How long does it take to cook two turkeys at the same time?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, “How long does it take to cook two turkeys at the same time?” and the time as well as the temperature required to cook the turkeys.

How long does it take to cook two turkeys at the same time?

It takes 3-4 hours to cook two turkeys at the same time. The time for cooking turkeys depends on the weight of the turkey. Two 10-pound turkeys could take about 2-3 hours to cook.

If the weight of the two turkeys is the same, it does not take double the time to cook. It is essential to make space in the oven to ensure air circulation. A temperature of at least 165℉ is required to cook a bird. 

You can use a food thermometer for this purpose and check the temperature of the bird at the thighs, wings, or breast. Stuffed turkeys take longer to cook. The time to cook a single turkey based on its weight is given below.

Weight of the turkeyRoasting time (unstuffed)Roasting time (stuffed)
10-18 poundsApproximately 3 hoursApproximately 3-4 hours
18-22 poundsApproximately 3-4 hoursApproximately 5 hours
22-24 poundsApproximately 4 ½ hoursApproximately 5 hours
24-29 poundsApproximately 4-5 hoursApproximately 5-6 hours

How to cook two turkeys in an oven?

  • It is essential to choose two turkeys having the same weight. This will help in stabilizing cooking temperature and time.
  • Preheat the oven to 325℉.
  • Using a towel, dry the turkeys and place them in separate roasting pans.
  • Make sure to keep space inside the oven. Place the wings of the bird under the shoulder.
  • Place ½ cup of water in the pan and keep them in the oven.
  • Rotate the turkey for every 15-20 mins to ensure that all the sides are cooked.
  • Cook the turkeys for 3-4 hours. If it is an unstuffed 12-pound turkey, cook for 3 hours.
  • Check the internal temperature of the turkey using a thermometer. Place it inside the thigh. Remove the turkey when the temperature reaches 165℉. Rest the turkey for 15 mins to allow the juices to settle in.

What is the temperature to cook a turkey?

It is essential to cook the turkey at an internal temperature of at least 165℉ to kill the microbes according to USDA. it is essential to use a meat thermometer to look at the temperature. 

You can insert a thermometer at the thickest part of the turkey’s thighs or below the wings. Avoid the bones. Below are the roasting time and temperature provided for unstuffed turkeys.

Turkey weight TemperatureTime
8-12 pounds325℉Approximately 3 hours
12-14 pounds425℉Approximately 2 ½ hours
400℉Approximately 2 ½ hours
350℉Approximately 2-3 hours
325℉Approximately 3-3 ½ hours
15-16 pounds425℉Approximately 3-3 ½ hours
400℉Approximately 3-3 ½ hours
350℉Approximately 3-3 ½ hours
325℉Approximately 3-4 hours
18-20 pounds425℉Approximately 3-3 ½ hours
400℉Approximately 3-4 hours
350℉Approximately 4-4 ½ hours
325℉Approximately 4-4 ½ hours
21-22 pounds425℉Approximately 4-4 ½ hours
400℉Approximately 4 ½ hours
350℉Approximately 4 ½ hours
325℉Approximately 4 ½ -5 hours
24 pounds425℉Approximately  4-4 ½ hours
400℉Approximately 4-4 ½ hours
350℉Approximately 4 ½ -5 hours
325℉Approximately 5-5 ¼ hours

How much time does it take to cook two turkey breasts together?

This would depend on the weight of the turkey breasts as given below. It would take at least 15-20 minutes to cook one pound of turkey (unstuffed).

Turkey breast weight Time required to cook two turkey breasts
2-3 poundsApproximately 1 ½ to 2 hours
4-6 poundsApproximately 2 hours.
6-12 poundsApproximately 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours

Can turkeys be cooked at a higher temperature?

Higher temperatures can cause the turkey to dry out though lower temperatures can prevent the turkey from getting cooked properly. You can cook the turkey at a temperature ranging from 325 to 350℉.

Other FAQs about turkeys that you may be interested in.

Should turkey be covered while cooking?

If the skin of the turkey has a light golden color, try to cover it and cook. You can cover the bird with foil while doing so.

Can frozen turkey be cooked?

Yes, frozen turkey can be cooked. The time required to cook a frozen turkey though would be longer. 

Usually, the turkey breasts are susceptible to drying out. The advantage of cooking a frozen turkey would be that the turkey breasts are likely to remain moist while cooking. 

Does the size of the bird determine the flavor of the turkey?

No, the taste of turkey is affected by various other factors as well. Turkeys that are smaller in size though are tender.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have answered the question, “How long does it take to cook two turkeys at the same time?” and the time as well as the temperature required to cook the turkeys.

References

https://ask.usda.gov/s/article/Can-I-cook-two-turkeys-at-the-same-time
https://findanyanswer.com/how-do-you-cook-two-small-turkeys-together
https://www.epicurious.com/holidays-events/the-easiest-way-to-cook-turkey-article

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.