Best 5 Ways to Dress Up Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Stick to Food Network's best-ever turkey recipes to put an impressive spin on your holiday bird.

The Thanksgiving turkey is the centerpiece of your holiday spread and has the potential to be the most-remembered component of the feast, so when it comes to picking a recipe to help you make the bird, you want one you can trust. That's where Food Network comes in. Stick to these classic, tried-and-true recipes to transform your turkey into a holiday showstopper — best of all, each is a can-do pick from one of your favorite chefs, like Anne Burrell, Alton Brown and Bobby Flay. Read on below to get their top turkey recipes, then visit Thanksgiving Central for more holiday inspiration.

The secret to Anne's super-moist bird is her brining method. She lets the turkey chill in a salt water-herb bath for three days so the meat has a chance to absorb flavor before it cooks.

With a 5-star rating and 5,000+ user reviews, Alton's no-fail turkey is the ultimate in Thanksgiving simplicity. After brining the bird, he roasts it first at 500 degrees F so it develops a golden-brown exterior, then lowers the temperature as the meat turns moist and finishes cooking.

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Put a down-home spin on Thanksgiving this year with a deep-fried turkey. This impressive bird boasts a bold spice rub and extra-crispy skin.

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Tara Donne, 2009

Since Bobby's tangy glaze with mustard and pomegranate molasses contains sugars that can burn if cooked too long, Bobby waits until the last 15 minutes of cooking to brush it on the meat.

Thanks to a bacon blanket on top of the skin and a fresh herb butter beneath it, there's no shortage of flavor in Tyler's crowed-pleasing turkey. He stuffs the bird with cornbread-onion stuffing, roasts it for a few hours and serves the dish alongside lemon-scented gravy for an indulgent finish.

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