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Quick Roast Turkey

Quick Roast Turkey


  • 14-15 pound turkey, fresh or totally thawed
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 stalk celery
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable oil

Seasoning Rub:

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage


  1. Combine ingredients for seasoning rub.
  2. Remove the rack from the roaster oven. Cover and preheat oven to 325°F.
  3. Remove giblets and neck from cavities of turkey. Set aside and use for giblet gravy. Rinse bird inside and out with cold water.
  4. Place turkey on rack. Place onion and celery inside turkey. Brush turkey with butter or oil. 
  5. Rub turkey with Seasoning Rub.
  6. Using handles on rack, place rack with turkey in roaster oven and cook 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The best guide to turkey doneness is a meat thermometer. It should register 165°F in the breast or 175°F to 180°F in the thigh.  To measure temperature, insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the turkey breast or thickest part of the inner thigh, avoiding bone. Stuffing inside a bird should also reach 165°F when thermometer is placed in the center of the stuffing.
  7. Let turkey rest 15 to 20 minutes before carving.

Serves: 6-8

Test Kitchen Tips:

  • Always thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator, not at room temperature. A 12-15 pound frozen turkey will take 2-3 days to thaw in the refrigerator. If pressed for time, this size turkey can be thawed in cold water in 6-9 hours. Be sure to change the water often.
  • The roaster oven cooks a turkey in less time than a regular oven, but use a meat thermometer to make sure your turkey is thoroughly cooked.
  • Turkey cooked in a roaster oven will be very moist, but less brown than a traditionally roasted turkey. Seasoning rubs add flavor and enhance the appearance of a roaster oven cooked turkey.
  • For more information on food safety, visit


Visit for more information on safe internal cooking temperatures.

Course: Main Course

Prep Time: 0-10 minutes

Cook Time: 2-4 hours

Recommended Products: Roaster Ovens

Quick Roast Turkey nutritional information

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