Turkey Cooking Time Chart – Combined Average Popular Brands

Turkey Cooking Time Chart

Turkey Cooking Time Chart

How Long To Cook A Turkey?

How long it takes to cook a turkey depends on the oven temperature, whether the turkey is stuffed or not, how many pounds the turkey weighs, and the doneness temperature.

The following Turkey Cooking Time Chart is for an oven temperature of 325 degrees F. This is the preferred temperature for cooking a turkey according to most all brand recommendations.

I feel that this is the best turkey cooking time chart because I have combined and extrapolated the average cooking times from Butterball, Honeysuckle, Jenni-O, Norbest, Shady Brook, and Foster Farms.

 

I believe this will provide a more accurate average typical time that it may take to cook a turkey as cross referenced with pound weight.

TURKEY COOKING TIME CHART

DOWNLOAD: TURKEY COOKING TIME CHART

( The image above reflects the same information. )

TurkeyStuffedTurkeyUnstuffed
poundshrs:minspoundshrs:mins
62:3662:15
72:4572:34
83:1182:43
93:2392:50
103:35102:54
113:42113:00
123:48123:06
133:57133:17
144:05143:27
154:10153:34
164:15163:40
174:20173:46
184:25183:51
194:32193:59
204:44204:07
214:51214:15
225:00224:24
235:10234:38
245:20244:52

IMPORTANT: The only true way to determine if a turkey is safely cooked all the way through, is by measuring the internal temperature of the bird with a meat thermometer. For an accurate reading, the thermometer should be inserted into the thickest part of a thigh not touching the bone, and also check the center of the breast.

Turkey is done and safe to eat when internal dark meat temperature reads 180 degrees F.

Turkey Doneness Temperature

Long Probe Instant-Read Meat Thermometer
Long Probe meath thermometer

Tip: Cooking (roasting) the turkey low and slow (325-F) results in a more juicy tender bird than higher temperatures which may dry it out quicker.

Oven Temperatures Vary: Be aware that there is variability in actual real world oven temperatures compared with what they’re actually set to. Some may be off by as much as 25-degrees. This will affect your turkey cooking time (either shorter or longer).

Tip: Use an Oven Thermometer to verify the accuracy of your own oven.

Cooper-Atkins Oven Thermometer

The turkey cooking time recommendations from each of the mentioned brands vary somewhat. That’s why combining them together as an average should provide you with a close approximation as to what you may expect from your own oven.

Turkey Tips

How Big a Turkey Should I Get?

Turkey cooking time certainly depends on how big the turkey is!

Here’s a general guideline to figure out how many pounds that turkey should be:

These recommendations presume you want leftovers and you everyone is a ‘big eater’ (who isn’t on Thanksgiving?!)

Number of Adults | Turkey Pounds

4 | 8 lbs.
6 | 12 lbs.
8 | 16 lbs.
10 | 20 lbs.
12 | 24 lbs.

( just extrapolate for kids who will eat less)

 

How Soon Can I Carve The Turkey?

Let your turkey ‘rest’ for 20 minutes before carving.

 

How Long Does It Take To Thaw A Frozen Turkey?

In the refrigerator, 3 to 5 days (15 to 20 pounds)

In a cold water bath, 7 to 10 hours (15 to 20 pounds)

More: HOW TO SAFELY THAW A FROZEN TURKEY

 

How To Brine A Turkey

 

  • Rinse the turkey in cool water.
  • In a clean container large enough to hold the turkey, mix your favorite brine recipe solution and ingredients.
  • Submerge the turkey in the brine solution.  If there is not enough brine to cover make additional brine.  Cover and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours.
  • Remove the turkey from the brine.   Discard brine.  Do not use brine.  Pat skin and cavities dry.
  • Roast turkey according to directions and cooking time chart.

( Here’s a brine recipe that we’ve used )

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