Turkey in a Nesco Roaster Oven

For the first time, I cooked a 14 lb. turkey in my Nesco Roaster. It was incredibly easy and was the best turkey I’ve ever roasted. I did have the concern that I wouldn’t get the beautiful color that conventional oven roasting delivers, yet my modest poultry came out perfectly. Here’s how I did it.










14 lb turkey

Several sprigs rosemary; washed, dried, & tied with string

1 tbsp butter, melted

Salt and pepper

1 c water



Place Nesco roaster on sturdy surface. Turn roaster to 400 degrees. Preheat 10 minutes.

Rinse turkey and pat dry. Place rosemary sprigs in cavity. Brush melted butter over turkey, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the turkey on the roasting rack.

Carefully remove roaster lid and place the rack with the turkey into the main cooking well. Being careful of steam, pour in 1 cup of water. Cover.

Cook for 15 to 20 minutes per pound. If you choose to stuff your turkey, add 30 minutes to cooking time.

One hour into roasting, reduce heat to 350 degrees.

Baste frequently to prevent the turkey from drying, about every 30 minutes.

Remove lid and lift roasting rack with turkey. Place on platter or cutting board. Cover with foil. Allow to rest 20 minutes before carving.


***  My turkey browned beautifully but if your turkey is not browning as you like, try these options.

– About an hour before the turkey is finished, increase the heat to 400 degrees.

– Very large turkeys may not brown deeply in the Nesco roaster. Move turkey to conventional oven for final 45 minutes of cooking time.