A Moist and Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

Easy instructions on how to perfectly roast A Moist and Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey - So full of flavor and tender, it's the tastiest  turkey we've ever had!

Moist and juicy roasted turkey on a bed of gravy next to a helping of stuffing

Start off by removing the turkey from the wrapper.  Take out the neck and giblets from the two body cavities, rinse the turkey off, and then pat it dry with paper towels.  Treat the turkey just as you would raw chicken. Wash your hands after touching the turkey and be sure to use a separate cutting board and utensils to avoid contamination.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Sprinkle 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper inside the turkey cavity.  Stuff the inside of the cavity with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, 1 chopped onion, 2 cloves of garlic and 1 sliced lemon.

Raw Turkey stuffed with rosemary, garlic, onion, and lemon

Raw Turkey stuffed with rosemary, garlic, onion, and lemon in a roasting pan

 Place the turkey in a large roasting pan, pour 1 stick melted butter over the top and sprinkle the top of the turkey with salt and pepper.

Pouring melted butter on top of a raw stuffed turkey in a large roasting pan

Seasoning raw stuffed turkey in a large roasting pan

Cover the turkey with aluminum foil and cook.  Periodically, baste the chicken with the hot pan juices.  This makes the meat super moist and tender.

Follow the guidelines below for the appropriate cooking times based on the size of your turkey.

When you've got about an hour left for the turkey to cook, remove the foil cover and place back in the oven to finish cooking.

To check for doneness, temperature on a meat thermometer should be 170 degrees F in the breast and 180 degrees F in the thigh.

Let the turkey stand for 15 minutes before carving.

If you like to serve wine with your Thanksgiving dinner, I think a dry Rose' or a Pinot Noir go very well with turkey.

Butterball has a calculator and conversion table that can help you calculate and convert everything from the size of your turkey to how much time you'll need to thaw or cook it.

Thank you so much for reading!

A Moist and Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

Turkey so full of flavor and tender, it's the tastiest turkey we've ever had!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 people
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 15 pound turkey
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon slice lemon in half
  • 4 oz butter

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Remove the turkey from the wrapper. Take out the neck and giblits from the two body cavities.
  • Rinse the turkey off and pat it dry with paper towels. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper inside the turkey cavity. Stuff the inside of the cavity with the rosemary, onion, garlic and lemon. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan and pour the melted butter over the top. Sprinkle another teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper over the top of the turkey. Cover the turkey with aluminum foil and cook for 3 1/2 - 4 hours depending on the size of the turkey.
  • Carefully remove the turkey from the oven periodically and baste with the juices of the turkey. Return to the oven and continue cooking. When there is an hour left for the turkey to cook, remove the foil cover and place the turkey back in the oven to finish cooking. After the turkey has cooked, remove from the oven and cover again. Let the turkey stand for at least 15 minutes before carving.

Notes

According to Butterball, here are the approximate roasting times for unstuffed turkeys based on size... 10 to 18 lbs. - 3 to 3 1/2 hours / 18 to 22 lbs. - 3 1/2 to 4 hours / 22 to 24 lbs. - 4 to 4 1/2 hours

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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