2-Hour Turkey for Thanksgiving – Printable Recipe

2-Hour Turkey for Thanksgiving - Life With Lorelai

Let’s Talk Turkey!

Do you hate waiting around all day for that Thanksgiving turkey to roast in the oven? How much would you love it if you could pop that bird into the oven and take out a beautifully roasted, stuffed Thanksgiving Turkey in just 2-hours? It can be done. I’ve been doing this very thing for 24-years.

My 2-hour turkey comes out moist, tender, and incredibly delicious. There is no fuss, no muss, no incessant basting… just put it in the oven and forget it. Everyone raves about my turkey, so I thought I would share it with you.

Here’s my secret…

2-Hour Turkey for Thanksgiving
Printable Recipe

2-Hour Turkey | Life With LorelaiIsn’t that gorgeous? What great color!


  • Turkey
  • Fresh Sage
  • 1-2 Sticks Butter
  • 1-Bunch Celery Stalks
  • 2-3 Yellow Onions, halved
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • Stuffing
  • String
  • Turkey Injector
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray
  • Aluminum Foil


  • Preheat oven to 500Β° – 550Β° F (I set mine at 500Β° and my convection oven reduces the temperature)
  • Clean the Turkey very well, and pat dry
  • Turn Turkey Wings to the back
  • Gently run your fingers between the skin and the meat to separate the skin from the breast, while leaving the skin in tact.
  • Place whole sage leaves between the skin and the breast meat.
  • Salt and Pepper both sides of the Turkey
  • Melt the stick of Butter with some Sage Leaves.
  • Spray Roasting Pan with Non-stick Cooking Spray.
  • Fill the bottom of the roasting pan with whole Celery Stalks and Halved Onions (this will keep the Turkey from sitting on the bottom of the pan)
  • Inject the Turkey with the Sage Butter (reserve some butter) (if you don’t have an injector, use a baster to get the butter under the skin)
  • Place Turkey in the roasting pan
  • Use Celery Stalks cut in half and line the cavity of the Turkey
  • Fill the remainder of the cavity with Stuffing (if you’re not using stuffing, fill with cavity with celery and onion)
  • Tress Turkey Legs with String
  • Pour reserved butter over the Turkey
  • Cover the Turkey with Aluminum Foil (I use two long pieces of foil. Fold the foil at the long edge to join the foil together. Place it over the turkey with generous space above the turkey, so the foil does not sit against it. Be sure the foil is crimped to the pan.)
  • Bake for 2-Hours (if you have a really large turkey, you may want to give it 2-1/2 hours)
  • Check color of turkey skin, if you want it a little darker, open the foil and give it a few minutes longer.
  • Remove Turkey from roasting pan, and let stand for 20-30 minutes before carving.
  • Remove onions and celery from pan and make your gravy!

Sliced 2-Hour Turkey | Life With Lorelai

Well, there you have it, Thanksgiving Turkey in 2-Hours! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Count your blessings, give thanks, and enjoy!

Will you be cooking your turkey in 2-hours?

Do you have any turkey or Thanksgiving secrets?

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41 Responses to 2-Hour Turkey for Thanksgiving – Printable Recipe

  1. Thank you for sharing your secret! Does this mean my turkey won’t be dry this year? πŸ˜‰ lol
    I’ve pinned it and will try it this year.

  2. Pinning this, it is just what I need. My very first turkey was not done by dinner time, so embarrassing!

  3. Sarah T says:

    This would sure make timing things in the oven easier! Its hard to bake fresh sides when the bird takes all day!

  4. reginapartain says:

    Hi Lorelai. I like this idea. Think I will try it out next week. Thanks for sharing.

  5. This makes me almost want to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving. ..almost πŸ˜‰

  6. WOW! I’ve never even set my oven as high as 500 degrees before! LOL And I’m not in charge of the turkey this year, thank goodness. Just a few other things πŸ™‚

  7. We were just wondering how we were going to do our turkey this year. My Hubs is the one cooking it so I need to show him this. Thanks so much…..

  8. Carli says:

    This is great! Pinning! Perfect for a last min girl like me!~ πŸ™‚

  9. It’s funny – over the years my turkey cooking time has gotten shorter and shorter. I think last year was about 3 hours but this is awesome!!! I love that we don’t have to slave over the oven all day anymore πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipe! ~Renee

  10. kimverrochi says:

    YAY for sleeping an extra hour (or two)! I go out for Thanksgiving but cook our turkey dinner on Christmas and enjoy the leftovers through New Years, will be saving this for sure.. after all who doesn’t need an extra few hours around the holidays?!!

  11. Lourdes says:

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. Our bird usually takes 2 and a half hours in the oven. we brine the turkey and it seems like the prepping takes a long time. Haha! Injecting the turkey sounds better!

  12. swood97 says:

    Sounds really good! How many pounds is your turkey for the cooking time? I have never been the one to bake the turkey,we have so many good cooks in our family. I make the dressing and the sweet potato casserole.

  13. busymama911 says:

    This sounds really interesting. I have not heard of doing it this way.

  14. beignetmamas says:

    Okay I’ll admit, when I saw that title I thought, “She must not be cooking a turkey for real”. LOL! I’ll have to try this recipe. I’ve always shied away from cooking the turkey for fear that I would mess up something, it would be too dry, or it wouldn’t be done in time. Last Thanksgiving, I actually did turkey wings instead. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Yup… it’s a REAL turkey cooked with stuffing inside in just 2-hours! It’s hard to mess this one up. You get it all prepared and stick it in the oven and forget it. Let me know how it turns out for you. πŸ™‚

  15. This is such a great idea! I never thought you could cook a turkey that high of a temperature. I learn something new every day!

  16. I had no idea such a thing was possible! Granted, I’ve never ever baked a turkey … or a chicken for that matter… so I wouldn’t have known to know it was possible, if that makes sense. But… someday, should I decided to try, I will be all like, “Hey, Lorelai says I can do it easy peasy in 2 hours so that’s what I’m doing!”

  17. That oven is set to max temp capacity! Why fool around when you have a life to attend too? I will save this for Christmas, since I will have only 3 of us on turkey day (oh yeah, I coming to your house…with wine!). Thanks for the tip!

  18. Bonnie Frank says:

    Wait, if a turkey can cook in two hours, why are we all cooking ours all day? Is it the butter injection? I have never heard of this! How big is your turkey?

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  20. Your turkey looks fantastic! I have always just done mine in a Reynolds oven bag. I’m a lazy chef. πŸ™‚

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