Herb-Butter Roasted Turkey

Herb-Butter Roasted Turkey
Servings: 12 Yield: servings Prep 25 mins Roast 425°F 2 hrs 30 mins Stand 15 mins Cook 7 mins


  • 1 turkey (10-12 lbs), thawed if previously frozen
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 1 small yellow onion, quartered
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups unsalted turkey or chicken stock

Make It

1. Allow turkey to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before placing in oven. Remove giblets and neck (add neck to roasting pan, if desired); pat dry with paper towels. Heat oven to 425 degrees .

2. In a bowl, mix butter, parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage and 1/4 tsp of the salt until well combined.

3. Place lemon and onion inside turkey. Tie legs and place on a rack in a roasting pan, tucking wings underneath turkey. Season with remaining 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp of the pepper. Spread 4 tbsp of the herb butter on the turkey (refrigerate remaining butter; 1 more tbsp will be used to make gravy and the rest can be for another use). Roast on bottom rack at 425 degrees for 2 to 21/2 hours or until temperature in thigh reaches 165 degrees . (Cover legs with aluminum foil if darkening too quickly, but resist opening the oven too often.) Transfer turkey to a cutting board and allow to rest for 15 minutes before carving.

4. While turkey is resting, make gravy. Place roasting pan over two burners on medium heat. Add 1 tbsp of the herb butter. When melted, whisk in flour. Cook for 2 minutes. Pour in stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until thickened. Season with remaining 1/8 tsp pepper. Serve alongside turkey.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 12; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 636, Fat, total (g): 37, chol. (mg): 289, sat. fat (g): 23, carb. (g): 2, fiber (g): , pro. (g): 72, sodium (mg): 352, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.