Apple & Herb Roasted Turkey

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3 hours + standing


14 servings

Updated: Nov. 24, 2023
My daughter loves to help me make this moist apple turkey. Her job is to hand Mommy the ingredients—if she doesn't eat them first! —Kimberly Jackson, Gay, Georgia
Apple & Herb Roasted Turkey Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/4 cup minced fresh sage
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 turkey (14 pounds)
  • 1 medium apple, quartered
  • 1 medium onion, halved
  • 1 celery rib, halved
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup apple jelly, warmed


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Combine sage and rosemary. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from the turkey breast; rub herbs under the skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks.
  2. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Place apple, onion and celery in turkey cavity. Brush turkey with butter.
  3. Roast, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, 3 to 3-1/2 hours. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.) Remove turkey from oven; brush with apple jelly. Tent with foil and let stand 15 minutes before removing toothpicks and carving.

Nutrition Facts

8 ounces cooked turkey: 626 calories, 31g fat (11g saturated fat), 262mg cholesterol, 222mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 72g protein.