The Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Cook up a perfect centerpiece for Thanksgiving dinner

Come Thanksgiving, most family dinners will feature a roast turkey centerpiece. Unfortunately, many of these turkeys will be bland, dry, and unappealing. Whether you're serving a whole bird or just pieces, we've collected our favorite turkey recipes to make sure that your Thanksgiving dinner goes off without a hitch.

Roasting a whole turkey can be a challenge. One trick to help ensure that the bird stays moist is using a brine. Soaking the turkey in a salty brine causes it to absorb some of the seasoned liquid, which breaks down the proteins and seals in flavor and moisture. Once you've got the technique down you can add in a range of flavors, from a simple mix of black pepper and sage to an intense achiote-citrus marinade, which will give the bird a striking red hue.

People are split when it comes to stuffing—some cook it on its own in a pan, while others think it must be cooked in the turkey. We see merit in both sides, and have some great turkey recipes with stuffing included. Our herb-roasted turkey is stuffed with hominy, sausage, and oysters. For our chile-rubbed turkey, we use a beet stuffing with olives, corn, and carrots. Find all of these dishes and more in our collection of turkey recipes.

Jamaican Jerk Roast Turkey

Full of fiery chiles and warm spices, the all-purpose seasoning for this turkey can also be used as a rub on chicken, pork, goat, fish, and vegetables.
Full of fiery chiles and warm spices, the all-purpose seasoning for this turkey can also be used as a rub on chicken, pork, goat, fish, or vegetables. Get the recipe for Jamaican Jerk Roast Turkey »Jenny Huang | Food Stylist: Laura Rege | Prop Stylist: Vanessa Vazquez

Easy, Perfect Roast Turkey

Easy, Perfect Roast Turkey
This is the easiest and most satisfying roast turkey you can make, simple enough for beginners but no less rewardingly juicy, flavorful, and golden brown than other more complicated techniques. Get the recipe for Easy, Perfect Roast Turkey »Matt Taylor-Gross

Fast and Juicy Roast Turkey in Parts

Fast and Juicy Roast Turkey in Parts
Carve your turkey before roasting for a juicy bird that cooks in half the time. Get the recipe for Fast and Juicy Roast Turkey in Parts »Michelle Heimerman

Pancetta-Wrapped Roast Turkey Breast (Turketta)

Pancetta-Wrapped Roast Turkey Breast (Turketta)
Due to our collective memory of overcooked holiday birds, turkey breast has the unfortunate reputation of being boring and dry. Thankfully, when it is cooked off the bone and seasoned appropriately, it can in fact be extremely juicy and flavorful. Get the recipe for Pancetta-Wrapped Roast Turkey Breast (Turketta) »Matt Taylor-Gross

Slow-Smoked and Spice-Brined Turkey

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Inspired by the flavors of Peking duck, this turkey is infused with a Sichuan peppercorns, fennel seeds, and fresh ginger brine, then lightly smoked over oak. Get the recipe for Slow-Smoked and Spice-Brined Turkey »Matt Taylor-Gross

Tamarind-Glazed Roast Turkey

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The flavors of Senegal—sour tamarind, fiery scotch bonnets, and pungent fish sauce—add umami-rich depth to this unexpected Thanksgiving bird. Get the recipe for Tamarind-Glazed Roast Turkey »Ryan Liebe

Brined and Roasted Turkey

Brined and Roasted Turkey
Brining turkeys has become de rigueur in many American households. Get the recipe for Brined and Roasted Turkey ».Vanessa Rees

Roasted Turkey with Achiote Citrus Marinade

Roasted Turkey with Achiote Citrus Marinade
Achiote paste gives the rub for this recipe a deep red hue, making for a visually striking roast holiday bird. Get the recipe for Roasted Turkey with Achiote Citrus Marinade ».Helen Rosner

Herbes de Provence Grilled Turkey

Herbes de Provence Grilled Turkey
Massachusetts-based home cook Eric Silvers, a senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, employs an innovative method for cooking his family's Thanksgiving turkey each year: The bird is set atop a rack inside a disposable aluminum pan, which is nestled directly into the coals of a grill, and charred at a very high temperature. The result is a crisp-skinned, juicy, smoke-kissed turkey that's finished in just a fraction of the time it would take to roast it. Get the recipe for Herbes de Provence Grilled Turkey ».Andre Baranowski

Bouchon Roast Turkey

Bouchon Roast Turkey
At California's Bouchon Bistro, turkey is divided into pieces for cooking to maximize its flavor and texture. The drumsticks and breast soak in a tenderizing brine—honey, lemon, herbs, garlic, and lots of salt—before roasting, while thighs are deboned and stuffed with an herbed turkey mousse for roulades. Get the recipe for Bouchon Roast Turkey »Eilon Paz

Braised Turkey in Green Mole

Braised Turkey in Green Mole
Deconstructed turkey braised in a refreshing green mole provides a light and quick alternative to the standard Thanksgiving bird. Get the recipe for Braised Turkey in Green Mole »Helen Rosner

Grilled Turkey Breast with Caramelized Onion, Cracked Black Pepper, and Vinegar

Grilled Turkey Breast with Caramelized Onion, Cracked Black Pepper, and Vinegar
Black pepper is a major ingredient in this dish, so be sure to use fresh-cracked as opposed to pre-cracked pepper. Get the recipe for Grilled Turkey Breast with Caramelized Onion, Cracked Black Pepper, and Vinegar »Helen Rosner

Roast Turkey with Celery-Root Stuffing and Giblet Gravy

Roast Turkey with Celery-Root Stuffing and Giblet Gravy
Celery root brings an earthy dimension to the stuffing for this crisp-skinned bird, which is dressed in a white wine, giblet, and mushroom gravy. Get the recipe for Roast Turkey with Celery-Root Stuffing and Giblet Gravy »Michael Kraus

Thanksgiving Roast Turkey

Thanksgiving Roast Turkey
This recipe comes from a true Kentuckian, Rena McClure, who has lived there her whole life. Serve it with cornbread dressing cooked in a cast-iron skillet on the side. Get the recipe for Thanksgiving Roast Turkey »Helen Rosner

Boudin-Stuffed Turkey Breast

Boudin-Stuffed Turkey Breast
Butterflying breast meat and stuffing it is a cook's trick for ensuring a flavorful, juicy, and evenly cooked holiday roast. This dish, inspired by a recipe from the chef Donald Link of Herbsaint and Cochon restaurants in New Orleans, has a Cajun accent: the stuffing of boudin (a spicy pork and rice sausage) gives the turkey a piquant appeal. The best part? Rolling the breast and slicing it enables everyone at the table to have a piece with plenty of sumptuous stuffing and crackly skin. Get the recipe for Boudin-Stuffed Turkey Breast »Todd Coleman

Chile-Rubbed Turkey with Beet Stuffing

Chile-Rubbed Turkey with Beet Stuffing
New Mexico and arbol chiles create a sauce similar to a mole that coats the turkey, while adding spice and depth. Get the recipe for Chile-Rubbed Turkey with Beet Stuffing »Todd Coleman

Herb-Roasted Turkey with Hominy, Oyster, and Sausage Dressing

Herb-Roasted Turkey with Hominy, Oyster, and Sausage Dressing
Rubbing the turkey with olive oil and fresh herbs yields a moist, flavorful bird with crisp skin. An apple cider gravy and a dressing of hominy, sausage, and oysters add richness to the festive Thanksgiving centerpiece. Get the recipe for Herb-Roasted Turkey with Hominy, Oyster, and Sausage Dressing »Beth Rooney