How Long Do You Cook a Turkey in a Nesco Roaster?

A thawed, unstuffed turkey weighing between 14 to 22 pounds will need to cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes per pound when using a Nesco roaster. A turkey of the same size that is stuffed will take between 30 and 45 minutes longer to finish cooking.

Before placing the turkey in the roaster, rinse the thawed turkey and pat it dry. Preheat the roaster to 400 degrees. Season and stuff as desired. Place the seasoned turkey in the roaster, cover and roast for 1 hour at 400 degrees. Turn down the temperature to 350 degrees and roast until done. If the turkey is finished cooking too early, reduce the temperature to 200 until it is time to serve.

Turkey, like all poultry, should be roasted until it reaches an internal temperature of 180 degrees. For an accurate temperature, measure in the thickest part of the thigh.

To quickly thaw a turkey to prepare it for roasting, thaw it in the refrigerator. It will take approximately 1 day for each 5 pounds. For faster thawing, place the turkey in the sink with enough cold water to completely cover the bird. Change the water every 30 minutes until the turkey is completely thawed. A 20-pound turkey will take approximately 10 hours to thaw. No matter which thawing option is used, rinse and dry the bird before roasting.