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Garlic Herb Butter Roasted Turkey

Garlic Herb Butter Roasted Turkey Recipe

  • Author: Jocelyn Brown
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours


This roasted turkey recipe is easy to make and so flavorful! Homemade garlic herb butter makes this turkey recipe absolutely delicious!



912 lbs. Turkey, thawed completely 

1 large onion, cut into quarters  

2 cups butter, salt or unsalted, room temperature  

1 cup turkey broth or water 

¼ cup garlic, minced 

1 tablespoon sage, freshly chopped 

1 tablespoon rosemary, freshly chopped 

1 tablespoon thyme, freshly chopped 

1 tablespoon parsley, freshly chopped 

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon salt 

2 teaspoons black pepper 

Garnish (all optional) 

Orange slices 


Extra fresh herbs 


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
  2. Remove all the packaging and neck from the turkey. Pat turkey completely dry with paper  towels. 
  3. Place turkey on rack from the roasting pan. 
  4. In a mixing bowl add 1 cup of butter and garlic. Mix together until combined.
  5. Add chopped herbs to garlic butter and stir. 
  6. Place 1 cup of butter into the turkey cavity and quartered onion. 
  7. Rub herbed butter all over the turkey, making sure the whole turkey is covered. 
  8. Pour turkey broth or water into the bottom of the roasting pan. Add remaining butter in pan as  well. 
  9. Cover pan with foil and place in the oven. Cook until internal temp reached 170 degrees.
  10. For cooking time depending on how big your turkey is, the rule is to cook 14 minutes per pound.
  11. Remove foil from turkey the last 45 minutes to make sure the skin gets nice and golden brown.
  12. Remove turkey from the oven and let it rest 30 minutes before carving. 

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