Juicy Butter Herb Turkey (Step by Step Instructions)

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 15 people
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Juicy Butter Herb Turkey Recipe is a tender, buttery turkey stuffed with slices of citrus, a crisp apple and fresh herbs coated with a buttery herb mixture all baked until golden brown. Thanksgiving turkey just got easier with these step by step instructions!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 1 12-20 pound turkey thawed

Stuffing Ingredients

  • 1 onion quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 apple quartered
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 2 sprigs thyme

Herb Butter

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon thyme finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon rosemary finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. To prepare the turkey, remove the neck and giblets. Tuck the wings underneath the turkey. Stuff the turkey with the onion, garlic, rosemary, apple, lemon and thyme. Tie the feet together with twine.
  2. In a small bowl combine the butter, garlic, thyme, oregano, rosemary and salt and pepper. Rub evenly over the turkey and underneath the skin.
  3. Place the turkey in a roasting pan and cook for 15 minutes for each pound or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees and the juices run clear. Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes before carving.
  4. Save the drippings for the turkey and make this turkey gravy if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Juicy Butter Herb Turkey (Step by Step Instructions)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 517 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 233mg78%
Sodium 577mg24%
Potassium 674mg19%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 61g122%
Vitamin A 579IU12%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.