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Herb Butter Roasted Turkey is tender, flavorful and the perfect turkey to serve your guests over the holidays. This turkey makes Thanksgiving simple and is always a favorite at the table! The leftovers are great too!

Herb Butter Roasted Turkey on White Platter

HERB BUTTER ROASTED TURKEY

Can you believe that Thanksgiving dinner is just around the corner? Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays each year.

I love gathering around the table with my friends and family and enjoying a delicious meal together. This year might look different but we can still celebrate with a delicious roasted turkey- am I right?

The star of my Thanksgiving is always the turkey and this is an easy turkey recipe I have made time and time again.  Today’s Herb Butter Roasted Turkey is a recipe that will help make your Thanksgiving and holidays extra simple this year.

I adore the herb turkey rub that helps create the flavor and crust on the turkey.  This herb roasted turkey recipe doesn’t require hours and hours or prep-work but is still tender, moist and filled with flavor. 

If you prefer something different from this turkey for the holidays try this Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken, this Roast Beef Recipe, Slow Cooker Mediterranean Whole Chicken or this Apple Cider Glazed Ham.

Herb Butter Roasted Turkey Above

Each year when the holiday season rolls around I know a lot of you are scrambling to get your shopping done, set the menu, clean the house and have everything ready to share with the special people in your lives.

I am excited to be partnering with Honeysuckle White this year to share a new, easy way that you can get your turkey to your door without having to leave your house. Sounds great, right?

INGREDIENTS FOR THE HERB ROASTED TURKEY

FOR THE TURKEY:

12-14 WHOLE FRESH BIRD TURKEY {YOU CAN USE A FROZEN TURKEY BUT MAKE SURE THAT YOU THAW IT FIRST. IT USUALLY TAKES ABOUT 3 DAYS FOR A 13 POUND TURKEY.}

ONION

GARLIC

LEMON

SAGE, ROSEMARY AND THYME

FOR THE HERB BUTTER:

BUTTER

OLIVE OIL

GARLIC

FRESH HERBS: FRESH THYME, ROSEMARY, SAGE, FLAT LEAF PARSLEY, OREGANO

WHAT TEMPERATURE DO YOU ROAST A TURKEY AT?

For my recipe I set my oven to 350 degree F. I have seen different recipes use a different temperature but I have found this to be the right temperature for a tender, moist turkey. 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO ROAST A TURKEY?

When roasting a turkey the rule is about 20 minutes a pound when cooking a large bird. 

These cooking times can vary, depending on whether you are stuffing the turkey or not.

A stuffed turkey will take up to 30 minutes more than an unstuffed turkey. If you want to add stuffing try this Butternut Squash Stuffing.

Herb Butter Roasted Turkey Whole Turkey

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST TURKEY

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F oven temperature.

MAKE THE HERB BUTTER: In a medium small bowl combine butter, olive oil, garlic, sage, rosemary, thyme, flat leaf parsley, oregano and the salt and pepper. Another addition I like to add to the herb butter it lemon zest. Stir together until combined and set aside.

PREPARE THE TURKEY: Remove the giblets from out of the turkey cavity and pat dry with a clean paper towel.

Place the whole turkey in a large roasting pan. Use your hands to liberally salt and pepper the inside of the turkey cavity. Stuff the cavity of the turkey with the onion, 4 garlic cloves, lemon, sage, rosemary and thyme.

Sometimes I will also add two halves of a lemon into the cavity. 

Use your hands or a brush to spread the herb butter mixture on the outside of the turkey, under the skin and then sprinkle with salt and pepper on top of the turkey.

TIE THE LEGS & WINGS: Use string to tie the legs together and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey.

COOK THE TURKEY: Place the turkey in the preheated oven and roast the turkey about 2 1/2 to 3 hours for 12 pound turkey or until the turkey has an internal temperature of 165 degrees F in the thickest part of the thigh on an instant-read thermometer.

Throughout cooking I like to use a syringe to use the pan juices or pan drippings from the bottom of the roasting pan and drizzle them on the turkey as it cooks. This helps create a flavorful turkey.

Remove the turkey to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 20 minutes before carving to let the juices set.

Carve the breast meat and remove the legs and serve warm on a serving platter with cranberry sauce, salad, stuffing and your favorite vegetables on your Thanksgiving table. 

Honeysuckle White Turkey in Package

HOW MUCH TURKEY DO YOU NEED TO FEED YOUR CROWD?

This is one of the most important questions to answer when planning your Thanksgiving menu.

The rule of thumb is 1 pound of turkey per person. If you want leftovers, which most people do for those turkey sandwiches and soups, then you might want 2 pounds per person.

I don’t know about you but I am all about a warm bowl of Turkey Noodle Soup, Easy Chicken Sliders {just sub the turkey for the chicken} or a big bowl of this Instant Pot Turkey Chili {sub the ground turkey for your leftover Thanksgiving turkey}.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO THAW A TURKEY?

  • The rule of thumb is usually it takes 24 hours per 5 pounds of turkey. So for today’s recipe which calls for a 13 pound turkey you are looking at about 3 days of thawing.
  • I have heard that some people pull their turkey out an hour or two before cooking it and let it come to room temperature. I personally do not do this and I don’t feel you need to this for your turkey to cook evenly.

Herb Butter Roasted Turkey for Thanksgiving

HOW DO YOU PREPARE A TURKEY FOR ROASTING?

Once you are ready to roast your turkey, remove the turkey from the packaging.

Many of the turkeys you buy will have the neck and giblets packaged in the main cavity or neck opening.

Pull them out and discard them or use them for stock.

You will want to drain juices from the turkey, pat it dry with clean paper towels and then rub it with salt, pepper, spices and oil or butter if that is what your recipe calls for.

Place the turkey breast side up on a flat rack in a shallow roasting pan 2 to 2 1/2 inches deep.

Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer deep into the lower part of the thigh without touching the bone of the turkey.

Place the turkey in the oven and roast until the thermometer reaches 165 degrees F.

Remove your turkey from the oven, cover with foil and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.

Green Beans with Brown Butter and Toasted Almonds

SIDE DISH IDEAS TO SERVE WITH YOUR THANKSGIVING MEAL:

Green Beans with Brown Butter and Toasted Almonds

Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Gouda Smashed Potatoes

Lemon Arugula Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad 

Butternut Squash Apple Bake

Cranberry Sauce

Green Bean Casserole 

Herb Butter Roasted Turkey with logo

Herb Butter Roasted Turkey for Thanksgiving

Herb Butter Roasted Turkey

Yield: 12-14
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Herb Butter Roasted Turkey is tender, flavorful and the perfect turkey to serve your guests over the holidays. This turkey is surprisingly easy to make and is always the favorite at the table! 

Ingredients

For the herb butter

  • 1/2 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons sage, finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons thyme, finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoons fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

For the turkey

  • 12- 14 pound Honeysuckle White Whole Fresh Bird Turkey
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 6 sprigs of sage
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 4 sprigs of thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl add the butter, olive oil, garlic, sage, rosemary, thyme, flat leaf parsley, oregano and the salt and pepper. Stir together until combined and set aside.
  3. Remove the giblets from out of the turkey cavity and pat dry with a clean paper towel.
  4. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan. Use your hands to liberally salt and pepper the inside of the turkey cavity. Stuff the cavity of the turkey with the onion, 4 garlic cloves, lemon, sage, rosemary and thyme. Use your hands or a brush to spread the herb butter mixture on the outside of the turkey, under the skin and then sprinkle with salt and pepper on top of the turkey.
  5. Use string to tie the legs together and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey.
  6. Place the turkey in the oven and roast the turkey about 2 1/2 to 3 hours for 12 pound turkey or until the meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F in the thickest part of the thigh. Remove the turkey to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil; let rest for 20 minutes before carving to let the juices set.
  7. Carve the turkey and serve warm.

Notes

If you think the turkey is overcooking or some parts are cooking faster than others, cover with a loose aluminum foil tent about 2/3 of the way through cooking over the parts that are browning too fast.

You do not have to rub butter under the skin of the turkey but I think it really helps to add flavor to the turkey as it cooks.

Today’s post is sponsored by Honeysuckle White Turkey. As always, opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that allow me to create new and exciting recipes!

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