Roasted Wild Turkey Recipe
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Roasted Wild Turkey Recipe

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Since we have avid hunters in our family. I will quite often prepare game. Once it's stuffed with apples and topped with a unique combination of sauces, this wild bird requires no basting and cooks up nice and moist.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 wild turkey (10 to 15 pounds)
  • 2 large apples, quartered
  • 6 to 8 medium red potatoes, quartered
  • 2 pound baby carrots
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup French salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

6 ounce-weight: 615 calories, 23g fat (6g saturated fat), 204mg cholesterol, 766mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 4g fiber), 63g protein .


  1. Place turkey on a rack in a roasting pan; place apples in turkey cavity. Place potatoes, carrots and onions around turkey. Pour water over vegetables. Combine seasoned salt, salt and pepper; rub over turkey. Combine remaining ingredients; spoon over the turkey.
  2. Cover and bake at 325° for 3-1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180° baste if desired. Turkey may be uncovered for the last 30 minutes for additional browning if desired. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Roasted Wild Turkey in Taste of Home December/January 1999, p39

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kboos 48262
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2012

"Easy to make and it stayed so moist. Would make again for friends and family."

Sharonmz 23132
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"This recipe is GREAT! My brother does not like Turkey AT ALL but after I made the Turkey this way he wanted me to make it again! It is very moist and there is no gamey taste. I really recommend this."

Liz CRNA 64791
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2009

"This is the most amazing recipe. I will never cook a turkey another way again. It is so tender and juicy with an understated flavor. My kids like this recipe too!"

georgy1 50334
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2009

"This was easy and without a doubt the most moist delicious turkey I have ever eaten, wild or from the market. After dinner, which included multiple helpings of turkey, deboned the turkey for sandwiches the next day and they were also increadible. I will always make turkey following this recipe."

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