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An easy, flavorful turkey recipe with a hint of honey and herbs.

Honey Herb Glazed Turkey from Taste and Tell

I have been food blogging for 5 1/2 years now.  And I’ve been cooking for even longer.  In all this time, I have never cooked my own turkey.  It’s not that I don’t like turkey – it’s just that I always have wonderful family that take over the task.  And I’ve gladly turned over the responsibility of the turkey, because let’s face it – a 16 lb. bird is pretty darn intimidating.   But guess what?

The turkey was the easiest part of our meal.

Not kidding.  I turned over the rolls and the pie to my mom, while I sat back with my feet up while the turkey roasted away.  I cooked my first turkey breast last year, and was surprised at how easy it was.  But the whole turkey was just as easy.  I will no longer be scared to have a turkey turn out Griswold-style.  I’m seriously betting this turkey is fool proof. (As long as you use your meat thermometer and you don’t keep the turkey in the oven for 8 hours!!)

I was a little worried that the gravy would be too sweet by using the drippings, but it was delicious.  I loved everything about it, and wouldn’t change a thing!!


Honey Herb Glazed Turkey
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An easy, flavorful turkey recipe with a hint of honey and herbs.
Serves: 10-12 servings
  • 1 16-lb turkey, neck and giblets removed
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 300F. Rinse the turkey and pat dry with paper towels. Place turkey in a large roasting pan. Stuff the cavity with the quartered onion.
  2. Brush the turkey completely with olive oil. Sprinkle over the salt, pepper and thyme. Roast the turkey in the preheated oven for 2½ hours.
  3. In a bowl, combine the honey, melted butter, sage, parsley, basil, salt and pepper. Stir until completely combined. Baste the turkey with the mixture. Continue to cook the turkey until an instant-read thermometer reads 180F when inserted in the thickest part of the thigh, about another 2 hours. Continue to baste the turkey with the honey mixture as the turkey roasts.
  4. Remove the turkey from the oven and cover with foil. Let sit for 10-15 minutes before carving.
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  6. adapted from allrecipes.com

It’s time to link up your TURKEY recipes!  But before we get to that, here are a few turkey creations from last week that are on my “to-make” list!

Baked Flautas from Skinny Mommy


Turkey Rice Krispy Treats from Meaningful Mama


Herb Roasted Turkey Breast from Frieda Loves Bread

Now it’s your turn!!  Link up your turkey recipes for a chance to win a $100 Amazon.com gift card!  Every link up gets you an entry to win.  Don’t have a blog?  Leave your recipe in the comments below to enter.

The rules are simple:

1 – your link up must be within the theme – TURKEY
2 – please add a link in your post back to this post
3 – no linking up to giveaways or advertisements
4 – you can link up to 2 links per week, and links cannot be duplicated through the month

Don’t forget to click over on some of the other links so that we can all enjoy each other’s turkey creations!!

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29 Responses to Taste and Tell Thursdays – Honey Herb Glazed Turkey

  1. Kim says:

    That is a beautiful turkey! It really isn’t as hard as people make it out to be. I think the pain with Thanksgiving is trying to make sure everything is done at the same time so that it’s all hot and fresh when you sit down. I always end up feeling like I need more burners and more oven space.

  2. Joanne says:

    My parents always made a really dry turkey so I was never very enthused about making one…even when I still ate meat. But with that glaze…how could it be dry or bland?

  3. This glaze sounds wonderful! This is definitely a great twist on a classic recipe. Maybe we’ll try it this year! 🙂

  4. Now I’m craving turkey! Looks delicious!

  5. We love turkey and this looks delicious! Thanks for hosting!

  6. Kim says:

    I totally agree, the turkey is the easiest part. I’d much rather do that than rolls. Your turkey looks great, but that drink in the background looks so good too. Are you going to be posting that recipe?

  7. Chels R. says:

    That does sound especially good. I really would love to invest in a Turkey Roaster at some point. It would make my life so much easier, lol!

  8. Emily says:

    Delicious! I’m going to try brining a turkey this year–wish me luck!

  9. When my hubby and I were across the country from family last year, I had to roast my very first turkey! And it seems totally intimidating, but was indeed the easiest part of the meal. Yours looks beautiful.

  10. I found you through Google +. Glad I did. Your turkey is gorgeous. Looking forward to following you on Facebook & Google +.

  11. This looks incredible. I’m loving all the Thanksgiving recipes popping up on here every day. 🙂

  12. Bree says:

    Wow-I don’t think I even knew what a blog was 5 years ago! 😉 Your turkey looks gorgeous and I really appreciate your shout out for my Baked Flautas!

  13. Beautiful turkey, I love the honey and the herbs!

  14. I am usually part of cooking the turkey but I don’t think I can say I’ve ever cooked one on my own. This looks amazing, though!

  15. I love that most of your recipes use the herbs I love the most. It makes my mouth water. Thanks for hosting the party!

  16. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says:

    Yum! Seeing this turkey is getting me excited for Thanksgiving! I think I just may make this recipe for Thanksgiving. 🙂 Thanks for hosting.

  17. I am usually off turkey duty most years because the guys usually fry a turkey but I have made a few turkey breasts and whole turkeys a few times in the past. I love that this version has the addition of honey!

  18. Who knew that the turkey was the easiest part of Thanksgiving? I was always intimidated with the turkey but after making it for the first time last Christmas, I don’t know what I was so scared about!

    Btw, your turkey look fabulous. I can’t wait to give your version a try!

  19. kristy says:

    This turkey is making me drool! The honey herb glaze sounds amazing. I just love this time of year!

  20. Turkey’s the easiest? Oh no no no. Cranberry sauce wins that title. 🙂

    This looks lovely! I often make everything myself for Thanksgiving because I’m so excited about cooking and baking whatever I want, but I delegate the turkey to someone else. Anyone else. I can do turkey breast, but a whole bird would freak me out.

  21. Steven Godfrey says:

    I am looking for a perfect recipe of stuffing to actually stuff inside the turkey, while it cooks. Any suggestions would be great. I know some use potatoes and bread, then add I believe it’s poultry seasoning and sage, but how much is the big question?

    • Deborah says:

      Hi Steven,

      I’ve actually never made a stuffing that goes inside the turkey, so I’m afraid I don’t have a recipe for you. Good luck, though!

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