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Herbed Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey

This herbed mayonnaise roasted turkey is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. Full of orange, sage, rosemary, and thyme it’s super moist and totally easy!

Herbed Mayonnaise Roast Turkey on a platter.

Over the years I have made everything from an Adobo Butter Turkey to a Thanksgiving Turkey Meatloaf for Thanksgiving.

And don’t get me wrong – I love any and everything from traditional to non-traditional when it comes to turkey and Thanksgiving.

But, this mayonnaise roasted turkey is one of my all-time favorites!

It’s spiced with lots of fresh herbs, kosher salt, and black pepper, stuffed with oranges, and then slathered in delicious mayonnaise!

Now, I know some of you out there might not be mayonnaise fans BUT please trust me when I tell you that it makes an incredibly juicy bird!

In fact, if you have been around for a while you might remember when I made my Meyer Lemon Mayonnaise Roasted Chicken!

Herbed Mayonnaise Roast Turkey sliced on a platter.


  • Thawed fresh turkey
  • Mayonnaise
  • Orange zest
  • Fresh rosemary, thyme and sage
  • Orange juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Whole oranges


Mayonnaise roasted turkey is a cooking method that involves using mayonnaise as a key ingredient in roasting a whole turkey.

This technique is popular for its ability to add flavor and moisture to the turkey, as well as create a beautifully browned and crispy skin.

That’s because mayonnaise is fat and fat gives you crispy skin! Just like using butter or oil that you might see in more “traditional” Thanksgiving turkey recipes.

I paired the mayonnaise with orange and fresh herbs but you could easily use fresh lemon in place of orange.

Herbed Mayonnaise Roast Turkey served up with fresh herbs.


  1. Thawing: If your turkey is frozen, plan ahead for proper thawing. It’s safest to thaw it in the refrigerator, allowing 24 hours of thawing time for every 4-5 pounds of turkey. Alternatively, you can use the cold water method, changing the water every 30 minutes, which takes about 30 minutes per pound.
  2. Prep and Season: Before cooking, remove the giblets and neck from the turkey’s cavity. Rinse the turkey and pat it dry with paper towels. Season the turkey with your preferred rub, seasoning, or marinade. Be sure to season both the inside and outside of the bird.
  3. Temperature: Preheat your oven or grill to the recommended cooking temperature, typically around 325-400 degrees F. Use an oven thermometer to ensure an accurate temperature.
  4. Roasting Pan: Place the turkey in a roasting pan with a rack to elevate it slightly. This helps the hot air circulate around the turkey and prevents it from sitting in its juices, ensuring even cooking and crispier skin.
  5. Basting: Some people like to baste the turkey with its juices or a basting liquid to keep it moist. However, frequent opening of the oven door can affect cooking time, so do it sparingly.
  6. Use a Meat Thermometer: The most reliable way to determine when the turkey is done is by using a meat thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone. The turkey is done when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. If you’re cooking your stuffing in the bird your stuffing should also reach 165 degrees F.
  7. Resting: After removing the turkey from the oven or grill, let it rest for about 20-30 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute and results in juicier meat.
  8. Carving: Carve the turkey with a sharp knife, starting with the legs and thighs, then moving on to the breast meat. Be sure to carve against the grain for tender slices.


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Herbed Mayonnaise Roast Turkey sliced and served.

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This herbed mayonnaise roast turkey is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. Full of orange, sage, rosemary and thyme it's super moist and totally easy!

Herbed Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey

This herbed mayonnaise roasted turkey is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. Full of orange, sage, rosemary, and thyme it's super moist and totally easy!
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 6 servings



  • 1 10 pound fresh thawed turkey
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 oranges cut into wedges


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Remove giblets from the inside of the turkey and add turkey to your roasting pan.
  • Using a paper towel lightly dry off the turkey skin.
  • In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, orange zest, rosemary, thyme, sage, and orange juice.
  • Rub the mayonnaise mixture over the entire turkey and inside the cavity. I use my hands for this job because it is the easiest way to coat the entire turkey.
  • Sprinkle the turkey with kosher salt and pepper.
  • Stuff the cavity with orange wedges and any remaining fresh herbs you might have.
  • If you're using a popup timer simply place it into the meaty part of the breast. Press down into the turkey until the timer is flush with the skin.
  • Add turkey to the oven and cook for 30 minutes at 400 degrees F. Lower temperature to 350 degrees F and cook until timer pops up or internal temperature is 180 degrees F.
  • If the top of your turkey gets too browned while cooking simply tent it with foil for a bit then remove the foil to continue browning until fully cooked.
  • Let your turkey rest for at least 30 minutes (I usually let mine rest for about an hour) then carve and enjoy!


Serving: 1whole turkey | Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 1400mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy roast turkey, herbed mayonnaise roast turkey, mayonnaise turkey, moist roast turkey, turkey recipes, whole turkey recipes
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Saturday 26th of November 2022

Would love to hear results from the people who tried this. Anyone?


Sunday 28th of January 2018


How do you order those pop-up cooking thermometers.


Saturday 22nd of November 2014

this is actually the second mayo turkey I've seen this year! It must be a thing. A very good thing.

Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

Friday 21st of November 2014

I've never been a huge mayo on my sandwich kinda girl but for some reason, slathered and roasted on a turkey sounds divine!

Nikki @ NikSnacks

Wednesday 19th of November 2014

That is one beautiful bird! I love flavoring mayo and slathering it on things and roasting it! The addition of the orange and sage is so seasonal! You go, girl!


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