Top 14 Turkey Brine Recipes

The Best and Most Popular Brine Recipes for Your Bird

One of the best ways to make a better turkey is with a good brine. Brining turkey is a process of adding moisture and flavor to meat by use of a salt-water mixture. There are many ways to make a great brine and these recipes are among the best. So whether you're roasting, grilling, smoking, or frying your next turkey, start out with a good brine.

For detailed brining instructions see How to Brine a Turkey.

Once your turkey is brined, find out:

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    Savory Turkey Brine
    Savory Turkey Brine. Tetra Images / Getty Images

    This turkey brine gets a portion of its salt from vegetable stock. The combination of spices and herbs give your bird a rich flavor.

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    Apple Spice Brine
    Apple Spice Brine. Michael Phillips/Getty Images

    A brine is typically water and salt with a little sweet to give it flavor. This brine uses fruit juices for water, providing flavor and sweet at the same time.

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    Smoked Turkey Brine
    Smoked Turkey Brine. M J / EyeEm / Getty Images

    This brine recipe makes enough for a whole turkey and will add flavor and give you a juicier and more tender bird.

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    Cranberry Turkey Brine
    Cranberry Turkey Brine.

    What better to brine a turkey than with seasonal cranberry? Smells like Thanksgiving in here.

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    Candied Ginger
    Candied ginger in your Holiday Poultry Brine. Daniel Grill/Tetra Images/Getty Images

    This poultry brine is perfect for your holiday turkey. By using a stock you get extra flavor with a mild saltiness that makes for a perfect brine.

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    Clove and Honey Brine for Turkey
    Clove and Honey Brine for Turkey. Rita Maas/Getty Images

    This brine will give your turkey a subtle sweetness and all the tenderness and moisture of a good poultry brine.

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    Allspice for your Poultry Brine. Photo by marianna armata / Getty Images

    This brine works with the added power of pickling spices, which increases the moisture in poultry with some great seasonings for more flavor.

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    Classic turkey brine
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    The secret of this brine is to bring it to a boil to draw out the savory flavors so that they can permeate the poultry.

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    Brown Sugar
    Maple and Brown Sugar Brine.

    This brine with its sweet maple flavor can be used on any kind of poultry but works especially nicely on turkey.

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    Apple Cider Turkey Brine
    Apple Cider Turkey Brine. Westend61/Getty Images

    The apple cider in this turkey brine gives the slightest hint of tartness that fills out the flavors of this recipe. Add to this the herbal flavors of the rosemary and bay leaves and this is a great brine. Try to match up any additional flavorings to the brine to reinforce the flavor profile.

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    Citrus Turkey brine
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    The citrus fruit in this brine not only add a great tangy flavor but also act to tenderize the meat of the poultry. The mild acid of the lemon will help to carry flavors deep into the meat.

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    Sweet and Savory Turkey Brine
    Sweet and Savory Turkey Brine. LauriPatterson / Getty Images

    Half of this brine starts with vegetable stock to give it a quick and easy way of adding flavor to your turkey. Add to this a good dose of herbs and sweet and you have a great turkey brine.

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    Hawaiian-Style Turkey Brine
    Hawaiian-Style Turkey Brine. Bernard Jaubert/Getty Images

    This one is a bit different since it uses sweet ingredients. The pineapple juice works well to tenderize the turkey meat.

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    Apple Brine
    Apple Brine. Douglas Johns/Getty Images

    This is the ultimate turkey brine for flavor. Buy the cheapest apple juice you can find because it won't matter how much you spend and you are going to need a lot.