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Cook a Turkey in a Turkey Roaster

How To: Cook a Turkey in a Turkey Roaster

How to cook a turkey in an electric turkey roaster, with step-by-step instructions for a beautiful, juicy roast thanksgiving meal every time.
Course Holiday Recipes
Cuisine American
Keyword electric turkey roaster, how to cook a turkey, turkey roaster oven
Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Author Allison McGee


  • Kitchen Knives
  • GORILLA GRIP Original Oversized Cutting Board, 3 Piece, BPA Free, Dishwasher Safe, Juice Grooves, Larger Thicker Boards, Easy Grip Handle, Non Porous, Extra Large, Set of 3, Red, Blue, Lime Green
  • Bastig Brush - Grilling BBQ Baking, Pastry, and Oil Stainless Steel Brushes
  • "Lavatools PT12 Javelin Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer for Kitchen, Food Cooking, Grill, BBQ, Smoker, Candy, Home Brewing, Coffee, and Oil Deep Frying "
  • Wilton Industries Perfect Results Mega Cooling Rack
  • Pyrex 2Piece Basics Value Pack 3 Quart Oblong Bake Dish, 2.2, Clear


  • 1 thawed whole turkey giblets and neck removed
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup cold butter sliced into pats
  • 1 tsp browning sauce optional
  • Seasoning of your choice I use poultry seasoning or Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 apple cut into slices
  • 1/2 onion cut into slices
  • 2 stalks of celery cut into large pieces
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • Special equipment:
  • Electric turkey roaster
  • Probe-type meat thermometer


  • Remove the rack from the turkey roaster and preheat roaster to 400 degrees.
  • Place the rack on a large tray (to catch any liquid) and place the turkey on the rack.
  • Stuff the turkey cavity with sliced apples, onion, and celery.
  • Separate the skin at the top of the bird from the meat and slide the pats of butter in between the skin and the meat.
  • Make the browning sauce mixture by mixing together the melted butter and the browning sauce.
  • Using a pastry brush, generously brush the turkey with the browning sauce mixture. (This step can get messy, so be careful!)
  • Generously season the turkey with salt, pepper, and the seasoning of your choice.
  • Insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast meat, avoiding the bone.
  • Pick up the rack, and gently place the rack and the turkey in the turkey roaster.
  • Pour 1 can of chicken stock into the roaster and close the lid.
  • Cook at 400 degrees for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, turn the temperature down to 350 degrees and cook until the turkey's internal temperature reaches 170 degrees. (Cooking times will vary depending on turkey size.)
  • Once the turkey is cooked, remove it from the roaster using the rack. Tent the turkey with foil and let it rest for 20 minutes before carving.