How Long Ro Cook a 13 Lb Turkey

How Long Ro Cook a 13 Lb Turkey


Thanksgiving is upon us, and if you’re like me, that means you’re scrambling to figure out how to cook your turkey. I’m all for being in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day, but it’s nice to know that there are plenty of ways to prepare your turkey before then. For example: do you want to roast it? If so, get ready for the best roasted turkey you’ve ever had! In this post we’ll cover everything from cooking times for different sizes of turkeys (both whole and parts) and tips on how to make sure your bird is juicy every single time.

What is the Best Way to Roast a Turkey?

  • The best way to roast a turkey is to use a roasting rack.
  • The best way to cook a turkey is to use a meat thermometer.
  • The best way to roast a turkey is to use an oven thermometer.
  • The best way to roast a turkey is to use a roasting pan

How Long to Roast a Turkey?

How long you cook a turkey depends on its size, the temperature of your oven and how you want it to look and taste.

If you want your turkey to be golden brown with crisp skin, brined or wet-packed (soaked in brine) birds will require about two hours per pound in a 325F/160C oven. Dry-packed turkeys will take longer–about three hours per pound–because they have less moisture inside them and therefore take longer for their heat-conducting bones to reach cooking temperatures.

If you’re looking for more moist meat with just enough browning on top, then an unbrined bird may be right up your alley; these take only about 1 hour 45 minutes per pound at 350F/180C degrees. The same goes if all that time spent waiting around isn’t really worth it: If all you care about is getting dinner on the table without fussing over details like texture or coloration (and who doesn’t?), then try roasting at 325F/160C degrees until done–it’ll come out medium rare after about 2 hours 15 minutes per pound!

Tips for Cooking a Turkey in an Oven


When cooking a turkey in the oven, it’s important to use a thermometer to ensure that your turkey has been cooked properly. A good rule of thumb is that if you can insert the probe into breast meat without resistance and it reads 165 degrees F (74 C), then your bird is ready for carving.

If you’re using an electric roaster or other type of oven-safe pan or rack above another pan on top of two burners, preheat both burners before putting them on low heat with water inside each pot so they get nice and hot before adding anything else! This will help keep things moist while preventing scorching the outside layer while cooking through those last few minutes–meaning no dried out skin!

Tips for Cooking a Turkey in an Electric Roaster

If you’re looking for an easy way to cook a turkey, an electric roaster is the perfect choice! This method is super convenient and can be done all in one pot. Plus, it only takes about three hours–so much shorter than if you were using other methods. If that’s not enough reason to try this method out, there are many more:

  • Your house will smell heavenly while your turkey cooks
  • There’s no need for basting or turning over during cooking time (which means less mess)
  • The gravy will be perfectly browned on top when it’s done because of how hot everything gets inside the oven

Tips for Cooking a Whole Turkey in the Crockpot

The first thing to do is determine how long to cook your turkey. This will depend on the size of your bird and whether or not you’re using a roasting rack in addition to other ingredients. If you don’t have one, don’t worry–it’s easy enough to make one at home!

To get started, place an oven-safe roasting rack inside of a 6-quart slow cooker (or any large pot). Then place the turkey breast side up on top of this rack so that it doesn’t touch anything else inside of the pot but rather sits above it for better airflow and browning during cooking time. Now add enough water so that it covers 1/2 inch below where bottom part touches bottom part when placed upright inside crockpot before putting lid back on top again tightly enough so nothing leaks out while cooking process takes place over next few hours until done completely throughly

Tips for Cooking a Roast Turkey Breast in the Oven

  • Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. A turkey breast should cook until it reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit at its thickest part (meatballs, on the other hand, should be cooked to 160 degrees F).
  • Cooking time depends on the size of your turkey breast and what temperature you’re roasting at in your oven. If you’re cooking at 400 F with convection turned on, for example, then plan on about 25 minutes per pound. If you’re using a conventional oven set at 350 F without convection or 425 F with convection turned on–and assuming that both pieces are 1 1/2 pounds each–then set aside about 30 minutes per pound for each piece when following this recipe exactly as written here.* If possible use a pan with handles so that it can easily be lifted out onto serving platters after roasting is complete.*

It’s never too early to start planning your Thanksgiving meal.

It’s never too early to start planning your Thanksgiving meal.

By now, you might have noticed that there are plenty of articles out there with tips on how to cook a turkey and its many parts. But what if we told you that the best way to make sure everything goes smoothly is by having a plan in place? You may think this sounds like overkill–after all, how hard can it be? But consider this: If the turkey isn’t cooked properly or gets overcooked because someone forgot about it while they were busy making gravy or setting the table (or both), there will be some very angry people around your dinner table–and not just because they’re hungry!

We’ve got some great tips for making sure everything goes smoothly so that when guests arrive at four o’clock sharp on November 23rd (or whatever day works best for everyone), all of their mouths will be watering from anticipation rather than frustration.


So, how long do you cook a 13 lb turkey? Well, it depends on what kind of turkey you want and how you want to cook it. But no matter what, make sure to plan ahead! The key is having enough time to get everything ready before guests arrive at your house so they won’t be disappointed with their meal.

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