Thanksgiving Turkey

Whether stuffed, roasted, brined, glazed or grilled, prepare the perfect Thanksgiving turkey with these family-favorite recipes. Your holiday spread will look, smell and taste better than ever with these variations on the star of Thanksgiving dinner.

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Turkey with Sausage-Pecan Stuffing

Turkey with Sausage-Pecan Stuffing

Turkey with Sausage-Pecan Stuffing

The combination of sweet, savory, crunchy and spicy ingredients makes a fabulous stuffed turkey that's become a tradition at our Thanksgiving dinner. Leftover stuffing can be a meal in itself. —Keri Scofield Lawson, Fullerton, California

Champagne-Basted Turkey

Champagne-Basted Turkey

Champagne-Basted Turkey

I've made this turkey every Thanksgiving for the past 15 years. We all love it. The secret is to use lots of fresh parsley on top and inside and to keep basting. That creates a tender, delightful turkey. —Sharon Hawk, Edwardsville, Illinois

Herbed Rubbed Turkey

Herbed Rubbed Turkey

Herbed Rubbed Turkey

Rubs really have a way of locking in the flavor of meats. Here a wonderful blend of seasonings makes turkey extraordinary.—Twila Burkholder, Middleburg, Pennsylvania
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Tangerine-Glazed Turkey

Tangerine-Glazed Turkey

Tangerine-Glazed Turkey

A technique passed down from generations—drenching cheesecloth in melted butter and oil, then draping the cloth over the turkey before roasting—helps give the bird beautiful golden-brown skin. The technique also results in juicy, moist breast meat.—Jeanne Horn, Duluth, Minnesota

Garlic and Herb Roasted Turkey

Garlic and Herb Roasted Turkey

Garlic and Herb Roasted Turkey

Our recipe specialists use an easy herb rub to turn out a tender, tasty turkey with beautiful golden skin. Lemon adds a pleasant flavor to the gravy. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Thanksgiving Stuffed Turkey

Thanksgiving Stuffed Turkey

Thanksgiving Stuffed Turkey

“I’ve tried fancy stuffing recipes for our Thanksgiving bird, but none hits the spot like my mother’s simple mixture of bread, eggs and caramelized vegetables,” says field editor Lillian Julow of Gainesville, Florida.

Company's Coming Turkey

Company's Coming Turkey

Company's Coming Turkey

This recipe accomplishes every cook's turkey wish—a bird that brings the flavor of seasonings and herbs in every bite. It's the perfect, mouthwatering centerpiece for your celebration, and it's very easy to prepare. —Caroline Wamelink, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Savory Grilled Turkey

Savory Grilled Turkey

Savory Grilled Turkey

My family likes this recipe so much that we tried grilling in a sheltered spot during the winter. It worked! Now we can enjoy this juicy, grilled bird all year long. —Karen Buenting, Livermore, Iowa

Special Roast Turkey

Special Roast Turkey

Special Roast Turkey

Before putting my turkey in the oven, I pour on a savory sauce that adds a pleasant citrus-soy flavor and helps hold the other seasonings I like to sprinkle on. It's easy to roast the giblets in the same pan and later add them to the gravy. -Gloria Warczak, Cedarburg, Wisconsin

Turkey with Grandma's Stuffing

Turkey with Grandma's Stuffing

Turkey with Grandma's Stuffing

Everyone is ready to dig in when my mom sets this impressive Thanksgiving favorite on the dinner table. The moist turkey, seasoned bread stuffing and flavorful gravy remind her of holiday meals when she was growing up. -Jacinta Ransom, South Haven, Michigan

Beer-Brined Turkey with Giblet Gravy

Beer-Brined Turkey with Giblet Gravy

Beer-Brined Turkey with Giblet Gravy

Our relatives request this turkey every Thanksgiving and I hate to disappoint them. Brining the turkey keeps the meat moist while roasting gives it incredible flavor.—Jeff Locke, Arma, Kansas
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