How Do I Get a Turkey Brown in a Roaster?

Things You'll Need

  • Roaster pan or roaster oven

  • Cooking rack

  • Aluminum foil

  • Meat thermometer

A roasted turkey is easy to brown in a roaster of any type.

Whether you define a roaster as a special type of pan you use in your oven or a countertop appliance, both involve the same process for getting a turkey brown. Either will roast the turkey until done without any help from the cook, but achieving that perfect brown, crispy skin takes a bit of intervention.

Step 1

Preheat the oven or roaster oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Place a baking or cooking rack in the bottom of the roaster pan or roaster oven. Many pans and ovens include a baking rack with the purchase.

Step 3

Tent the turkey with a large sheet of aluminum foil. Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer through the foil, into the thickest part of the turkey breast.

Step 4

Roast the turkey in the oven or roaster until the thermometer registers 175 degrees Fahrenheit. This will take between 20 and 25 minutes per pound of turkey.

Step 5

Remove the foil from the turkey and allow the turkey to brown until the thermometer reads 185 degrees Fahrenheit. This can take from 30 minutes to one hour.


You can baste the turkey during the browning process to help develop a dark, crispy skin.

If the turkey is stuffed, ensure that the stuffing temperature reaches at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Allow the turkey to rest for 15 minutes before carving.