any ideas?

    1. Sure, but do you mean to eat or mash? Or just for flavor? You can add anything you want in the cavity–it wont fit a ton….

  86. I would like to make this the day before I serve it. I have a small house and kitchen and am hosting 7 guests. How would you recommend reheating it?

    1. I would carve the turkey and store all the carved meat, covered, in the fridge. To reheat, warm some chicken broth in a skillet until simmering. Heat the slices of meat for a few seconds in the simmering broth, just until warm. Remove from broth and serve.

  87. Followed the well-written instructions and was rewarded with delicious turkey. Inclined to make it more often than just Thanksgiving. Thanks!

  88. Can I cook and carve the turkey on Wednesday and heat it up for Thanksgiving dinner? I would heat up with some broth and covered with aluminum foil for about 20 min in the oven?

    1. Yes, that would work great–or heat the broth on the stove until simmering and dip the meat in it for a few seconds, until warm.

  89. 5 stars
    My goodness – I just found you and am so glad. My turkey just went in the over and I can’t wait. I’ve struggled with all the different things – brining, in a bag etc – but your directions and presentation are clear, succinct and fun. You seem down to earth and I can certianly relate to that challenge with 4 kiddos – I’ve been there – they’re grown now but the best. Thanks! Will be following you!

      1. 5 stars
        My first turkey ever using this recipe and it turned out fantastic! Everyone said it was the best they’d ever had and elected me to be in charge of the turkey from here on out. Not sure I wanted that responsibility 🤔 and I’m not even a meat eater lol

  90. 5 stars
    First turkey I’ve ever cooked!
    Came out perfect!!!
    One thing I did that was additional to this recipe was put chicken broth on the bottom of the pan.
    The entire turkey was moist.
    And everyone loved it!

  91. 5 stars
    I have fried my turkey for 10+ years ever since hosting and always concerned to try another way. This was such a surprise, so easy and as good or better as frying. Many complements.

  92. 5 stars
    I’ve been put in charge of the turkey for our Thanksgivings from here on out thanks to this recipe (not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, haha). This turned out wonderfully! It was quick and delicious.

  93. 5 stars
    My first turkey ever! The recipe was so easy to follow! Didn’t change anything… and the turkey came out juicy, moist and the best part…. Tasted delicious! (With a hint of the citrus from the stuffed quartered lemons).

  94. 5 stars
    I am coming back for tbe third time/year. I absolutely love this recipe and my family loves it as well. I wanted too cook a turkey about 3 years ago and let me see it was such a great and easy recipe for a 19 year old to follow and here i am once again. Thank you for sharing.

  95. 5 stars
    This recipe was prefect, I needed to give my turkey a cold bath and it worked and was thawed in time.

    Thank you Lauren!!!

  96. 5 stars
    This is the best thanksgiving turkey I have ever eaten and I got it right first try and I am definitely making the same recipe this year… absolutely mouthwatering

  97. Despite your recipe, tips and recommendations, I think most of us OLDtimers will stay with the way our moms passed down to us, including washing the bird. Can’t teach an old dog….

  98. How important is stuffing the turkey with an apple and lemon? Could I use other aromatics like carrots/celery/onions instead?

  99. First turkey I have roasted in oven and I am 70 years young.
    My wife has not stopped raving about best turkey ever. After this one, Deep fried is over rated.
    I did use a soup spoon upside down to seperate skin a little further for the buttery seasonings. I also puréed buttery seasons so I could inject legs and breast.
    Thx for a great success on my first but not last oven cooked turkey!

  100. How would you adjust the timing to do just a turkey breast?
    Also, would I need to add some liquid to the baking pan since breast alone will release less juices?

  101. 5 stars
    EASY, MOIST and FLAVORFUL. I’m a little late on this blog but I made this turkey recipe and it came out so wonderful and it’s a very easy recipe to remember and for my second turkey I have ever cooked! I did have to take out my turkey earlier than expected because I don’t think I tented it in time and short amount of time. Expected time was 3hrs – 3hrs 30mins based on a 13.78lb turkey. I took it out probably 2hrs 25 mins at 160degrees. It went up to 165 degrees and super moist and cooked all the way through and crisp skin! (: wish I could post a picture!

  102. Making this turkey AGAIN for Thanksgiving, it’s so so good! Also thank you for having a straight to the point and very helpful cooking article

  103. We made this turkey for Christmas dinner last year and it was delicious! One of the best turkey dinners we have ever had really! We are using the recipe for Thanksgiving this year. Thank you Lauren!

  104. 5 stars
    I made this last year and it was delicious! I also covered the top it in bacon so it was extra rich! This year I am cooking for extended family and there is a dairy allergy. Would olive oil work for the herb spread? Or do I need to find a butter substitute? Thanks!

  105. 5 stars
    Turned out very moist & Flavorfull. STILL having some issues with my new convection oven, and timing. I did buy the thermometor she recommended. Just tapped the link, and it took me right to amazon. So far so good on that. But i also use a digital in the oven w/ exterior read out thermometor, so I do not have to keep opening the oven.

    1. 4 stars
      I have a new stove with a convection oven and I am terrified of burning the Turkey. Can you please tell me for how long and what temp you cooked it and how many pounds it was. Thank you!!!

      1. Alba I have. Convection oven and you want to cut the cooking temp by 25 and the cooking time by a quarter at least so start checking after 2 hours is what I would do

  106. I have used this recipe the past two years, and plan on using it again this year. Thank you for posting such an easy delicious turkey recipe!

  107. I am going to try this recipe this year, I am not a fan of turkey every turkey I have had has been dry. I read the reviews.

  108. How do you cook your stuffing? I’ve read many people stuff the turkey to add flavor, but I don’t see anything about that. Thanks!! Can’t wait to try this.

  109. Can I do all the prep work the night before? That way it’s just ready to go straight into the oven on thanksgiving day.

    1. You can just be sure the turkey is completely thawed and let the turkey sit on the counter for an hour before placing in the oven.

  110. 5 stars
    I followed this recipe last year and it turned out amazing! Do you recommend any specific unsalted butter or ones to avoid?

  111. This recipe was a huge success two years ago and I’m using it again this year. Definitely took the stress out of the turkey making and was moist and delicious. Thank you!

  112. I was wondering what everyone does with all the sides they have to cook in the oven too? Does this effect the amount of time the turkey has to cook? First time cooking a turkey in the oven…any advice would be most appreciated!!

    1. Have the sides ready to go in the oven right when the turkey is finished cooking, since it will need to rest for at least 30 minutes, before you eat!

  113. 5 stars
    One of if not the best oven baked turkeys I’ve tasted. So flavorful, juicy, and tender. I did brine my turkey for 24 hours, but will try this turkey recipe without brining it next time. I can see why this recipe has so many great reviews.

  114. Could I do this in a turkey roaster instead of the oven? Or will that cause it to lose the golden brown color on the skin? Thanks!

  115. What’s a good substitute for the quarter lemon? We have citrus allergies in my family. I’m not sure it matter, since it in the cavity of the bird getting cooked, but I don’t want to risk it, or waste the rest of the lemon.

    Would another apple suffice?

  116. 5 stars
    You are great. Thank you for all the details. This is the 1st time that my baked turkey tasted so delicious. Thank you so very much

  117. I plan to use this recipe for making a turkey for the first time. I’ve cooked plenty of chickens but never a turkey. Would injecting the turkey with some of the butter/herb mixture be overkill? I do it with the chicken I cook and it results in a very juicy bird. I just don’t want to over do it but want that flavor throughout the entire bird, not just on the outside. I feel that most turkeys I’ve ever had you really don’t get much flavor unless you have some of the skin with it too.

  118. This recipe looks great! If I had a roasting pan and rack, but wanted to use chopped veggies for making the gravy, could I put the veggies underneath the rack in the roasting pan to get that flavor?

  119. 5 stars
    My nephew is allergic to EVERYTHING! And butter is a no go for the boy…. do you think I could substitute Olive Oil for the butter. I would love to be able to cook a moist turkey that he could enjoy and my sister would not have to prepare a meal for him separately. Thoughts or suggestions?

    1. Just want to to say as a mama with to 2 food allergic sons, that it is super thoughtful and sweet of you to be inclusive and considerate of your nephew! What a great aunt you are!!!! For my dairy allergic son I just use non dairy butter. Or you can use olive oil.

  120. 5 stars
    I made this for Thanksgiving last year and it was easy and delicious. I am planning to make it again this year but I would also like to know if this would work for a chicken As i would like to make it for supper tonight. Thanks so much for this recipe Lauren.

  121. 5 stars
    Made this last year during my first year hosting, and it was amazing! However, I am wondering if could possibly prep the turkey with the herb butter the night before?

        1. Cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Give it plenty of time to come to room temperature in the morning, before cooking.

  122. Do you have any tips for a turkey breast? They tend to flop over and you can’t really “stuff” them with apples, veggies, etc.

    1. Silly question but how do you cover just the breast meat? Do I just lay a sheet of tin foil around it and try to crunch it down around the breast meat?

    2. When I’ve made a turkey breast, I’ve placed all of the veggies on the outside around the breast to keep it standing. if you pack enough in that will keep the breast upright.

    3. Once you prep the breast as directed for the turkey using less of the herb mixture, place the turkey skin side down on 4 to 5 long pieces of kitchen twine, in your roasting pan. Place cut up medium sized chunks of lemon, onion and apple nestled “inside ” the turkey breast cavity. You can place a smallish piece of parchment over the veg mixture, then bring the string up over the veggies & apple, to secure them in place as best as possible. Tie the strings together. Flip the breast over to skin side up. Some veggie mix may fall out, just tuck them under the breast. ( I poke a few TINY holes in the parchment to let some of the juices run out). To help your turkey breast stand up better, you can try “propping” it with a lg slalk of celery and a chunk
      .( I make up the whole herb butter recipe, but use only what is needed, then save the rest for sliding under the skin of any roasted chicken recipe. The unused herb butter can also be placed on wax paper , folded up and placed in a FREEZER bag. (NOT just a food storage bag)
      Hope this helps. Post how it turned out.

  123. I love this recipe!! I used it last year and it came out perfectly. I have a husband who refuses to have a small turkey this year so ours is 23 pounds though. Will this still work the same?

  124. I just cooked this and cooked for 15mins/pound. The popper in the turkey hadn’t popped but using a meat thermometer it said 165 degrees on both sides (between breast and leg). When beginning to cut the turkey was still raw. Did I check in the wrong place? Do you ever cook it more than 15 mins/pound?

    1. I don’t have anything against them (and think they produce a juicy turkey as well), but I don’t think they’re necessary, and I like the skin better when cooked without one.

  125. I am cooking my first Thanksgiving this year and want to use this recipe. My family loves the neck. How do I go about cooking it with this recipe?

  126. 4 stars
    My husband hates onion. Do you recommend another veggie to use as a substitute? Would not using onion affect flavor?

  127. I made this last year and holy shit was it amazing. It was my first time being in charge of a turkey and the flavor was delicious! It’s fool proof and I was surprised how few ingredients it needs.

  128. Why do you not recommend to eat the veggies that will serve as a rack for the Turkey? The recipe looks delicious! Will definitely be trying.

    1. They will be completely soaked in turkey fat drippings after its done cooking, so they will not taste good. Their purpose is to add flavor to the drippings, for when you make gravy.

  129. Will the Turkey skin be crispy or should I make any modifications? My family loves super crispy skin.

    I am so excited to use this recipe this year!

    Thank you!

  130. I would like to make this for thanksgiving, but it is just me and my husband. I am planning on making a 3 pound turkey. Would I change the cooking time for this? Or the oven temperature?

  131. We do not like rosemary. Can I leave it out without compromising the turkey? Practically every Turkey recipe includes it, but for us it’s a big YUCK.

  132. 5 stars
    I made this recipe last Thanksgiving, EVERYONE asked me for the recipe. The BEST turkey any of us have ever eaten. Two thumbs up way way up.

  133. 5 stars
    So thanksgiving food is my favorite and I make multiple turkeys a year. I decided to branch out this year as I always make it the same way. It’s always good, but I just wanted to try something new. I am SO GLAD I came across this recipe! It made the most flavorful and moist Turkey with perfectly golden skin. I got so many compliments on it! I can honestly say it was the best tasting and probably the most beautiful turkey I’ve ever made! Thank you for sharing your recipe, tips and tricks!

  134. “Throw away the giblets”? Never! They’re excellent foods, and can be minced and sprinkled in with the dressing, or chopped and added to turkey soup (made by simmering the bones in water for an hour or so), ground up and added to the gravy, or at the very least, simmered with the bones for flavor in turkey broth. I can’t imagine just throwing away good (and very flavorful) food!
    Of course, remove the bones from the neck before doing any of the above!

  135. Any way I can substitute the apples or even not use them? Has anyone tried to make without the apples and know if it’ll drastically change the flavor?

  136. I meant to leave a comment last Thanksgiving. This was hands down the best turkey I ever had in my life. If you follow the recipe exactly, it is no fail. The key is to take it out at 160 and let it rest. It will continue to cook to 165. Making it again this Thanksgiving. This is a keeper that will become your family turkey recipe!

  137. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing. It’s straight forward and it simplifies things. (Not putting the stuffing in the bird! ). No need to overcomplicate something. Thanks for your approach to making what is daunting and intimidating to simple and delicious!

  138. 5 stars
    Seriously THE BEST turkey ever. Super juicy and tender – with really nice, light herb-citrus-apple flavour. Absolutely the only turkey recipe we’ll use for Thanksgiving from now on!

  139. 5 stars
    I have not cooked very many turkey’s but this recipe made me look like a pro! Was absolutely delicious. I used dried herbs this time but will definitely pick up fresh ones next time. Will be my go to recipe from now on, thank you for sharing 😃

  140. How do you cook a fresh turkey?
    My concern I don’t have a big enough fridge to thaw a frozen turkey.

  141. 5 stars
    This is our second year using this recipe and our family and relatives just love it ! It is so juicy and delivers a huge amount of drippings. The colour of the turkey is golden brown and beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing your expertise!

  142. 5 stars
    This was a fab recipe and worked great for our first time cooking a turkey! Didn’t taste a lot of herbs in the turkey but it wasn’t dry and required very little basting.

    The veggies were good too!

  143. 5 stars
    I made this for Thanksgiving this year, so amazing, so many compliments from my guests.
    Thank you, very easy to follow as well.

  144. I have used this recipe for the past three years on Thanksgiving and Christmas! Its my go to! SO flavorful and moist!

  145. 5 stars
    I followed this recipe for our family’s Thanksgiving dinner (we celebrate in October in Canada 🇨🇦) and not only was so easy to follow, but it turned out amazing! I had a 14lb bird and we barely had leftovers!
    This will definitely be my go-to recipe for turkey! Thank you.

  146. I had never been responsible for a thanksgiving meal before (in Canada, its in October). This recipe was easy to follow and the turkey was FANTASTIC… everyone was very impressed. Thank you so much!

  147. 5 stars
    I don’t normally leave reviews but for this recipe I couldn’t resist. It was fantastic! ! We just had this for thanksgiving dinner. The turkey was moist and the drippings flavourful for the best gravy I have ever made.

  148. Hi there! I would like to cook and carve my turkey the day before so I have less to do on Thanksgiving Day. How would you recommend reheating it so that it doesn’t dry out?

    1. Heat broth to very hot in a large skillet. Add the sliced meat, dipping on both sides to warm it in the broth for a few seconds.

  149. I am going to be making this recipe tomorrow, I was wondering if it will still work out to be as good with a 7 pound turkey instead of a 12-20 pound?

    1. Yes, but I would cut the herb butter mixture in half (you wont need that much for such a small turkey). And watch it because it will cook pretty quickly!

  150. 5 stars
    I made this last Thanksgiving and was a little hesitant about this recipe since there was no basting required, but I gave it a try. THIS WAS THE BEST TURKEY IVE EVER HAD! Basting is a myth, don’t do it and follow this recipe, you’ll be glad you did!

  151. 4 stars
    Thank you!! Directions are pretty easy to follow and understand. First time making a Turkey bt myself come out good. I think I may have over cooked it a little bit but it was good!!

  152. 5 stars
    My family and I absolutely enjoyed the turkey and the juices made an awesome gravy. Will definitely cook our turkey like this again.

  153. 5 stars
    Just made this for Easter, April 4, 2021.
    The veggies in the cavity produced a lot of liquid so the turkey was really moist, unlike what I am used to.
    I would use this recipe again.

  154. 5 stars
    I used this recipe for Easter Sunday dinner today. Phenomenal ideas with great video. I’m a veteran home cook & immediately recognized this as perfect recipe for our 20 lb turkey. We used your thawing a frozen turkey instructions as well which worked wonders. Wish I could post a pic to show you how beautifully brown & juicy it was. Thanks a million

  155. 5 stars
    I came across this recipe for Easter 2020. I had never cooked a turkey before but because of covid, our usual family gathering couldn’t take place. I have now made this recipe two more times since then for other holidays and it is always amazing! My family was nervous of how it would turn out as chicken is not my strong suit in the kitchen, so they were nervous about the turkey… but all three times my husband and son have LOVED it! Thank you for sharing this fantastic and easy recipe!

  156. This is a great recipe with easy to follow step by step instructions. Turkey never seemed so easy! Thank you for this post!

  157. 5 stars
    This was my first turkey ever and it was so delicious, both my husband and I were amazed. It was better than my parents’ turkeys and his parents as well, but sshhhh don’t tell them 😉
    Super happy with this recipe!!…though I didn’t have an apple so I put a cut up pear inside instead…it was still so good!!!

  158. 5 stars
    My first time cooking a whole turkey, so I was nervous! But, this was incredibly easy to follow and the pictures really helped; especially to locate the innards. It’s still roasting in the oven and smells amazing. I’m sure it will turn out perfectly!

  159. 5 stars
    I LOVE THIS RECIPE! I am not very good in the kitchen and all of my family and friends know this, so when I made a turkey by following this recipe the last two years they were very impressed and loved it! Thank you for sharing this easy to follow delicious turkey recipe 😊

  160. 5 stars
    First time cooking a turkey and I used this recipe. Usually my mom cooks Thanksgiving Day but this year was different. Every member of my family told me that it was the best turkey they had ever had. I have to say… I was impressed!

  161. 5 stars
    I moved to Texas 8 months ago, and for the first time in my 35 years was responsible for making our Thanksgiving turkey. Prior to this year, I had ALWAYS had Thanksgiving dinner with my grandparents who always insisted on cooking the main courses. For 35 years, I’ve eaten dried out, flavorless turkey (thank goodness my family is old school and doesn’t go searching for recipes online!), so I’ve never really been a fan of the meat and only eat it that once a year.

    So this year, I’m searching online for recipes because SURELY something has to exist that looks and tastes better than the stuff I’ve been eating, and I came across this recipe. It looked absolutely amazing, and I figured if I could produce a turkey that looked half as good as the one here it was bound to taste better.

    I followed this recipe (almost) to the letter. I was rushing while making a bunch of different things and forgot to melt the butter before spreading it over the top (I didn’t even read that part to be honest!), so I ended up just spreading it all in more of a thick paste with my hands. It came out absolutely amazing, and was a HUGE hit with my boyfriends family and my children who all said they haven’t tasted a turkey this good before. I was so proud of it!

    This recipe was so amazing Im making another turkey for my family tonight! Thank you for this amazing recipe!!

  162. 5 stars
    This recipe was a A+!!! Will definitely make again! It is so simple to make and tasted outstanding! I usually prepare my turkeys with wine and a cheesecloth but wanted to try something different! I will be making this recipe again!

  163. 5 stars
    Best turkey I have ever cooked….and I have been toasting turkeys for more than 50 years!! I have always brined my turkey, washed it, and basted it. Yes, all the things you say DON’T DO. I did use a cooking bag because I had just cleaned my oven. The turkey was very moist, gravy was delicious and not salty. I used all of the drippings and did not have to open a can of broth. Thank you. It just goes to show, no matter our age, we can still learn something new..Peggy, age 74.

  164. 5 stars
    I used this recipe when roasting my first turkey this past Thanksgiving. Usually my mom/aunts cook the turkey for big holiday meals, but we all stayed home this year so I (terrifyingly) decided to make my first turkey. Your step-by-step directions, videos, and tips were so helpful! My son and fiance went wild for the turkey, it was moist, flavorful, and perfect!! Thank you so much!

  165. 5 stars
    Delicious! I followed the directions exactly. The whole family loved it! My extremely picky 10 yr old son couldn’t get enough. Thank you!

  166. 5 stars
    Hi! Lauren – Last Christmas I roasted my first ever turkey using your recipe. Strange? Not really – I live in Malaysia. It’s not part of my cultural celebrations BUT with this on-going pandemic, we decided to roast a turkey to celebrate being alive and to give thanks for the year. Anyways, followed ALL your instructions (the frozen turkey was from the U.S.A so defrosting was a fun step too), even made the giblet based gravy. Everything turned out fantastic, turkey was perfect, gravy delicious (roast potatoes, veg). Thank you so much for the recipe. I searched through the internet and thought yours was clear and straightforward. We had so much fun, took lots of photographs. We will always remember our home-made roast turkey dinner of Christmas 2020.

  167. 3 stars
    I was excited to try this but hit bumps along the way. I couldn’t get the skin separated to place the butter under the skin. Even my strapping son couldn’t separate it. The turkey was just under 13 pounds. I thawed it for 4 days and I placed the veggies inside and cooked it for 3.25 hours. The timer popped up , I checked the meat thermometer, all was good. Removed it to the platter to rest and after 5 mins, the platter was full of pinkish-red juice. I checked inside the bird, the vegetables were not soft and there was a pool of the same pink juice. I had removed the neck from the cavity easily and it was thawed. I don’t know what happened. I popped it back in the oven and had to put everything else on hold. Not the “easy” delicious turkey I was anticipating. So disappointed.

    1. Hi Pat I’m sorry this happened, but you really need to properly check the turkey with a thermometer in several places (both sides thighs, legs, and breasts). Use the thermometer as your guide for when to take it out of the oven. If he vegetables were not even soft after 3.25 hours in the oven, then I’d most definitely get your oven calibrated as well to make sure it’s cooking at that temperature.

  168. 5 stars
    I only used herbs and whole garlic cloves, I just used this recipe for the timing and cooking instructions. No lie, I ate most of the perfectly browned skin before my husband even saw the bird. Definitely perfected the turkey time and temp with this recipe! Thank you! 15 min times 15 pounds at 325 was delicious!

  169. 5 stars
    Unbelievably tasty and easy! I’ve been frying turkeys for almost 30 years. We had an extra turkey from Thanksgiving and decided trying to roast it. This recipe did NOT disappoint!

  170. 5 stars
    Followed the directions & out of all the turkeys I have ever made this is the absolute BEST !!!! So juicy.

  171. 5 stars
    It followed this recipe for cooking turkey and it was my first time. It was great and my partner who says he doesn’t like turkey had two servers. The only change that I made was leaving the buttered turkey will all the fillings in the fridge over night as I didn’t have enough time to cook it on the day that I planned for. It turned out great and it was very flavourful.
    Thanks for the recipe,

  172. I made this recipe and I Have to say, OMG. This is my first turkey. The breast were so tender and juicy. The taste was superb. My girlfriend was so impressed. Golden brown and juicy. I cooked it a total of 3 1/2 hours. I foil tented the breast at 2 hours. If you ever want to have delicious, moist turkey, just come to Des Moines, Iowa and I will show you how it’s done. Thank you for the great recipe. I am now the turkey king!

  173. 5 stars
    The absolute best turkey I’ve had ever! My daughter who does not eat turkey, ate for three straight days! Thank you!

  174. 5 stars
    Excellent results and easy instructions to follow. I’ve used this recipe 3 times now and each time it was just as delicious as the last. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  175. 5 stars
    Amazing!!! It was my first time making a whole turkey and your instructions were easy to follow. Thank you!
    A quick question. I ended up throwing away the apple/onion/lemon/herbs that were stuffed inside the turkey as there as no mention of what to do with them in the recipe. Is that what I’m supposed to do?

  176. Ok, I never leave comments online but needed to thank you for this amazing recipe, you may have just saved Christmas 😉 ! I’m a disaster when it comes to the oven but followed the recipe and also watched your video and my turkey came out perfect!

  177. 5 stars
    My first time making a turkey and my brother said it was the best turkey he’d ever had. My dad also said it was exceptional. Best Christmas ever. Thank you!

  178. 5 stars
    This was the star of the best meal that I have ever made! The herbs and fruit not only make the turnkey juicy and delicious, it also make the gravy to die for! It reminded me of the amazing sauces we had in Paris. Thanks for transporting me back to fond memories!

  179. 5 stars
    I cooked a turkey this past Thanksgiving using this recipe and it turned out great. It couldn’t have been any easier. Am using it again for a post Christmas dinner. Thank -you.

  180. 5 stars
    My mother in law is a huge foodie! She was skeptical of this recipe. However she loved it! The turkey was so moist! The drippings made the perfect gravy.

  181. 3 stars
    I didn’t have time to brine the turkey and do my usual prep so I found this recipe in an effort to roast quick easy and delicious. Easy – yes. Quick and delicious? Meh. It took at least twice as long as the recipe indicated to reach proper temperatures internally and as far as delicious I would say it was just ok.

  182. Perfect recipe! Followed it exactly as written and the turkey was cooked to perfection. Everyone loved it. Will use the same recipe again next time!

  183. 5 stars
    Omg !!!! It looks sooooo good ! Thank you for this. It was so easy and my first time cooking a Turkey . NAILED IT!

  184. 5 stars
    First time making a turkey, I didn’t have the fresh herbs of the recipe so I put dried thyme, and parsley instead and added celery inside. I also put onions carrots and celery on the bottom of the turkey as I didn’t have a roasting rack. I had a 16 pound turkey so I put it in the oven for a little less than 3 hours on convect bake. After 2 hours I covered it with the foil. I was perfect, well baked but not dry. Everybody liked it, will do it again for sure!

  185. I want to try this recipe out, however I don’t have any lemons on hand. Can I substitute oranges for the lemons? Thanks in advance!

  186. 5 stars
    The meat is so moist and fragrant. We made it today and everyone enjoys it. Thank you for sharing this great recipe. We would give it a six stars. Merry Christmas!

  187. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe. Made roast turkey first time .turned out perfect. All the family enjoyed it. Thanks for all the tips and ideas.

  188. 5 stars
    I love this turkey! It’s so juicy and flavourful! I had this for thanksgiving and loved it so much I’m making it today for Xmas! I used the veggies on the bottom of my roasting pan and the gravy is delicious.

  189. 5 stars
    I tried this today for our Christmas eve dinner and it’s amazing!!

    This is my first time cooking turkey and I made the good decision to follow your recipe.

    I followed the recipe but I don’t have fresh rosemary, thyme and sage so I substitute it with dried rosemary, oregano, italian seasoning and mixed herbs and it’s still taste amazing!

    I have 6.2kg turkey and I cooked it for 4hrs.

    Thank you for this recipe.

  190. Has anyone made this without butter? I know- butter is better but my son is allergic. Does olive oil work in place of the dairy? Thanks!

    1. I think you could, but the fat content is a really good part of the cooking of the turkey! It would still be tasty I’m sure! I’ve made a turkey with olive oil before, and it turned out great

  191. I followed this recipe at Thanksgiving and using it today for our Christmas Eve dinner. Super easy to follow and the turkey is perfect. Thank you!
    Kathy

  192. 5 stars
    Haven’t cooked a turkey in a few years. This was a very simple recipe. Only thing I had trouble with was tucking the wings under the bird.

  193. 5 stars
    I’ve been making turkey for Thanksgiving for years. This year I decided to look for a new recipe. I ran into this one and decided to try this simple recipe…this is by far the BEST turkey I’ve ever made. I’m not a huge fan of turkey until I had this one. I made it for Thanksgiving & for the first time ever doing it for Christmas it was so good I decided to make it again. I normally do a ham. It’s very moist and tasty. Even the next day! I would highly recommend this recipe.

  194. 5 stars
    This has become our go-to turkey recipe. The turkey comes out juicy and delicious. Best turkey we’ve ever had. The aromatics make for a delicious soup stock when you’re all done.

  195. 5 stars
    This was my first time cooking a turkey and it was amazing! It’s was a huge turkey as we had 36 people for supper. Everyone loved it and asked which recipe I used. I now have it bookmarked so I can make it again next year! Thank you so much!!

  196. I’m trying to roast my first turkey, and your recipe sounds great. Thank you for all the pictures and instructions.
    Excellent.

  197. As described, the turkey was easy and delicious. Thanks. Now I wish I could learn how to carve it correctly! As many articles as I’ve read and videos watched, I just can’t fo it.

  198. 5 stars
    This was my first time making a turkey so the name of this recipe got my attention.My husband said it’s the best turkey he’s ever had he could not stop raving about it. It was such a hot that I’ve been tasked with making it again foe Christmas. The recipe was easy to follow completely stress free.

  199. 5 stars
    I usually don’t write reviews, but I’m new to making turkeys and I found this recipe. EVERYONE said it was the best turkey they had ever had. Not only did it look beautiful and perfectly browned, it was so moist (even the breast meat) and delicious. Such a hit! I’m making it for the second time right now 🙂

  200. 5 stars
    “Best Turkey I’ve eaten!” That’s what my family and BF told me when I served this Turkey. It was sooo juicy and full of flavor. I cooked my 14 lb Turkey for 4 1/2 hours at 325° and I covered the breast with aluminum foil the last 90 minutes….just perfect!!! Thank you for sharing!

  201. This was the best turkey I have ever eaten. I hadn’t cooked a turkey in years and I was nervous having quite a few people. I hardly had leftovers it was that good.

  202. Outstanding and rather simple recipe, I made a 15 lb and 25 lb with the recipe and the both turned out great. I recommend a quality turkey like butterball and covering with foil for 20-30 minutes after removing the turkey from the oven.

  203. 5 stars
    OMG, I followed all the instructions and it was my best turkey ever! My husband doesn’t like turkey and he couldn’t get enough of it! Thank you for sharing!

  204. 5 stars
    Soooo easy and delicious! The best turkey I have ever made, let alone eaten. Wow! Wow! Wow!
    Thank you for a tremendous recipe.

    One tip if you start with an under-thawed turkey — my bird was not quite fully thawed (the cavity was a bit icy) and I think that must have contributed to it under-cooking. While the thighs were at 170 degrees when I took it out of the oven, they were semi-raw when cutting after the resting period. Returned to the oven to cook another full hour and a half after.

  205. 5 stars
    This was my first turkey and it turned out great!! Super moist, great flavor. I live in Central America so I used lime instead of lemon but followed the rest of the recipe very closely. Didn’t need to tent it with foil during the cooking process, Turkey had a perfect golden brown color.

    Thanks you for a great recipe!!

  206. 5 stars
    Made this for Thanksgiving turned out very juicy. Did not have enough room in the cavity to fit all the apple quarters, so I put one in the neck cavity skin side out.

  207. 5 stars
    First time ever making a turkey and not very skilled in the cooking department in any way! Lol! So easy and absolutely delicious! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  208. 5 stars
    This was the best turkey ever! I did brine ours the evening prior as we purchased a natural turkey that was not injected. Turned out perfect!

  209. I used your turkey recipe and it did turn out good. My only problem was I think I cooked it too long. And espy the dark meat came out dry.
    I used your recommended time.
    Other wise it was great and also looked great.

  210. 5 stars
    I used this recipe to help me with my first turkey. The recipe is great and I enjoyed the extra helpful tips!
    Thank you!

  211. 5 stars
    I don’t cook often and when I do, I follow recipes. When I decided to cook all Thanksgiving dishes for 13 people, I wondered if I had made the right decision. Well, let’s just say that every one raved about my turkey. It was juicy and very tasty and my guests loved it. I was asked to cook the turkey from now on. It was definitely a hit! Thank you!

  212. 5 stars
    Joining in with everyone else to say this recipe was a success. I studied it probably for an entire month, making sure I would have the steps memorized and it worked. I thawed the turkey with enough time and it was ready to go Thursday morning. I followed the recipe mostly as is, but added some additional things for flavor. I rubbed the turkey in and out with a blend of seasonings from my shelf (garlic, seasoned salt, and pepper) and added a stick of butter inside and it kept the turkey so moist. I coated the turkey with the herb butter mix a few different times during the cooking process and tinted it as well with the foil but it slowed down the cooking, so I removed it about an hour before I took it out and it was perfect. Fell right off the bone and was simply *chef’s kiss*. This was my first time making a turkey and I feel super confident in doing it again! Everyone loved it.

  213. 5 stars
    I used this recipe to make my first ever turkey for Thanksgiving this year. It was so easy to follow and turned out perfect! Thank you!!

  214. 5 stars
    So this is the third year I’ve made turkey for “Friend’s Giving / Thanksgiving”

    I had this recipe saved on my computer, but a few months back I ended up losing this recipe. I was devastated, as this turkey has ALWAYS been a huge hit. So I spent the past week scouring online for this recipe again and was absolutely GIDDY when I found it again.

    Short of a few changes with the herbs used, this has been an amazing recipe each year I’ve used it. Simple, easy, and “me-proof”.

  215. 5 stars
    If this is your first turkey, I recommend this 1000%!! This was my first turkey this year and it was perfect and juicy!! Will try again for sure!

  216. 5 stars
    I’m so happy I found this recipe. This was my first Thanksgiving Turkey and it was amazing ! Turkey was moist , flavorful and delicious! My husband said it’s the best he has ever had ! I’ll be using this recipe every time .

  217. Excellent Recipe! This will be my go-to recipe every year. I did overcook it because I lost track of time. It was still very good, but I will make sure to check the temperature a half hour before the estimated time. Also, I threw out the broth, big mistake, as you can reheat your leftovers and cover it with the broths so that it doesn’t dry out. I also don’t know what you mean by covering the breast with foil. I covered the whole pan with foil, but should I have just placed foil on top of the breast?
    Thank you for such a wonderful recipe. Minus the spices, this is how I roast a chicken in the oven. 🙂

  218. 5 stars
    My VERY first time cooking a turkey. I can’t believe how easy it was… AND how tasty. I can say, that if ever I’m asked to cook a turkey again, I will have no hesitation. Thank you so much for posting such an Easy, No Fuss recipe

  219. 5 stars
    The best turkey I have ever had, so moist, so much flavor and the gravy was just as delicious as it was infused with the herb butter flavors!

  220. 5 stars
    My first time cooking a turkey for my family. I followed your recipe and it was a hit! The turkey was tender and juicy! Everyone loved it! Thank you! 5 stars for this recipe!

  221. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious recipe! It was my first time doing my own turkey, and these instructions were very clear and easy to follow. The turkey turned out positively scrumptious, and I got raving compliments from my guests. I will be saving this recipe to make every year!

  222. 5 stars
    Cooked my first Thanksgiving dinner due to Covid restrictions preventing our traditional family gathering. I stressed about not ruining the turkey all week. This recipe not only helped not ruin it, it was by far the best turkey I ever had. The flavor and moistness was fantastic and it could not have been easier. The left overs are great! I cooked a 20 lbs turkey and took just under 4 hours to 160 degrees. Pulled and let sit for 40 minutes. Covered with Foil about 2.5 hours in to stop the skin from overcooking. Thanks for posting the recipe, this one is a keeper!

  223. 5 stars
    I was so worried about trying this because I usually go to so much trouble preparing and tending to the turkey for hours!! OMG! One of the best turkeys ever!!! So tender and delicious ! Will always use this recipe! Thank you so much !

  224. 5 stars
    This is my first time to roast Turkey coz I always rely on ready cooked ones, but after following your recipe instructions, it came out way better than the ones that I usually buy! Thank you! My whole family was impressed!

  225. 5 stars
    This is the first time I have ever cooked the turkey, and it came out great. The recipe was super clear, easy to follow, and stress-free. I stuck it in, checked it just once or twice, put the top on when in was browned, pulled it out given the time calculation suggested and voila! Faster and easier than I ever imagined. This is a keeper! Now for the soup…

  226. 5 stars
    Turkey turned out fantastic. Used dried spices, not fresh. It only took 3.5 hrs for a 17lb turkey.

    I’ve tried other methods over the years. This was the best turkey ever & will continue with this recipe in the future.

  227. 5 stars
    This was my first time making turkey and the recipe was easy to follow. It was the best turkey I’ve had! It was tender, moist, and full of flavor!

  228. 5 stars
    Best turkey recipe ever! My turkey came out so moist and so juicy and so flavorful! I did add extra fresh seasoning under the skin as well, but I’m sure it would of still came out just as flavorful without the extra seasoning! This was a hit! My picky husband even said this was the best turkey he had ever eaten! Thank you for saving Thamisgiving dinner!

  229. 5 stars
    I gave this recipe to my 19 year old grandson who wanted to host Thanksgiving in his first apartment. He did an awesome job and the turkey was the most beautifully browned turkey I have ever seen. One friend on Facebook said it looked like a turkey one would use for a TV commercial or movie. It was so juicy and delicious and the breast was not dry at all. I have never seen the skin so crisp on a turkey. I used your recipe for the turkey gravy and it was also very easy and delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipes.

  230. 5 stars
    Absolutely perfect recipe! My niece even loved it and she doesn’t like Turkey. But most of all Lauren is the sweetest and most helpful person!!! I asked her questions and she took time to help, give advice, and encouragement. Again thank you so much for helping me make this recipe and for your time and encouragement; you’re an amazing woman!

  231. That ask THE best turkey I have ever made! Thank you for the recipe! The simplicity was tops along with the flavor & moisture. I think using fresh herbs was important. Also, your tip to remove from the oven at 160 degrees was critical. I will definitely share this with family and friends. I couldn’t wait to have leftovers! I know the soup from the carcass will be extra flavorful! I HIGHLY recommend this recipe!

  232. 5 stars
    It’s been probably a decade since I’ve made a Thanksgiving turkey. This recipe was so easy and I cannot tell you how delicious the turkey tasted. Super moist and cooked to perfection! I had a nearly 23 lb turkey and I cooked at the suggested 325 for 5.5 hours. It was PERFECT!!! I tented the top after about 45 minutes because it was browning quickly. I was so nervous the turkey was going to be dry as I didn’t baste it (which I watched my dad do growing up). But I trusted the recipe and instructions and left the over closed after I tented the top. EVERYONE enjoyed the turkey and my husband said the gravy (I also used Lauren’s gravy recipe) was THE BEST gravy he’d ever had! Thank you, Lauren for sharing your recipes!! I’ll definitely be back for Christmas dinner!

  233. I tried this recipe this year 2020. It was so delicious and moist and juicy. My family loved the herbs. It was a success. I will be using this recipe every year

  234. 5 stars
    This was my first time cooking a turkey and it was absolutely delicious!! I am very thankful for this recipe. My family LOVED it and told me that I’m in charge of the turkey every year. It was super flavorful and juicy. 😋❤️ I will definitely use this recipe every single year.

    It was the easiest and stress-less turkey ever! 🙌🏼

  235. 5 stars
    Amazing!! This is a keeper recipe for sure!!! I think I’ve only made 1-2 turkeys ever and they were not memorable! I followed this recipe exactly and it turned out perfect!! It took longer than the directions but all due to baking 2 additional side dishes at the same time in the oven. This will now forever be my go-to turkey recipe!! Thanks for sharing it!!!

  236. 5 stars
    This turkey was fabulous! I was running behind schedule on Thanksgiving morning and this recipe was perfect! After 21 years of marriage, my husband says it is the best turkey I have ever made for Thanksgiving. And I have to say, that it is the easiest recipe I have used. I roasted a 17 lb turkey and the butter and herbs were easy to prepare and apply to the bird. The cavity was filled with apple, lemon, onion, herbs, etc. I have never used an apple but it worked out great! My husband is a very good cook and knows his food and claims it was incredibly juicy and perfectly cooked. It tasted just as good the next day in our leftover turkey sandwiches. I didn’t think a recipe could be so easy and so good, but I definitely will give it 5 stars.

  237. Thank you so much! This year was the first time I have ever made a turkey dinner. I was nervous that it wouldn’t come out that great but with your easy steps, it came out absolutely amazing! I will save for every year going forward and not change a thing!

  238. 5 stars
    I have been making the turkey for Thanksgiving for over 20 years. I have cooked it so many different way and have never liked it. I used this recipe and for the first time I was proud of my turkey. It was flavorful and moist! Thank you!

  239. 5 stars
    Followed every step except I baked at 400 for first 30 minutes then continued baking at 350 for remainder of time. Also seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder when I was letting it dry out overnight in the fridge. My boyfriend said it was the best Turkey he’s ever had! Definitely a keeper. Thank you!

  240. 3 stars
    This recipe did not turn out for me. I followed the recipe and took the Turkey out of the oven when temperature reached 165. I let it rest with foil all around it for about 1/2 hour and when I went to carve it, the thigh was completely pink and bloody. I put it back in the oven for another 45 minutes and it still was not done. Disappointing.

    1. I’m so sorry that happened! Next time be sure to take the temperature of the thighs before you remove the turkey from the oven.

  241. 5 stars
    This really was an easy and no fuss recipe. Yesterday was my first time hosting Thanksgiving and cooking a turkey. My dad tried to take over and make the turkey like he usually does and I made him stick to the instructions with me exactly! It was perfectly seasoned and didn’t come out dry. It was such an easy recipe I forgot the turkey was even in the oven sometimes because you don’t have to constantly check and baste it. It came out great!!!

  242. I just made this turkey for the first time for Thanksgiving for 13 people. It was very easy and turned out fantastic! I have only made a few turkeys is my life as typically this is not my holiday to host, so I was nervous. I followed your recipe exactly, even the no basting part. I was worried about this as my mother and grandmother always basted but the turkey was juicy, flavorful and the skin was nice and crisp. My father told me it was the best turkey he ever had (He is 80 years old) and that I should keep this recipe in safekeeping. Everyone else loved it too. Even my 13-year-old daughter who never liked turkey before. Thank you for the recipe! I am excited to try more of your recipes.

  243. 5 stars
    It was my first time making a turkey. I was worried it would be dry and undercooked… however, it came out juicy and delicious and I got many compliments. I personally don’t like turkey but I tried it and it was pretty good!

  244. 5 stars
    This turkey turned out PERFECTLY. I have never had white meat that was so moist and the turkey as a whole was very flavorful. Because I used salted butter (it was all I had), I went VERY light on the salt and I wish I had done just a bit more, but was so afraid of over salting it. Thank you for this recipe – IT IS A KEEPER!

  245. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. The whole family loved it. So far this is the best tasting turkey we’ve ever had.

  246. 3 stars
    Followed this recipe for our bird yesterday and it was lackluster. I used all fresh ingredients from my garden. Maybe it would have been better with even more seasoning? It was absolutely gorgeous, but the taste was just ‘fine’. I wish this had been a hit, but I won’t be repeating it. I don’t think anyone at the table took seconds of the turkey. At least the trusty sides were a hit!

  247. 5 stars
    Best turkey I’ve ever made! Usually I’m not a big fan of turkey because it always comes out so dry. This time it was so moist. While eating, I commented to my husband at least a few times how it was the first turkey I’ve eaten that wasn’t dry. Several others echoed my thoughts. I will use this recipe every time I cook a turkey from now on! Easy and yummy!

  248. 5 stars
    Amazing turkey! So juicy and wonderful! My whole family said it was the best turkey they have ever had and my family owned a restaurant for 30 years! 10/10 would recommend!

  249. 5 stars
    Your turkey recipe is amazing and so easy – thank you! Half of my family do not like turkey, but this is seriously the best we’ve ever tasted, so moist and flavorful. You’ve transformed our Thanksgiving meal into something we will actually look forward to year after year. This recipe’s a keeper!

  250. 5 stars
    Super juicy and delicious. I roasted it at 450° for 45 minutes uncovered while basting it with the remaining compound herb butter mixed with chicken stock every 15 minutes. I dropped them temperature to 350° for the remainder of the cooking time and tented the bird with foil. I also had a disposable pan so I used celery and carrots to lift the bird. It turned out excellent! Thanks for the recipe .

  251. 5 stars
    I was so tired of dry turkey! This recipe gave me a moist turkey with a wonderful flavor. I will make it this way every time!

  252. 5 stars
    I was really nervous to cook a turkey for the first time but everything went perfect and it’s all thanks to the recipe!! It was sooo good! Thank you!

  253. 5 stars
    I have never in my life cooked a turkey before, Whenever I tried turkey from friends and family and I must say I am not a fan of turkey, I was never so impressed; so I was hesitant to cook it to start with, but I had to give it a try. I needed an easy, simple recipe. I used this recipe yesterday for Thanksgiving and it was a big success!! Juicy, flavorful, very delicious, so easy to prepare, I was amazed. I will use it again and again. Thanks for sharing this recipe with everybody.

  254. 5 stars
    My first time making a turkey. Followed the recipe exactly and it was perfect – looked beautiful and tasted delicious!

  255. 5 stars
    Best Turkey we have made! Typically we fry or smoke a turkey but we wanted to take it easy this year and bake one.

  256. 5 stars
    Superb! Followed the exact steps. I had a 10.5 lbs young organic turkey and it took approx 3hrs to cook. I also used green apple instead of red apple. The flavor was amazing, juicy and the aromatics too were edible. This recipe is a keeper!

    1. 5 stars
      Thank you for the recipe! It came out really great! I omitted certain ingredients that I cannot have and it still came out good. And the tips were a big help.

  257. 5 stars
    Thank you!! Our turkey was moist and very flavorful, and for the first time ever, cooked all the way through in the allotted time! I think basting has been my enemy all these years. I’ve never been one to eat turkey plain, but my husband and I kept swiping bits from the cutting board. This recipe will be our standard from now on!

  258. 5 stars
    This was amazing. I don’t even EAT turkey and it was perfect. My first turkey and what a resounding success — I still can’t get over myself. This was the easiest most accurate recipe I’ve ever attempted. I’m so glad you explained everything the way in which you did. Thank you so so much.

  259. 5 stars
    So happy I found this recipe!! The turkey came out amazing and the family loved the flavors. I definitely need to work on my carving skills😆

  260. 5 stars
    I was so nervous to cook turkey for the first time. This recipe was great for an amateur cook like me. I had guests had they were very impressed. Thank you for this recipe!

  261. This was my first time cooking a turkey with my partner. My partner even said it turned better than his dad’s. We’ll be following this process again.

  262. 5 stars
    This was my first time cooking Thanksgiving dinner. I’m not very experienced with cooking and I was really nervous about it. But this recipe was so helpful, it made it super easy. I used the turkey gravy recipe too (since I forgot the gravy!) I was so shocked at how great both turned out! (I used the Bluetooth thermometer from Meater to track the cook time.) My mom said it was the best turkey she’d ever had. My kiddo and I usually don’t even like turkey that much and we both loved it. I’m so glad I found these recipes! Thank you!

  263. 5 stars
    I never leave reviews on anything but I knew I had to for this turkey recipe! Absolutely AMAZING. So easy, and so delicious. My whole life I’ve hated turkey for thanksgiving but this was absolutely incredible! My first time making a turkey and it was so easy!

  264. 5 stars
    Over the years, I have cooked many turkeys. Each year, varying the recipe slightly. This year, I followed EASY, NO-FUSS THANKSGIVING TURKEY by Lauren Allen. Turkey came out fabulous – so juicy, great flavor and mouthwatering. It is an an easy and no fuss receipe. When I compare this recipe to what I did in the past, it seemed to work very well. Here are a few comparisons. (1) In the past, I washed and brined the turkey. This year, I did not. (note, I did buy an expensive fresh Hoka Turkey- $3.99 lb that also doesn’t require brining) (2) I made the herb butter mix and spread it on. (in the past I spread butter and then sprinkled on the herbs. The mixture Laura uses worked well and tasted great. (3) At first I thought it was confusing – but I did lift of the breast skin with my hand and smeared the herb butter mix inside. (4) in the past, I stuffed the turkey with carrots, celery and onions. I followed the recipe and put lemon, apples and onions. Wow! The apples and lemons were great. Putting the celery and carrots on the bottom of the pan worked so well. I cooked a 28 lb hoka turkey. So, I put up the tin foil tent to start with it. Then, I did not open the oven to baste, and waited until I hit the 3 hour mark and then took off the tinfoil ent to cook for one more hour. The outside of the turkey looked beautiful when served on the dining room table. Everyone was raving on how the turkey tasted this year! I will use this recipe moving forward!

  265. 1 star
    The heat is too low for the time amounts! I had to throw the turkey back in 3 times, it ruined the timing of Thanksgiving dinner, such a waste of time letting it sit for 30 mins before carving when it was still pink, & yes it was 160 degrees where we inserted the thermometer! I honestly don’t know how this recipe gets such good reviews unless u delete all the bad ones!

    1. Hi Jill,
      I’m so sorry your turkey was uncooked but you need to wait until the temperature reaches 165, not 160. Also, you should make sure that the thermometer is inserted in the thickest part of the breast and the thickest part of the thigh. It will continue cooking as it rests.

  266. 5 stars
    My 72 year old father said it was one of the best turkeys he’s ever had and that’s a HUGE compliment coming from him! Here are the two things that I think made all the difference for me only because I’ve done similar recipes in the past but they didn’t turn out as well as your recipe. Tenting the turkey in the BEGINNING half of cooking and then removing the foil through the second half. The breast meat was so juicy but had the skin perfectly crisped. Also…the butter I used this time was the Irish cream butter. Yes, it’s probably not as healthy as a salt free butter but you only live once 😬 my 10 year old also voted mommy’s turkey as the number 1 winner. Thanks for the tips and for giving such clear direction! It’s no wonder your recipe still has 5 stars with that many reviews! Kudos to you!!

  267. 5 stars
    Cooked my first Turkey with this recipe! My brother even commented that it was juicy but cooked faster and seemed to be less stressful than how my parents cook the bird! Very pleased with the results!

  268. I used this recipe for this years turkey & it was the best tasting turkey I’ve ever made! Will definitely keep this! Thank you!!

  269. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe
    It has been 33 years since the last time I cooked a Turkey.
    Your recipe is amazing and it provided for our Turkey to come out also amazing and delicious!!!
    And so juicy no dry section at all!!!

    Thank you

  270. Loved this! I made a few changes: Roasted at 325 for 2 hours, tented, then removed the tent and turned the oven up to 425 for about 45 minutes.

  271. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday for Thanksgiving!! My first time EVER making a turkey and it was AMAZING!!! Easy and delicious!! Thank you for the recipe!!!

  272. 5 stars
    My husband & I made our first Thanksgiving turkey yesterday with this recipe. SO GOOD! It came out perfectly! A lot of people we know cook their turkey in a plastic bag in the oven, and we definitely did NOT want to do that so I was so happy to find this recipe. This recipe was easy to follow and delicious, our Turkey came out moist and flavorful, with a beautiful color. Thank you for making our first Thanksgiving turkey a success!

  273. 5 stars
    The tittle ALMOST says it all, it should say “easy no fuss delicious juicy thanksgiving turkey”! Really simple and delicious results. Thank you!

  274. 5 stars
    Being from Germany, this was the first turkey I cooked in my life. I chose your recipe because I liked the easy, step-by-step instructions and followed them religiously.
    Three hungry guys can’t be wrong: It turned out perfect. Juicy, moist, with a lot of flavour and done all the way through. If I could, I would give ten stars!
    I used the veggies from the roasting pan: Put them in the blender and got them real creamy, dumped it into a pot and added the cooking-water from the innards and some chicken stock, boiled it on the stove top for a few seconds and added some white wine and spices. Sooo much better than store-bought… and you know what’s in it.
    Again, thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  275. 5 stars
    This year (2020), we were not able to gather with our extended family, so at age 56, I cooked my first turkey ever using this recipe! It was juicy and so delicious! Thank you so much.

  276. 5 stars
    Hi Lauren I made the Easy No Fuss Thanksgiving Turkey and the turkey gravy recipe that you had linked minus the giblets. Both recipes were exactly what I was looking for. The turkey turned out perfect I roasted a 14 pound bird and followed both recipes exactly. They both were easy and no stress. I would definitely make again and would recommend. Thanks!

  277. 5 stars
    It’s great to know I’m not the only person that got nervous for the first time. Thank you for this awesome recipe! It was an easy recipe to follow. My turkey came out great and very delicious! Thank you!!

  278. 4 stars
    Loved the paragraphs before the recipe. They are sooo helpful – they cover the things debated across turkey recipes and why you recommend what you do. In a friendly way.

    I followed your recommendations and the turkey was pretty and tasty. The only thing that wan’t ideal was the skin didn’t turn out crisp. I used a wet-brined turkey (came that way from Trader Joes), but patted it dry. I did not tent the tukey halfway through cooking and never opened the oven until it was almost done, to take temp. When done I let the turkey rest 1/2 hour w foil loosely over. Any idea how to get the crisp skin next year? Thanks, Lainey

    1. 24 hours before you’re going to cook the turkey take it out of the wet brine, pat it dry, and let it sit on a rack in the roasting pan in your fridge. The skin will air dry and you’ll have crispy skin!

  279. 5 stars
    I’m not a fan of cooking. Too much work involved. But this recipe was really easy to follow. And I was SHOCKED by how much everyone loved it! I even converted my brother who never liked turkey. He said it’s the best turkey he’s ever had! Wow! Thank you for the amazing recipe! Glad I found this one!

  280. 5 stars
    Turkey was very moist and so tender! I did not brine it and it was really great. Had to extend the cooking time but it was not dry at all! Covered for about 30min after oven. Thanks a lot for sharing your recipe!

  281. 5 stars
    Used this recipe on a 25lb non-brand name turkey and it was so delicious! Truly flavorful meat and crispy skin with zero basting!

    I do not have a convection oven but the turkey still finished cooking almost 2 hours earlier than I anticipated based on the weight. Covered it in foil and let it rest for over an hour before cutting into it. I was nervous about it drying out because the breast read a temp of 180F when I pulled it out of the oven. Thankfully, it was not dry at all, juicy and tasty!

    Spouse had to work and didn’t get to try the turkey hot and fresh, but even after warming it up in the microwave it was still packed with flavor! Spouse was truly impressed!

  282. 5 stars
    This was my first ever crack at cooking the family Thanksgiving turkey. I had ordered a fresh turkey months ago and it came in at 26 #’s. About 10 3’s heavier than we ended up needing under the COVID life style. Long Story short, the receipt and instructions were excellent and the turkey came out great! When I carved into the turkey the juices flowed out of it! It was so moist and delicious!!

    Thank you for sharing!

  283. 5 stars
    One of the best turkeys I’ve made! The meat was so moist, and everyone, even those that aren’t fans of turkey, enjoyed it. I used a roasting bag but I’ll try going without next time. Thank you!

  284. 5 stars
    This was super easy and SO DELICIOUS!! I also followed your directions on the gravy and this was the best turkey I’ve ever made!

  285. Used your recipe for my turkey yesterday and it turned out great! It was so moist and everyone raved bout it! I believe I’ve started a new tradition:) Thank you!

  286. 5 stars
    I may very well be the world’s pickiest eater and granted I like turkey, this was the best Turkey I’ve ever had. I got a roaster oven to cook it so I could have the main oven free. Between that and in this recipe the meat was so tender, the flavor was divine. I am looking forward to the left overs!!! I actually used two apples. One green and one red.
    I didn’t do the foil tent. Heavenly!

  287. 1 star
    There was so much liquid in the center of the turkey from the lemon and apple that the turkey took many more hours than thought to cook through to a safe temperature. This turkey recipe ruined our thanksgiving, pushing our 5 PM dinner to 9 PM…

    1. I’m so sorry your turkey didn’t cook as you anticipated. The juice inside the cavity of the turkey would not have been the problem, though. I’d calibrate your oven and make sure it’s heating correctly.

  288. 5 stars
    It was my first time doing turkey, as per my kinder’s request, and this recipe was a hit! Everybody was nervous that even my husband asked if we have a backup protein just in case. But this recipe didn’t dissappoint. It was so tasty and moist and no gamey taste at all, that there’s barely any left-overs. I used a 15lb Butterball and did the tent with foil at the start then let it brown during the last hour. It came out perfect! I had to tent it again once i took it out when the temp was at 160-162. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. It sure is for keeps!

  289. 5 stars
    I gave this recipe a try given its simplicity (no brining! no basting!) and the allure of fresh herbs. I followed it essentially verbatim and found it to be nearly without flaw. Importantly, the turkey turned out wonderfully. I have a convection oven so the timing was shorter than what was specified here. The two key elements are to loosely cover in foil after the turkey has a deep golden brown color and to accurately measure the internal temperature because that’s the truest indicator of doneness.

    The drippings were more than ample for making turkey gravy. I did add a small amount of chicken stock in the pan at the start of roasting which I had seen elsewhere. I’m not sure if that helped with keeping things moist, but it couldn’t have hurt when collecting the drippings later. The resulting gravy was outstanding.

    Here are the few observations I have that deviate from the recommendations:

    – My 16.5 lb turkey’s internal cavity couldn’t possibly accommodate an apple, lemon, and onion no matter how it was cut. Two quarters of each were about all I could muster. Regardless, I love the idea of putting moist, fragrant things inside the turkey to infuse flavor and prevent dryness. This recipe reminded me that thyme should be a first ballot hall of fame herb.

    – Making the herb butter is probably something better done the night before as it’s quite tedious to chop up all of the garlic and herbs. You won’t want to bother doing all of this in the flow of prepping your turkey. Also, one cup (two whole sticks!) of butter is flatly absurd. You’ll use, maybe if you’re ambitious, a quarter of that. There’s only so much you can get under the breast skin and coating the entire outer surface doesn’t require this kind of butter commitment. I’d also scale back on the garlic even though I’m a huge fan.

    All in all, this was an excellent recipe and one in which my turkey looked almost exactly as the recipe promised. Given how easy this was, I would try this again in a heartbeat.

  290. 5 stars
    Made this today with green apples, onions, and lemons inside. My almost 16 lb turkey was AMAZING! Everyone said it was the best EVER! I can’t wait to make it again next year…….

  291. 5 stars
    I made this the first time during covid. Wanted something super easy. This was amazing! I never basted, never covered with foil etc. The skin was an amazing color and super crispy and the meat moist and yummy. I’m impressed that I didn’t mess it up. This will be going in my favs. Loved it!

  292. 5 stars
    It was SO good! Mine did not need to cook as long as it said, maybe the pounds include the neck? Anyway it was my first turkey and it turned out amazing! THANK YOU.

  293. 5 stars
    My first turkey and it came out absolutely perfect! The skin was roasted golden brown,tasty and was perfectly crispy. The inside was juicy.This may have been the best turkey I’ve ever had.

  294. 5 stars
    My husband doesn’t like white/breast meat because it is always too dry, but this recipe produce the best tasting turkey we have ever had, and I have never cooked a turkey before! Only thing I would say is don’t tinfoil tent it at 160, cook until 165 in the oven, and defrost it from frozen 4 days in advance for 10 pound turkey. I did 3 days and it was still frozen inside.

  295. 5 stars
    I’ve never cooked a turkey before, but this was very easy to do and absolutely the most flavorful and moist turkey I’ve every tasted. It was a BIG hit! Thank you for making it easy for those of us who cook very little without compromising the flavor. This turkey recipe is AMAZING!

  296. 5 stars
    It was wonderful….one of the moistest birds ever. Many compliments from others. Only problem i had is that the smallest turkey I could get was 21.9 lbs and we only had 3 people to eat, its enough leftovers to last until the end of the pandemic for us. Thank you .

  297. At least one good thing has come from this pandemic that we are dealing with. We usually go to one of the grandparents homes for the holidays. Everyone brings their assigned dish and whoever is hosting provides the turkey. With everything going on we decided to stay home and cook everything on our own. Thank you for your time and detailed instructions. Even the little video was so helpful! Thanksgiving 2020 in the books as a success in the Freeman family home!

  298. 5 stars
    Made it today for Thanksgiving, and it came out amazing . I will admit that I accidentally cooked the turkey upside down, but I think that actually helped! The dark meat wasn’t as greasy, and the white meat was very moist and just falling apart. The taste was perfect too. Even the picky eaters loved it. Will make this recipe again!

  299. 5 stars
    Alright, I’m impressed. And so were my husband and my parents. This was my first time cooking a turkey and I was nervous. Started it late, looked at the wrong number on the tag so my weight was off (only by 2lbs, not a big deal), and I only had some of the listed ingredients (we decided to do a traditional dinner very last minute). But I made the herb butter with what I had on hand, stuffed a bunch of quartered apples and oranges inside the bird with a nice coating of the herb butter inside too. Then I peeled the skin back like the recipe says and slathered the rest of the butter under there. It came out SOOO GOOD!!! I couldn’t believe it. So moist and juicy and it cut apart/crumbled with a fork. I used a roasting pan, put the lid on halfway through and that was the only thing I did to this the entire time it was cooking. This is a super easy recipe to customize with what you have on hand and still come out with an awesome dinner. Thank you for this amazing recipe!!

  300. 5 stars
    I cannot express this enough, THE BEST turkey I’ve ever had. This was the first time I’ve ever made a turkey and it was the best I’ve ever had. It’s so flavorful and moist. Im really proud of myself and I’m very thankful for this recipe.

  301. 5 stars
    Our turkey turned out AMAZING using this recipe. No one in my family particularly likes turkey, we eat it only for the tradition, but everyone raved over how flavorful and moist this turned out. I have never had a turkey that was so tender, juicy, and bursting with flavor! Can’t wait to make it again next Thanksgiving!

  302. 5 stars
    Thank you for this great tutorial & recipe! I followed it step by step, but I did baste my turkey. This was my first turkey I’ve made by myself and it was amazing and so easy!

  303. 5 stars
    I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for the first time and used this turkey recipe. I followed it really closely and cooked a 10.25 lb turkey that came out deliciously moist! I made the herb butter the day before just to cut down on prep time on Thanksgiving day. Thanks for the wonderful recipe and all the great tips on this page!

  304. My mother always made the Thanksgiving turkey, but since we didn’t get to go to her house this year, I followed this recipe. It was simple and low-stress and tasted great. Thank you!

  305. 5 stars
    Excellent! Easy to prepare. No hassle brining or basting. Turkey came out very moist. I did roast the turkey at 450 degrees for the first 30 minutes, and then decreased it to 325 degrees for the rest of the time. I definitely will use this recipe again.

  306. 5 stars
    Very easy and yummy recipe. I hadn’t cooked a turkey in over 30 years and this was a no brainer. Thanks for the tips!

  307. 5 stars
    This is my first time making Thanksgiving dinner. My bird was 25lbs!!!!! Omg I freaked out when I saw how big it was!!! I love the tips at the end. VERY HELPFUL!!!! My anxiety was at a 10, up until I pulled the bird out. JUICY!!! FLAVORFUL!!!! I’m thankful for YOU today, for posting this recipe! Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  308. I used this recipe today. It was outstanding, easy to follow and resulted in juicy, tender and delicious turkey! I highly recommend, no need to deviate from recipe.

  309. 5 stars
    This was the best turkey I’ve made, and I’ve been cooking Thanksgiving dinner for years! I followed the recipe as written! Thank you.

  310. The turkey smelled great and looked great, but my 12-pound turkey definitely did not cook through, even after 4 hours as 325! I wonder whether the heat should be higher. Or maybe I did something wrong.

  311. 5 stars
    It was my very first time making a turkey and it came out so delicious and juicy. Best recipe ever. Very easy to prepare. Thank you for sharing

  312. 5 stars
    I’m 45 years old and this year I made my first Thanksgiving turkey for my husband and two girls. Thank you for this recipe it was SO delicious!!!! Everyone loved it❤️

  313. Tried this recipe for our Thanksgiving turkey and it was so flavorful and moist. I was in doubt about using the lemon and was surprised to discover it’s a great flavor enhancer. Will use this recipe again Thx!

  314. 5 stars
    My entire family said it was the best turkey they have ever had, and it really was. I won’t make a turkey any other way again it was that good ! So glad I found this recipe !
    Viki

  315. 2 stars
    Unfortunately this was the worst turkey I’ve ever made. It looked amazing but it was DRY and the flavor wasn’t as good as I expected.

  316. 5 stars
    Fantastic and so easy!! This was my first time making the whole turkey and it came out perfect.. looks like I’ll be making it every year moving forward

  317. 5 stars
    I baked a turkey once 20+ year ago, and then today using your recipe. According to my husband, it was the most flavorful and juicy turkey he had ever eaten .. and I agree 🙂

  318. 2 stars
    The best part was how beautiful brown and crispy the skin got. The flavor was good, but didn’t seem to permeate the entire bird. Worst of all, I completely thawed the 10.88 lb turkey and then let it sit in the sink for about an hour before filling the cavity with herbs, onion, apple and lemon. I planned heavily on the 13-15 min per pound. I roasted it at 325 for about 3 hours the night before Thanksgiving, planning to reheat it the next night. I tented the breast For the first two hours. It spent another hour or a bit more in a 350 oven while the other sides heated through. It was still raw in the very deepest parts. Disappointing.

  319. 5 stars
    This was not my first turkey, yet may be the last I always cook! It was juicy delicious and super simple. I followed the recipe fully.

  320. Thank you for the delicious and easy turkey recipe! We made it for our little family today and it was so good! This was my first time baking the turkey myself, but you helped me rock it!!

  321. Hi there… I’m using this recipe tomorrow for our Thanksgiving. Can I prep my thawed turkey tonight and have it ready for oven in the morning? Appreciate any input🦃.

  322. 1 star
    You can kill someone at the temp and time you say to use. My turkey wasn’t no where near done making me a fool in front of my family!

  323. 5 stars
    This recipe is phenomenal. I will use this every year from now on. I’m 22, this is my first time ever cooking a turkey. If I can do it you can do it.

  324. 5 stars
    Best turkey – first time making my own from scratch. I ama vegetarian, but my husband eats meat. He said the turkey is flavorful, delicious and juicy – sucess!!! Thank you so much for this recipe 🙂

    Sincerely,
    Lois

  325. 5 stars
    Fabulous, best turkey ever. Thank you so much it was super moist and tender and full of fabulous flavors. This is my forever recipe.

  326. 5 stars
    This is the best turkey I have ever roasted! I followed the recipe to a tee and it came it perfectly cooked and juicy. Wow! So impressed. Thank you! 🙂

  327. 5 stars
    This recipe was amazing! This year was my first time cooking a turkey #covid, and this recipe saved the day! I would put the flavor and moistness right up there with a deep fried turkey. I used a knife to slice the skin open above the breasts, continued to separate the skin from the meat, and filled the pockets with the butter. Game changer! I also think putting the apples inside the turkey helped to keep it from drying out. I’ll be saving this recipe for future years. Thank you!

  328. 5 stars
    This made for a very flavorful and moist turkey!! I used herbs de Provence to substitute for the three individual spices. Sooo good! Thank you!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  329. 5 stars
    Easy recipe, first ever turkey. No longer afraid to cook now, actually its my first ever dinner. Just me and my son, ( covid-19) enjoyed all my dinner. Thank you Sally

  330. Third year in a row making my Thanksgiving turkey like this. I’m committed to making this our family recipe to pass down for generations to come! I actually used apple, onion, and celery the last 2 times and it’s been wonderful! Your turkey will never be (and stay) as juicy/moist using traditional stuffing!

  331. Cooked my first ever Thanksgiving turkey with this recipe and it was a hit! Very flavorful and juicy. The extra info before getting into the ingredients and method was extremely helpful too. Thank you!

  332. 5 stars
    My family loved the way it smelled and said it was the best turkey they’ve had. I’m now in charge of the Turkey every year 🤣 Great recipe and