How Long to Cook a Turkey Breast Per Pound


When you’re making a turkey breast for your Thanksgiving meal, there are many factors to consider: how much food should you make to feed everyone, how long does it take to roast a turkey breast (or any other meat), and so on. The answer to one question is especially important: How long do I cook this turkey breast?

The answer lies in the cooking method used. There are two methods of cooking a turkey breast — roasting in an oven or grilling outdoors — but they both require the same internal temperature for safety reasons. (Don’t worry; we’ll get into that part soon.) One pound of uncooked meat will take about an hour per pound when roasted at 350 degrees F., which makes for an easy calculation if you’re using another kind of thermometer or don’t have access to one. If instead you’d like more specific details about how long different cuts of turkey breast take per pound when cooked using each method, read on!

1-1/2 to 2 hours per pound

  • Cooking time depends on the size of your turkey breast. A 12-pound turkey breast will take longer to cook than a 6-pound turkey breast, because it has more meat and thus needs more time to cook through.
  • Cooking times are based on weight and not servings. For example, if you have a 7 lb turkey breast that is cooked until 165 degrees F internal temperature (IT), then it’s ready to eat–even though there will be no leftovers!
  • The minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees F must be reached before removing from oven or grill.* This ensures that all harmful bacteria have been destroyed

30 minutes per pound

30 minutes per pound is the general rule for cooking turkey breasts. The cooking time will depend on how thick your turkey breast is, so it’s important to check with a meat thermometer before serving.

If you’re unsure of how long to cook your turkey, just follow this simple rule: Cook 30 minutes per pound of meat (or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit).

1 hour per pound


Turkey breast is a tender cut of meat that cooks quickly. To ensure you are cooking your turkey to the right temperature, it’s important to use a meat thermometer and make sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

When you cook turkey breast, there are two things you need to keep in mind: 1) how long per pound will it take? And 2) what do I do when my turkey is done? Let’s start with #1:

If your turkey weighs 1 pound (16 ounces), then here’s how long it will take based on different cooking methods:

  • Oven-roasted – 45 minutes or less per pound
  • Slow cooker – 4 hours on high setting or 6 hours on low setting

Cook turkey breast to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

The cooking time for your turkey breast will depend on its weight. For example, if you have a 3-pound turkey breast, it will take about 30 minutes per pound to cook. The size of the cooking vessel (such as a roasting pan) and whether or not you preheat it before putting in the meat also affect how long it takes for meat to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F., but these factors don’t matter much when cooking poultry because there’s so little thermal mass involved with small cuts like this one compared with larger cuts like roasts or steaks that require more time in order for heat transfer from mediums like air and water around them–and thus more energy input needed from us as humans before we can eat our food!


If you’re looking for an easy way to cook a turkey breast, this is it! It’s hard to go wrong with these guidelines. If you have questions or want more specific instructions on how long to cook a turkey breast per pound, feel free to reach out in the comments below.

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