Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Sometimes, cooking a whole bird can be a beast—but it doesn’t have to be. Our Thanksgiving turkey recipes minimize ingredients and extra steps, without sacrificing juicy flavor. If you’re just starting out, check out our step-by-step guide, How to Roast a Thanksgiving Turkey. It walks you through all of the equipment and tools you’ll need (don’t forget a large baking sheet, on which you’ll want to stuff and season your bird to keep your counters clean). Then head over to our Quick Roasting Turkey with Thyme Butter recipe. In this recipe, you don’t cook a whole turkey at all: you segment the bird into breasts, thighs, and drumsticks first. This method allows you to cook the turkey evenly in about one hour. If you’re looking for a more traditional roast turkey to carve at the dinner table, our Classic Roast Turkey recipe yields a succulent, golden bird every time. In the unlikely event that there are leftovers, we’ve got you covered with 12 turkey sandwich recipes.

Leftover Turkey Recipes From Around the World

Go beyond the turkey sandwich with these globally-inspired dishes. 

3 Glazes for Basting

Take basting to another level with three glazes to add to your Thanksgiving arsenal. They’re all so tasty, how will you choose? Pick one or two for this year, and back-pocket the rest. We also recommend these basting ideas on a whole roasted chicken, too.

How to Carve a Turkey

You’ve bought it, stuffed it, cooked it, and now you have to carve it. If you’re daunted by the task―some of the best cooks are―just remember that carving a turkey comes down to simple technique. Follow the easy steps in this video.

Easy Roasted Turkey

There are countless roasted turkey recipes on the web claiming to be the easiest, simplest, or tastiest method out there. More often than not, though, the techniques these time-saving recipes tout don’t pan out. In our test kitchen, we rely on this relatively easy recipe—that doesn’t require a ton of equipment or seasoning, but results in a well-cooked bird with crispy skin. (In other words, we don’t cut any corners that could negatively affect the meat.) For this turkey, cooks simply rub the body down with butter, season it with salt, and roast it atop some celery, carrots, and onions.

1 Foolproof Solution for a Delicious Turkey

Tired of dry, tasteless turkey? Add flavor and moisture with this simple solution.

Turkey and Scallion Dumplings

These leftover turkey dumplings are reminiscent of your favorite take-out appetizer. The turkey gets finely chopped and tossed with flavorful ingredients, such as fresh ginger, tamari, and sesame oil. Have fun experimenting with different dumpling shapes: triangles, purse shapes, or half-moons all work with this recipe. You can even freeze any uncooked dumplings for another time—they'll come in handy on busy weeknights. Serve these with a simple tamari-based dipping sauce, or drop them into a miso broth for a satisfying meal. Try these with ground chicken or pork when all the turkey is gone.

Sweet Potato and Turkey Tagine

Leftover turkey meat was made for tagine. The turkey soaks up all the warm flavors of the ginger, turmeric, coriander, and cinnamon, and simmers in a thick, flavorful sauce that begs to be served over couscous or rice. The olives add a briny saltiness that gives depth to this delicious stew, and the apricots can’t be missed—they add texture and a subtle sweetness often found in tagine. Don't feel limited to making this dish with leftover turkey. If you're craving tagine for dinner, but only have a rotisserie chicken on hand, it will work just as wonderfully in this recipe.

Easiest Dry-Brine Rub

Head to turkey nirvana with a dry brine that will deliver on crispy flavorful skin and tender meat without the mess of a liquid brine. Follow this formula for epic results. For every 5 pounds of turkey, follow the below recipe.

Basic Roast Turkey

This time-tested roast turkey recipe requires only the most straightforward prep. But we devised a way to dress the turkey up once it’s ready to serve, by garnishing the bird with navel orange wedges and fresh flat-leaf parsley or celery leaves. This way, by the time it arrives at the table, your Thanksgiving guests will be sure you’ve put in extra work (when in reality, your turkey’s roasted in the oven mostly without intervention, thanks to a cup of water you’ll add to the roasting pan). Indeed, that simple kitchen hack frees you up from near-constant basting so you can focus on mashed potatoes, stuffing, and the works.