The Best Turkey Recipes For Thanksgiving

Roasted, stuffed, brined ... here's how to cook the best bird yet. We've even got a 3D model that shows you how to carve it!

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Thanksgiving dinner just would not be complete without a big, beautiful turkey to crown the feast at the table. No matter how many sides there are to choose from or how many cocktails are imbibed beforehand, without a turkey it just doesn’t really feel like Thanksgiving.

If you want to go the easiest route, cook a turkey breast. But if you’re going to make a whole turkey, we’ve gathered some trusted recipes for you to use below.

Whether you choose to brine or not, add spice rubs or just simply stuff it, here are 14 recipes you need that will make for a deliciously successful Thanksgiving.

And once you’ve roasted your bird, you’ll need to carve it. We’ve got a step-by-step guide with easy-to-follow pictures and instructions from chef Adam Gabriel of Baltimore’s Heritage Smokehouse.

If you could use more help, we’ve also designed a 3D model that you can place in your own space – next to or on top of your own turkey – to see exactly where to make the cuts.

Click the 3D model below to check it out, then keep scrolling below for the turkey recipes.

If you’re on a mobile device, you can view the turkey in your own space by clicking the “See it in your own space” button on the top right of your screen. Use two fingers to resize and rotate the 3D model so it matches your turkey (or turn your real turkey to match the model) and click through the five steps in the carousel at the bottom to see exactly where to slice. If you’re viewing on a laptop or desktop computer use your mouse or touchpad to zoom and rotate the turkey. Make sure to hit the “Sound On” icon at the top right of your screen to hear a walkthrough of the steps. 

We hope we’ve helped to make your holidays just a bit less stressful. Enjoy!

Easy Thanksgiving Turkey
Damn Delicious
Dry Brined Roasted Turkey
Completely Delicious
Grilled Turkey
How Sweet Eats
Maple Sage Rubbed Turkey
Cafe Johnsonia
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Applewood Smoked Turkey
How Sweet It Is
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Herb And Butter Roasted Turkey
Half Baked Harvest
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Butter Drenched and White Wine Roasted Turkey with Perfect Gravy
How Sweet Eats
Buffalo Roasted Turkey
Foodie Crush
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Classic Roast Turkey
The Woks of Life
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Herb Butter Rotisserie Turkey
Foodie Crush
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Cranberry And White Wine Brined Turkey
A Beautiful Mess
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Lemon Rosemary Roast Turkey
Eclectic Recipes
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Roast Turkey With Herb Compound Butter
Annie's Eats
Roast Turkey With Pears And Sage
Adventures in Cooking
Get the Roast Turkey with Pears & Sage recipe from Adventures in Cooking



The augmented reality 3D gallery on how to carve a turkey is produced by:

Roy Rodenhaeuser, Creative Technologist, RYOT Studio; Brogan Driscoll, HuffPost UK Life Editor; Francesca Syrett, Global Managing Editor, Video; Zaira Brilhante, Virtual Production Producer, Studios; Henry Keyser, Senior XR Project Manager, Verizon Media; Jennifer Kho, HuffPost US Director of Strategic Innovation, Ivylise Simones, HuffPost US Creative Director; Damon Scheleur, HuffPost US Photo Editor, Leezel Tanglao, HuffPost US Senior Editor of Membership and Innovation; Ucilia Wang, HuffPost US Editor of Partnerships and Innovation

Narrator: Henry Keyser