Rival Roaster Oven Turkey Cooking Instructions

According to manufacturers of electric roasters, a roaster oven cooks at approximately the same temperature and in the same time as a conventional oven. For best results, follow the manufacturers instructions. Conventional oven roasting times may vary greatly, depending on a number of variables that affect the cooking time such as the shape of the turkey, the proportion of meat to bone, the variations in different ovens, the altitude, and if the turkey is fresh or frozen and then thawed. Adding to the confusion is that almost every source providing roasting times is different from one another. Listed below are roasting times that can be used as a general guideline, but the only true gauge for determining proper doneness is with a meat thermometer. The breast must reach an internal temperature of 170°F and the thigh must reach 180°F.

Pros of Buying an Electric Roaster Oven

  • Frees up oven space for other delicious dishes
  • Turkey generally cooks faster than in a traditional oven
  • Low maintenance – set it and forget it (with a thermometer), no basting
  • Without a roaster, it’s harder to brown the turkey and get that classic, roast turkey color and crispy skin. You can use browning sauce for color or put the turkey in your regular oven for the last half hour of cooking for crispness. I personally don’t care too much about the color because I always cut up my turkey up before serving, and no one in my house eats the skin.
  • The oven is also pretty big and can take up kitchen space. I keep mine in the original cardboard box in the garage when I’m not using it.
  • How to Make Moist Roast Turkey

    Pour a can of chicken stock into the roasting pan. This step makes your turkey extra juicy and ensures you’ll have enough drippings for tons of homemade gravy. Insert the thermometer into the thick part of the turey thigh and place the lid on the roaster.

    Marinades that inject directly into the turkey, such as creole butter or roasted garlic and herbs, add flavor quickly, without the need to marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

    Melt butter in a small microwave-safe bowl and stir in browning sauce. Use 2 tbsp. of browning sauce for every 1/4 cup of melted butter. Brush the butter and browning sauce over the exterior of the turkey with a basting brush.

    Brining uses a base of salt and water to pull the blood from the turkey and adds moisture.

    Remove the cooking rack from the roaster oven and place the turkey on the rack. Set the roaster on a heat-safe surface or place it on top of bath towels. Preheat the 16-qt. roaster oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

    Spray the inside of the roaster with nonstick cooking spray. Set the rack and turkey inside the roaster. Place the cover on the roaster and cook for 30 minutes.


    How long to cook a turkey at 350 in a roaster?

    The simplest way to figure out turkey roasting times is to calculate 13 minutes per pound at 350°F for an unstuffed turkey (that’s about 3 hours for a 12- to 14-lb. turkey), or 15 minutes per pound for a stuffed turkey.

    Do you put water in a roaster oven when cooking a turkey?

    Electric roaster ovens make the most of this feature by cooking foods through the even distribution of heat and liquids. Because the covered roaster traps and recycles moisture from the food as it cooks, no additional water or other liquids are needed unless called for in a recipe.

    How long does it take to cook a turkey in a roaster?

    Roast Turkey in an Electric Roaster
    1. Prep Time 10 minutes.
    2. Cook Time 3 hours.
    3. Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes.

    What temperature do you cook a turkey in an electric roaster?

    How to Cook a Turkey in an Electric Roaster
    1. Remove the rack or insert pan from your roaster.
    2. Cover and preheat roaster to 325°F.
    3. Optional, but recommended, brush your turkey with a browning sauce made from butter, Kitchen Bouquet (you can also use Worcestershire, Maggi Seasoning, or Liquid Aminos), and paprika.

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