Easy Recipe for Thanksgiving Turkey: Roasting a Turkey in an Electric Roaster

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Make your turkey in a roaster oven and save space in the main oven for other dishes. In this article, we provide instructions for making a juicy turkey with fresh herb butter, as well as advice on how to achieve perfectly browned turkey skin. Try our slow-cooked turkey breast for another delicious option.

golden brown whole turkey

Turkey roasted in an electric roaster.

Who here is looking forward to Thanksgiving? Even though I've been married for 20 years, I've only had to cook a turkey once or twice for Thanksgiving (your mothers deserve all the credit). ) While I haven't prepared a Thanksgiving turkey in quite some time, I have cooked many turkeys on regular days. Turkeys aren't the only things that need to be cooked for Thanksgiving. This turkey roasting method in a roaster oven will save you time and effort. How to accomplish this? Let's discuss.

In search of the finest electric roasting oven, one must ask:

Roasting a turkey requires a roaster oven, which not everyone has. ) In that case, what is the most reliable electric roaster? We have an Oster 22-quart roaster oven, and it is wonderful. It keeps your turkey at the ideal serving temperature and has a "warm" setting with a "self-basting" lid. If you're looking for it, just go ahead and click here.

For the Turkey: Herb Butter Instructions

Fork-tender results are possible after simply roasting a turkey, but flavor is enhanced by using an herb butter to coat the bird before cooking. Put some fresh poultry herbs in a stick of butter. In the fresh-foods aisle, we find a package of herbs labeled "poultry seasoning." Sage, rosemary, and thyme come together in this blend. If you prefer, you can purchase these three herbs separately. Combine the butter with these fresh herbs. To allow the flavors to fully develop, do this the day before serving, or at least 2 hours before serving.

*Note… In our case, salted butter is used. Add a pinch of salt to the butter mixture if you can't find salted butter. *

A bowl of food, with Butter and Herb

Exactly what steps must be taken before a turkey is roasted?

  • Turkey neck and giblets should be removed before cooking. (Refuse them or save them for gravy.) )
  • To dry your turkey, grab some paper towels.
  • Lift the skin off the turkey breast with your hand. Under the breast skin, rub half the butter.
  • Apply the remaining butter to the bird's skin.
  • Add salt and pepper to the bird's skin.
  • Combine a quarter cup of butter with a teaspoon of salt and pepper inside the turkey's cavity.

Prepare to roast the turkey.

How hot should a turkey be roasted?

Turn the roaster up to its highest setting while you prepare the turkey. 450 degrees Fahrenheit is the highest setting on our roaster; if yours is capable of higher temperatures, feel free to use them. If you're roasting a turkey, you'll start it off at a high temperature for 30 minutes before reducing it to 325 degrees F for the rest of the cooking time.

how to roast a turkey in an electric oven

How long does a turkey need to be roasted for?

When cooking a turkey, the exact time required will vary depending on its size and whether or not it is stuffed. For an unstuffed turkey, plan on 8-10 minutes per pound at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Each roaster is unique, so it's important to follow the directions carefully.

As an added bonus, the turkey can be kept warm in the "warm" setting of the roaster if it finishes cooking a little early. Plus, resting meat for at least 20 minutes before carving helps seal in the juices.

How do you achieve a perfectly browned turkey when using an electric roasting pan?

The secret to perfectly toasted bread in the toaster is a common topic of inquiry. It's true that a turkey cooked in a roaster won't get quite as brown as one cooked in the oven. But here are a few tips:

  • As previously mentioned, set the roaster oven to its highest possible temperature. Maintain that temperature for 30 minutes. This aids in achieving a crispier skin.
  • You can achieve a more golden brown color on the bird's skin by rubbing it with herb butter or oil.
  • A browning sauce can be used to coat a turkey's exterior before roasting. Your grandmother probably used browning sauce in her roasts and gravies because it is an aging ingredient. It improves both the taste and the appearance. Applying some butter and brown sugar with a pastry brush will make the turkey look more appetizing. Be careful To achieve a lovely hue, just add a teaspoon or two. whole turkey with slices of meat cut

Is basting a turkey really necessary?

We discovered that basting a turkey isn't absolutely required. Most notably, with this roaster The turkey's steam rises, collides with the lid, and then drips back down onto the bird, drenching the skin in turkey steak and juice. I usually baste the turkey while it roasts in the oven, but this step is unnecessary when using this method.

At what internal temperature should I pull the turkey?

The internal temperature of a turkey should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit in the meatiest part of the thigh. It's common for people to be accustomed to turkey that's cooked slightly further than this. Ours gets to a temperature of 170 degrees Fahrenheit. One's personal taste will determine this.

We use our Thermoworks ThermaPen all the time to check the temperature of meat quickly and accurately. I am in AWE of this probe thermometer. Just grab it from this very spot **

A close up of a sliced turkey

Are oven bags safe to use in an electric roaster?

No Avoid using oven bags if your roaster is an electric model. The bag could easily catch fire if it came into contact with the hot surfaces of the roaster.

If you want to know how to cook a turkey in a bag, read our article.


Use your turkey supper as a sandwich Attempt this turkey pasta bake recipe.

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