Recipes and Cooking Roast Turkey, 8-10 Pounds 3.9 (139) 3 Reviews Thanksgiving is synonymous with turkey, and this simple recipe is the best way to cook a turkey. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on November 17, 2022 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Jason Donnelly Prep Time: 15 mins Roast Time: 2 hrs 45 mins Stand Time: 15 mins Total Time: 3 hrs 15 mins Servings: 12 Jump to Nutrition Facts Jump to recipe If you know an 8 to 10-pound turkey is the size you need, the next step is determining how long to cook a 10 lb. turkey. Whether your bird is stuffed or unstuffed, we've got the cooking times for your turkey. Don't forget to let it stand before carving. Cooking Turkey 101: How to Prep and Cook a Bird for Thanksgiving Ingredients 1 (8-10 pound) turkey Salt (optional) Stuffing (optional) Cooking oil Directions Pat turkey dry on the inside and out with paper towels. If desired, season body cavity with salt. Spoon stuffing (if using) loosely into neck and body cavities. Skewer neck skin of turkey to back. Tuck the ends of the drumsticks under the band of skin across the tail. If there is no band of skin, tie the drumsticks securely to the tail. Twist wing tips under the back. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Brush with oil. If desired, insert a meat thermometer into the center of an inside thigh muscle. The thermometer should not touch bone. Cover turkey loosely with foil. Roast in a 325°F oven for 2-1/4 hours. Remove foil; cut band of skin or string between drumsticks so thighs cook evenly. Continue roasting for 30 to 45 minutes more (1 to 1-1/4 hours if stuffed), or until the thermometer registers 180°F; and the center of the stuffing (if using) is 165°F. (The juices should run clear and drumsticks should move easily in their sockets.) This is the Safe Internal Temperature for Turkey Remove turkey from oven. Cover with foil; let stand for 15 to 20 minutes before carving. Transfer turkey to a cutting board. Carve turkey. Makes 12 to 14 servings. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 255 Calories 12g Fat 35g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 12 Calories 255 % Daily Value * Total Fat 12g 15% Saturated Fat 3g 15% Cholesterol 101mg 34% Sodium 83mg 4% Protein 35g Calcium 30.3mg 2% Iron 2.2mg 12% Potassium 344mg 7% Folate, total 8.1mcg Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg Vitamin B-6 0.5mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.