How To Cook a Turkey in a Turkey Roaster: Best Method

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Everything you need to know for a perfect turkey in a turkey roaster oven. How long it takes, how to know when it’s being asked, and all your other questions answered.

The holiday season is filled with cookies, eggnog, mashed potatoes, filling, pastries, and of course, roast turkey. I always roast several turkeys between November and December and there’s one trick I swear by: my electric turkey roast oven.

I didn’t know what an electric toaster oven was until I got married and received one as a wedding gift. After trying it once, I have never cooked a bird in a traditional oven since!

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choose the best electric toaster

An electric toaster oven is basically a smaller version of a regular oven, powered by electricity. I always think of it as a cross between a Crock-Pot and a toaster oven.

I recommend the 22-quart Oster toaster oven with self-basing lid, which can cook a turkey up to 26 pounds. This is an updated and slightly larger version of the roaster I have.

I’ve had my turkey grill for over five years, use it several times a year, and it still looks and works like it’s new. You can use it for much more than just cooking turkeys:

  • cooking two whole chickens at onceMake
  • large

  • quantities of baked potatoes, stew, chili, dumplings, ribs, roasts, sauces, hams, stews, cakes or just about anything for a large group!

I always use my electric toaster for maple glazed ham. Some models of electric toaster come with removable dishes, which I really think is worth buying. They’re great for serving at parties, and you can also buy them separately.

Advantages of buying an electric toaster oven

  • Frees up oven space for other delicious dishes
  • Turkey generally cooks faster than in a traditional oven
  • Low maintenance: set and forget (with a thermometer), no rack
  • Cons

of an electric


  • Without a toaster, it’s harder to brown the turkey and get that classic roast turkey color and crispy skin. You can use golden sauce for color or put the turkey in your regular oven for the last half hour of cooking for crispy. Personally, I don’t care too much about color because I always cut my turkey before serving, and no one in my house eats the skin.
  • The oven is also quite large and can take up space in the kitchen. I keep mine in the original cardboard box in the garage when I’m not using it.

How much does an electric toaster cost?

Prices for electric roasters generally range from $30 to $130, depending on the size and quality. Maximum bird sizes generally range from 16 to 28 pounds. I swear by my electric toaster, but there are a few pros and cons to consider: What’s

the best turkey to buy for



Here’s what to keep in mind when selecting a bird at the supermarket:

  • Make sure you don’t buy a turkey that’s too big for your toaster. I once got ambitious and bought a huge turkey from Costco. I prepared it, only to realize that it was also too big for the lid to close!
  • How much turkey per person? Buy 1 pound of raw turkey per guest.

How to thaw a turkey

Thawing a turkey is

easy enough, but there are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • What’s the best way to thaw a turkey? The people at Butterball are professionals and have a complete guide to thawing a turkey safely.
  • I run my fridge cold. While thawing a 16-pound frozen turkey, I found ice crystals in the cavity even after refrigerating for 5 days. If your turkey still has ice crystals when it’s ready to cook, don’t worry. As long as the meat feels thawed and the turkey is flexible, it is still ready to cook. Just add a few minutes to the cooking time.

How to prepare a turkey

for grilling with electricity

To cook a turkey on an electric rotisserie, all you really need is the turkey and 1/2 cup of melted butter. Of course, all the extras make it great! But if all you have is butter, you’ll still get a delicious, golden, crunchy-skinned bird.

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Start by preheating the turkey grill to 400 degrees. In the meantime, remove the neck and giblets from the bird and make sure the turkey is thawed. I recommend placing it on the toaster rack for this (something I forgot to do in this picture).


is my favorite side of Thanksgiving, but I don’t cook my stuffing in the turkey cavity for sanitary reasons. Instead, stuff my turkey with apple slices, onion, and celery to add flavor. Then, I discard the fillings after cooking. I make my filling in a casserole and cook it in the normal oven. After filling the cavity, pat a few pats of butter between the skin and meat on top of the bird.

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How to make golden sauce for

roast turkey

If you wish, you can make a simple golden sauce for your bird by mixing the seasoning package with melted butter. Use a pastry brush to cover the turkey with the browning mixture. Golden sauce is for color only, so if you don’t want to use it, melted butter works too.

Then season the turkey generously with salt, pepper and any other seasoning you prefer (I use Italian seasonings). Finally, place all the turkey, rack and everything, in the toaster oven.

How to make wet roast turkey

Pour a can of chicken broth into the pan for roasting. This step makes your turkey juicier and ensures that it will have enough drops for tons of homemade sauce. Insert the thermometer into the thick part of the thigh and place the lid on the toaster.

How long to cook a turkey on a rotisserie

Cook the turkey at 400 degrees for 1 hour. After 1 hour, lower the temperature to 350 degrees and cook until the internal temperature reaches 170 degrees.

No one in my family eats turkey skin, but I know crispy skin is a must for some people. If you want a crispy skin, wait until your bird is half an hour away from finishing, remove the lid, carefully remove the turkey roasting tray and place the pan in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. Bake without lid until the desired internal temperature is reached.

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How to use

a turkey meat thermometer

A meat thermometer is a must when cooking a turkey on a spit. I have a Taylor Precision Products digital kitchen thermometer with probe and timer, and it works perfectly. If you want a top-of-the-line probe thermometer, I also recommend the ThermoWorks ChefAlarm, rated #1 by Cook’s Illustrated.


love using the probe thermometer because I can plug it into my turkey and set it to turn off when it reaches the desired temperature. After setting the thermometer, you can forget about it until the alarm sounds. I can also see the current temperature, and a timer keeps track of how long the turkey has been cooking. I don’t have to lift the lid to check the temperature, so my turkey stays nice and juicy.

Once the turkey

is well cooked, remove it from the toaster oven, load it with aluminum foil and let it sit for 20 minutes before carving.

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See all my holiday holiday recipes here, including plenty of side dishes to serve with your bird made on an electric turkey grill.

And for all the leftover turkey, I love making keto cucumber and turkey sandwiches 🙂

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