Lemon-Garlic Roasted Turkey

roast turkey
The National Turkey Federation
  • Yield: 22 servings


1-- (15-pound) whole turkey, fresh or frozen, thawed
3/4cup extra -virgin olive oil
1/3cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 to 8-- cloves fresh garlic, peeled
1tablespoon lemon zest
1teaspoon salt
1teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
-- Lemon wedges as needed
-- Parsley or other fresh herbs as needed


  1. Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve. Rinse turkey with cold running water and drain well.
  2. In blender, combine olive oil and lemon juice. While blending, drop in garlic cloves one at a time. Gradually add lemon zest. Continue to blend until mixture is pureed.
  3. Using an injector, inject marinade into all parts of the thawed  turkey. (Strain marinade if it is too thick to pass through the injector.)
  4. Gently massage turkey to distribute marinade.
  5. Place turkey in a large plastic bag (cooking bag or foodservice grade plastic bag). Close bag and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Remove turkey and drain excess marinade. Scrape off excess marinade and discard. Do NOT re-use marinade to baste the turkey.
  7. Fold neck skin and fasten to the back with 1 or 2 skewers. Fold the wings under the back of the turkey. Return legs to tucked position.
  8. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a large shallow (about 2 1/2 inches deep) roasting pan. Rub turkey with salt and pepper.
  9. Insert oven-safe meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, being careful the pointed end of the thermometer does not touch the bone.
  10. Roast the turkey in a preheated 325F oven about 3 3/4 hours. During the last hour of roasting time, baste with pan drippings. If necessary, loosely cover with foil to prevent excessive browning.
  11. Continue roasting until the thermometer registers 180 degrees F in the thigh, or 170F in the breast. Remove turkey from the oven and allow it to rest for 15 to 20 minutes before carving.
  12. Place on a warm large platter and garnish with fresh herbs and lemon wedges.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 380
  • Fat 19g
  • Saturated Fat 5g
  • Cholesterol 145mg
  • Sodium 230mg
  • Potassium 496mg
  • Carbohydrate 0g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugars 0g
  • Protein 49g