How Long to Cook 25 Pound Turkey


Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays in the United States, with an estimated 46 million turkeys being consumed on that day alone. But what if you’re not interested in just one turkey? What if you need to feed an entire village? You might consider buying a 25-pounder (that’s roughly 12 kilograms). This may sound like a lot of turkey, but it’s actually not uncommon for families to buy extra large birds for big gatherings or holiday meals. And while cooking a 25-pound turkey can be intimidating at first glance, it’s actually pretty straightforward once you know what size bird you’ll need and how long each type takes to cook properly.


A 25-pound turkey is a large bird, and it will take some time to cook. The cooking times for turkeys are based on weight, not size; so you should use an accurate meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your turkey before removing it from the oven.

The USDA recommends that all turkeys be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (74 C). This can be measured using a probe thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast or thigh meat without touching bone or fat.

Cooking Times

The cooking time for a 25-pound turkey will vary based on the size, weight and cut of your bird. The average cooking time for a 25-pound turkey is 12 to 14 hours at 325 degrees F in an oven. A whole chicken takes around 2 hours longer than a turkey (or about 16 minutes per pound).

It’s important not to overcook your meal, which can be easily done when using an oven thermometer rather than checking for doneness using internal temperature tests like poking with a fork or inserting an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the meat near its thigh or breast area (the thickest part). If there are no bones visible in these areas then it should be safe to use them as guides for doneness without risking having foodborne illness from undercooked poultry meat products

Safety and Care Tips

  • Keep the turkey refrigerated until it is cooked.
  • Thaw the turkey in the refrigerator, not on the counter.
  • Cook the turkey until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit

Make sure to take care of your bird before cooking it.


When you’re ready to cook your turkey, make sure that you have washed your hands and the bird. You want the inside of the turkey as clean as possible before cooking it so that there are no bacteria or germs in there when you put it in the oven.

After washing both yourself and your bird thoroughly, remove any parts of a 25 pound turkey (such as giblets) that might be stuck inside. Giblets are things like livers and hearts–they come packed inside some turkeys and need to be removed before cooking begins! Once those have been taken care of, rinse out all traces of soap from both yourself and from inside this large bird’s body cavity using warm water from the faucet or sink sprayer at home if needed too; then dry off everything thoroughly using paper towels so nothing sticks together after being washed away by liquid soap residue left behind on skin surfaces such as hands/arms/face etcetera..


We hope this guide has helped you understand how long to cook a 25-pound turkey. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out! We’re always happy to help.

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