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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.

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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.



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.



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.


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


Pickle Brined Turkey

In a pickle about what brine to use? Try out this pickle brine. Our Turkey Talk-Line experts crafted this recipe in our Taste Kitchen to make your turkey shine. Check it out here!

Prep time
3+ hours


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



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


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.
turkey in pan

How Long to Cook?

You will need:



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.


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



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


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



With a sharp knife, a carving fork, and the right techniques, you can serve your turkey in picture-perfect style.


The only thing that comes close to the deliciousness of a Thanksgiving meal is…you guessed it…Thanksgiving leftovers! Check out some of our favorite recipes

Turkey Talk-Line Taste Kitchen

The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line Taste Kitchen is where we test out the latest turkey trends. We’re here to bring inspiration to new and seasoned hosts alike so that they can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with the friends and family that matter most.