Herb-Roasted Turkey

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing


18 servings

Updated: Aug. 17, 2023
Honey and corn syrup blend with savory herbs and seasonings to give my turkey a slightly sweet flavor. My tried-and-true herb turkey recipe never fails to win compliments. —Charlene Melenka, Vegreville, Alberta


  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil


  1. Brush turkey with oil; tie drumsticks together. Place turkey breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Combine thyme, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper; sprinkle evenly over turkey. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 2 hours.
  2. In a small bowl, combine honey, corn syrup, butter, rosemary, sage, basil and remaining salt and pepper. Brush over turkey. Bake until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, about 90 minutes longer, basting frequently with pan drippings. Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.
  3. Remove from oven. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts

7 ounces cooked turkey: 570 calories, 25g fat (8g saturated fat), 197mg cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 0 fiber), 56g protein.