Perfect Turkey Cooking Temperature
Now that I’ve made it clear how important the right temperature is, I’m sure you are wondering what temp to cook turkey. What is that magic number that makes that roast turkey tender, flavorful, and perfectly cooked? Well, there are a few different temperatures to consider here.
For starters, you always want to cook the turkey until it reaches an internal temperature of 160°F. After removing the turkey from the oven or grill and letting it rest for a minimum of 20 minutes, it will continue to cook until it reaches 165°F.
This is the sweet spot. You want your turkey to reach exactly 165°F, no more and no less. To get this temperature exactly right, you’re going to need a meat thermometer.
Now that you’ve got the magic number, it’s equally as important to know how to cook a turkey. Think of temperature and time as partners. If the numbers are off, the partnership is fried—and so is your turkey!