Turkey Recipes

Gobble up turkey year-round with these delicious recipes! Lean and healthy, find ground turkey recipes for meatballs and burgers, shred turkey breasts for chili and casseroles, or put together an aromatic brine for that leftover Thanksgiving turkey meat destined to feature in great sandwiches, tacos, meat sauces, and more.

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How to Make Easy Turkey Stock

Before Thanksgiving, follow our step-by-step guide and prepare a homemade batch of turkey stock to use for a rich pan gravy. Be sure to save the turkey bones from that delicious turkey you made using our exclusive downloadable turkey guide.

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.

Perfect Roast Turkey 101 (With Cheesecloth)

Rating: 3.5 stars 669
In her recipe for perfect roasted turkey, Martha roasts a 20-pound bird stuffed with her Classic Stuffing. Before it goes into the oven, she covers the turkey with four layers of cheesecloth soaked in a butter and white wine basting mixture. The cheesecloth keeps the bird moist, and prevents it from getting too dark too quickly. It's removed about an hour before the end of roasting to allow time for the turkey to brown.

Turkey Brine

Rating: 3.5 stars 918
Keeping your bird juicy isn't that hard—all you need is the right seasoning and a really large fridge. Brining is the first step in our roasted turkey recipe.

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.

Roast Spatchcocked Turkey

Rating: 3.5 stars 290
Want to cook your turkey faster? Try spatchcocking. When the turkey's backbone is removed and the halves are flattened, the meat cooks in just one hour. Since this method doesn't allow for stuffing the bird, simply make a batch of turkey stock to flavor and moisten the stuffing as it bakes beside the meat.

Upside-Down Turkey

For super-flavorful gravy, scatter cut oranges, onion, and garlic, along with a few rosemary and sage sprigs, in the bottom of the pan before you begin roasting the turkey. This recipe for upside-down turkey is a fun way to prepare your Thanksgiving meal. 

Turkey with Brown-Sugar Glaze

Rating: 3 stars 1113
This year, try a flavorful glaze made with orange juice, brown sugar, and vinegar on your Thanksgiving bird.

Herbed Roasted Turkey

Rating: 4 stars 284
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.

Roast Turkey

Rating: 5 stars 1
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.

Perfect Turkey Gravy

Rating: 3.5 stars 79
Learn how to make the perfect gravy for Thanksgiving using caramelized, brown bits from the bottom of the roasting pan, homemade Giblet stock, Madeira wine, and salt and pepper for seasoning.

Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast

Rating: 3 stars 331
Enjoy this simple roast turkey recipe for Thanksgiving or an extra-special dinner during the week. Make sure you use a bone-in turkey breast for this recipe—it's the key to moist, juicy meat.

Inspiration and Ideas

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.
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.
Salt and Pepper Turkey
Rating: 4 stars 30

This simple but spectacular roast turkey is filled with our savory Bread Stuffing with Sage. Spreading butter under the skin enhances the flavor of the breast meat.