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Turkey Cooking Times and Temperatures

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No more dried out, overcooked turkey, or struggling to plan ahead – these are the best times and temps for turkey, no matter what cooking method you’re using!



No matter what method you use, the internal temp for turkey will read 180°F with a meat thermometer inserted into the thigh and 170°F when inserted into the breast.


Turkey in the Oven

A turkey roasted in the oven will roast for 13 minutes per pound for an unstuffed turkey. For a stuffed turkey, calculate about 15 minutes per pound.


Smoked Turkey

A smoked turkey should cook for about 15 minutes per pound with the temperature at 325°F.


Roasted Spatchcock Turkey

Cook at 450℉ for 25-30 minutes, then lower the temperature to 400℉ and roast for about 4-5 minutes per pound until the internal temperature reads 180°F.


Grilling Turkey

Turkey grilling times vary based on the grill, the size of the turkey, and other factors. If using a lower temperature than 450°F to grill turkey, calculate at 11 to 13 minutes per pound.


Deep Frying Turkey

No matter what size turkey you have, if you’re deep frying turkey, it will cook for 3.5 minutes per pound.


Air Fried Turkey

 For smaller turkeys cooked in the Air Fryer or Instant Pot, you will need to use specific size turkeys and follow exact cooking times. The proper temperature for turkey breast is 165°F.

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