How Long to Cook Turkey at 375 (For a Perfectly Cooked Bird)

Want to cook your turkey at 375°F, But not sure how long to cook the turkey for? You just need the right formula. Below I’ll show you exactly how long to cook for, so that you have a perfectly cooked bird!


Should You Cook Turkey at 375°F

I want to start by saying that 325°F is a very high temperature to cook at, even for other types of protein. It is still a safe temperature so don’t worry.

When cooking at 375°F it is important to make sure you don’t get overcooked turkey on the outside, while the meat remains undercooked. Remember, this is a big bird and you want to make sure it cooks thoroughly

There is also a risk of serving your guests a dry turkey, but more of that later in my cooking tips.

Note: Want to cook at the turkey at 350°F? See the instructions here.

How Long To Cook Turkey at 375

It should take 10-12 minutes per pound to cook a turkey at 375°F

However, a few variables can affect this. See the variables below.

What is The Weight of The Turkey?

Make sure you know the number of pounds of turkey you have!

If you have brought it to a supermarket, then it will be on the packaging.

However, I recommend you buy fresh and free range from a butcher.

So just get them to confirm.

What Is the Cooking Time per Pound?

Turkey cooks at a rate of 10-15 minutes per pound.

Let’s say you have a 12-pound turkey and have set your smoker or oven temperature to 325°F.

To be on the safe side we will work it out in 15 minutes.

15 x 12 = 180 minutes.

Wait until a temperature reading of 325°F before putting it in your cooking device.

It is that simple!

Note: I always reccomend using a probe or instant-read thermometer.

When measuring the internal temperature.

This is the safest way to know when you can consume the meat.

Place 2 in the thickest part of your entire turkey.

The breast meat and the thigh.


What Internal Cooking Temperature Does the Meat Need to Be?

You are monitoring 2 internal temperatures on your digital meat thermometer.

Thedigital probe meat thermometer dark leg meat should read 180°F when it’s done.

The digital probe meat thermometer in the white beast meat should read 160°F.

My Top Tips for Cooking a Turkey at 375

We now know how to work out the approximate times when cooking a turkey at 375°F.

I want to share with you my turkey tips for achieving crispy skin and keeping the meat moist.

All with a delicious flavor!

– Buy fresh and free range.

– Brine your turkey with a kosher salt and water solution the night before.

– Use a smoker with chips for a woodsy flavor.

– Use a spice rub with brown sugar to help form a crispy skin by caramelization.

– Wrap the turkey breast in tin foil while you wait for the internal temp of the dark meat.

– Use a probe as well as the time formula for measuring.

A Tasty Turkey

Understanding the meat is the first stage of a successful recipe.

Turkey is of course one of the larger birds that we enjoy.

The average is a 15-pound turkey, but can get much bigger!

It has a natural gamey flavor which makes for fantastic recipes!

A fresh turkey roasted and stuffed with fresh herbs for thanksgiving.

Or a whole leg smoked and covered in BBQ sauce at a carnival.

Don’t be shy about infusing extra flavor with aromatics.

Dark meat in the thigh or white meat in the breast.

The taste is mild compared to other game birds but stronger than chicken.

Turkey Recipes

Smoking Turkey in a Gas Smoker

Smoked Turkey Tails

Smoking Turkey in an Electric Smoker

Turkey Gravy

Smoked Turkey Wings

Smoked Turkey in a Pit Boss

Smoke On!


Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

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