What Temperature to Cook a Turkey ?

Friday, 26 November 2010

What Temperature to Cook a Turkey ?,
What Temperature to Cook a Turkey - It’s Thanksgiving Day for our neighbors in the USA, and many Americans are cooking turkey’s today. Our favorite type of turkey is a butterball turkey. We thought we’d compile a list of tips for cooking the best turkey. (We’ve heard that some people have tried deep frying a turkey! Let us know your tips for this, it sounds delicious! The tips below are for roasting a turkey.)

According to the National Turkey Federation you should roast a turkey in an oven at 325 degree F. A meat thermometer can be used, and when the internal temperature registers 180 degrees F in the thigh and 165-170 degrees F in the breast it should be done.

The use of a shallow roasing pan will allow air to flow completely around the the turkey. Avoid using pans more than 1 inch high, this will cause uneven cooking on the thickest parts of a turkey.

Many ask how long to roast a turkey? How long do you cook a turkey? How many minutes per pound to cook a turkey? They want to know at what temperature to cook a turkey. The table below can be used as a guideline to answer these questions about turkey cooking times.

“Open Pan Method” NTF Roasting Guidelines for a Fresh or Thawed Turkey
Roast in a 325 degrees F Conventional Oven on the Lowest Oven Rack
Weight Unstuffed Turkey Stuffed Turkey
8 to 12 pounds 2 3/4 to 3 hours 3 to 3 1/2 hours
12 to 14 pounds 3 to 3 3/4 hours 3 1/2 to 4 hours
14 to 18 pounds 3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hours 4 to 4 1/4 hours
18 to 20 pounds 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hours 4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hours
20 to 24 pounds 4 1/2 to 5 hours 4 3/4 to 5 1/4 hours
24 to 30 pounds 5 to 5 1/4 hours 5 1/4 to 6 1/4 hours

If you have any additional questions about baking a turkey, you can call the Butterball Turkey Hotline at 1-800-BUTTERBALL – they should be able to provide with butterball turkey cooking instructions.

Stay tuned for tips on how to carve a turkey and how to make giblet gravy!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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