How Long to Cook a Turkey

November 26, 2020

How Long to Cook a Turkey

How long you cook your turkey can vary, depending on the temperature of the oven and whether or not your turkey recipe calls for a stuffed or unstuffed bird. We recommend roasting turkey at 350 degrees F for 13 minutes per pound for an unstuffed turkey. We've done the math for you -- check out the chart below to determine both turkey cook times and estimated servings (with leftovers!).

How Long to Cook a Turkey

Follow this chart for turkey cooking times based on the size of your bird. All cook times are based on placing a whole unstuffed turkey on a rack in a roasting pan, and into a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven.

TURKEY WEIGHT SERVINGS COOKING TIME

10 to 12 lb

6 to 8

2 1/4 to 2 3/4 hours

12 to 14 lb

8 to 10

2 3/4 to 3 hours

15 to 18 lb

10 to 12

3 1/4 to 4 hours

18 to 20 lb

12 to 14

4 to 4 1/4 hours

20 to 22 lb

14 to 16

4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hours

23 to 24 lb

16 to 20

5 to 5 1/4 hours

 

  • Turkey is done at an internal temperature of 165 degrees F
  • Allow the turkey to rest for at least 30 minutes before carving and serving
  • Using an an oven thermometer and a meat thermometer to get accurate temperature readings is recommended






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