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.
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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 User ID: 6888508 48262
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2012

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

Sharonmz User ID: 1856128 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 User ID: 4585722 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 User ID: 996653 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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