Best Brined Turkey Recipes

Make brining a breeze by following these foolproof turkey recipes from Food Network chefs.

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Alex's Thanksgiving Turkey Brine

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

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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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Cajun Brined Turkey Two Ways

Bobby Flay 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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Dry-Brined Turkey with Classic Herb Butter

Paprika, thyme, sage and parsley make this timeless turkey recipe just like Grandma's.

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Brined Turkey Breast with Spanish Spice Rub and Sour Orange Sauce

Bobby switches up his Thanksgiving routine by not only brining turkey breasts but grilling them too.

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Roasted, Brined Turkey Breast with Maple-Worcestershire Gravy and Fruit-and-Nut Rice Pilaf

The sweet maple syrup and the intense umami flavor from the Worcestershire sauce add great depth of flavor to Rachael Ray's brined and roasted turkey breast.

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Orange-Tea-Bourbon Brined Turkey with Honey Mustard Butter

Brine your bird in black tea, cloves, peppercorns and bourbon for a moist main dish with Southern flair.

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Maple-Bourbon Brined Turkey Legs

Guy Fieri brines meaty turkey legs for 24 hours in a flavorful bath of maple syrup, bourbon, garlic and herbs.

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Honey Brined Smoked Turkey

Sweet honey balances the salty vegetable broth used to brine Alton Brown's impressive Thanksgiving centerpiece.

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Big, Brined Herby Turkey

Anne Burrell treats her turkey to an herbaceous brine that includes rosemary and sage before massaging it with a few pats of herb butter. Be sure to rub the butter under the skin and then all over the bird for perfectly crisp texture. 

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Juniper Brined Turkey with Paprika Butter

Revamp your go-to turkey recipe with cumin seeds, paprika and juniper berries for a real crowd-pleaser.

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Ale-Brined Roasted Turkey Sandwich with Red Pepper Pesto

Here's a perfect plan for your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers: Start by preparing Guy's ale-brined roasted turkey. The next day, use the flavorful meat to build these hearty sandwiches on sourdough.

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North Carolina-Style BBQ Turkey

Try something a little different this year, with a barbecued bird prepared with a gingery brine and a vinegary North Carolina-style barbecue sauce.

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Spiced and Super-Juicy Roast Turkey

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

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Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast Stuffed with Pear Hash

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

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Soy and Cider Brined Turkey on Toast Points with Maple-Soy Gravy

The combination of soy sauce and apple cider imparts sweet-and-salty flavor while helping the turkey stay moist through the brining process.

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Butterflied Turkey with Apple-Cranberry Glaze

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

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Good Eats Roast Turkey

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

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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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Juniper Brined Turkey with Asian Ginger Butter

Give turkey an Asian-inspired twist when you top it with sesame oil, soy sauce, scallions and ginger.

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Brined Herb-Crusted Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy

Everyone has had oven-roasted turkey, but Anne's recipe adds unexpected flavors like cinnamon and sage for an unforgettable new take. Her secret tip: Brine the turkey in the fridge, uncovered, overnight to dry out the skin for a crispy finish.

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Foolproof Turkey Breast

Guy’s straightforward brine recipe, which includes brown sugar, molasses and sage, produces ultra-juicy, flavorful turkey breast.

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Traditional Roast Turkey

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

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Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

Ree Drummond 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.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey