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Herb-Glazed Turkey

Honey and corn syrup blend with savory herbs and seasonings to give this turkey a slightly sweet flavor. My tried-and-true recipe never fails to win me compliments. —Charlene Melenka, Vegreville, Alberta
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    18 servings


  • 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


  • Brush turkey with oil; tie the drumsticks together. Place turkey breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Combine the thyme, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper; sprinkle evenly over turkey. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 2 hours.
  • In a small bowl, combine honey, corn syrup, butter, rosemary, sage, basil, and the 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.
  • 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.


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  • Amara
    Nov 20, 2020

    I have a probably stupid question: if i spatchcock my turkey can i still use this recipe as is (other than the time of course) or would i need to use a different recipe?

  • pajamaangel
    Nov 28, 2019

    The color on this bird was amazing!!! My kids even posted pictures of it on facebook. The flavor was delicious and it was so juicy! I will be using this recipe again for sure!

  • s_pants
    Sep 1, 2012

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  • NotSoShabbyGirl
    Mar 13, 2012

    Absolutely the best for your turkey. I have used this recipe for the past 2 Thanksgivings. Got rave reviews from guests both times. So most and yummy. the juices make the best gravy as well.

  • mrskgraves
    Nov 24, 2009

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  • MuzikTG
    Dec 9, 2008

    My sister in law and I cooked this turkey for Thanksgiving. It was very good and moist. My parents liked it so much, I'm making it again for Christmas!~MuzikTG