Easy Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe (One Pan)
5 from 3 votes

One Pan Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 20 mins

Learn how to make easy Thanksgiving turkey with simple ingredients in one pan. It's the best, moist, juicy & roasted in oven with lots of garlic and butter. 

Servings: 15 People
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 259 kcal
Author: Abeer


  • 1 Whole turkey 15-20 pound
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 Lemon Cut into 4 big pieces
  • 1 Orange Small, Cut into 4 big pieces
  • 1 Onion Medium, Cut into 4 big chunks
  • 1 Apple Medium, Cut into 8 large cubes
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic
  • 3 stalks Sage Fresh
  • 3 stalks Rosemary Fresh
  • 3 stalks Thyme Fresh
  • 1 cup Garlic herb butter Room temperature


  1. Remove thawed turkey from the fridge 1 hour before you plan on roasting and allow it to come to room temperature. 

  2. Remove turkey from packaging and remove the giblets from the cavity. It's very gross and I recommend wearing disposable gloves.

  3. Place the turkey on a roasting rack in a roasting pan.

  4. Use paper towels to pat the turkey as dry as possible. 

  5. Sprinkle salt and pepper inside the the cavity.

  6. Stuff it with lemon, orange, onion, apple, garlic, sage, rosemary, thyme. 

  7. Then, use your fingers to loosen and lift the skin on top of the turkey breast and spread a 1/4 cup of the butter underneath this skin. 

  8. Brush the remaining butter all over the turkey. Make sure to get into all the tight spots. 

  9. Be sure to tuck the wings underneath the turkey because it sits better this way and also doesn't burn.

  10. Roast at 325 degrees. As for the roasting time, the general rule of thumb is to roast for about 15 minutes per pound of turkey.

  11. When the turkey has been roasting for 1.5 hours or when you notice the skin has become nice and golden brown, cover the top of the turkey with aluminum foil. This will protect it from becoming too brown, dry and over-cooked. 

  12. Remove the turkey when an inserted thermometer in the breast of the turkey reaches 165 degrees. That internal temperature is crucial! 

  13. Allow it to rest, covered, for 20-30 minutes. Then, carve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
One Pan Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 259 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 270mg11%
Potassium 434mg12%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 10.2mg12%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.