Though there are plenty of things to consider when it comes to how you’re going to cook your Thanksgiving turkey, like whether or not to add stuffing or season it with a rub, timing is everything. And while you may have easily crunched the numbers on how many pounds you need to feed your guests, or how many days it takes to thaw, calculating just how long you should keep it in the oven is no simple task. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you.
The duration of the roast depends on a number of things, including whether or not the bird is stuffed, how big it is, and if it has been thawed. A stuffed turkey will take longer to cook through than a non-stuffed turkey, but not by much. According to the USDA, a frozen turkey requires about fifty perfect more time in the oven than a fully thawed turkey.
With all of that in mind, consult the chart below for the proper cook time:
Got your time? Great. You might want to grab a food thermometer, too — your turkey needs to reach a minimal internal temp of 165 degrees F before it’s safe to eat. To make sure you get there, your oven should be heated to 325 degrees F or higher. Ready, timers set, go.