Roasting a Turkey in an Electric Roaster

According to manufacturers of electric roasters, a roaster oven cooks at approximately the same temperature and in the same time as a conventional oven. For best results, follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Conventional oven roasting times may vary greatly, depending on a number of variables that affect the cooking time such as the shape of the turkey, the proportion of meat to bone, the variations in different ovens, the altitude, and if the turkey is fresh or frozen and then thawed. Adding to the confusion is that almost every source providing roasting times is different from one another.

Listed below are roasting times that can be used as a general guideline, but the only true gauge for determining proper doneness is with a meat thermometer. The breast must reach an internal temperature of 170°F and the thigh must reach 180°F.

Roasting Times for a Whole Turkey Cooked in a 325°F Electric Roaster
(Times are approximate - follow manufacturers instructions if available)

Weight Unstuffed Stuffed
8 to 12 pounds 2¾ to 3 hours 3 to 3½ hours
12 to 14 pounds 3 to 3¾ hours 3½ to 4 hours
14 to 18 pounds 3¾ to 4¼ hours 4 to 4¼ hours
18 to 20 pounds 4¼ to 4½ hours 4¼ to 4¾ hours
20 to 24 pounds 4½ to 5 hours 4¾ to 5¼ hours
24 to 30 pounds 5 to 5¼ hours 5¼ to 6¼ hours

NOTE: To crisp the skin of a turkey cooked in an electric roaster oven, remove the turkey from the roaster approximately 45 minutes before the turkey is done. Baste the turkey with melted butter and place, without a lid, in a conventional oven for the remaining cooking time. To determine doneness, use a meat thermometer. The breast must reach an internal temperature of 170°F and the thigh must reach 180°F.

Many variables can affect the roasting time of a whole turkey:

  • A partially frozen turkey requires longer cooking time.
  • Calibration of the electric roasting oven's thermostat may be inaccurate.
  • A turkey may be too large for the electric roasting oven, thus blocking heat circulation.

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Mark P
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"This was the best Turkey ever, will be making Turkey again and will try other types ."
food4me User
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"We had our Thanksgiving this last weekend. I used my electric roaster for the turkeys. I have a large roaster and I was able to do two 12 lb. turkeys in it. Cooked them at 325 degrees for 3 1/2 hours and then checked them. They weren't quite done so I cooked them another half hour and they were perfect. It was great using the roaster because my oven was full of sweet potatoes, green beans, and dressing."
greatma User
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"I have done this and it worked great. I cooked a couple of turkeys this summer in my electric roaster because I didn't want to start my oven. They were very good."
MaryPat User
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"I can't decide if I want to use my roaster or cook my turkey in the oven. The roaster would be nice to save oven room but I really like a nice crispy browned skin on my turkey. I know I could brown it in the oven but that seems like it would be a hassle. Maybe something else could be cooked in the roaster. This is helpful information though."
Savory User
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"Great! I was hoping I could use my electric roaster to cook my turkeys. I have two smaller ones this year but they would take up more room than one big turkey so I am planning to use my roaster to do the turkeys. I am glad I found this info for reference."
cook2cook User
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"I used this information last year to cook our Thanksgiving turkey. It turned out great and freed up my oven for other things. The only thing was that the skin didn't brown like I would like it and I didn't have time to stick it in the oven to brown it. Oh well, the meat was still great. I will probably use my electric roaster again this year."
RTMember22 User
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"I was glad to find this information because I wasn't sure how I was going to cook my turkey this Thanksgiving with all the other things I have to bake in my conventional oven. I am going to it in the roaster this year."
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