Citrus & Herb Roasted Turkey

This easiest turkey you’ll ever make. This turkey is moist, tender and juicy. Guaranteed to steal the show!

  • Prep: 20 Mins
  • Cook: 3 to 3.5 hours
  • Portions: 1 Whole Turkey

Ingredients You'll Need

  • 1 Medium Fresh, Free Run Turkey
  • 1/2 large orange, cut into wedges
  • 1 lemon, cut in quarters
  • 1/2 large Granny Smith apple, cut in 2 wedges
  • 1 garlic head, cut in half
  • 5 sage sprigs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large navel orange, juiced & zested
  • 1 large lemon, juiced & zested
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tbsp. fresh sage, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature


  1. In a small bowl combine orange juice & zest, lemon juice & zest, garlic, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper and butter
  2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F
  3. Rinse turkey (inside and out) and pat the skin dry
  4. Place turkey in a roasting rack inside a large roasting pan
  5. Stuff the cavity of the turkey with the orange, lemon, apple, garlic and herbs
  6. Tuck the wings under the turkey
  7. Carefully loosen the skin of the turkey by running your hand between the skin and breast meat working your way down the leg
  8. Take 1/4 of the butter mixture and rub it, throughly, under the skin and over the breast and leg meat to coat as much of the turkey as possible
  9. Repeat on opposite side and then coat the remaining butter mixture over the skin to cover the entire turkey
  10. Sprinkle the breast and legs of the turkey with salt and pepper and tie the legs of the turkey with butcher twine
  11. Roast turkey on the lowest oven rack for 30 minutes
  12. Then turn temperature down to 350 degrees
  13. Roast for 3 to 3 1/2 hours, until the internal temperature of the thigh reaches 180 F
  14. Remove from oven and cover with foil
  15. Let turkey rest for 30 minutes before serving

Discussion 2 comments

Evelyn says:

You say to roast on lowest level for 30 minutes and then turn “down” to 350. Could you clarify what the original temperature is supposed to be?

Meridian Meats says:

Hi Evelyn,
Great question! Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Then roast the turkey on the lowest rack for 30 minutes, then turn the oven temperature down to 350 degrees F. Thanks for pointing that out. We will change the wording to say the lowest rack.
Hope you enjoy your turkey!

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