16 Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes to Feed a Crowd

These Birds Are Holiday Stars

Oven Bag Turkey Recipe

The Spruce Eats

No Thanksgiving celebration would be complete without a showstopping turkey. From the perfect recipe for celebrating with family and friends, from classic roast birds to ones that are deep fried, pan-seared, or grilled. No matter the size of your gathering or your culinary skill level, there's a bird here to make your holiday dinner a delicious success.

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    Thanksgiving Roast Turkey

    Thanksgiving Roast Turkey

    Claire Cohen

    If you have never roasted a turkey before, you will want to consult these essential tips for cooking a whole bird, either with or without stuffing. All the must-have instructions you need are included for everything from safely thawing a frozen turkey to prepping, stuffing, trussing, seasoning, and roasting.

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    Balsamic and Honey Glazed Roast Turkey

    Balsamic and Honey Glazed Roast Turkey

    Linda Larsen

    A balsamic vinegar glaze with orange juice, thyme, and honey adds fantastic flavor to whole roasted turkey in this winning Thanksgiving recipe. Use white balsamic vinegar if you can find it for its fruity, floral notes that complement the mild flavor of turkey.

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    Perfect Roast Turkey With Bacon

    Perfect roast turkey with bacon recipe

    ​​The Spruce / Zorica Lakonic

    Layering thinly-sliced bacon or pancetta over top of a seasoned, buttered turkey is a fantastic way to infuse your holiday bird with salty, smoky flavor while protecting the white meat from getting overcooked. The bacon can be crumbled after cooking and used to top baked potatoes or dinner salads.

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    Pan-Seared Turkey Breast With Lemon and Herbs

    Pan-Seared Turkey Breast With Lemon and Herbs

    The Spruce Eats

    In only 10 minutes, you can use your stovetop to cook this simple cast iron skillet turkey breast with lemon and herbs. This aromatic dish will fill your kitchen with wonderful cooking aromas, while leaving your oven free for baking casseroles, desserts, and sides.

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    Oven Bag Turkey

    Oven Bag Turkey

    The Spruce Eats

    Try the oven bag cooking method to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey and find out why it's one of the easiest, tastiest ways to produce a moist and juicy turkey. Apple slices, apple cider, and maple syrup are added to the cavity of the bird in this recipe, adding a tasty sweetness to the roasted meat.

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    Roasted Turkey

    Roasted Turkey

    The Spruce Eats/Diana Rattray

    The perfect holiday roast turkey can be yours with this go-to recipe for Thanksgiving's main attraction. Fresh herbs and melted unsalted butter add flavor and crispiness to the turkey skin, which for some is the best part of the bird!

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    Grilled Boneless Turkey Breast

    Grilled Boneless Turkey Breast

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    Thanksgiving turkey doesn't get any simpler than this boneless breast prepared on the grill. The meat is seasoned only with butter, salt, and pepper, but takes on the irresistible aroma of this cooking method. Place a pan beneath the cooking rack to catch the drippings and use them to make gravy.

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    Deep Fried Turkey Breasts

    Deep Fried Turkey Breasts

    The Spruce Eats

    Skip the oven and try this winning recipe for deep fried turkey breasts that are crispy on the outside, and tender on the inside. You can prepare this stovetop dish at any time of year, but it is special enough to serve at smaller holiday gatherings. Serve with cranberry sauce on the side for dipping.

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    Turkey With Herb Butter and Maple Glaze

    Turkey With Herb Butter and Maple Glaze

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    A whole turkey is stuffed with fruit and onion and finished with a flavorful maple glaze before roasting to perfection in this popular holiday recipe. Serve it for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, accompanied by your family favorite side dishes.

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    Smoked Whole Turkey

    Smoked Whole Turkey

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    Use your smoker to prepare a whole turkey and prepare to earn rave reviews from Thanksgiving guests. Smoking a turkey takes more time than oven roasting,—at about 30 minutes per pound—but the results are amazingly flavorful. This detailed recipe walks you through all the necessary steps.

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    Oven Fried Turkey Cutlets With Parmesan Cheese

    Oven Fried Turkey Cutlets With Parmesan Cheese

    The Spruce Eats

    When just a few people are gathering for the holiday, reach for this healthy turkey recipe that delivers the poultry flavor you crave with a nice crunchy breadcrumb coating made with mustard and Parmesan cheese. Serve with mashed potatoes, and lemon wedges for squeezing.

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    Crockpot Turkey Breast and Dressing

    Crockpot Turkey Breast and Dressing

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    Only four ingredients are needed for this recipe, which produces moist turkey meat complete with tasty stuffing from a mix. Simply add the ingredients to your slow cooker in the morning and let them cook all day for a fuss-free Thanksgiving entree that checks all the right boxes. Serve with cranberry sauce and optional gravy.

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    Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

    Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

    The Spruce Eats

    Roasted turkey breast is a great time-saving and budget-conscious alternative to making a whole turkey. It takes only an hour to cook, plus time for resting the meat before you carve and serve it easily. Leftovers make excellent sandwich fixings, too!

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    Rotisserie Turkey

    Rotisserie Turkey

    Regarding BBQ Inc.

    Use a rotisserie kit for your grill to prepare a delicious whole Thanksgiving turkey that's self-basted. Follow the tips in the recipe for setting up your grill, trussing the turkey, and basting it while cooking, to achieve the best results.

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    Orange Glazed Turkey Breast

    Orange Glazed Turkey Breast

    Diana Rattray

    Roasted turkey breast with a fruity orange glaze makes a fabulous holiday dinner for up to 10 people. The glaze is made with orange juice concentrate, orange marmalade, brown sugar, soy sauce, and ginger, and welcomes the addition of your favorite chopped fresh herbs.

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    Grilled Chipotle Turkey Breasts

    Grilled Chipotle Turkey Breasts

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    Turkey breast is slow-roasted and basted in a flavorful Southwestern-style chipotle sauce in this creative Thanksgiving recipe that makes use of your outdoor grill. Maple syrup, garlic, and soy sauce are added to chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, to create the spicy glaze.