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Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey

Difficulty 3/5
Prep time 15 mins

Cook time 4 hrs
Serves 8-12

Hardwood Cherry

The best Thanksgiving turkey recipe calls for simple spices & primal wood-fired flavor. Traeger is your recipe for success.


1 (18-20lb) turkey

1/2 lb butter, softened

8 sprigs thyme

6 cloves garlic, minced

1 sprig rosemary, rough chop

1 tbsp cracked black pepper

1/2 tbsp kosher salt


In a small bowl, combine butter with the minced garlic, thyme leaves, chopped rosemary, black pepper and kosher salt.

Prepare the turkey by separating the skin from the breast creating a pocket to stuff the butter-herb mixture in.

Cover the entire breast with 1/4" thickness of butter mixture. 

Season the whole turkey with kosher salt and black pepper. As an option, you can also stuff the turkey cavity with Traditional Stuffing.

When ready to cook, set the temperature to 300℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.  

Place turkey on the grill and roast for 3-4 hours. Check the internal temperature, the desired temperature is 175℉ in the thigh next to the bone, and 160℉ in the breast.

Turkey will continue to cook once taken off grill to reach a final temperature of 165℉ in the breast.

Let rest for 10-15 minutes before carving. Enjoy!

*Cook times will vary depending on set and ambient temperatures.

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