How long do you cook a turkey?

Unstuffed

8 to 12 pounds 2 3/4 to 3 hours

12 to 14 pounds 3 to 3 3/4 hours

14 to 18 pounds 3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hours

18 to 20 pounds 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hours

20 to 24 pounds 4 1/2 to 5 hours

Stuffed

8 to 12 pounds 3 to 3 1/2 hours

12 to 14 pounds 3 1/2 to 4 hours

14 to 18 pounds 4 to 4 1/4 hours

18 to 20 pounds 4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hours

20 to 24 pounds 4 3/4 to 5 1/4 hours

Different cooking methods:

  • I like to cook it slow and have the day to do other things method -Salt and pepper the inside, put in some stuffing, cover with foil and cook it at 375 F for 1/2 hour, then turn down to 225 and go to sleep. Check it in the morning; if it's pretty much done, the leg will move easily - then take the foil off the top and brown it at about 375 and call it good. Of course, I've always cooked 20-25 lb turkeys, but they are moist and tasty that way. Above all, make sure you use a meat thermometer to ensure your turkey is thoroughly cooked through to 170 degrees.
  • The best way is to figure approximately 15-18 minutes per pound AND use a thermometer. Either an oven safe one in thickest part of thigh that stays in the bird while cooking or an instant read and check the temp occasionally, again in thickest part of thigh.
  • Start approx. 3/4 of the way through cooking and remove from oven when thermometer reads 160' F. Tent lightly with foil and let rest a minimum of 20 minutes. It will continue to cook after removal from oven and reach the desired 170'.

Roasting times for whole turkeys

Preheat your oven to 160°C (325°F) and use these cooking times to prepare roast turkey that's moist, tender and delicious

10 to 12 lb Un Stuffed Turkey 3 - 3 ¼ hrs

10 to 12 lb Stuffed Turkey 3 ½ - 3 ¾ hrs

Turkey is fully cooked and safe to eat when the meat thermometer reads 77°C or 170°F for an un-stuffed turkey and 82°C or 180°F for a stuffed turkey.

The length of time may vary depending on the size and whether you have stuffed it (stuffed turkeys take longer), but the important thing is to cook it to an internal temperature of 170 degrees Fahrenheit. You will need a meat thermometer to ascertain this. I suggest getting a thermometer that goes up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can use the thermometer for both meat cooking and candy making. Insert the thermometer into the meat in a way that it does not hit the bone. Don't leave the thermometer in the whole time the turkey is cooking; insert it when you think it's getting close.

A good rule of thumb is 20 minutes per pound at 375 F, but temperature testing is still imperative.

Un-stuffed

4 to 8 pounds (breast) 1½ to 3¼ hours

8 to 12 pounds 2¾ to 3 hours

12 to 14 pounds 3 to 3¾ hours

14 to 18 pounds 3¾ to 4¼ hours

18 to 20 pounds 4¼ to 4½ hours

20 to 24 pounds 4½ to 5 hours

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Unstuffed

8 to 12 pounds 2 3/4 to 3 hours

12 to 14 pounds 3 to 3 3/4 hours

14 to 18 pounds 3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hours

18 to 20 pounds 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hours

20 to 24 pounds 4 1/2 to 5 hours

Stuffed

8 to 12 pounds 3 to 3 1/2 hours

12 to 14 pounds 3 1/2 to 4 hours

14 to 18 pounds 4 to 4 1/4 hours

18 to 20 pounds 4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hours

20 to 24 pounds 4 3/4 to 5 1/4 hours

Roasting times for whole turkeys

Preheat your oven to 160°C (325°F) and use these cooking times to prepare roast turkey that's moist, tender and delicious

16 to 22 lb Un Stuffed Turkey 3 ½ - 4 hrs

16 to 22 lb Stuffed Turkey 4 - 4 ½ hrs

Turkey is fully cooked and safe to eat when the meat thermometer reads 77°C or 170°F for an un-stuffed turkey and 82°C or 180°F for a stuffed turkey.