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Perfect Roast Turkey Recipe

Simple steps lead to a moist and flavorful turkey perfect for a holiday meal or Sunday dinner.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time3 hours
Resting Time20 minutes
Total Time3 hours 35 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy, Juicy
Servings: 14
Calories: 460kcal
Author: Janna/Fit As A Fiddle Life


  • 14 pound turkey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 lemon
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tbsp Better Than Boullion
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp rosemary dried
  • 1 tsp thyme dried
  • 1 tsp pepper ground
  • 1 tbsp parsley fresh, if available
  • 1 tbsp thyme fresh, if available


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Place oven rack at lowest position. Remove upper rack.
  • Remove turkey from packaging. Remove neck and giblet bag from the turkey cavity or tail area. Check both places. This needs to be removed prior to roasting.
  • Place turkey, breast side up in a roasting pan with a rack.
  • Sprinkle with dried rosemary, thyme, and pepper.
  • Chop lemon and onion into large quarters. Place in bird cavity.
  • Mix broth, add garlic, lemon juice, and fresh herbs if available. Pour over turkey.
  • Place turkey on bottom rack of preheated oven. Set timer for 30 minutes. Baste turkey with pan juices. Set timer to baste every 30 minutes until the turkey is done. Roughly 3- 3 1/2 hours. Check for doness with a instant read thermometer inserted in the thigh area of the turkey. The turkey is done when the thermometer reads a minimum of 165°F.
  • Remove turkey from oven and cover with foil. Allow to rest for 20 minutes prior to carving.


Serving size = approximately 6-8 ounces.


Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 70g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 232mg | Sodium: 364mg | Potassium: 748mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 3mg