Maybe you’re the family’s go-to turkey whisperer. Or maybe this is the first year you’re in charge of cooking the perfect turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. You’re looking to roast, smoke, fry, or grill a meal to remember, and don’t want to let your fans (aka your friends and family) down. Look no further! I’ve gathered Food52’s best turkey recipes for Thanksgiving, from traditional to dark horse favorites. If this is your first time cooking a turkey, you’ll be amazed at how far herb butter, salt, and pepper can go.
A brined turkey is a must to seal in those good juices, but whether to wet or dry brine it is up to you. Most of our recipes are traditional methods for roasting a whole turkey, but you may want to spatchcock it for speedier service. Or maybe the deep-fryer that you saw in your neighbor’s backyard last year is calling your name this time around. The world is your oyster and these 18 recipes will put you on the right track. Once you remove the turkey from the oven, let it rest, and carve it, you’ll feel a huge sense of accomplishment...then grab the wishbone and pray to the turkey gods that you’ll nail it next year, too.