Although the prospect of roasting a bird may seem daunting, the truth is, there’s only one thing you really need to get right when it comes to making the turkey: its roasting time. Roasting times for turkeys vary widely based on their size: while a 10-pounder only takes about 2 1/2 hours to cook, one twice its size will take approximately 4 1/2 hours.
We’re posting our best turkey roasting guidelines below, so that you’ll have plenty of time to familiarize yourself with them. (We recommend you print out the chart below and tape it to your fridge!) For best results, roast your turkey on a wire rack in an open roasting pan with sturdy handles. If you use a foil roasting pan, double it for extra strength and take special care when transferring it into and out of the oven.
And don’t forget: After roasting, let the turkey rest for 20 to 30 minutes before carving (this will allow for juices to be reabsorbed).
Your Ultimate Guide to Turkey Roasting Times
|Turkey Weight||Approximate Roasting Time||Minimum Pan Size|
|10 to 12 lb.||2 1/2 to 3 hours||14″ x 10″ x 2 3/4″ high (small)|
|12 to 14 lb.||2 3/4 to 3 1/4 hours||15 3/4″ x 12″ x 3″ high (medium)|
|14 to 16 lb.||3 to 3 3/4 hours||15 3/4″ x 12″ x 3″ high (medium)|
|16 to 18 lb.||3 1/4 to 4 hours||16″ x 13″ x 3″ high (large)|
|18 to 20 lb.||3 1/2 to 4 1/4 hours||16″ x 13″ x 3″ high (large)|
|20+ lb.||3 3/4 to 4 1/2 hours||18″ x 13″ x 3″ high (extra-large)|
Want to know how to know when your turkey’s ready? Watch the video below to find out.