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How Long to Cook a Turkey

How Long to Cook a Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving!

Are you roasting a turkey for your family this Thanksgiving?  Roasting times vary according to the size of the bird but here are approximate turkey cooking times.

Roast turkey at 325-350F covered and then uncover near end of cooking time.

Approximate Roasting Times for Stuffed Turkey

Turkey Weight/ Hours

  • 6-8 lbs./ 3 to 3.5 hrs
  • 8-12 lbs./ 3.5 to 4.5 hrs
  • 12-16 lbs. / 4.5—5.5 hrs
  • 16-20 lbs./5.5-6 hrs
  • 20-24 lbs./ 6-6.5 hrs

Approximate Roasting Times for Unstuffed Turkey

Turkey Weight/  Hours

  • 6-8 pounds/ 2.5- 3 hrs
  • 8-12 lbs./ 3-4 hrs
  • 12-16 lbs./ 4-5 hrs
  • 16-20 lbs./ 5-5.5 hrs
  • 20-24 lbs./ 5.5-6 hrs

For more Thanksgiving tips, tricks and recipes, including roasting and brining a turkey, visit Family Kitchen.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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