Thanksgiving tips: How long to roast a turkey

Need some last-minute Thanksgiving tips? To roast your turkey, set your oven to 325 degrees.

How long does the bird need to stay in the oven? It depends. Use the chart below to determine cooking times:

8- to 12-pound bird will need to roast for 2 hours and 45 minutes to 3 hours.

12- to 14-pounder needs 3 hours to 3 hours and 45 minutes.

14- to 18-pound bird needs 3 hours and 45 minutes to 4 hours and 15 minutes.

18- to 20-pound bird needs 4 hours and 15 minutes to 4 hours and 30 minutes.

20- to 24-pounder needs 4 hours and 30 minutes to 5 hours.

The turkey must reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees to be safe to eat. Stick a meat thermometer in the thigh to make sure the meat is done.

Need more help? The Butterball Talk Line is open. Call 1-800-BUTTERBALL.

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