Easy Oven Roasted Turkey

Oven Roasted Turkey Recipe: I will literally eat these for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until there's not a scrap left in the fridge. It's SO GOOD!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Oven Roasted Turkey
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • 1 frozen turkey (approx 10-15 pounds) with a Pop Up!
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (smashed and minced)
  • a hearty sprinkle of dried sage, thyme, turmeric, and garlic powder
  • sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 yellow onion quartered


  1. For advance prep, defrost your turkey. With a little planning, this can be done in the fridge and takes about three days. It's also the safest method!
  2. Once your bird is good to go, pre-heat your oven to 35- degrees F.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan then add your olive oil and smashed garlic to infuse the butter. Saute briefly, then remove from heat to cool. This can also be done in the microwave if needed.
  4. Remove all the "extras" such as the neck and giblets and place turkey in a roasting pan.
  5. Stuff + tie the legs with string or twine.
  6. Next sprinkle the bird with salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme, garlic powder and turmeric and brush with your garlic butter mixture.
  7. Pour the remainder over the top and roast approx. 2.5 hours on the center rack.
  8. Baste if desired [Paul's a baste-a-holic]
  9. Since turkey roasting time is always an approximation, at the 2 hour mark, begin to watch the Pop Up timer.
  10. When the timer pops you're good to go!
  11. Remove your turkey from the oven, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 15-20 minutes.
  12. Carve and serve!

Recipe Notes

I've always and forever stuffed my turkey's with my mom's homemade stuffing recipe but if you're opting to roast your bird sans-stuffing feel free to fill it with extra aromatics instead. Onion, garlic, and herbs are always a great option with poultry!