How long do you cook a turkey?

To save you the trouble of Googling this…

from About.Com Home Cooking…

Keep in mind the most important number is the temperature of the bird. The internal temperature of the bird should be 170°F (77°C) in the breast and 180°F (82°C) in the thigh when done.

Roasting times are for a preheated 325 degree oven.

Approximate Roasting Times for Stuffed Turkey
Turkey Weight Hours
6 to 8 pounds 3 to 3-1/2 hours
8 to 12 pounds 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours
12 to 16 pounds 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 hours
16 to 20 pounds 5-1/2 to 6 hours
20 to 24 pounds 6 to 6-1/2 hours
Approximate Roasting Times for Unstuffed Turkey
Turkey Weight Hours
6 to 8 pounds 2-1/2 to 3 hours
8 to 12 pounds 3 to 4 hours
12 to 16 pounds 4 to 5 hours
16 to 20 pounds 5 to 5-1/2 hours
20 to 24 pounds 5-1/2 to 6 hours

If you don’t have the time for a full-on baked turkey dinner, there’s always this option…

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