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Roasted turkey on a platter garnished

The Best Turkey Recipe

A combination of vegetables and seasoning makes this the perfect roast turkey recipe that is fragrant and delicious.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword holiday feast, thanksgiving, turkey
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 300kcal


  • Roasting Pan
  • Turkey Baster
  • Meat thermometer


  • 15 lb turkey
  • 1 stick butter
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp onion powder
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 cup water


  • Preheat the oven to 500 F. Remove the gizzard and giblets from inside the turkey's cavity. Thoroughly clean, rinse and dry the outside and cavity of the turkey.
  • Lather the turkey with at least ½ stick of butter and try to get under the skin of the turkey as well.
  • Generously sprinkle salt, pepper and onion powder over the lathered butter.
    Rub the seasoning evenly over the outside of the turkey.
    Place the rest of the butter inside the cavity of the turkey.
  • Add 1 chopped onion and 3 cloves of garlic minced. Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the roasting pan and add the other chopped onion, 3 chopped carrots and 3 stalks of celery chopped.
  • Roast turkey at 500 F for about 20 minutes or until the turkey begins to brown.
    Reduce heat to 350 F and continue to roast.
  • Baste the turkey every 30 minutes with the drippings and liquid in the bottom of the roasting pan.
  • The turkey is done once a thermometer stuck into the thickest part of the bird reads 155 to 165 F.
  • It should take about 3 hours and 30 minutes for the bird to cook, but make sure to use a thermometer.
    Remove the turkey from the oven and let set for 20 minutes before carving.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 233mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 759mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2290IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3mg