5D4B5461 - Easy No fuss Thanksgiving Turkey - turkey on a plate with lemon slices

Easy, no-fuss Thanksgiving turkey

Yield 10 servings


For herb butter:

For turkey:


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Herb butter: In a small bowl, combine butter, salt, pepper, minced garlic, and 1 tablespoon each of minced rosemary, thyme, and sage. Blend with a spatula and set aside.
  3. Turkey: Pat the turkey dry with paper towels inside and outside the cavity.
  4. Season the cavity of the turkey with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  5. Use your fingers to loosen and lift the skin attached to the breasts. Insert half of the herb butter underneath the skin and against the turkey flesh.
  6. Tuck the wings of the turkey underneath the turkey and set the turkey on a rack inside a roasting pan.
  7. Stuff the cavity of the turkey with the quartered onion, lemon, and apple. Insert the 1/4 cup each of fresh rosemary, thyme, and sage.
  8. Use twine to tie the turkey legs together.
  9. Melt the remaining herb butter mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  10. Use a basting brush to coat the remaining herb butter all over the outside of the turkey, legs, and wings.
  11. Roast the turkey until the internal temperature reaches 165 F.
  12. Rotate the roasting pan several times while the turkey roasts to ensure even cooking and browning. Once the skin turns golden brown, cover the top of the turkey with foil to protect the breast meat from overcooking.
  13. Allow the turkey to rest for 15 minutes before carving.
  14. Carve and serve.

Courses Main dish

Recipe by Grateful | at