Holiday turkeys are large and require a long cooking time to reach a safe internal temperature. Make sure your meal is on the table on time this holiday season by referencing this handy cooking time table. Below you'll find approximate cooking times for turkeys of various weights, both stuffed and unstuffed.
For maximum safety and because every oven is different, be sure to use a meat thermometer placed in the thickest part of the turkey and away from the bone. The internal temperature should reach 165° F before removing from the oven. Make sure to allow the turkey to rest for approximately 20 minutes after roasting to allow juices to reabsorb into the meat.
Turkey Roasting Time Table
|Turkey Weight||Cooking Time (325°F)|
|Cooking Time (325°F)|
|8 - 12 lbs.||3 - 3.5 hours||2.75 - 3 hours|
|12 - 14 lbs.||3.5 - 4 hours||3 - 3.75 hours|
|14 - 18 lbs.||4 - 4.25 hours||3.75 - 4.25 hours|
|18 - 20 lbs.||4.25 - 4.75 hours||4.25 - 4.5 hours|
|20 - 24 lbs.||4.75 - 5.25 hours||4.5 - 5 hours|