Don't be intimidated by your turkey roaster. A turkey roaster is nothing more than a miniature oven. It has a dial to control temperature and can be used to cook more than turkey. Unlike a standard oven, which can hold any size turkey, you need to take into consideration the number of quarts your roaster is capable of holding. If the turkey is too large for the roaster oven you will steam, instead of roasting the bird. Refer to the manufacturer's recommendations on the maximum size of the turkey you place within the roaster.
Things You'll Need
Place the roaster on a level surface near an electric outlet. Wipe out the interior of the roaster and insert the roasting rack that came with the roaster.
Preheat the turkey roaster to 400 degrees F.
Rinse the turkey and remove the giblets and neck from inside the turkey. Set the innards aside to make giblet gravy or discard. Season the turkey with seasoning salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Multiply the weight of the turkey by 15 to determine the cooking time. Fifteen is the amount of minutes per pound you need to cook the turkey. For example, if you are cooking a 12-lb. turkey, you would multiply 12 by 15 to get 180 minutes. Divide the total by the number of minutes in an hour for you cooking time in hours. In this case, divide 180 by 60. You now know you need to cook the turkey for three hours.
Place the turkey in the roaster and cover with the lid. Let the turkey cook for an hour before removing the lid and basting it with butter or turkey stock.
Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F or the turkey will cook unevenly. Allow the turkey to cook for the time you determined in Step 4. Baste the turkey with the drippings every half hour.
Adjust the temperature to 400 degrees F the final 15 minutes of cooking to crisp the turkey skin.
Insert a meat thermometer in the turkey's thigh. The turkey is done cooking when its inner temperature is 165 degrees F. If the turkey has not reached at least 165 degrees, let it cook for an additional 15 minutes and recheck the temperature.
Lift the turkey out of the roaster with the pan's lift handles if the turkey is done. Set the turkey on a platter and allow it to rest before carving.
Keep the area around the roaster clear of any debris or cloth. The cooking pan can be removed from the roaster for easy cleaning.