18 Different Ways to Cook a Turkey

Roasting, brining, frying - there are as many ways to cook Thanksgiving turkey as there are side dishes. Browse our top methods and find your favorite way to best that bird.

Sweet: Honey Brined Smoked Turkey

"This is brine is TO DIE FOR! It makes the tastiest, moistest turkey ever."

-WaCookinFool

Glazed: Apricot-Glazed Turkey with Onion & Shallot Gravy

"Don't pass this beautiful bird by; you will get so many rave reviews! One tip: The glaze makes the bird brown very fast, so cover it with foil as soon as you need to."

-Scoutie

Roasted: Classic Herbed Turkey

"I never cooked a Thanksgiving turkey by myself, until today! I can honestly say that, thanks to this recipe, our dinner came out great!"

-BelleofPA

Scalded: Uncle Bill's Turkey

"I tried this for Thanksgiving it made the turkey super moist, even the breast meat. I will use this method always from now on."

-Cindy G

Rolled & Stuffed: Turducken Roulade

"Oh my gosh, this is AMAZING! I stuffed it with cornbread and wild rice then sprinkled each layer with creole seasoning. Everyone loved it!"

-Diana J.

Easy: Roast Turkey for Beginners

"This was my first attempt at a Thanksgiving turkey and it was amazing — so moist and delicious! My guests devoured it."

-Mrs. Beckman

Brown Bag: Famous Brown Bag Turkey

"Everyone (including me) was skeptical about this recipe's paper bag technique, but the turkey turned out awesome. It was by far the best I've ever had, and all of my Thanksgiving guests agreed!"

-izbryte

Brined: Alton Brown's Brined Turkey

"Hands down, the best turkey we've ever had! A saltwater brine allows the turkey to hold in tons of moisture and absorb the seasonings deep into the meat."

-**Tinkerbell**

Spicy: Roast Turkey

"I love this turkey! The spice mixture isn't too hot, but you can definitely tell there's some zip to it — and the meat is so juicy."

-Shelby Jo

Electric Oven: Perfect Turkey

"I went in search of an amazing turkey recipe when I got a new roaster, and, boy, did I find it! The meat retains so much of its juice that it just falls off the bone."

-Xanaeq

Grilled: Basil Lemon Turkey Breast

"My family and friends enjoyed the flavorful layer of basil, lemon, garlic and Romano cheese in this recipe!"

-WiGal

For Two: Stuffed Turkey Breast with Cranberry Glaze

"We made this turkey the night before Thanksgiving, and it was so easy to put together! The cranberry glaze really makes the dish."

-Impera_Magna

Smoked: Spice-Rubbed Turkey

"Nicely seasoned, moist and delicious — this turkey was a huge hit at Thanksgiving dinner!"

-PaulaG

Sweet & Salty: Maple Roast Turkey

"Fantastic recipe! I would not have thought to use maple syrup for a turkey, but the maple butter was incredible."

-Diana J

Slow Cooker: Turkey Breast with Fail-Proof Gravy

"We loved this way of cooking turkey! It came out very tender. We love a lot of seasoning, so I added a mixture of olive oil, minced garlic, onion powder and herbs under the skin."

-slickchick

Fried: Deep-Fried Turkey

"Awesome! Our family has deep-fried our Thanksgiving turkey for a few years now, and this was the best recipe I've found! The meat was tender and juicy with a nice apple flavor."

-Isanti Tigress

Herb-Roasted: Mouthwatering Herb Turkey

"I've used this turkey recipe for two Thanksgivings in a row because it's delicious, and the hot water trick really works to keep the meat moist! It never fails to satisfy."

-LizzyGirl09

Bonus: Classic Roast Turkey

"I was the hero of our Thanksgiving dinner! This turkey was fantastic — even my mom mentioned that the meat was cooked to perfection!"

-Barb Witherspoon