Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Find perfect Thanksgiving turkey recipes from Food Network, including roasted, brined and deep-fried versions.

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Alton's Good Eats Roast Turkey

With more than 5,000 reviews and a 5-star rating, Alton's classic turkey is the go-to, foolproof recipe every cook can use.

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The Pioneer Woman's Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

Ree takes her brined bird out of the oven halfway through its cooking time to spread butter on it before it finishes cooking. This ensures that it ends up with that deep, golden-brown color.

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The Barefoot Contessa's Perfect Roast Turkey

You can’t go wrong with Ina’s perfect turkey, flavored simply with lemon and thyme.

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Ina's Homemade Gravy

Ina's pan gravy starts out with butter, onions and flour, and then she adds turkey drippings and chicken stock, plus Cognac, wine and a little heavy cream for richness.

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The Barefoot Contessa’s Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

A turkey breast cooks up quicker than a whole bird. Ina roasts hers rubbed with a classic mixture of fresh herbs and garlic.

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Classic Roast Turkey

Sometimes the best holiday recipes are the classics. This recipe calls for plenty of seasonal herbs, vegetables and, of course, butter.

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World's Simplest Thanksgiving Turkey

The name says it all. This is the simplest turkey you'll ever make, courtesy of Food Network Magazine. Take it easy!

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Trisha's No-Baste, No-Bother Roasted Turkey

Trisha's family recipe calls for cooking the turkey in a covered roasting pan with 2 cups of boiling water. This results in a juicy, tender bird — no basting needed.

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Anne's Brined Herb-Crusted Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy

Anne's secret to moist, succulent turkey is a flavorful brine. Then she crusts the turkey in herbs and serves with a creamy gravy.

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Sunny's Roasted Turkey Breast with Peach Rosemary Glaze

Sunny Anderson uses apple cider, peaches and rosemary for a savory-sweet turkey glaze that's fresh yet rustic.

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Bobby's Black Pepper-Pomegranate Molasses Glazed Turkey

Spice up your Thanksgiving with Bobby Flay's flavorful, Throwdown-worthy turkey.

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Alton's Turkey with Stuffing

See Alton's secrets to cooking perfect stuffing inside your turkey.

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Alton's Best Gravy Ever

Alton makes turkey gravy in the roasting pan while the turkey rests.

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Spatchcocked Grilled Turkey

"Spatchcock" is a funny word, but it's a seriously smart way to cook a large bird: It roasts faster, and if you make it on the grill, you free up space in your oven to cook sides.

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Memphis Fried Turkey

This Southern-spiced gift from the Neelys gets rubbed down the day before with smoky paprika, cayenne, thyme and other flavors before getting fried up — it’s crispy, juicy and packed with flavor.

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Roast Turkey with Garlic, Sage and Fennel

The perfect recipe for a crowd: If you're wondering how to cook a 20-pound turkey, we have you covered. Try this big, flavorful turkey for a large gathering (or for extra leftovers).

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Cajun Brined Turkey Two Ways

Bobby treats two turkeys to a fragrant brine and spice rub. When it's time for roasting, one turkey cooks in a Cuban-style box for smoky results and the other in a green ceramic grill using smoked wood chips for bold hickory flavor.

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Deep-Fried Turkey

If you want to try something a little different this year, make this the year you fried the Thanksgiving turkey.

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Sheet Pan Turkey with Sage and Brown Butter

This is a very fast way to get a juicy, evenly cooked turkey covered with crispy skin — and you don't even need to dust off your roasting pan. Ask your butcher to spatchcock the turkey for you.

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Tuscan Turkey Roulade

This rolled-and-tied bird cooks evenly, slices into beautiful disks, and is saturated with the rich herb-and-garlic flavors of porchetta. If you let your butcher do the work of removing the bones, preparing it is remarkably straightforward.

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Pomegranate-Glazed Turkey with Wild Rice Stuffing

Celebrate Iron Chef-style, with Cat Cora's flavor-packed glazed and stuffed turkey.

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Butterflied Turkey with Apple-Cranberry Glaze

This butterflied turkey from Food Network Magazine is beautiful, flavorful and cooks up quicker than a normal turkey.

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Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast Stuffed with Pear Hash

If you're seeking a break from traditional roast turkey year after year, take a page out of Sunny's book. She keeps the holiday interesting with her unusual presentation: turkey breasts wrapped in bacon and stuffed with a spicy pear mixture.

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Turkey with Glazed Chestnuts, Parsnips and Mushrooms

Add a little Hungarian kick to your turkey with paprika-spiced butter spread under the skin.

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Turkey Roulade with Swiss Chard

This beautiful, unexpected twist on turkey is an amazing showstopper. And making it is easy with the roulade step-by-step from Food Network Magazine.

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Spiced and Super-Juicy Roast Turkey

Nigella brines this turkey with warm spices, like cinnamon, cloves, allspice, caraway seeds and star anise.

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Aida's Apple and Sage Turkey

For a pretty presentation, Aida puts sage leaves under this turkey's skin and roasts it along with apples and onions.

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Turkey Roulade with Cranberry-Apricot Stuffing

Toasted almonds, dried fruit and Cognac add fantastic fall flavors to the stuffing of this rolled turkey breast.

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Perfect Roast Turkey

Ina shares her secret to roasting a perfect holiday turkey: stuffing the bird with onion, big sprigs of thyme, chunks of lemon and garlic.

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Maple-Roasted Turkey with Sage, Smoked Bacon, and Cornbread Stuffing

For this ultimate turkey, Tyler Florence fills his bird with cornbread stuffing, bastes it in maple syrup and then covers it in bacon.

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Tyler's Roasted Turkey Gravy

Tyler makes extra-flavorful gravy by roasting a turkey wing with vegetables and herbs. He removes the wing, then adds flour to the turkey fat and juices, and simmers it with stock.

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Bay and Lemon Brined Turkey

An overnight brine leaves Dave Lieberman’s Thanksgiving centerpiece infused with warm flavors of fall, lemons and bay leaves. Those flavors double up as they’re stuffed inside the bird before it roasts to perfection.

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Roast Turkey with Apple-Sourdough Bread Stuffing

For a quick, no-fuss bird, try cutting the turkey into five parts before roasting.

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Roasted Turkey Breast & Gravy

Small crowd this year? Roast a turkey breast instead of a whole bird.

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Rachael's Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

Have a flavor-packed turkey on the table in less than an hour by cooking two boneless turkey breasts instead of a whole turkey.

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Guy’s Foolproof Turkey Breast

Guy’s turkey is brined for juicy, flavorful perfection.

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North Carolina-Style BBQ Turkey

Try something a little different this year, with a barbecued bird.

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Skillet Turkey with Roasted Vegetables

Cook your turkey and veggies in a skillet to give them a nice sear, and then pop them in the oven until the vegetables are tender and the turkey is fully cooked.

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Sandra’s Triple Citrus Buttered Turkey

Lemon, lime and orange flavor this turkey, for an unexpected, fresh twist.

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Alex's Turkey and Stuffing

To protect the breast meat from overbrowning, Alex suggests dipping a large cheesecloth in melted butter and placing it on the turkey breast before roasting.

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Alex's Thanksgiving Turkey Brine

Alex's secret to an extra-juicy and flavorful turkey is the perfect turkey brine.

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How to Make Gravy

See how to make perfect gravy every time with this step-by-step guide.

How To: Make the Perfect Gravy

Whole Roasted Turkey with Fennel Spice Rub

Before you put your fennel spice rub on your turkey, try Michael Chiarello's tip of laying a few sheets of plastic wrap underneath your bird before spicing it. That way, you can fold it up and throw it away afterward without having to worry about the mess from the excess spice rub.

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Alton's Deep-Fried Turkey

Alton safely fries his turkey in the backyard, but his first important step takes place in the kitchen. He places the bird into the pot that he'll fry it in and adds water just until it barely covers the top of the turkey and is at least 4 to 5 inches below the top of the pot. This test determines the amount of oil needed for frying and prevents overflowing.

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Rachael's Sliced Chipotle Turkey Breast with Pomegranate Cranberry Relish and Polenta

Sliced turkey breast is perfect if you're only cooking for a small group and don't want to manage a whole bird.

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Ina's Accidental Turkey

"Everyone has a turkey disaster story, but this one actually had a happy ending," Ina Garten says.

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Alton's Traditional Roast Turkey

Alton brines this bird overnight in a mixture of broth, salt, sugar, peppercorns, allspice and ginger.

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Anne's Brined Rosemary Crusted Turkey with Pan Gravy

After you brine and butter your turkey, refrigerate it uncovered overnight. Not covering it will help the skin to dry out and become brown and crispy when baked.

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Giada's Cranberry-Orange Glazed Turkey

For Thanksgiving Live!, Giada broke down her turkey into pieces before roasting to cut down on the cooking time.

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Rachael's Cider-Brined Turkey

Rachael showed the Thanksgiving Live! audience the secret to her flavorful bird: a soak in brine made with apple cider.

Get the Recipe: Cider-Brined Turkey with Maple-Cider Glaze

Citrus-Marinated Grilled Turkey

Tyler creates a marinade using fresh herbs, citrus and chiles to add a touch of sweet heat to grilled turkey.

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Roast Turkey with Mustard-Maple Glaze

“Maple syrup is one of America’s great natural sweeteners. I use it a lot to counterbalance other bold ingredients,” Bobby explains. Here, he combines it with horseradish, Dijon mustard and chile powder to create a sweet and spicy turkey glaze.

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Crispy Truffled Turkey

For a truly elegant turkey, Giada roasts her holiday bird with truffle salt and butter, and then serves it with homemade turkey gravy simmered with even more flavor-packed truffle salt.

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Pan-Roasted Turchetta

Cook boneless turkey breast in a style reminiscent of the Italian-style pork roast classic, porchetta, by stuffing it with herbs and pan-roasting it.

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Ancho-Rubbed Turkey

Some like it hot, and this turkey does the trick. Ancho chiles and a Fresno pepper give this bird a pleasantly mild spiciness.

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Garlic-Rosemary Turkey with Porcini

Fragrant garlic and rosemary are so crowd-pleasing that this recipe could become your annual go-to.

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Prosecco-Roasted Turkey with Lemon and Thyme

Sweet sparkling wine is the secret to this citrusy and herbaceous turkey. The recipe calls for a whole bottle, so buy another to pour yourself a glass while you wait for your bird to cook.

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Lemon-Pepper Turkey with Bacon Gravy

Even those who only pick at their meat on Thanksgiving will be asking for seconds. Plus, no one can refuse bacon gravy.

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Southwestern Turkey with Chipotle Gravy

Try something new and dry-rub your turkey. This one calls for a combination of smoky, hot and sweet spices that will excite everyone's taste buds.

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Maple-Whiskey Turkey with Gravy

Ree's turkey soaks in a maple-whiskey brine before going into the oven. And those seasonal flavors make a gravy that pairs perfectly with the bird.

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The Neelys' Oven-Roasted Turkey

This year try the Neelys’ flavor-packed, Southern-spiced turkey.

Get the Recipe: Oven-Roasted Turkey