How Long to Roast an 8-Pound Turkey

Not sure how long to roast an 8-pound turkey? We have advice to help, plus a few more tips for cooking and serving turkey.

Roasting an 8-Pound Turkey

For a whole, unstuffed turkey weighing between 8 and 12 pounds, roast at 325 degrees F for 2 hours and 45 minutes to 3 hours. Stuffed birds generally require 15 to 45 minutes longer roasting time than unstuffed birds. Always verify the doneness temperature of poultry and center of stuffing with a meat thermometer -- when inserted into the center of the bird, it should read 165 degrees F.

Tips and Tricks for Cooking Turkey

If you have more questions about cooking turkey -- or are just looking for a few delicious recipes to try -- we've got you covered:

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How to Make Turkey Ahead of Time

How to Smoke a Turkey

Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Turkey Recipes

More Advice for Cooking Turkey

Use herbs, such as sage, in addition to salt, pepper, and onions for a delicious take on roast turkey. Our turkey recipe ensures flavorful results for your Thanksgiving dinner or for any other special-occasion dinner.


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