What is the best temperature to cook a 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.
How long do turkeys take to bake? Generally a turkey should be baked for 20 minutes per pound. However, you need to consider if it’s frozen, stuffed 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 lbs||1 hour 30 minutes|
|5 lbs||1 hour 45 minutes|
|6 lbs||2 hours 15 minutes|
|7 lbs||2 hours 45 minutes|
|8 lbs||2 hours 45 minutes||3 hours|
|10 lbs||2 hours 55 minutes||3 hours 15 minutes|
|12 lbs||3 hours||3 hours 30 minutes|
|14 lbs||3 hours 45 minutes||3 hours 45 minutes|
|16 lbs||4 hours||4 hours|
|18 lbs||4 hours 15 minutes||4 hours 15 minutes|
|20 lbs||4 hours 30 minutes||4 hours 45 minutes|
|22 lbs||4 hours 45 minutes||5 hours|
|24 lbs||5 hours||5 hours 15 minutes|