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Turkey Roasting Time Chart

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It’s the holidays and time to roast the turkey. Here’s a quick guide and helpful Turkey Roasting Times Chart.

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What Temperature Should a Turkey Be Roasted At?

Begin by preheating the oven to 325 degrees F.

FoodSafety.gov recommends roasting a turkey until its internal temperature is 165 degrees F. A good thermometer is necessary to be sure the turkey reaches temperature.

See 15 Thanksgiving Kitchen Essential Tools for recommendations on everything from thermometers to fuss-free basting bags, basters and more.

How to Take the Temperature of a Turkey

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Turkey Roasting Time Chart

Turkey Unstuffed Roasting Time
4 to 6 pounds (breast) 1½ to 2¼ hours
6 to 8 pounds (breast) 2¼ 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

Quick Steps to Roasting a Turkey

  1. Set the oven temperature no lower than 325 °F.
  2. Be sure the turkey is completely thawed.
  3. Place turkey breast-side up on a flat wire rack in a shallow roasting pan 2 to 2½ inches deep.
  4. For safety and doneness, the internal temperature should be checked with a food thermometer. The temperature of the turkey and the center of the stuffing must reach a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 °F. Check the temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast.
  5. Let the bird stand 20 minutes before carving.

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