How to Take a Turkey's Temperature

Follow These Two Easy Steps

The best way to guarantee guests a perfectly roasted, juicy turkey―one that’s not over- or undercooked―is to get a clear thermal read on your bird. This video shows how to take your turkey out of the oven at just the right temperature.

What You Need

  • turkey, meat thermometer
  1. Insert thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh

    Slip your meat thermometer into the thickest part of the turkey thigh, pricking the bird just above the crease between the thigh and the place where the turkey breast begins, and driving it into the thigh meat. When the counter reads 165 degrees, your turkey is ready.

    Tip: Make sure your thermometer doesn’t touch a bone, or you’ll get an inaccurate reading.

  2. Remove turkey from oven and let it rest

    When the turkey is cooked, take it out of the oven, cover it loosely with aluminum foil, and let it sit for 30 minutes. This will allow the cooking juices to be reabsorbed by the turkey, which will ensure moist, tender meat.

    Find a simple turkey recipe here.