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How To Cook A Turkey Roast

Whether you're cooking for one this Thanksgiving or cooking for a small number, this flavorful herb crusted turkey roast recipe needs to be on your menu. This boneless turkey roast is tender and juicy and so easy to cook!

A turkey roast on a plate surrounded by cherry tomatoes and spinach.


Thanksgiving is right around the corner and today I have for you a herb crusted turkey roast recipe.

As you can see in the pictures, this baked turkey roast will certainly feed more than one person, but I'm labeling it as a "for one" recipe to demonstrate how anyone who is cooking only for themselves can still enjoy a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. Besides, a Thanksgiving dinner for one needs leftovers too, right?

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I recently shared my single serving Pecan Pie For One recipe with you and for the next couple of weeks, I'll be sharing all kinds of traditional Thanksgiving side dishes that serve one or two people.

Let's start with this tender and juicy roasted turkey that I'm pretty sure you will love.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Cooking a boneless turkey roast is so much easier than roasting a whole turkey.
  • It's also a delicious meal to make any time of the year, not just during the holidays. The leftover turkey is wonderful in sandwiches!
  • A boneless turkey roast also cooks fairly quickly compared to roasting a whole turkey. A 3-pound turkey roast cooks for around 2 hours in the oven.
  • The smaller size means I can still have a little left over but won't be eating turkey for a week.
  • The leftover turkey would be wonderful in place of chicken in a Chicken Salad, or in a Chicken Soup.

What Is A Boneless Turkey Roast?

  • A boneless turkey roast is the best of both worlds. It has juicy white and dark meat and often comes with a gravy packet. It's a great turkey to make for those who like both types of meat.
  • I like using a Butterball turkey which typically weighs around 3 pounds.
  • A turkey roast is so incredibly tender and very juicy.

Be sure to explore all of our Thanksgiving For One recipes.

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Turkey Roast: The brand I use most often is a Butterball turkey roast. They typically weigh around 3 pounds.
  • Dried basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper: These spices add tons of flavor. Feel free to switch up the spices and use other types instead. I also love using dried rosemary or herbes de Provence instead of the ones listed in this recipe.
  • Olive oil: The olive oil is added to the spices to make a paste which helps the spices stay on the turkey as it roasts. I use extra virgin olive oil in this Butterball turkey roast recipe as well as in every other recipe on One Dish Kitchen that calls for olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed form of olive oil. It is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. Because of the way extra virgin olive oil is made, it retains more true olive taste. It also contains more of the vitamins and minerals found in olives. It's my favorite type of olive oil to use but you may use a lighter olive oil instead.
  • Butter: I use salted butter in this recipe and place the pieces of butter over the top of the turkey. As the butter melts from the heat of the oven it soaks into the turkey and crisps up the skin a bit.

How To Make This Recipe

  • Make the herb paste by combining the spices in a bowl with olive oil; stir and rub all over the turkey roast.
  • Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan and top with butter.
a raw turkey roast in a roasting pan with 4 pieces of butter spread over the top.
  • Bake in a 325 degree F oven (165 degrees C) for 1.5 to 2 hours, uncovered.
  • After you remove the turkey from the oven. Cover the pan with aluminum foil to allow the turkey to rest.

Expert Tips

  • Leave the mesh string on the boneless turkey roast.
  • Invest in an inexpensive meat thermometer to guarantee your turkey is cooked through, juicy, and absolutely perfect. You can see the one we use and recommend on our Cookware page.
  • Let the turkey "rest" before slicing. This is important for turkey or any meat because it allows the juices which rise to the surface of the meat to be redistributed throughout the meat making the turkey juicy. If you skip resting, you will lose more flavorful juices when the meat is cut.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I use fresh or frozen turkey?

You can use a fresh or a frozen turkey roast but make sure the turkey is completely thawed before roasting. Always thaw turkey in the refrigerator. The brand I use most often is a Butterball turkey roast.

Where do I find a boneless turkey roast?

You can find a fresh turkey roast in the fresh meat section of your grocery store. Look for a frozen turkey roast in the frozen meat section.

Do I remove the string casing?

No. The casing is what holds the meat together. If you remove it before cooking, the meat will fall apart.

a plate filled with stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.

Serving Suggestions

You might like to consider serving any of these single serving side dishes with your boneless turkey roast:

Other Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

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Herb Crusted Turkey Roast | One Dish Kitchen

Herb Crusted Turkey Roast

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Main Dish
Diet: Gluten Free
Keywords: turkey
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 403kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 3 pound turkey roast , thawed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 325° F (165° C)
  • Remove roast from package; pat dry with paper towels. Leave string netting on roast.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir in the olive oil and make a paste.
  • Rub spice mix over the entire roast and place on a roasting rack in a roasting pan.
  • Place slices of butter on top of roast.
  • Bake, uncovered for 1 3/4 to 2 hours, or until a meat thermometer inserted in center of roast reaches 175 degrees F.
  • Cover roast with foil and let stand at least 10 minutes before removing string netting and carving.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Leave the mesh string on the turkey roast.
  • Invest in an inexpensive meat thermometer to guarantee your turkey is cooked through, juicy, and absolutely perfect. You can see the one we use and recommend on our Cookware page.
  • Let the turkey "rest" before slicing. This is important for turkey or any meat because it allows the juices which rise to the surface of the meat to be redistributed throughout the meat making the turkey juicy. If you skip resting, you will lose more flavorful juices when the meat is cut.

 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 403kcal | Protein: 52g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 611mg | Potassium: 541mg | Vitamin A: 310IU | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2.3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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31 thoughts on “How To Cook A Turkey Roast”

  1. Dia All The Things I Do

    This is such a simple recipe. It looks yummy. I don't normally go home for thanksgiving and spend it with a friend but this year, I'm debating having me time. This would be a good way to stay festive

  2. Turkey roasts are such a great option for a smaller Thanksgiving gathering. I'm bookmarking this for Sunday dinner, too.

  3. Heather Denniston

    Oh My!! These are such great recipes. Thank you for sharing. It is so important to remember that many of us, including me, might be on our own on Thanksgiving. So thank you for posting this.

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