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Garlic Butter Turkey

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 16


  • Roasting Pan with Rack


  • 1 turkey 10-14 lbs
  • 1 onion cut into quarterly
  • 1 apple cut into quarterly
  • 1 lemon cut in half
  • .50 oz fresh rosemary
  • .50 oz fresh sage
  • .50 oz fresh thyme

Butter Herb Garlic Mixture

  • 2 cups unsalted butter (4 sticks) softened
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 head garlic peeled & minced
  • fresh thyme & rosemary


Butter Garlic Herb Mixture

  • Rinse the thyme and rosmary. Get about 1-2 stems from each and tear the leaves off and minced; set aside.
  • In a medium size bowl: add softened butter, fresh thyme & rosemary, miced garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well.


  • If using a frozen turkey; thaw in the refrigerator 48-72 hours prior to use. Remove the turkey from the refrigerator and let it sit in room temperature for 1-2 hours before roasting. Remove turkey neck, giblets and package; reserve for giblet gravy or discard if you prefer. Clean and rinse the turkey.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C).
  • Pat the turkey dry using a paper towel. Stuff the apple, onion, lemon and the rest of the herbs, including stems (thyme, rosemary & sage) into the turkey's cavity.
  • Use one hand to loosen and lift the turkey breast skin. Using about half the butter mixture, coat/smother the breast beneath the skin. Then rub the rest of the butter on the outer layer of the turkey's skin.
  • Place the turkey on the roasting rack and pan.
  • Tuck the wing underneath the turkey leg (tip: use a bamboo stick about 2" long to pin the wing). Tie the legs together. Loosely cover with aluminum foil.
  • Place turkey in the oven and reduce the heat to 350°f F (176°C).
  • Roast for 13 minutes per-pound or until the internal temperature reaches to 165°F (73°C).
  • Baste every 30 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil during the last 30 minutes to brown the skin.
  • Remove the turkey from the oven and tent/cover with aluminum foil. Let rest for 20 minutes before craving.
  • Transfer the drippings and grease to a clear measuring cup or bowl. The drippings will settle to the bottom; discard the grease. Reserve the drippings to make turkey gravy. https://eatfoodlicious.com/turkey-gravy/

Serve and Enjoy!

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