This Beer and Butter Turkey will become a Thanksgiving classic. Crispy golden skin, juicy flavorful meat. It’s the best Thanksgiving butter turkey recipe!
*Originally published November 2015. Photos and text updated.*
Beer and Butter Turkey Recipe
This beer turkey is a super simple recipe that uses a homemade turkey injection made with flavorful butter and beer. The combo is to die for! This helps keep the butter turkey nice and juicy while also making it extra delicious!
While this is technically a Thanksgiving recipe, it can actually be served any time of year! It’s easy enough to prepare, and the flavor is great no matter what the season is.
Why You’ll Love Beer Turkey
- This butter turkey recipe is the talk of any gathering!
- It tastes delicious, and the aroma is insane.
- Injecting a turkey breast is easy.
- Can be made year-round.
- Makes awesome leftovers.
- Beer (or apple juice)
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Soy Sauce
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Cayenne Pepper
How To Make Butter Turkey
Step 1: Prepare homemade turkey injection
Begin by melting the butter over medium low heat in a small saucepan. Pour in the beer and add the salt, Worcestershire, soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Bring homemade turkey injection to a boil.
Step 2: Begin injecting a turkey breast
Add butter injection to an injector and begin injecting a turkey breast with the hot liquid. Inject all over the bird and drizzle the rest on top of the skin.
Step 3: Roast the turkey
Put the turkey in a roasting pan. Allow to bake for 4 hours at 325 degrees F. It’s done once the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
Step 4: Let rest
Take the butter turkey out of the oven and let rest for 20-30 minutes. Carve, serve, and devour!
Frequently Asked Questions
What temperature to cook a turkey?
The USDA recommended temperature for cooked turkey is 165°F. I like to cook mine at an oven temperature of 325°F. The butter turkey will continue to cook for several minutes after you take it out of the oven, so take it out before the meat reaches 165° F.
I like to take the turkey out when the breast reaches 160°F and the thighs 165°F. Breast meat can easily dry out if its temperature gets too high, while thigh meat can handle a higher internal temperature without drying out.
How long to roast a turkey?
It can vary from oven to oven and, of course, whether or not your turkey is stuffed or not. It is best to check with a meat thermometer. I can’t stress to you enough to use a meat thermometer.
And don’t rely on that pop-up timer that comes with the turkey. You can easily overcook your bird if you rely on it.
Here is a handy chart to help you with cooking times.
Does the turkey need to be thawed?
YES! Be sure you allow plenty of time to defrost your turkey. You can do this by leaving it in the refrigerator 4-5 days before you plan to roast your turkey.
If you are short on time, you can thaw the turkey in your sink with cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes until the turkey is thawed. This will take about 30 minutes per pound.
What to serve with this Beer Turkey Recipe
- Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Casserole with Streusel Topping
- Homemade Herb Stuffing
- Homemade Green Bean Casserole
- Homemade Turkey Gravy
- Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce
- Crescent Rolls or Savory Pumpkin Rolls
This Beer and Butter Turkey will become a Thanksgiving classic. Crispy golden skin, juicy flavorful meat. It's the best Thanksgiving turkey.
- ½ cup(56g) butter
- ⅔ cup(160ml) beer or apple juice
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 (15 pound) (6.8kg) turkey completely thawed
In a small saucepan melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in the beer, salt, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
Fill a culinary injector with the hot sauce and inject the turkey in several spots. I also like to make sure some of the sauce is drizzled over the skin. It really helps to make the skin golden brown.
Place turkey in a roasting pan and bake at 325 degrees F for 4 hours or until meat thermometer inserted in the breast reads 165 degrees F.
Remove from oven and let rest 20-30 minutes before carving. (this step is very important or the juices will just go everywhere)
- Recipe adapted from food.com
- I used this recipe on a store bought turkey already injected with a solution.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator covered for up to 4 days.
- Freezer Friendly: Cool completely and place in a plastic bag or freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 4 months.
- Nutrition Facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate. Nutrition info is calculated using lite beer and assuming you will eat the skin.