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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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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!
Recommended Turkey Per Person
Plan for leftovers!
Don’t be nervous about having leftovers! Leftover turkey turns one meal into many! From sandwiches to soups and casseroles, the possibilities are endless and delicious.
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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.
Oil & Salt Rub
Quick and easy, just rub your turkey with oil and salt. Incorporate spices like paprika and make it your own.
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!
After brining, pat your turkey dry to help the skin crisp as it cooks.
Roasting a turkey may seem difficult, but we’re here to make it easy. How? Simply explore the turnkey turkey tool below.
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.
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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.
Let it Rest
Once your turkey is cooked, let it rest before carving. This helps the turkey reabsorb its juices.
Start checking the temperature at the halfway point, then check more frequently as it gets closer to done.
Separate the drumsticks by cutting between the breast and drumstick on each side of your turkey. Cut into the breast from either side.
Then, carve the breast in slow, long slices. Repeat on the opposite side. Remove the drumstick and thigh and separate the two on both sides.
From there, remove the wing on each side. Then, carve out a moment to marvel at your masterpiece. Now, dig in!
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.