Citrus and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 10 mins

The BEST turkey recipe ever. Citrus and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey is the most fool-proof recipe for tender, moist turkey your whole family will love.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Roasted Turkey
Servings: 12
Calories: 550 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • For the citrus and herb butter:
  • 1 large navel orange juiced and zested
  • 1 large lemon juiced and zested
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter room temperature
  • For the turkey:
  • 14-16 pound turkey thawed if frozen)
  • 1/2 large orange cut in two wedges
  • 1 lemon cut in quarters
  • 1/2 large granny smith apple cut in two wedges
  • 1 garlic head cut in half
  • 5 sprigs of sage
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • Kosher Salt and fresh ground pepper
  1. For the butter:
  2. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and stir together thoroughly. Set aside.
  3. For the turkey:
  4. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
  5. Rinse the turkey inside and out. Pat the skin dry and place in a roasting rack inside a large roasting pan. Stuff the cavity of the bird with the orange, lemon, apple, garlic and herbs.
  6. Tuck the wing tips under the turkey.
  7. Carefully loosen the skin by running your hand between the skin and the breast meat working your way down to the leg. Take 1/4 of the butter mixture and rub it, thoroughly, under the skin over the breast and leg meat being sure to coat as much of the turkey as possible. Repeat on the opposite side and then coat the remaining butter mixture over the skin being sure to cover the entire turkey.
  8. Sprinkle the breast and legs of the turkey with salt and pepper and tie the legs of the turkey together with kitchen twine.
  9. Roast the turkey on the lowest level of the oven at 500 degrees in the oven for 30 minutes and then turn the oven temperature down to 35o degrees and insert a probe thermometer into the thickest part of the breast. Set the alarm on the thermometer to 161 degrees. A 14-16 pound turkey takes approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours of roasting time total. (You can also use an instant read thermometer, just remember to check the turkey before the 2 hour mark to avoid overcooking.)
  10. Remove from the oven and cover with foil. Let the turkey rest for approximately 30 minutes before carving.
Nutrition Facts
Citrus and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 550 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 270mg90%
Sodium 421mg18%
Potassium 907mg26%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 81g162%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 17.6mg21%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.