2-Hour Turkey, Really.

Torrey Moseley Recipe

By Torrey Moseley Torrey

10 Min
2 Hr

I ran across this recipe a few years back from my local grocery store. I was VERY skeptical that one could actually cook an entire turkey (regardless of size) in about 2 hours and have it be edible. Well, not only does this actually work, it produces the BEST roasted turkey I've had to date. NO MORE GETTING UP AT 4 a.m. to start the holiday turkey, NO MORE BASTING. It's so incredibly fast and easy. It has become the only way I roast turkeys. Turkey...it's not JUST for holidays, anymore. The biggest turkey I made this way was 22.5 pounds. It took about 2 hours 15 minutes to cook. WOW.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
The flavor is all that you would expect from a well-cooked Thanksgiving turkey, but the technique is so wonderfully different! The Crew and I cooked a 14 lb turkey in 1 hr 15 min.


thawed, whole turkey (from 10 - 24 pounds)
2 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
1 to 3 tsp
coarsely ground salt (kosher or sea)
freshly ground pepper

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Turkey
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American
Collection: Thanksgiving Table
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy
Hashtags: #easy, #fast

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Lisa Lopes LeeLee1691
Nov 23, 2014
I too love cooking our turkey this way. Just posted it to Facebook as well. Thanks Torrey for sharing this quick way to cook the Thanksgiving turkey!
Jan Nelson redsongbirdjmb
Nov 22, 2014
This is the only way to roast a turkey, in my opinion. I post the link each year on facebook, I believe it that much. Others I have shared with like it as well. The resting time is more than enough time to cook the other sides that don't fit into the oven while the bird is roasting. I love being able to sleep in. I have also used this recipe for roasting chickens, on a shorter time frame, however.
Marge Stickel grammadude
Nov 14, 2014
Yes, we have a natural gas hookup for our grill, but since we are visiting my out of town daughter, I will be using her propane gas grill.
Blondie Pussycat blondie8080
Nov 13, 2014
Marge did you use a gas grill?
Marge Stickel grammadude
Nov 12, 2014
I experimented last week and cooked a 13 pound turkey on the grill !! I preheated the grill on high on all burners until it maxed out at 550 degrees. I prepared the turkey just as written and inserted a remote type temperature probe in the inner thigh so I could keep an eye on the turkey temp. I put about a half gallon of plain water in the bottom of the roasting pan, and checked it frequently while cooking so it wouldn't get dry and burn...this is important! Then I put the roasting pan with "v" type rack, and the prepared turkey on the grill grate and closed the lid. I turned the heat down slightly until it was about 475 to 500 degrees and checked it occasionally to make sure it stayed the high temp. (it will go down some when you open the lid to put the turkey in). Except for quickly checking and adding the water to the pan, I let the turkey alone. It was done in an hour and 35 minutes. It was juicy, the skin was crispy and nicely browned, the house wasn't smokey and I was happy that I didn't have to clean my oven! I could use that for the side dishes. Now we won't have turkey only once a year, but many times since it is so easy that way.