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How To Cook A Thanksgiving Turkey

It's easier than you think.
11/21/2015 07:01am ET | Updated November 23, 2015

No Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without a big, beautiful bird to crown the feast at the table. No matter how many sides there are to choose from or how many cocktails were imbibed beforehand, without a turkey it just doesn't really feel like Thanksgiving. But in order to do that, you first have to know how to cook a turkey.

Since a giant bird isn't a typical dish you make on the regular for dinner, cooking one up can be intimidating -- especially for new hosts. We're here to help.

Whether you choose to brine or not, add spice rubs or just simply stuff, what every Thanksgiving host really needs in their arsenal are flavorful, trustworthy recipes to guide them through the task at hand (and information on how long turkeys actually take to cook). We have those recipes -- 16 of them. Choose one and enjoy a stress-free, delicious turkey.

1
Maple Sage Rubbed Turkey
Cafe Johnsonia
Get the Maple Sage Rubbed Turkey recipe from Cafe Johnsonia
2
Applewood Smoked Turkey
How Sweet It Is
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3
Herb And Butter Roasted Turkey
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Herb and Butter Roasted Turkey recipe from Half Baked Harvest
4
Buffalo Roasted Turkey
Foodie Crush
Get the Buffalo Roasted Turkey recipe from Foodie Crush
5
Classic Roast Turkey
The Woks of Life
Get the Classic Roast Turkey recipe from The Woks of Life
6
Herb Butter Rotisserie Turkey
Foodie Crush
Get the Herb Butter Rotisserie Turkey recipe from Foodie Crush
7
Cranberry And White Wine Brined Turkey
A Beautiful Mess
Get the Cranberry And White Wine Brined Turkey recipe from A Beautiful Mess
8
Lemon Rosemary Roast Turkey
Eclectic Recipes
Get the Lemon Rosemary Roast Turkey recipe from Eclectic Recipes
9
Roast Turkey With Herb Compound Butter
Annie's Eats
10
Roast Turkey With Pears And Sage
Adventures in Cooking
Get the Roast Turkey with Pears & Sage recipe from Adventures in Cooking
11
Easy Roast Turkey
Boulder Locavore
Get the Easy Roast Turkey recipe from Boulder Locavore
12
Juicy Roast Turkey Breast
Foodie Crush
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13
Smoked Turkey
Chaos in the Kitchen
Get the Smoked Turkey recipe from Chaos in the Kitchen
14
Deep-Fried Turkey
Food52.com
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15
BBQ Turkey With Mustard Sauce
Simply Recipes
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