Roast Turkey (in Electric Roaster)

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Roast Turkey in an electric roaster is a timesaver for Thanksgiving or Christmas and it roasts perfectly with fool-proof results while saving on oven space!

If you’re looking for an alternative way to cook your Classic Roast Turkey for your main dish this Thanksgiving I’ve got options for you!  You’ll find plenty of your Thanksgiving and Holiday Recipe Favorites here.

Turkey in an Electric Roaster

ROAST TURKEY (IN AN ELECTRIC ROASTER)

Roasting a turkey in a regular oven is no longer the traditional way to cook a turkey early on Thanksgiving morning.  You can make the turkey just as delicious and tender without losing any oven space.

If you’re a slow cooker enthusiast you’re sure to wow everyone with our Crispy Slow Cooker Turkey Thighs or Crispy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast.  Yes, we are all about crockpots on this site, but today, let’s talk about how to use the Electric Roaster Oven method!

There’s no need to add liquid to the roasting pan but you can if you’d like (add 2 cups if you’d like). Just be aware the steam it creates will prevent the skin from crisping but you’ll have enough liquid for a gravy.

In an Electric Roaster the turkey will produce its own flavorful juices.  Keep the drippings from the roasting pan and extend the turkey’s juices with broth or wine, then add it to your gravy for extra flavor.

SO WHICH ELECTRIC ROASTER IS THE BEST?

This recipe calls for an 18 pound turkey and the  Oster 16 Quart Electric Roaster Oven I use holds up to a 20 pound turkey.  

Electric Roasters are different than your classic slow cookers because it distributes heat throughout the roasting chamber rather than heating with gas or exposed coils in a conventional oven.

One of the best things about a roaster (other than not losing oven space?) No need for basting! The electric roaster has an electric heating element and a large, removable pan covered by a self-basting high domed lid when roasting turkey.

Electric Roasters can be used to bake, roast and make soups and casseroles, as well as be used for keeping hot food warm, I love using mine anytime I can.

MORE TURKEY MAIN DISH OPTIONS!

HOW TO PREPARE A TURKEY FOR ROASTING?

  • Remove the neck and giblets from the turkey cavity and toss or save for gravy.
  • Use paper towels and pat dry turkey.
  • Take your hand to loosen the skin over the turkey breast and rub butter underneath the skin.
  • Rub butter over the outside of the bird.
  • Sprinkle the bird with salt and pepper.
  • Rub butter in the cavity of the turkey and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • We recommend cooking your stuffing on the side like we did in our Slow Cooker Stuffing.  You’ll want to keep your oven free for other dishes!

MORE DELICIOUS HOLIDAY SIDE DISHES:

HOW TO ROAST A TURKEY IN AN ELECTRIC ROASTER

  • Remove the giblets and neck from the turkey cavity and pat it dry.
  • Remove the rack from the roaster oven.
  • Place turkey in the roaster on the rack breast side up.
  • Rub the turkey with the butter and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cover the roaster and cook at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Lower the heat to 325 degrees and cook for 3 1/2 – 4 hours.

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WHAT IS THE COOKING TIME FOR A ROASTED TURKEY?

  • Cooking time for an 18 pound is 3 1/2 – 4 hours in a Roaster Oven.
  • Cooking time for an 18 pound turkey in a conventional oven is around 4 1/2 hours or approximately 15 minutes per pound. 

VARIATIONS ON TURKEY IN A ROASTER:

  • Instant Pot:  Using an 8 quart model which can handle a 8-9 pound turkey on a trivet, season according to the recipe and cook 6 minutes per pound with a 10 minute natural pressure release.
  • Seasonings:  Optional seasonings include chopped thyme, rosemary and sage.
  • Flavored Butter: Use your favorite flavored butter to put under the skin of your turkey before roasting in the electric roaster.

CLASSIC HOLIDAY DESSERT RECIPES

How to Serve and Store Roast Turkey:

  • Serve:  Turkey in a Roaster is best when allowed to rest around 45 minutes before slicing giving the meat time to reabsorb the juices.  Do not allow the turkey to set out longer than 2 hours.
  • Store:  Refrigerate the turkey in shallow airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.  Properly stored, cooked turkey will last for 3 – 4 days.
  • Freeze:  Roasted turkey can be stored 2 -3 months in a freezer bag or airtight container.

Safe Cooking Temperature for Turkey:

Use an instant read meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 165 degrees F in the thickest part of the thigh to know when the turkey is completely roasted.

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Roast Turkey (in an Electric Roaster)

  • Yield: 30 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

Roast Turkey in an electric roaster is a timesaver for Thanksgiving or Christmas and it roasts perfectly with fool-proof results while saving on oven space!

Ingredients

  • 18 pound whole turkey , defrosted
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground pepper

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Remove the giblets and neck from the turkey cavity and pat it dry.
  2. Remove the rack from the roaster oven.

  3. Place turkey in the roaster on the rack breast side up.
  4. Rub the turkey with the butter and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cover the roaster and cook at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

  6. Lower the heat to 325 degrees and cook for 3 1/2 - 4 hours until a thermometer reads 165 degrees in the thickest part of the turkey thigh.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 30 servings, Amount per serving: 300 calories, Calories: 300g, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 42g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 147mg, Sodium: 449mg, Potassium: 433mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 203g, Calcium: 22g, Iron: 2g

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. I have used a roaster oven for years! I have found that my turkey cooks a little quicker than expected. It always turns out great! I’ve also used my oven for other things including a huge batch of chili or even homemade hot chocolate when feeding the youth at my church. Roaster oven for the win!