14 Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes for Juicy, Delicious Results

Thanksgiving is all about the turkey. Well, actually it’s about being thankful for what you have, but that includes the yummy juicy turkey you’re serving up. Since the turkey is one of the most important (or the most important) part of your Thanksgiving meal, you’ll want to make sure you cook it to perfection with all the delicate flavors you want in there. We’ve got you covered with this collection of super-easy Thanksgiving turkey recipes, and there’s something in there for everyone. Choose from cider brined turkey, garlic butter turkey, crockpot cranberry turkey, or another of these delicious turkey recipes for Thanksgiving.

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Brined Turkey Breast

Brined turkey breast that has been sliced.

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Apple Cider Brined Turkey Breast. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Slow cooker apple cider brined turkey breast is a perfect autumn recipe. I guarantee you’ve never had such moist turkey! It’s juicy and delicious and bursting with fall flavours. Cooking boneless turkey breast in a slow cooker is an easy no fuss dinner. This is the best brined turkey breast and perfect for all the holidays ahead.
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Sheet Pan Turkey Breast Dinner

A baking sheet with chicken, potatoes and stuffing.

If you only like dark meat, you might want to make a more traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but if you’re looking for all the flavor of this dish but something simpler to make, this sheet pan Thanksgiving dinner with turkey breast is perfect!
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Smoked Turkey Breast Recipe

Overhead view of a smoked turkey breast being sliced on a cutting board.
Smoked Turkey Breast. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Knowing how to smoke turkey breast over wood chips or wood pellets like a pro means you can make this wonderful smoked turkey breast recipe for the family. A tasty holiday turkey option, smoking adds a whole other layer of flavour to this juicy turkey breast. So fire up the Traeger grill or pellet smoker like you mean business for a tasty Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner!
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Smoked Beer Brined Turkey

A smoked beer brined turkey on a platter.
Smoked Beer Brined Turkey. Photo credit: Cake n Knife.

Smoked beer brined turkey makes for a stunning main course on Thanksgiving. This recipe is ultra flavorful and has the best cripsy brown skin.
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Spatchcock Grilled Turkey with Cider Gravy

A spatchcock grilled turkey on a platter with oranges and apples.
Spatchcock Grilled Turkey with Cider Gravy. Photo credit: Garlic and Zest.

Cut the cooking time down drastically on Thanksgiving by preparing a spatchcock turkey. Prepare this on the grill for the best smoky flavor with crispy skin!
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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

A platter of slow cooked turkey breast with gravy over top.
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast. Photo credit: Slow Cooker Meals.

Let your slow cooker handle the turkey breast for Thanksgiving dinner. This recipe turns out so moist and flavorful for a fuss free main course.
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Air Fryer Turkey Breast

A golden brown turkey breast on a platter.
Air Fryer Turkey Breast. Photo credit: Wendy Polisi.

Pop a turkey breast in the air fryer for an easy way to make the main course. This recipe turns out to be golden brown and so juicy!
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Smoked Spatchcock Turkey

A spatchcock turkey smoking.
Smoked Spatchcock Turkey. Photo credit: Smoked Meat Sunday.

Smoked turkey is always a good idea for a feast! This recipe cuts the cooking time down to about 90 minutes for tender and tasty turkey to feed a crowd.
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Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast

A platter of roasted turkey breast, sliced and drizzled with gravy.
Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast. Photo credit: Flavor the Moments.

If you aren’t a big fan of dark meat, why not make a boneless turkey breast? This recipe is perfectly roasted for a fuss free main course.
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Garlic Butter Turkey Breast

A turkey breast coated with herbs, garlic and butter on a platter.
Cranberry Stuffed Turkey Roll. Photo credit: Julia Recipe.

Make an ultra falvorful garlic butter turkey breast for Thanksgiving and skip the hassel of carving and deboning the bird for a fuss free Thanksgiving dinner.
Get the Recipe: Garlic Butter Turkey Breast

Cranberry Stuffed Turkey Roll

Crispy skinned herb butter spatchcock turkey.
Dry Brined Spatchcock Turkey with Herb Butter. Photo credit: Maple+Mango.

If you are in the mood for something different for Thanksgiving dinner; check out this epic and festive turkey roll. It has the best cranberry stuffing, rolled up in tender turkey breast.
Get the Recipe: Cranberry Stuffed Turkey Roll

Dry Brined Spatchcock Turkey with Herb Butter

Turkey breast with cranberries and herbs in the crockpot.
Dry Brined Spatchcock Turkey with Herb Butter. Photo credit: Maple+Mango.

This is such an easy, fast and flavorful way to serve turkey! It has the crispiest skin and the best juicy flavor!
Get the Recipe: Dry Brined Spatchcock Turkey with Herb Butter

Crockpot Cranberry Turkey

Turkey breast with cranberries and herbs in the crockpot.
Crockpot Cranberry Turkey. Photo credit: Maria’s Mixing Bowl.

Cranberry turkey breast is such a festive and flavorful option for Thanksgiving. You will love that this method uses the crockpot to leave you time to make all of the sides.
Get the Recipe: Crockpot Cranberry Turkey

Herb Roasted Turkey with Citrus Gravy

A platter of turkey sliced with citrus and cranberries.
Herb Roasted Turkey with Citrus Gravy. Photo credit: Britney Breaks Bread.

Herb roasted turkey is a must make for the holidays. This recipe includes easy to follow instructions and the best citrus gravy.
Get the Recipe: Herb Roasted Turkey with Citrus Gravy

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