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Butter Basted Turkey

Turkey. The ultimate holiday main course. If you are of the few that find turkey to be kind of, well, boring, this butter basted turkey may just change your opinion! Packed with spices, this turkey is of the moist-est you have ever tried. The best part is that there is no brining required.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Resting Time20 mins
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter basted roast turkey, butter basted turkey, roast turkey, turkey dinner
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 18kcal
Author: The Sassy Foodie


For the Turkey and Stuffing

  • 1 10 lb Uncooked Turkey whole
  • 1 teaspoon Sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bulbs garlic halved horizontally
  • 2 lemons quartered
  • 1 bunch thyme

For Flavoured Butter


  • Preheat the oven: Preheat the oven to 325°.
  • Prepare the Turkey: Remove the gizzards and the neck bone from the turkey. Using a paper towel, pat dry the turkey skin so there is no excess moisture.
  • Season and stuff the cavity: Liberally season the inside of the turkey with salt and pepper, and stuff with the garlic bulbs, lemon and thyme.
  • Make the butter: Mix together the ingredients for the flavoured butter, in a mixing bowl.
  • Rub the turkey: Using a pastry brush or your hands, liberally slather the turkey in all the crevices with the flavoured butter. You will be left with butter, which you will baste the turkey with while it roasts.
  • Cover with foil and roast: You will want to make a tent out of foil and put that on top of the turkey. If some of the butter comes off, that is fine, as you will baste the turkey as it roasts. You can either make your turkey in a large baking dish, like I did, or use a
  • Baste the turkey: Baste the turkey every half an hour, with your remaining butter mixture. For the last 45 minutes of roasting the turkey, you may remove the foil and cook uncovered.
  • Rest the turkey before carving: Once the turkey is done, allow the turkey to rest in a foil tent, for approximately 15-20 minutes prior to carving.


Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 390mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 343IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg