Thursday, November 24, 2011

Turkey Cooking Times and Temperatures

These times and temperatures are based on a whole turkey placed on a rack in a roasting pan with the oven set to  350 degrees F.

Check your temperature using the thigh meat. Make sure that your thermometer is not touching the bone.

When your turkey has reached your desired temperature, remove it from the oven and allow it to set for 20-30 minutes to rest. This allows the juices to redistribute and carving is much easier.

Weight of Bird

Roasting Time (Unstuffed)

Roasting Time


10 to 18 pounds
3 to 3-1/2 hours
3-3/4 to 4-1/2 hours
18 to 22 pounds
3-1/2 to 4 hours
4-1/2 to 5 hours
22 to 24 pounds
4 to 4-1/2 hours
5 to 5-1/2 hours
24 to 29 pounds
4-1/2 to 5 hours
5-1/2 to 6-1/4 hours

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