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Turkey Prep Steps

Cooking a turkey is a breeze with the right know-how. Browse our steps to cook yours just right.

Help Along the Way

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1

Shopping

Even if your holiday gathering looks different this year, we’re here to help you plan the meal, find the best turkey for you and everything in between!

All Kinds of Turkey

No matter the size of your celebration, we have the right turkey to make it tasty. From small to large, find the one for you!

Sides & More

Explore our full collection of Butterball recipes here to round out your shopping list!

Planning Your Grocery Trip?

Plan ahead for a fast and easy trip. This sample grocery list gives you a Thanksgiving meal with some of our favorite, easy recipes. Take a peek here.

2

Thawing

It’s best to begin the thaw about a week away from turkey time. But we’ve got some helpful tips and tricks if you’ve missed the deadline.

Thaw Time Guide*

  • WeightIn FridgeIn Water**
  • 12 lbs.3 days6 hours
  • 14 lbs.3 1/2 days7 hours
  • 16 lbs.4 days8 hours
  • 18 lbs.4 1/2 days9 hours
  • 20 lbs.5 days10 hours
  • 24 lbs.6 days12 hours

*Refrigerator thawing is preferred. Never thaw a turkey at room temperature.

**Thawing completely submerged in cold water, changing water every 30 minutes.

3

Prepping

Getting your turkey ready for its time to shine is a matter of preference and taste, but we’ve got some great thought-starters for you.

QUICK METHOD

Oil & Salt Rub

Quick and easy, just rub your turkey with oil and salt. Incorporate spices like paprika and make it your own.

Total time
5 min

ADVANCED METHOD

Thanksgiving Brine

Salt, water, and time is all it takes to keep maximum moisture in your turkey.

Total time
8 hrs

Tip

After brining, pat your turkey dry to help the skin crisp as it cooks.

4

Cooking

Cooking your turkey doesn’t have to be all kinds of complicated. In fact, it can be super simple.

CLASSIC METHOD

Oven Roasting

Roasting a turkey may seem difficult, but we’re here to make it easy. How? Simply explore the turnkey turkey tool below.

Oven Temp.
325°F
turkey in pan

How Long to Cook?

You will need:

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hours

Roasting time is based on the open pan roasting method at 325°F for thawed and fresh turkeys only.

See all Calculators and Conversions

Other Methods

The oven isn’t the only place to cook an irresistibly tender and juicy turkey.

Tip

Don't forget the foil tent when you're 2/3 of the way through cooking to prevent dryness.

5

Doneness

You’ll hear lots of ways to check the doneness of your turkey. But there’s only one way to be sure: the temperature.
Let it Rest

Once your turkey is cooked, let it rest before carving. This helps the turkey reabsorb its juices.

Rest Time
20 min
Learn More About Checking for Doneness

Tip

Start checking the temperature at the halfway point, then check more frequently as it gets closer to done.

6

Carving

With a sharp knife, a carving fork, and the right techniques, you can serve your turkey in picture-perfect style.
LEFTOVER BUT NEVER LEFT OUT

Thanksgiving Leftovers

The only thing that comes close to the deliciousness of a Thanksgiving meal is…you guessed it…Thanksgiving leftovers!

A Year of Giving

To help alleviate some of this year’s challenges, Butterball is proud to have donated turkey to provide more than one million meals toward pandemic relief through partnerships with Feeding America and Operation BBQ Relief. Additionally, we are donating turkey to provide more than 100,000 Thanksgiving servings through independent hunger relief initiatives.