5-Star Roast Turkeys
This season, carve into a juicy main dish worthy of a celebration, and our online reviewers' top rating.
Roasted Turkey with Rosemary-Garlic Butter Rub and Pan Gravy
Moroccan-Spiced Turkey with Aromatic Orange Pan Jus
A fragrant spice rub infuses the turkey with subtle Middle Eastern flavor.
Apple-Bourbon Turkey and Gravy
Apple slices and aromatic vegetables line the roasting pan, creating a colorful rack that adds terrific flavor to both the turkey and pan juices.
Marmalade-Glazed Turkey and Giblet Gravy
Juicy meat and darkly glazed skin set this holiday bird apart. A wonderful orange marmalade and honey glaze gives this a sweet twist from grandma's traditional turkey. If your turkey is frozen, place turkey in its original wrapper in a pan, and refrigerate two to three days or until thawed.
Apple-Poblano Whole Roast Turkey
This recipe received rave reviews from user tonikitchen: "You hit this one out of the park, CL! My guests and I agreed this was the best turkey we've ever had - moist, flavorful, just a hint of spice blended beautifully with the sweetness of the apples and cider."
Dry-Cured Rosemary Turkey
First-time Thanksgiving hosts might relate to Lori P, who shares this success story:
"This was rated by the most critical of my family to be the best turkey of all time. It was great that it was my first large-scale hosting of Thanksgiving for the family.... it made me proud."
Looking for a new style for your traditional bird? Stacey N may have found your new favorite:
"My family and I have enjoyed this turkey recipe for the last 5 years. We are constantly amazed at how easy it is an how beautifully it turns out with such little effort. My MOTHER even wanted the recipe!"
Hickory-Smoked Bourbon Turkey
Hickory-Smoked Bourbon Turkey Toutshelleyj1970 was pleasantly surprised with the kid-friendly taste of her smoked turkey, exclaiming, "Wow...I mean Wow...this was the most tender, juicy, flavorful turkey I have ever prepared...I made it for Thanksgiving and then ended up making it for a Christmas party at our home...everyone loved it...the kids even loved it and, if you are a parent, that should tell you something."
Mahogany Turkey Breast with Vegetable Gravy
When entertaining a smaller crowd, forgo the extra pounds of a whole bird and serve a turkey breast instead. Reviewer teresa used this recipe and comments, "The turkey was moist and the veggies for the gravy were awesome. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner and good enough for company. We will make this one again."
Sugar-and-Spice Cured Turkey
Sugar-and-Spice Cured Turkey Toutjudyslastsay is a reformed baster after trying this cured turkey:
"I am a traditionalist and have always done the buttering and basting. Never again! This turkey recipe deserves more stars than I can give. My family complained of not having enough leftovers because it was just so good. So moist, it actually drips. The best ... the best!"
Apple-Cider Brined Turkey with Savory Herb Gravy
Reviewer Melinda favors free-range birds and notes about this recipe, "It's easy to do and a guaranteed success. I've used both free-range, organic turkeys and a miminally processed commercial bird with equal success. In fact, the free-range birds can be challenging in preparation, and I have found this recipe to be superior."
Roast Turkey with Sage Garlic Butter
Roast Turkey with Sage Garlic Butter ToutJoyceknowlton raves, "Moist and full of flavor. Best turkey recipe I have used for Thanksgiving (so far). Going to use it again this Thanksgiving!"
Parmesan-Sage Roast Turkey with Sage Gravy
User lovetocoooook writes, "'The best turkey and gravy I've ever had.' Quote from every person sitting at our Thanksgiving table this year! Although it cooked much longer than stated recipe, I did not find it to be anymore labor intensive than cooking a plain ol' turkey. Outstanding flavor and I couldn't have been happier. Will make every Thanksgiving from now on. I also blended the veggies in the broth before adding to the gravy for extra flavor."
Spice-Brined Turkey with Cider Pan Gravy
You can use a double layer of turkey brining bags, then keep the bagged turkey in a stockpot in the refrigerator to guard against punctures. Garnish the turkey with fresh herbs and apples, if desired.
Roast Turkey with Truffle Gravy
The turkey is simple, but truffle oil in the gravy makes the dish holiday-special. Start making the stock for the gravy while the turkey cooks. Garnish the platter with kumquats, roasted garlic, and fresh thyme, sage, and parsley.
Ojai Roast Turkey with Rosemary, Lemon, and Garlic
This top-rated turkey recipe drew raves from our users, who proclaimed it "the best turkey ever". Fresh ingredients, including lemon, rosemary, and garlic, contribute to the mouthwatering flavor.