Roast Turkey Recipes for Thanksgiving Dinner

The roast turkey is the quintessential main dish choice for most traditional Thanksgiving feasts. Here are the most popular and most-requested Thanksgiving turkey recipes and ideas.

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    Herb Roasted Turkey
    Diana Rattray

    This whole turkey roasts to perfection with a mixture of herbs and olive oil under the skin and all over the bird. Use small amounts of dried herbs along with the fresh herbs for more flavor. I used fresh dill, rosemary, and chives, along with about 1/2 teaspoon each of dried leaf marjoram and thyme.

  • 02 of 08
    Turkey Breast
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    Brine adds flavor to this juicy whole turkey breast. Let the turkey breast soak in the brine overnight, and then rub it with some oil and basic seasonings before roasting.

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    Orange Glazed Turkey Breast
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    This flavorful turkey breast is compact and delicious, and it's perfect for a small family. Or, roast it for the excellent sandwiches and leftovers you'll have for a few days.

  • 04 of 08
    Basic turkey brine
    Claire Cohen

    A dry turkey is a big disappointment, and most people agree that a simple brine helps make a juicier, tastier holiday turkey. Water, salt, sugar, and herbs make up this basic, easy brine for turkey.

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  • 05 of 08
    Roast Glazed Turkey
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    Here's a flavorful maple-glazed turkey for Sunday dinner or a special holiday meal. Serve this turkey with mashed potatoes, tossed salad, and your favorite side vegetable or vegetable casserole.

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    spicy roast turky
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    Roasting a turkey for Thanksgiving in the manner of lechón (suckling pig) has been a tradition in Puerto Rico since the island became an American commonwealth and adopted the holiday. This flavorful recipe will go over well with the most discriminating of tastes.

  • 07 of 08
    classic roast thanksgiving turkey
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    This classic roast turkey recipe is a good option for cooks who already know what herbs they prefer in their seasoning. Use this directions as a guide and modify to suit your specific tastes.

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    roast turkey with bacon
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     Roasting turkey doesn't need to be complicated. This straightforward recipe uses the universally beloved breakfast meat to keep the turkey breast from drying out, and to add flavor.