You have found the perfect roasting method. You have brined your turkey, stuffed it, basted, let it sit in the fridge uncovered overnight for a crisp skin and numerous other techniques you have for getting the perfect bird. Now it’s time to put it in the oven, but for how long?
We have the turkey cooking times per pound to help you get to roasting your turkey so that it’s ready for your Thanksgiving meal tomorrow right on time. You’ll sit down to a meal with all your favorite sides: sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and the perfect pumpkin pie and pecan pie, and the moist, juicy turkey will be browned and glorious on your plate.
Keep reading for a turkey cooking times chart!
When roasting at 325 degrees F, here are approximate turkey cooking times per pound. You want to assume about 15 minutes per pound of turkey for a stuffed turkey, and 20 minutes per pound if your turkey is less than 16 pounds total. This time frame will change depending on what else you have in the oven with the turkey, how many times it gets opened, et cetera.
Be sure to check your turkey’s internal temperature. You’re looking to reach 165-170 degrees in the breast meat, and you want the thickest part of the thigh to reach 180 degrees F. Allow the turkey to rest for at least 30 minutes on the cutting board tented with aluminum foil before cutting. This will allow the juices to be absorbed back into the meat, aiding in a juicy turkey dinner.
Stuffed Turkey Roasting Times
6 to 8 pounds——3 to 3.5 hours
8 to 12 pounds—–3.5 to 4.5 hours
12 to 16 pounds—-4.5 to 5.5 hours
16 to 20 pounds—-5.5 to 6 hours
20 to 24 pounds—-6 to 6.5 hours
Unstuffed Turkey Roasting Times
6 to 8 pounds——–2.5 to 3 hours
8 to 12 pounds——-3 to 4 hours
12 to 16 pounds—–4 to 5 hours
16 to 20 pounds—–5 to 5.5 hours
20 to 24 pounds—–5.5 to 6 hours