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Learn How to Cook a Turkey in a Bag for tender and flavorful turkey every time. This fool proof way to cook turkey is the easiest Thanksgiving turkey.

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I have been hosting the holidays at my house for over 15 years and we always make this turkey in a bag recipe. This is the best and easiest way to cook a turkey. You will get delicious meat every single time that is loaded with the best flavor.

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Best Way to Cook a Turkey:

I have tried many different ways to cook a turkey. Cooking it in the bag is really the best way to cook a turkey.

  • I love the way it keeps the turkey so moist.
  • The skin gets the perfect golden brown without much effort on my part.
  • In my opinion, I just feel better that all the ingredients go in the bag. Putting the ingredients in the bag just makes it more flavorful.
  • But my favorite part, is easy cleanup. I make sure I dump all the juices in a pan so that I can make the gravy.

I prefer to use a bag and cook a turkey this way. It really is fool proof and hard to mess up. This method is perfect for a beginner and the turkey comes out flavorful every time.


ingredients for recipe: turkey, vegetables, seasonings, butter
  • Whole Turkey – fully thawed
  • White onion- peeled and cut into large chunks
  • Carrots- peeled and chopped into large pieces
  • Celery Ribs- cut into large pieces
  • Butter
  • Minced Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Turkey Size Oven Bag
  • Flour

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom for the recipe card.

Additions and Substitutions:

  • Seasoning Turkey – Feel free to change the seasoning in the butter rub mixture. You can easily add in fresh herbs such as rosemary or thyme.
  • Stuffing – You can easily add a stuffing mixture into turkey’s cavity if you prefer.

How to Cook a Turkey in a Bag:

  • Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and move the oven rack 1 level lower than the center of the oven. This should give you plenty of room for the turkey.
  • Step 2 – In a small mixing bowl and combine the butter, garlic, salt and pepper together.
  • Step 3 – Remove the neck and giblets from the turkey and tuck the wings under the turkey. If you prefer, you can tie back the wings of the turkey.
  • Step 4 – Take the butter mixture and rub all over the skin of the turkey breast. Make sure to get it all over including top of the turkey. We also get under the skin and which helps crisp up the skin.
mixing bowl with butter mixture
  • Step 5 – Add the tablespoon of flour into the oven bag and shake it to coat the inside of the bag with the flour.
  • Step 6 – Add the onion, carrots and celery into the oven bag. Then finally add the turkey into the oven bag on top of the vegetables.
turkey coated with butter mixture and stuffed with vegetables in oven bag
  • Step 7 – Close the oven bag with the nylon tie, at the ends of the bag, that comes with the bag. Once it is closed, put the bag with all of the ingredients in a roasting pan. I like to spray the roasting pan with a little cooking spray so the bag doesn’t stick.
  • Step 8 – Cut slits in the top of the bag to allow the steam to escape. It is important not to forget this step. Bake turkey based on the size of your turkey.
  • Step 9 – Once finished cooking, let the turkey rest for at least 15 minutes. Then carefully cut the oven bag off the turkey and remove the turkey and place on a platter. It is ready to serve and enjoy.

Roast Turkey in the Bag Tips:

  • You can use a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey. Just adjust the cooking time.
  • To thaw a turkey properly, allow 24 hours for every 5 pounds of turkey to thaw in a refrigerator.
  • Make sure to cut 1 inch slits in the oven bag so the steam can escape.
  • When coating the turkey with the butter mixture, get all around. Don’t miss any spots because this gives the turkey amazing flavor.
  • You can order turkey size oven bags. So handy and the best way to cook a turkey.
turkey in oven bag in roasting pan

Turkey in a Bag Cooking times:

  • A 12-15 lb turkey will take approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours.
  • A 15-20 lb turkey will take approximately 2 ½ – 3 hours.
  • A 20-24 lb turkey will take approximately 3 – 3 ½ hours.

How to Season a Turkey:

Seasoning a turkey is easy to do. We like to keep it simple by using butter, salt and pepper and garlic. Adding in the vegetables as helps give the turkey flavor. Some other suggestions:

  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • You can also add in Oranges and Lemons

Turkey Side Dish Ideas:

baked turkey in roasting pan

Tools Needed for a Roasted Turkey:

  • Turkey Size Oven bags – These bags are easy to find at your grocery store. Usually in the section where sandwich bags are.
  • Large roasting pan – We like using a disposable pan when making the turkey. It makes cleanup a breeze.
  • Digital Read Thermometer – Using a meat thermometer is a must when you cook any type of meat.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Store your leftover turkey in an airtight container up to 4 days. Make sure to store in the fridge or you can place in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Does it Cook Faster?

When you are cooking the turkey in the bag, it traps in the heat which allows your turkey to cook faster. Your turkey will cook about an hour faster when cooking in the bag. Which means the bag helps get dinner on the table faster.

How Long To Cook a Turkey in the Bag:

The cooking time is based on the size of the turkey. You can also use a meat thermometer to check internal temperature.
Make the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. I always stick the thermometer in the thickest part of the turkey thigh. You can also stick it in the thickest part of the breast.

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How to cook a Turkey in a Bag

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Learn how to cook a turkey in a bag for flavorful turkey every time. This fool proof way to cook turkey is the easiest Thanksgiving turkey!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cool 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 534


  • 12-24 lb Whole Turkey fully thawed
  • 1 white onion peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 2 Carrots peeled and chopped into large pieces
  • 3 Celery Ribs cut into large pieces
  • 1/2 cup Butter softened
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Pepper
  • Turkey Size Oven Bag
  • 1 Tbsp Flour


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and place the oven rack 1 level lower than the center of the oven.
  • Mix the butter, garlic, salt and pepper together in a small mixing bowl.
  • Remove the neck and giblets from the turkey and turk the wings under the turkey. You can tie back the wings of the turkey if you prefer.
  • Rub the butter mixture all over the skin of the turkey.
  • Place the flour into the oven bag and shake the bag to coat the inside of the bag with the flour.
  • Then place the onion, carrots and celery into the oven bag and then place the turkey into the oven bag on top of the vegetables.
  • Close the oven bag with the tie included with the bag and place the bag with the all the ingredients onto a roasted pan.
  • Cut slits in the top of the oven bag to allow the steam to escape.
  • Cook the turkey based on the size of the turkey and use a meat thermometer to ensure that the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees cooking time. A 12-15 lb turkey will take approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours. A 15-20 lb turkey will take approximately 2 ½ – 3 hours. A 20-24 lb turkey will take approximately 3 – 3 ½ hours.
  • Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes. Then carefully cut the oven bag off the turkey.
  • Remove the turkey to a serving platter, carve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To thaw a turkey properly, allow 24 hours for every 5 pounds of turkey to thaw in a refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 534kcal, Carbohydrates 3g, Protein 70g, Fat 26g, Saturated Fat 10g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 252mg, Sodium 1018mg, Potassium 782mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 2123IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 47mg, Iron 3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious. My turkey dinner turned out perfect. I’m saving this recipe for next thanksgiving.

  2. 5 stars
    Has anyone made this recipe exactly as written? I was prepping the butter rub and it seemed awfully heavy on the pepper. I

  3. 5 stars
    Have cooked Turkey numerous times like this at a Board and Care Home I used to work at.
    So easy and was always tender.

  4. 5 stars
    Used to do this every other week for Sunday dinner at the Board and Care Home where I worked.
    It always turned out great.

  5. 5 stars
    I used the cooking bag this year for my turkey following your recipe. This was the best tasting and juicest turkey ever and I have been cooking for 60 plus years. Thank You

  6. I would love to give cooking a turkey in a bag a try! I also love to add crushed up bacon to my garlic butter/herb compound butter. I also sprinkle a few bits on the outside for extra delicious flavor! Sooo good!

  7. 5 stars
    Never tried but I will next year, i live that its moister and not dry and easy clean up, who doesn’t love that! Thanks

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe is so easy & my family loved my turkey this year! Turkey was so moist & juicy & was also very flavorful. Thanks so much for this recipe.

  9. 5 stars
    I could not believe how juicy and tender the meat was from cooking our Turkey in a bag. My family loved it and the grandkids kept asking for more meat. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  10. 5 stars
    Making this now for about 10 years! The kids love it I love it & guest love it! So easy to do!

  11. 5 stars
    I have it actually cooked this exact recipe but I agree with the sentiment that cooking in a bag is the best way to cook a turkey or ham.

  12. 4 stars
    I like this method. It does keep the turkey very moist and it does cook faster but I prefer a crispy skin rather than just browned. I typically put the turkey back into the oven after I remove the bag. I cook on broil for approximately 3 to 5 minutes.

  13. 5 stars
    I have used the turkey bag for the last 15 years and would not cook it any other way! I did make this exact recipe this Thanksgiving and it is awesome! The only thing I do different is I melt a half a stick of butter, put seasoning salt and garlic powder sprinkled into the melted butter then shoot it into the turkey breast, drumsticks and wings. The moistest turkey you have ever eaten is what you come out with!

  14. 5 stars
    This sounds wonderful. Did not try it this Thanksgiving but am going to for the Christmas turkey!

  15. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe! So fast and easy and that’s what I’m all about! The meat was so tender and juicy! Yummy! I will make it every time that it’s my turn to make the family gathering turkey!

  16. 5 stars
    Made many turkeys & whole chickens (& hams too) with oven bags. Comes out sooo juicy & clean up is a breeze! Made it & my brother loved the easy clean up this year!

  17. 5 stars
    Will definitely be following this step by step recipe for my Christmas turkey. Seems foolproof!

  18. 5 stars
    First time trying. Thank you for your article turkey was moist and delicious instead of dry.

  19. I wish I could post a picture of this years turkey and our table.
    As usual Turkey in a brown paper bag. So many delicious sides.

  20. Not my turn this year to make the turkey but I have cooked it in a bag this way many times. It’s easy and comes out great

  21. I have made turkey in a bag before and we love it. It makes a very moist turkey and makes cleanup easier.

  22. 5 stars
    I made turkey in a bad last year and was delicious. This year my aunt cooked and her turkey was very dry!

  23. 5 stars
    I love turkey cooked in a bag. It’s always moist I like that it keeps the juices with the turkey. My go to recipe.

  24. There is no better way to cook a turkey! It’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

  25. 4 stars
    Had a 12 lb turkey, did in a bag, used the spreadin recipe came out very tasty

    The vegies were too oily for me. (o gall bladder

    Wonder how stuffng would work

  26. 5 stars
    This is the easiest way to cook a Turkey ever! I was reluctant to try it but when I read this decided to try and I was very pleased!

  27. 5 stars
    So much better then the traditional one. White meat in the bird is somthing I usually avoid because it’s the driest part but it was so delicious and not at all dry!

  28. 5 stars
    My turkey in a bag was delicious & juicy, tender, savory. I have never cooked a turkey in a bag before, but I will from now on. Thank for the recipe.

  29. 5 stars
    I did my turkey in my electric roaster and it didn’t turn out as planned. I have the bags so my Christmas turkey will be IN THE BAG!

  30. 5 stars
    I have made a similar recipe and the turkey comes out so moist and delicious every time. Will definitely be giving this recipe a try!!!

  31. 5 stars
    Really loved the flavoring and how moisture it was. This was my first time cooking it this way will do it again

  32. 5 stars
    I cooked a turkey in a bag one time. It turned out to be the best turkey. But never have cooked in one again. As to why idk. It does make it so moist and juicy

  33. 5 stars
    I have never received as many compliments before! I used the breast only instead of a whole turkey and it was so moist and delicious!

  34. 5 stars
    This is my favorite recipe for cooking a turkey! It is so tasty, moist and flavorful! I wouldnt cook it any other way!!!!!

  35. 5 stars
    Yes! I love this method! Its the only way my family does turkey! Moist and delicious everytime without burning the skin.

  36. 4 stars
    Was my first time trying this recipe. Turkey came out so juicy and tender, I was amazed! The only reason I didn’t give it a five star rating is the skin doesn’t come out crispy and there are a few of us who like the crispy skin.

  37. 5 stars
    I always use this method of cooking turkey. Love the moist meat that comes out every time
    Dry turkey is awful.

  38. This is a good method for cooking a turkey because it is always juicy and moist. I generously season mine inside and out. I add a little water as I like plenty of fresh broth for gravy and dressing mixing.

  39. ?????
    I usually cook the turkey in a bag. It makes the turkey moist, have a lot of flavor and saves time for clean up. After cooking the meal, it is nice to have less to clean.

  40. 5 stars
    I have made Turkey this way many times!! It is perfect every.single.time!!! Love it so much!!

  41. I am getting a turkey bag! I had no idea it cooks faster, and minimal effort once the turkey is roasting in the bag seems like a win for me. Thank you so much for the instructions on how to cook the turkey in a bag! I truly can’t wait to try it!

  42. I’ve cooked a turkey in a bag but in general, I’m nervous about cooking the bird on Thanksgiving. Usually I bring side dishes!

  43. 5 stars
    This was my first time using a bag except I did a turkey breast. My first ever juicy turkey and believe me I have plenty of experience ?

  44. 5 stars
    I love cooking my Turkey in a bag it is so much easier for me but I don’t use celery (yuck)

  45. 5 stars
    I can’t wait to try this. I have always used a roaster pan and end up with a pan that needs to be scrubbed. I also have never tried adding vegetables to the turkey. This will definitely be used at Christmas Dinner

  46. 5 stars
    I made turkey in a bag one year for Thanksgiving. It was the juiciest turkey I have ever made in my life. Complete success!

  47. 5 stars
    Cooking a Turkey in a bag is a surefire way to ensure the Turkey is cooked just right and is juicy as all get out. You can rest assured that your guests will want a take-home container with this Turkey too!!!

  48. I always cook my turkey in a bag. It’s how I was taught ten years ago when i was pregnant with my middle son. But i stuff mine with lemons and oranges. It keeps its very juicy. It’s a big hit in my family. Even with other people I have cooked for.

  49. 5 stars
    This is how my mom would always cook her turkey and it was always great. It’s best with her NEON yellow homemade noodles. Gotta love all the fun times making memories with family and friends.

  50. 5 stars
    Such a great recipe, and almost foolproof. “Almost” it’s not a reflection of the recipe, but rather my cooking skills. I actually want to try to cook a whole turkey now rather than just sticking to Swansons and hiding the boxes in the recycling.

  51. I have prepared and cooked our turkey in a bag for years! I cook it with breast side down, stuffed; moist white meat. And easy cleanup.

  52. Always cook my TURKIES in a oven bag. They are so moist and skin so Brown.
    No other way to do it!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. I have used the bags since they came out with them. I’ve always had a delicious turkey and gravy from the drippings. Yummy

  54. Can I just say thank you for offering up these delectable recipe ideas? Love that you keep it simple and to the point-made the turkey in a bag, followed your recipe to a T and the first thing my husband said was, “what did you do differently this year?” WE LOVED IT!!!

  55. 5 stars
    I firmly believe that cooking any large meat or cassorole dish should be bagged. Moisture is much better, cassoroles are tastier, and clean up is sooooo easy! Thank you for sharing your Turkey recipe. Will look forward to using it soon!

  56. 5 stars
    I have been cooking my turkeys like this for years! Also can do 2 chickens in a turkey bag!

  57. 5 stars
    We cooked our turkey in a bag as you gave us. It was so golden brown and juicy. We had the gravey right there ready for us to pour in a bowl. TU so much for all the work you go thru to send out your awesome recipes. My household appreciates you.

  58. 5 stars
    Great instructions and recipe. I have cooked a turkey in a bag but it has been years. Will have to try it again.

  59. 5 stars
    I always make my turkey in a bag… it holds all those juices. I inject all the flavor and stuff it and then in the bag it goes. Perfect every time .

  60. 5 stars
    I think cooking in the bag makes the turkey more moist. I like to brine mine for 24 hrs prior to cooking.

  61. I love doing the turkey this way. Always so moist. The first time I did this was about 40 years ago when I was in Germany. Several of us got together and made a Thanksgiving dinner for soldiers not able to be with family. They all just loved the turkey. It totally fell apart when we took it out of the bag. So Good! It was one of the best Thanksgiving and one I will never forget.

  62. 5 stars
    This is the best recipe! I do something similar. I add green apples for a slight sweetness and crisp. I also add some chicken broth inside to get some drippings for my turkey gravy. I stuff the turkey in the bag and then use some of the veggies and stuff the inside cavity with the onion, celery and apple. On top of the turkey, I’m the butter, I do garlic salt and I add some herbs. My husband and I just started adding a butter injection after all that into the legs, breast, wings. Comes out so juicy from the bag and takes far less time than how my mom would make it the traditional way by always having to baste it every 30-60 minutes for like 7 hours. But you have to make sure to get butter under the skin a little for the breast to stay nice a moist. Love this recipe!

  63. I have cooked a turkey in a bag. It turned out so juicy and tender. I will do it again with my next turkey.

  64. I always cook mine in a bag, it’s always so moist that way. I haven’t put vegetables in like this but it sound so good.

  65. 5 stars
    I always use a bag, it keeps it moist and not dried out. It’s also easier to make gravy with it in the bag.

  66. I agree cooking a turkey in a bag is a sure-fired way to have your turkey moist and done just when you want it. I think it’s like an internal convection turkey roast!

    Thanks for the tips.


  67. 5 stars
    This year for us was “Eating on a Dime Thanksgiving” lol…. 75% of our table was made from EOAD recipes. This one did not let us down! So easy (as far as turkey is easy)… and the bird came out perfect… crispy skin, juicy meat. Fantastic recipe! Will not be the last Thanksgiving using this recipe.

  68. 5 stars
    I used this recipe for a 12# turkey breast and it was soooo good. The meat was so juicy and flavorful. My daughter is not a big fan of turkey and she went back for another slice! I’m adding this recipe to “My Favorites” on pinterest. Thank you for sharing!!

  69. 5 stars
    I have baked my turkey in a bag for several year’s. It’s so convenient to add your veggies in the same bag. No worry that your turkey or veggies will get dried out, it stay’s so moist in the bag. Even a beginner could bake turkey this way. Thank you for your delicious recipe’s.

  70. 4 stars
    I always make my turkey in a turkey bag. It’s easy and always turns out juicy and great. Plus no basting.

  71. 5 stars
    This was the first time ever using a turkey bag! I would’ve never tried if I hadn’t seen yout recipe! It came out amazing! Jucey and fell apart at the touch. I cooked it about an hour more then indicated. Thank you for sharing!!

  72. 5 stars
    Oh yes, cooking turkey is the only way I ever make it!! Preheat oven accordingly. I make a rub of thyme, marjoram, garlic powder, salt & pepper. ( Can use any spices or herbs that go with turkey to your liking)
    Wash turkey , drain & dry. Can use olive oil or butter to coat the turkey and then the spice mixture. Put in1 Tbsp. flour in the bag have pan ready, then turkey, tie bag up, cut six small slits in the bag(top, sides but not near the bottom or you will lose all the great broth). Bake accordingly to temp & size of turkey. Note: Usually the cooking bags have info. inside box you need to bake) (You can add veg’s to cook along with turkey to your liking)
    In a few moments, the smell of the turkey will leave you salivating while waiting for turkey to be done, When cooking time is up, check temperature to make sure turkey is done and ENJOY!!
    Note: Make sure to saniitize any areas the turkey, utensils, hands have touched. Don’t want to get sick and not be able to enjoy your efforts.) Hope you like it!

  73. I cooked my turkey in the bag but I didn’t add the vegetables like you did. Will have to try that next time. I brined my turkey for a day or two then took it out patted it dry stuffed it. Then cooked it. It was really good.

  74. 5 stars
    We tried cooking the turkey in a bag and the results are awesome!!!! Sooo simple and sooo moist and yummy !!

  75. 5 stars
    I received many compliments on how moist my turkey was. I love cooking it in a bag. I will do this again. Thank you for your tips

  76. 5 stars
    This is how I did mine!! So moist and flavorful! Try this….you will love it! Never fail!!

  77. 5 stars
    Using a bag for the turkey is the best ways to do a turkey. Plus the clean up is also easier. ??. I think cooking a turkey this way it makes it so much more juicy it doesn’t dry out.

  78. 5 stars
    This is how I always cook my turkey. Although, I have never put carrots in. That is new to me.
    I also substitute onion powder for the fresh onion. I also add a cut up fresh orange. Gives a wonderful flavor.
    I cook mine at 250 degrees for about 20 minutes per pound. The lower temperature means I am less likely to overcook the turkey.
    I always have moist turkey. It is wonderful. I will never cook a turkey without being in a bag.

  79. 5 stars
    Easiest cleanup ever! And who doesn’t want an easy cleanup and a beautiful moist turkey around the holidays or any time of year!

  80. 5 stars
    My husband prefers turkey cooked in a bag. It’s how his mom always made it. It does cook faster but for me the skin just doesn’t get that crispness. However it’s juicy if you don’t overcook. Thanks for the recipe!

  81. 5 stars
    We have always roasted or deep fried our Turkey I have never cooked one in a bag but we do have an extra Turkey this year so maybe in between holidays I can experiment with this

  82. 5 stars
    I have cooked turkey in a bag and it is the best…always moist on the inside and brown on the outside.

  83. 5 stars
    I usually brine my turkey then smoke it on the Traeger! This recipe looks amazing though so I think I’ll need to try it!

  84. 5 stars
    Made it, lifted on the legs to cut off and the leg bone pulled out of the meat. So tender and juicy. Oh, and minimal mess.

  85. Sounds delicious. I fix mine in the oven with oranges and apples stuffed inside. Keeps it moist. Cooking in the bag would help cleanup!

  86. 5 stars
    Rub butter all over and add sage thyme salt and pepper. Also add apple slices inside the skin of each breast to keep extra moist

  87. I picked up 2 turkeys and a ham for Thanksgiving. Because of some cancellations, I made 1 turkey and the ham. I think I will try this for super bowl. I looks like a winner. Thank You

  88. I didn’t realize they made the cooking bags big enough for turkeys until I found this recipe. This made things so much easier. I was even able to stuff the cavity and everything came out delicious. Thanks so much for making this holiday so simple for me!!

  89. 5 stars
    I stuff my turkey with apples, celery & onion. It always comes out perfect when you cook it in a bag.

  90. Deep fried is the way to go with the turkey. I’ve never tried it cooked in a bag before and definitely can’t wait to try it. It looks delicious.

  91. I always cook my turkey in a bag. It always come tender and juicy. it’s the only way to cook a turkey.

  92. I usually slide a wooden spoon under the skin to add a little butter in there along with on top of the skin. Make my stuffing and stuff it before putting it in the oven bag. I prefer using bags over not using bags.

  93. 5 stars
    I’ve never cooked a turkey. I’m looking forward to giving this a whirl on Thanksgiving! Thank you!

  94. 5 stars
    Mom always “bagged” her turkeys. I had forgotten. I have one in the freezer, will have to try it.

    Although can be disastrous, I like deep frying them. First time I did it, was when my oven broke Thanksgiving Day, years back. But I now have a great smoker – decisions, decisions!

  95. I have never tried this before but I think I will next year. It seems it cooks the turkey faster and I would have more time to bake the sides! Plus it just seems like it would be juicy and not dry.

  96. 5 stars
    Thank you for teaching me how to cook a turkey in a turkey bag. This is all new to me. I have always cooked my turkey’s the old fashion way. They were all very good but I hated all the messy cleanup.

    Once again thank you.

  97. 5 stars
    I have actually never cooked my own turkey before. In the past we usually would order a fried turkey or a smoked turkey. This will be my first time cooking my own turkey and using a turkey size cooking bag. My mother always used a bag and it was always delicious. I am very excited to try this recipe!

  98. 5 stars
    When my children were preschool to grade 9…the parent group made turkey dinner every year for the whole school. We always used the turkey bags and everything went much faster and so moist and tasty. The gravy was always really tasty. Worked out perfect for us as you don’t have to worry about the turkey and can continue with everything else.

  99. 5 stars
    Last year I did use a bag! I cooked just a turkey breast and it turned out beautifully! In the past I’ve used a brine, then butter with herbs under and on skin. Happy Thanksgiving!

  100. 5 stars
    I do this same recipe with a couple of exceptions. I add some pepper and rosemary. Always delicious.

  101. I always use a turkey bag. The only thing I do differently than you is I put paprika on the outside of my turkey along with the butter and garlic. I’m so glad it’s Thanksgiving week because I need some turkey!

  102. 5 stars
    I’ve made a turkey in a bag before it was fantastic and is usually the only way I make turkey great recipe!

  103. 5 stars
    Yes I tried in the bag chilling few years back for a whole turkey and it came out great I’d love to I love using my slow cooker for turkey breast it comes out very moist and juicy also thank you

  104. I have cooked my turkey in a bag for a few years. I agree that it is easy and moist. I’m wondering if I brine the turkey before baking in the bag would it make it even better?

  105. 5 stars
    I have always roasted my roasted my turkey in a bag! It always comes out so moist and flavorful! Easy clean up afterwards!

  106. 5 stars
    I always rub lots and lots of butter on my turkey and cover it with streaky bacon. Make a dome out on tin foil to cover the turkey (so it doesn’t touch) and roast. I’m thinking that the same method but in a bag instead of foil would be easier!

  107. 5 stars
    My favorite way to cook a turkey is almost exactly how your recipe goes. The only thing I do differently is to put the butter mixture underneath the skin.

  108. My favorite way to cook a turkey is using an oven bag. It is so tender and delicious and cooks so much faster. Our family calls it “bag turkey” and they love how it turns out every year.

  109. I think I might have tried to make a turkey in a bag once. My favorite way is pretty easy—I have a recipe where it’s stuffed with lemons, oranges, onions, garlic, etc. I’m not doing a turkey this year though.

  110. 5 stars
    I have made Turkey in A Bag many times and this is the perfect recipe and instructions for a fantastic feast! I will be making ours next week; I can’t wait!!

    Easy and great recipe. Try it!

  111. 5 stars
    Thanks for all the great recipes. I have cook turkey in a bag. It turns out soo..yummy. I add a little more butter than your recipes calls for.

  112. I’ve never cooked a turkey in a bag. I usually do 2-4 birds a yr. Have always used my dad’s recipe, with it low an slow and basting throughly. This sounds great though, will definitely try this out on one of my ThunderChickens ( dad’s nickname for turkeys lol) this year!

  113. Ok, I’ve tried a pot roast in a bag, its actually my favorite way to do it,but I would have never thought to do a turkey. GENIUS!!! I can’t wait to do this!!!

  114. 5 stars
    Omg that looks amazing! I have never tried to cook a turkey in a bag but, I may just have to try it this year! I cook my turkeys by searing them at 500% uncovered for 20 minutes turning the pan 1/4 turn after 5 minute intervals, Yes, at 500% lol. Then I turn the oven down to 250% , cover and cook for about 6 hours for a 20 lb turkey or until it reaches 165%. I learned this technique from a well known chef named Frank Davis from New Orleans, La.
    It has never failed me. I have been cooking my turkeys this way since 1984 lol. But I think I’m going to try the cooking bag this year! Thank you for sharing your recipe and technique with us.

  115. Yes, I have made my turkey in a bag before and they come out moist and flavorful. I’m gonna try this turkey recipe this year.

  116. I always buy a turkey breast. I inject it with creole seasonings and cook it in the instant pot. It’s quick, easy and delicious.
    This year we will gave a whole turkey. I’ll be cooking it in the bag in the oven. We are hoping it turns out to be juicy.

  117. 5 stars
    I have used the bag method for at least 15 years to cook my turkey. It’s the only way and they are always moist. However I stuff my turkey also.

  118. Love using turkey in a bag! So moist and juicy! Will have to try it with veggies as in your recipe! Yum!

  119. I didn’t know you could bake a Turkey without a bag! I might attempt a Breast in the insta-pot this year

  120. i always cook my turkey in a bag…i never stuff my turkey. i make stuffing on the side. i love the idea of adding the celery and vegetables in the cavity for that extra flavor.

  121. I have never cooked a turkey in a bag, but it looks like a good idea!
    I just roast the turkey stuffed with onions and celery
    in the cavity, sprinkled only with salt and pepper after rubbing with butter!

  122. I have always cooked my turkey in a bag. I love cooking in a bag every chance I get. It speeds up the cooking time and it so much easier to clean up the mess.

  123. 5 stars
    I’ve been cooking turkeys in a bag for many years. I agree…easiest way to go. Have never put veggies in to cook turkey on, but will be trying that this coming week!
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  124. I have never cooked a turkey in a bag. I always roast a Butterball turkey and keep it well basted

  125. I’m going to try this, this Thanksgiving. I have always made my turkey in a paper bag. I’m sure it’s very similar but maybe safer? I’m always afraid my paper bag is going to start on fire. It never has, thankfully. It’s the only way I have ever seen my mom cook her turkey.

  126. I remember as a little girl my brother loved to make Thanksgiving dinner the way my brother use to cook his turkey was He would put garlic and butter under the turkey skin for the stuffin he would cook up ground Sausages peppers onion’s summer squash Celery after all that was done cooking he would also mix broth to the stuffing instead of water and also dried cranberries then he would stuff the turkey after all that he would melt butter add Garlic salt onion salt A little bit of oregano then he would pour the butter mixture on top of the turkey Now that hes gone I try to keep up his tradition by making the turkey the same way he used to I’ve never tried using a bag to cook the turkey but I have thought about it but a few people unfortunately thought it was crazy for even Suggest a nap

  127. I have never tried cooking my turkey in a bag before but I did buy one this year. I also got the Creole Butter injector to try out. Most of the time the turkey turns out dry so I’m hoping this year its extra juicy.

  128. Like you, I decided a few years back to cook our turkeys in oven bags for the same reasons you listed. Keep those in the pantry. This thanksgiving I will work on remembering to add that spoon of flour. ?

  129. We started using a bag to cook our turkey in many years ago. So much easier and no basting required. Over the years we were guests much more often than hosts. This year we are hosts again. My husband was surprised that I still had an extra bag, including the instructions. We plan to cook the turkey the day before Thanksgiving and enjoy a more peaceful morning before the guests arrive.

  130. I like to inject the Turkey with seasoning and then bake in the oven. I also like to deep fry the Turkey.

  131. What does the flour do? How does the turkey get brown if it stays in the bag? Do you uncover it at all the last 15 to 30 minutes of cooking? I want to try this this year. It sounds delicious.

  132. Honestly it doesn’t matter with a turkey on the butter. I normally do salted butter, but if you want to have complete control over the salt, I would use unsalted. The flour is all purpose flour.

  133. I try to be precise when following recipes, especially something new, you said butter and flour, what kind? Salted, unsalted? Does it matter with a turkey?

  134. Yes, just make sure that the bag does not touch the bottom or the sides of the roaster and it should work fine.

  135. Yes, you can add stuffing to the turkey if you prefer. I usually make mine separately so I don’t have a recommendation to use.

  136. Yes, I would start with the same cook time and make sure you check the internal temperature to ensure it cooks to a safe temperature. Thanks.

  137. What about adding stuffing to the turkey instead of the veggies? What is the best stuffing to use?

  138. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this. I’ve struggled with cooking Turkey and it has come out dry. I had it once YEARSSS ago and it was delicious. So tender and juicy. So this year I’ve been looking for the cooking it in the bag and found you! Definitely going to try this. ?

  139. It depends on the size of the turkey breast. It will take 1-2 hours until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.