How to Cook Turkey in a Roaster Oven for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Turkey in a Roaster Oven from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner, and we’re putting together our holiday menus so everything goes off without a hitch. With all your side dishes and desserts that need space in the oven, you may be wondering how you’ll cook such a large turkey! We’ll solve that problem by showing you how to cook turkey in a roaster oven, freeing up the main oven for the sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. See the recipe below for our Test Kitchen’s tried-and-true recipe for cooking a Thanksgiving turkey in the roaster oven. And when it’s finished roasting, presenting the gorgeous turkey is easy – just dress it up on a large platter with fruit and herbs.

Thanksgiving Turkey in a Roaster Oven from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach Thanksgiving Turkey in a Roaster Oven from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach Thanksgiving Turkey in a Roaster Oven from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach



Turkey in a Roaster Oven
Serves 8
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  1. 14-15 pound turkey, fresh or totally thawed
  2. 1 onion, peeled and cut in half
  3. 1 stalk celery
  4. Salt and pepper
  5. 1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
Seasoning Rub
  1. 2 teaspoons onion powder
  2. 1 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  4. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  5. 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
  6. 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  7. 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  1. Combine ingredients for seasoning rub.
  2. Remove the rack from the roaster oven. Cover and preheat oven to 325°F.
  3. Remove giblets and neck from cavities of turkey. Set aside and use for giblet gravy. Rinse bird inside and out with cold water.
  4. Place turkey on rack. Place onion and celery inside turkey. Brush turkey with butter or oil.
  5. Rub turkey with Seasoning Rub.
  6. Using handles on rack, place rack with turkey in roaster oven and cook 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Turkey is done when internal temperature of breast reaches at least 165°F.
  7. Let turkey rest 30 minutes before carving.
  1. Always thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator, not at room temperature. A 12-15 pound frozen turkey will take 2-3 days to thaw in the refrigerator. If pressed for time, this size turkey can be thawed in cold water in 6-9 hours. Be sure to change the water often.
  2. The roaster oven cooks a turkey in less time than a regular oven, but use a meat thermometer to make sure your turkey is thoroughly cooked.
  3. Turkey cooked in a roaster oven will be very moist, but less brown than a traditionally roasted turkey. Seasoning rubs add flavor and enhance the appearance of a roaster oven cooked turkey.
  4. Visit for more information on safe internal cooking temperatures.
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    i noticed your turkey recipies are for unstuffed turkeys , i need to stuff my bird , that is the way to go. Is the roaster oven going to make a difference in doing this. Tips or ideals would be appreciated

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    What size roaster oven is used in this recipe?
    I have a 6.5 quart oven that does not have a rack. Can I cook a smaller turkey in it without the rack?

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    How do you brown a turkey in the Hamilton Beach roaster oven

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    Darlene Comeaux

    Nothing better than freshly roasted turkey with gravy!

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    Pat in Miss.

    I find it very hard to believe that a 12-15 lb. turkey will be done in 1-1/2 to 2 hrs., even in a roaster at only 325 degrees. Anyone wanting to try this should definitely use a meat thermometer.

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    Raw poultry should never, ever be rinsed. The water spray can cause bacteria to distribute throughout your kitchen causing cross-contamination, in a much larger area than one might expect. The USDA strongly recommends against it. Here is a link to the USDA’s consumer information page about rinsing meat:

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