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Easy Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe (One Pan)

One Pan Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

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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. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 15 People
Calories 259
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


  • Remove thawed turkey from the fridge 1 hour before you plan on roasting and allow it to come to room temperature. 
  • Remove turkey from packaging and remove the giblets from the cavity. It's very gross and I recommend wearing disposable gloves.
  • Place the turkey on a roasting rack in a roasting pan.
  • Use paper towels to pat the turkey as dry as possible. 
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper inside the the cavity.
  • Stuff it with lemon, orange, onion, apple, garlic, sage, rosemary, thyme. 
  • 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. 
  • Brush the remaining butter all over the turkey. Make sure to get into all the tight spots. 
  • Be sure to tuck the wings underneath the turkey because it sits better this way and also doesn't burn.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Remove the turkey when an inserted thermometer in the breast of the turkey reaches 165 degrees. That internal temperature is crucial! 
  • Allow it to rest, covered, for 20-30 minutes. Then, carve and enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Use drippings in in your roasting pan to make gravy.
  • If you don't have GARLIC HERB BUTTER, make it at home:
    - 1 cup Butter (Unsalted, Room temperature)
    - 1 tsp Salt
    - 1/2 tsp Black pepper
    - 8 cloves Garlic (Finely minced)
    - 1 tbsp Thyme (Fresh, Finely chopped)
    - 1 tbsp Rosemary (Fresh, Finely chopped)
    - 1/2 tbsp Sage (Fresh, Finely chopped)
    - In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients until smooth and creamy.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 434mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 10.2mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.7mg