Christmas Turkey Recipes

Our Christmas turkey recipes include how to thaw, carve, prep, brine, and prepare your turkey with our step-by-step instructions and videos. Also check out our recipes for brines, rubs, and glazes for your Christmas turkey recipe. Be sure to stuff your bird with one of our seasonally appropriate stuffing recipes like our apple and chestnut stuffing or cranberry and cornbread stuffing.

Staff Picks

Roast Turkey with Herb Butter

Rating: 3.76 stars
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.

Stuffed Turkey Breast

Rating: 3.09 stars
Learn how to make this delicious and impressive turkey main, which is filled with our Sausage and Sour-Cherry Stuffing. It's the perfect recipe to make for Thanksgiving in lieu of the traditional roast turkey.

Herbed Roasted Turkey

Rating: 3.87 stars
This traditional holiday bird brings much more to the table than just great taste. Our version, which is packed with protein, is rubbed with a blend of parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, and garlic.

Roasted Heritage Turkey

Rating: 3.66 stars
A layer of butter under the skin results in a crisp exterior and moist breast meat. Allow two hours to bring the turkey to room temperature before roasting. Serve the bird alongside our Calvados Gravy.

Roast Turkey

Rating: 5 stars
This recipe calls for brining the turkey for 24 hours, so plan accordingly. If you choose not to brine, skip the first two steps. If your roasting pan fits only sideways in the oven, rotate the pan every hour so the turkey cooks and browns evenly.

Roasted Turkey in Parchment with Gravy

Rating: 3.23 stars
Here's an unexpected, but totally genius way to cook your turkey for Thanksgiving. Our parchment bag technique yields moist meat and crisp, golden skin every time. Martha made this recipe on Cooking School episode 406.

Cranberry-Glazed Turkey with Cranberry-Cornbread Stuffing

Rating: 4.3 stars
Nothing says Thanksgiving like roast turkey and cranberries. The bird is stuffed with a hearty cranberry stuffing, which infuses the pan gravy with tart, fruity flavor.

Easy Roasted Dry-Brined Turkey

Rating: 3 stars
Dry-brining a turkey ensures a moist and seasoned bird that also takes up less space in the refrigerator than a wet-brined one. Don't dry-brine a kosher (previously salted) turkey; the result will be too salty.

Turkey Roulade

Rating: 3.92 stars
This stunning main course is just the thing to serve for a special occasion or holiday dinner. Turkey breast is pounded thin and rolled up with a stuffing made from rye bread, cranberries, chopped pistachios, and plenty of herbs.

Emeril's Turkey Roulade

Rating: 3.07 stars
Don't let the fancy name fool you. This simple and quick-to-assemble turkey dish is a crowd-pleasing take on the usual turkey breast. The meat is wrapped in 12 slices of savory, salty bacon and stuffed with an aromatic herb stuffing.

Lemon-Herb Turkey with Bay Butter and Gravy

Rating: 5 stars
Bay leaves, rosemary, and lemon zest are tucked under the skin of this turkey and gently perfume the meat with a fragrant, floral flavor. Then the roast turkey is set on fresh bay branches for a dramatic presentation.

Roast Turkey With Sage and Mushroom Stuffing

Rating: 3.67 stars
We stuffed the bird with mushroom stuffing, but you can use your own favorite recipe if you prefer.

Inspiration and Ideas

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.
Our Step-by-Step Guide to Cooking Turkey for Thanksgiving
For a perfectly moist and tender turkey, follow these steps and download our full turkey guide for more tips and tricks on how to assure the bird is the star at your Thanksgiving table.

Tuscan-Roast Turkey Breast

Turkey breast rolled with fresh herbs, orange zest, and spices is covered with pancetta and then roasted. It's sliced and offered atop a dressing made with farro (a whole grain), oranges, black grapes, and pine nuts. White-wine sauce accompanies the ensemble.