Classic Stuffed Turkey

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 4 hours 20 min. + standing


20 servings (10 cups stuffing)

Updated: Dec. 17, 2023
For years, my mother has made this moist stuffed turkey recipe. Now, I do the same thing. The turkey stuffing nicely compliments the tender, juicy slices of oven-roasted turkey. —Kathi Graham, Naperville, Illinois


  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 cups unseasoned stuffing cubes
  • Warm water
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  1. In a large skillet, saute the onions, celery and mushrooms in butter until tender. Add broth and seasonings; mix well. Place bread cubes in a large bowl; add mushroom mixture and toss to coat. Stir in enough warm water to reach desired moistness.
  2. Just before baking, loosely stuff turkey. Place any remaining stuffing in a greased baking dish; cover and refrigerate until ready to bake. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together with kitchen string. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with remaining salt.
  3. Bake turkey, uncovered, at 325° for 3-3/4 to 4-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 165° when inserted in center of stuffing and the thigh reaches at least 170°, basting occasionally with pan drippings. Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.
  4. Bake additional stuffing, covered, for 30-40 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Cover turkey with foil and let stand for 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy.

Stuffed Turkey Recipe Tips

How can I cook a stuffed turkey safely?

To cook a stuffed turkey safely, the stuffing must reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees to prevent the risk of bacteria growth. We don't typically recommend cooking stuffing inside a turkey because it can dry out your bird. If you want to go the stuffed route, this is the recipe we'd recommend making. If not, cook your turkey and stuffing separately.

What can you put inside a turkey besides stuffing?

There are plenty of other things to put inside a turkey besides stuffing! We love to add aromatics to the turkey cavity. Some great options are onions, carrots, celery and herbs (rosemary, thyme and sage will do the trick). Don't forget to season the cavity with salt and pepper, too.

How do I make my own stuffing cubes?

Making stuffing cubes is as easy as making homemade croutons! Simply cube the bread, place it in a single layer on a baking sheet and lightly toast at 225 to 250 degrees for about an hour. Turn the cubes occasionally for even toasting.

How can I make the stuffing my own?

To make this stuffing your own, try adding fun mix-ins like pecans, sausage, bacon and dried cranberries.

How do I make gravy with drippings?

Follow our Simple Turkey Gravy recipe to make gravy with turkey drippings!

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor, and Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist
Editor's Note: Stuffing may be prepared as directed and baked separately in a 3-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 325° for 30 minutes; uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or until heated through and lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

8 ounces cooked turkey with 1/2 cup stuffing: 555 calories, 25g fat (9g saturated fat), 190mg cholesterol, 624mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 55g protein.