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Best Holiday Herb Roasted Turkey Recipe

This is the only turkey recipe you'll ever need, for holidays and anytime!

Cuisine American
Keyword christmas, thanksgiving
Prep Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 8
Author Abby Langer



  • 1 15 lb Butterball unstuffed turkey fresh or thawed
  • 3 onions chopped
  • 3-4 carrots scrubbed and halved or quartered
  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • Salt and pepper


  • Drippings from the turkey
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup water


Make the turkey:

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F/165°C.

    Remove fresh turkey from bag.

    Remove neck from body cavity and giblets from neck cavity.

    Drain juices from cavity and blot with paper towels.

  2. In a small bowl, mash the butter with the fresh herbs.

    Place the carrots and onions in the bottom of a shallow roasting pan. Lay the turkey breast side up on them.

    Rub the turkey all over with the herb butter, including inside the cavity. If your turkey is cold, this is going to be challenging, because the butter will stiffen as it will come in contact with the skin. Don’t worry, just do your best.  

    Sprinkle salt and pepper all over.  

    Place in the centre of preheated oven

  3. Cook the turkey at 350° F until meat thermometer reads 180°F/82°C in the thigh. 

Make the gravy:

  1. Remove the turkey and carrots from the roasting pan and set on a carving board to rest for 15 minutes before carving.


    Leave the onions in the pan for the gravy.


    Place the roasting pan on top of the stove at medium heat. 


    Deglaze  pan drippings by adding the broth and wine, and simmering, whisking and scraping up the browned bits at the bottom of the pan. 


    Dissolve the flour in the water and slowly add to the pan, bringing up the heat and whisking until the gravy boils and starts to thicken. 


    Add salt and pepper to taste.


    Serve hot with the turkey.