How Long Do You Cook a Turkey?

How long should you cook your turkey? Your turkey is cooked properly when it reaches a minimal internal temperature of 165 degrees F (75 degrees C). In order to get there your oven needs to be pre-heated to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). You can also use a food thermometer for the best result.

Generally a turkey should be cooked for 20 minutes per pound. But that will vary depending on its size. You will also need to consider if it’s stuffed or unstuffed or has been thawed. A stuffed turkey will always take longer to cook. According to USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), a fully thawed turkey takes 50 percent less time than a frozen turkey in the oven.

Turkey Cooking Time

Whether it’s a whole turkey or just turkey breast, It’s not easy to keep track of the proper cook time. That’s why I have prepared this turkey cooking time chart.

Turkey (Unstuffed)Turkey (Stuffed)Turkey Breast
4 lbs1 hour 30 minutes
5 lbs1 hour 45 minutes
6 lbs2 hours 15 minutes
7 lbs2 hours 45 minutes
8 lbs2 hours 45 minutes3 hours
10 lbs2 hours 55 minutes3 hours 15 minutes
12 lbs3 hours3 hours 30 minutes
14 lbs3 hours 45 minutes3 hours 45 minutes
16 lbs4 hours4 hours
18 lbs4 hours 15 minutes4 hours 15 minutes
20 lbs4 hours 30 minutes4 hours 45 minutes
22 lbs4 hours 45 minutes5 hours
24 lbs5 hours5 hours 15 minutes

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