The center of every table at Thanksgiving… the turkey! Whether you’re a veteran turkey roaster or it’s your first time, try one of these ways to make a Thanksgiving turkey this year and be the talk of the dinner table. 

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Tips for Juicy Turkey Every Time

Before we dive into my favorite recipes, let’s ensure you have a delicious, juicy turkey every time you make it. Say goodbye to dry, flavorless birds! Here are my 5 essential tips for the perfect turkey:

  • Brine the turkey to infuse it with moisture and flavor.
  • Baste the turkey regularly while roasting for succulent, juicy meat.
  • Use a meat thermometer to avoid overcooking, ensuring the ideal internal temperature.
  • Tent the turkey with foil during resting to preserve warmth and redistribute juices.
  • Let the turkey rest before carving to maximize tenderness and retain natural juices.

Thanksgiving Turkey: 6 Ways

No matter how you’re wanting to serve up turkey this year – a whole roasted bird, a turkey breast or something with a unique flavor – I’ve got you covered! Here are my favorite Thanksgiving turkey recipes.

1. Maple Brined Turkey

Maple syrup is the star of this turkey brine, producing a delicious and slightly sweet bird that all of your guests will fall in love with.


2. Herb Brined Turkey

This dry brined turkey is tender, juicy and full of flavor. You can’t go wrong putting this at the center of your table this Thanksgiving.


3. Turkey on the Grill

Free up some oven space and make your turkey on the grill! The smoky flavor adds a unique twist, and with your turkey on the grill that means more room for delicious Thanksgiving delicious Thanksgiving sides and decadent Thanksgiving desserts in your oven. A win-win!


4. The Best Brined Turkey

I wasn’t kidding when I said bringing your turkey is the best tip for a juicy, tender and flavor Thanksgiving turkey. This recipe is a traditional wet brine that gives you a bird that’s as juicy as ever.


5. Simple Roast Turkey Breast

If you have a smaller guest list this year, consider making a beautiful roast turkey breast. It’s just as tasty but not as overwhelming as a whole bird.


6. Indian Spiced Turkey

Looking to spice things up a little bit this year? This Indian Spiced Turkey is just the ticket. It’s a flavor explosion without being too overpowering.


What to Serve with Thanksgiving Turkey

Now that you’ve got the turkey squared away, you can focus on the sides, arguably the best part of Thanksgiving. Here are some of my favorites, but feel free to explore more classic Thanksgiving sides all over Weelicious.


Hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions when it comes to roasting (or grilling) a turkey and tag me on social media if you make any of these recipes!

About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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