Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Learn how to roast, carve, and serve the perfect Thanksgiving turkey this holiday season. First get tips on buying, storing, thawing, and prepping your bird for Thanksgiving dinner, then check out our foolproof recipes for turkey brines, rubs, and glazes. Looking for something unusual? We even have step-by-step instructions for how to deep-fry your turkey to golden perfection.

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How to Stuff and Prepare a Thanksgiving Turkey

The secret is there is no secret. This simple method yields a flavorful, moist Thanksgiving turkey every time: spread butter under the skin, stuff loosely, season generously, and truss the legs. Here's a step-by-step guide.
By Laura Rege

Our Step-by-Step Guide to Cooking Turkey for Thanksgiving

For a perfectly moist and tender turkey, follow our advice. The result? A bird is the star at your Thanksgiving table.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Properly Brining a Turkey

Giving your Thanksgiving bird a bath in salt water isn't complicated, but there a few things to know before you start the brining process. Here, we outline exactly how to brine a turkey for delicious results. Follow our instructions to prepare a perfectly brined turkey and download our complete turkey guide for more Thanksgiving tips.
By Lynn Andriani

Maple-Glazed Turkey with Gravy

Rating: 3.5 stars 135
This turkey's crunchy, sweet crust is the result of boiling down maple syrup until it's almost crystallized and then brushing it on the bird during the last hour of cooking.

Classic Brined and Roasted Turkey

Rating: 3.5 stars 631
Brined to retain moisture, then basted with butter and wine while roasting, this turkey, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, is golden and juicy. The bird is brined for 24 hours, so leave plenty of time for this recipe. If you don't brine yours, skip steps one and two.

Turkey-Salad Sandwich

Here's a bright, fresh lunch that's ideal if, perhaps, you've overindulged (and delicious even if you haven't). A bit of lemony mayonnaise binds together roast turkey, apples, celery, and raisins. You can also serve the mixture over greens instead of bread.

Perfect Roast Turkey 101

Rating: 3.5 stars 669
This recipe yields a plump and regal roast turkey, with crisp, golden-brown skin and an aroma to match.

Roast Turkey with Herb Butter

Rating: 4 stars 396
Getting a great-tasting turkey on the Thanksgiving table is easier than you might think. Here, the bird is rubbed with a flavorful mixture of butter and fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme before going into the oven. Use the roasted vegetables and turkey neck to make Rich Gravy.

Turkey Cobb-Salad Sandwich

Rating: 2 stars 14
Cranberry sauce adds a welcome touch of sweetness to the wonderful combination of ingredients found in a traditional Cobb salad. This iteration includes turkey for added protein.

Egg Sandwiches for a Crowd

Hungry mouths to feed the morning after Thanksgiving? Put that leftover turkey to good use and make a quick, no-fuss frittata in a baking dish, then slice and place on toast slathered with Dijonnaise.

Turkey, Cheddar, and Green-Apple Sandwich

Rating: 3.5 stars 29
 This nourishing turkey sandwich recipe is a genius use of Thanksgiving leftovers. Sliced roasted turkey is stacked between slices of cheddar, tart apple, and whole-grain bread.
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Learn How to Roast the Perfect Turkey with These Tips
If you want to roast the perfect turkey this Thanksgiving, follow our step-by-step guide.
How to Spatchcock a Turkey for Thanksgiving
For juicy, evenly-cooked turkey with a crisp, golden brown skin, spatchcocking is the answer. In a little more than an hour, you can have a perfectly roasted 12-pound turkey. Here's a step-by-step guide, plus roasting tips, and advice on how to carve a spatchcocked bird.
Turkey Reuben
Rating: 3 stars 47

In this reinvented twist on a classic reuben sandwich, turkey pairs up with melted cheese and rye bread, with a mustard-laced take on coleslaw supplanting sauerkraut.