What Are the Oven Cooking Times for a Turkey?


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A turkey can be roasted in the oven in a variety of different ways. The cooking time will depend on the turkey's size and the temperature that it is roasted at. A basic method for a medium sized (15-16 lbs) turkey is 3.5 - 3.75 hours at 350°F.

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More important than cooking time is the internal temperature of the turkey prior to serving. Before it is pulled out of the oven, use a meat thermometer to ensure that the bird is cooked to 165°. If the turkey is stuffed, it is also important to make sure that the stuffing has reached 165°. This is the only way to be certain that all potential bacteria has been killed.

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