How to Cook a Turkey

How to Make a Turkey

There are loads of ways to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving! Some cooks are looking for a fancy turkey recipe and others are just looking for a traditional recipe for their first turkey attempt. We’ve rounded up some of the best ways to cook the bird to make you the star cook of Thanksgiving!

Roasted Turkey

Roasted Turkey – If you are a newbie to cooking a Thanksgiving turkey, this step-by-step tutorial by The Kitchn is a perfect place to start! They even have a video on how to carve the turkey. You know we are BIG fans of videos! 🙂

Brined Turkey
Photo Credit: William Sonoma

Buttermilk-Brined Turkey – You only need 5 ingredients to make this melt-in-your-mouth Buttermilk-Brined Turkey by William Sonoma that is bursting with flavor. In case you don’t know what “brining” is – it is when you soaking the turkey in saltwater to produce the most tender, juicy meat.

BBQ turkey
Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

 Barbecued Turkey – If you insist on a BBQ flavor in your turkey, this Barbecued Turkey recipe by Martha Stewart will do the trick.

Citrus-Glazed Turkey
Photo Credit: Epicurious

Citrus-Glazed Turkey with Chipotle Gravy – Traditional flavors (honey and orange) and contemporary ones (cumin and chilies) come together in the glaze, to create the delicious Citrus-Glazed Turkey with Chipotle Gravy from Epicurious.

Paula Deen Turkey
Photo Credit: Paula Deen

Roasted Turkey with Maple Cranberry Glaze – Paula Deen has nailed it with this Roasted Turkey with Maple Cranberry Glaze. For an added bonus, it’s pretty easy to make!

Bacon Wrapped Turkey
Photo Credit: Food & Wine

Pancetta-Wrapped Roasted Turkey – We know there are bacon lovers out there that believe bacon is the answer to everything. This Pancetta-Wrapped Roasted Turkey Recipe from Food & Wine is for them!

Beer Brined Turkey
Photo Credit: Food and Wine

Roasted Beer-Brined Turkey with Onion Gravy and Bacon – This is a manly turkey if we’ve ever seen one! Beer, onion AND bacon? It’s a football-lovers dream!

Perfect Turkey
Photo Credit: Food Network

Perfect Roast Turkey – If I were picking a turkey for my mother-in-law, this would probably be it! It it s butter-lover’s dream with an entire stick of butter needed to make this Perfect Roast Turkey by Food Network.

Apple Brined Turkey
Photo Credit: Food & Wine

Apple-Brined TurkeyIf you are looking for a sweet Turkey, this Apple-Brined Turkey by Food & Wine is it! Kids will love this one too because the secret ingredient is apple juice!

Ultimate Turducken
Photo Credit: Serious Eats

Ultimate Turducken – This one is a triple threat! When one bird just isn’t enough for your family, may we recommend the Turducken! It’s very trendy to stuff a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey. Who knew, right?!? This Ultimate Turducken from Serious Eats may just be the best recipe out there.

Suntanned Turkey

Suntanned Turkey – For those families with a healthy sense of humor, this is an out-of-the-box turkey idea we found on The Whole Enchilada.

What is your favorite way to cook a Thanksgiving turkey?

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