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Juicy Herb-Roasted Turkey

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3-1/4 hours + standing


14 servings

Add wonderful flavor to your turkey dinner through the use of delicious herbs. Make sure you use the drippings for a delicious gravy!— Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin


  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)
  • 8 fresh sage leaves plus 4 fresh sage sprigs, divided
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs, divided
  • 4 medium onions
  • 5 celery ribs
  • 5 medium carrots
  • 3 medium parsnips


  1. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup oil, garlic, salt and pepper. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from the turkey breast; rub mixture under the skin. Place sage leaves and two thyme sprigs under the skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks.
  2. Cut onions into wedges and the celery, carrots and parsnips into 2-in. lengths. Place about a fifth of the onions, celery and carrots in the turkey cavity; add sprigs and remaining thyme. Place remaining vegetables in a roasting pan. Place turkey, breast side up, over vegetables. Brush with remaining oil.
  3. Bake at 325° for 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 hours or until a thermometer reads 180°, basting occasionally with pan drippings. Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes before carving turkey. Discard vegetables; use drippings to make gravy.

Nutrition Facts

8 ounce-weight: 599 calories, 32g fat (8g saturated fat), 245mg cholesterol, 342mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 72g protein.

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  • chamie7
    Nov 25, 2020

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  • Itha
    Nov 25, 2019

    This was my first turkey ever. It was easy to do and it was delicious.

  • pajamaangel
    Dec 2, 2018

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  • jenna_b
    Nov 12, 2018

    I have been making this turkey for some time now. It always turns out great. I use butter instead of oil to rub the turkey with. I always salt brine my turkey the day before also.

  • Mebeverryalive
    Apr 1, 2013

    I infuse my olive oil a day or two ahead of time with the herbs suggested. This recipe never fails to produce a very moist and tasty turkey.

  • lady_g
    Nov 28, 2012

    Delicious, juicy turkey!

  • babylyric1
    Oct 5, 2012

    This turkey was easy, delicious, and looked fabulous as a center piece to my table tonight. I was surprised at how quickly this came together for as attractive as it looks. I got a lot of "Wow, how did you do that?" and "Oh, that looks so amazing!" I'll make this again for sure!

  • mimicotom
    Dec 26, 2011

    The best ever turkey! The prep time is a little longer than usual; but worth it. After the bird was cooked, I took it out of the oven and wrapped a blanket around the roasting pan and left it for 1 hour. This allowed the juices to retract and was still very hot. You can use the extra hour to do something else.

  • joedebfry
    Nov 26, 2011

    Both the turkey and gravy were excellent! I followed another's suggestion and pureed vegetables that had been roasted with the turkey, to thicken the gravy. Everyone loved it. I need to eat wheat-free, so this was an added bonus.

  • decoratingbonnie
    Nov 15, 2011

    Cindy, Regarding discarding the vegetables. I use them this way. I remove the vegatables but puree them and add them to the remaing broth for gravy. It is the best gravy ever. Because of the carrots, the gravy is not the exact desired color, however, the flavor far out ways the color. For those with a gluten free diet, puree the vegetables and only add enough broth to achieve the correct gravy consistancy. No flour is added. This is very good.