How to Roast Butterball’s Ready to Roast Whole Turkey

Dinner can get hectic, but you can make it a little easier with our Ready to Roast turkey. Tender and juicy, it requires no thawing, no preparation and minimal clean up. A perfect way to spend more time celebrating with the ones you are thankful for, and a little less time in the kitchen.

View Video

Ready to Roast Whole Turkey

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. No need to thaw. Just remove frozen turkey from outer plastic bag. Cut 2-4 slits on the top of the bag (one inch long).
  2. Place frozen turkey in roasting pan with printed side facing up. Do not cover. Roast in center of oven. Allow room for bag to expand without touching the oven racks or walls. Approximate roasting time is 3-4 ½ hours. Roasting time will vary by oven. Browning occurs without basting.
  3. Check internal temperature at 3 hours. Turkey is done when the temperature on a meat thermometer reads 165°F in the breast and 180°F in the thigh. However, Butterball recommends that the temperature in the breast reach 170°F for best eating experience. Avoid touching any bone with the thermometer.
  4. Allow turkey to cool in the bag for 20 minutes. In meantime, prepare gravy packet. Cut open bag, lift out turkey. Be careful of hot steam and juices. Carve and serve.

Turkey Tips

Did You Know?

A thawed turkey may be kept in the refrigerator (40 degrees F or below) up to 4 days before cooking.

Frozen Whole Turkeys and Frozen Whole Turkey Breasts need to be thawed before cooking.

Thaw Fully Cooked Baked and Smoked Turkeys via the refrigerator method.

Refrigerator thawing is preferred and the least labor-intensive but requires more time.

Cold water thawing takes less time but requires more attention.

Suggested Products

We believe people should feel good about what they eat. That's why all Butterball® products are made with quality turkey for everyone and for any occasion.

Butterball Turkey Talk-Line™

Got a turkey-related question? We can answer it!

Call 1-800-BUTTERBALL or text us at 844-877-3456 to chat with our turkey experts

turkey talk link

More Turkey Tips

How to Brine

Brining is the key to a juicy, flavor-filled turkey. Never tried it before? We'll show you how.

How to Stuff

Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, it's at the heart of any Thanksgiving. Let us show you how to prepare a stuffed turkey.

How to Thaw

Ready to get cooking? We'll show you the do's and don'ts of thawing your turkey.

How to Inject a Turkey

Looking to add a little extra flavor? Try injecting your turkey with a favorite marinade. It's simple and easy.

How to Carve

There's one last step before you dig in: carving! Don't be intimidated. We're here to guide you.

Food Safety Essentials

Get the information you need to store, prepare and enjoy your meal safely.

How to Make a Leftover Turkey Sandwich

Got leftovers? Make a sandwich! Turn your Thanksgiving dinner leftovers into another tasty meal.

How to Choose a Turkey

Fresh or frozen? Big or small? We can help you choose the right turkey for your next gathering with our how-to video.

How to Place a Meat Thermometer

Unsure of how to check if your turkey is done cooking? Use a meat thermometer!

How to Marinate

When you know the basics of marinating, you can guarantee great flavor every time. Let us show you the steps and some great recipes, too. There's a marinade for every occasion and every palate.

How to Inject a Turkey

Looking to add a little extra flavor? Try injecting your turkey with a favorite marinade. It's simple and easy.

How to Check for Doneness

Is the turkey done yet? You may have heard of different ways to check, but there’s only one way to be sure.