Easy Beginner's Turkey with Stuffing

Easy Beginner's Turkey with Stuffing

DD123 0

"This easy to make turkey is great for beginners, but experts will find it equally delicious. Adjust the cooking time for different sized birds."


4 h 30 m servings 835 cals
Serving size has been adjusted!

Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 835 kcal
  • 42%
  • Fat:
  • 40.4 g
  • 62%
  • Carbs:
  • 15.6g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 95 g
  • 190%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 311 mg
  • 104%
  • Sodium:
  • 593 mg
  • 24%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

On Sale

What's on sale near you.


  • Prep

  • Cook

  • Ready In

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse turkey, remove giblets and place in a shallow roasting pan.
  2. Prepare stuffing according to package directions. Mix in water.
  3. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, and slowly cook and stir the celery and onion until tender.
  4. Mix celery, onion, and toasted bread pieces into the stuffing, and season with salt and pepper. Loosely scoop stuffing into the turkey body cavity and neck cavity. Rub the exterior of the turkey with vegetable oil.
  5. Loosely cover turkey with aluminum foil, and roast 3 1/2 to 4 hours in the preheated oven, until the thickest part of the thigh reaches 180 degrees F (85 degrees C) and the interior of the stuffing reaches 165 degrees F (70 degrees C). Remove foil during the last half hour of cooking to brown the bird.
  • profile image

Your rating



  1. 30 Ratings


I used this recipe last year for my first Thanksgiving in attempt to impress my mother and my mother-in-law. I was successful both ways. The entire family complimented my cooking ability. In ...

This is my first time making a turkey. My family love it! I brushed the outside of the turkey with melted unsalted butter instead of vegetable oil and it gave it a nice golden color. I remove...

Didn't like it!

I didn't use the stuffing mix. Instead I grated some bread into a bowl - about 8 slices (after letting the slices sit out flat on the counter to dry out for a couple of hours). And then added en...

I also made this last year to try and impress my in-laws....who came over sort of last minute. Couldn't use white bread or butter (mom's health issues), so unfortunately that made a big differe...

Thank you so much for making my very first Christmas dinner phenomenal! I never made a turkey before this and I must say it really gave me a major boost of confidence in my cooking skills. My ...

this recipe looks similar to the one I always make, that my mother made. It may possibly be better to use a broth rather than water to enrich the flavor.

I cooked this for Thanksgiving and it was wonderful. Not only did I get a good deal of compliments, but there was barely enough turkey left for leftovers the next day!

I used this recipe for Thanksgiving AND Christmas last year, and it worked perfectly! The turkey and stuffing were moist and delicious. I'll be using this recipe again.