15 Alternative Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes – Maple Brine to Turducken

26 Nov

Top 15 Alternate ways Turkey Recipes

Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes from Smoked to Turducken

Are you are bored of the standard oven roasted Thanksgiving turkey recipe? So am I.

I get tired of overcooked meat or eating dinner at 10 pm because the turkey was under cooked. Perhaps you are tired of Aunt Mable’s under seasoned turkey, that must be trained to do the backstroke in gravy before it is edible. If you have the guts to try an alternate turkey preparation, here are a set of ideas that I found on the internet.

Here are my Top 15  recommendations for alternate Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes from tame to turkeys gone wild.  Google Gooble, show your giblets! 

#15.  Citrus Roasted Turkey Recipe – This is an up-spin on the classic roasted turkey. The citrus will add flavor and juciness. This is an approachable upgrade, even for the most timid of cooks.

Citrus Turkey recipe from Melissa's Produce

Citrus Turkey recipe and Photo from Melissa’s Produce


#14.  Maple Brine Turkey Recipe – Add flavor and juiciness by bringing your turkey days before Thanksgiving. The maple adds sweet flavors and a nice glaze

Maple Brine Turkey Recipe from Haute Apple Pie

Maple Brine Turkey Recipe and Photo from Haute Apple Pie


#13.  Stack of Braised Legs – Suppose your family wants an upscale version of the County Fair favorite. This version is juicy, tender and classy.

braised turkey legs from Bon Appetite

braised turkey legs  recipe  and photo from Bon Appetit


#12.  Deconstructed Turkey – Cooking a  whole turkey  is difficult because the thigh and breast cook at different temps. Breaking down the turkey and cooking them separately makes for a shortened cook time and ability to prepare different recipes from the same bird.

deconstructed turkey Recipe

deconstructed turkey recipe. Image from from Bay Area Bites


#11. Bacon Covered Turkey –  Your turkey will never be  dry with this recipe! Get a couple pounds of bacon for this beast.

Turbacon  reicpe from  Daily Meal

Turbacon reicpe and photo from Daily Meal


#10. Smoked Turkey -  Many folks swear that cooking your turkey low and slow makes the best turkey. Smoking your turkey makes a juicy and flavorful turkey, especially when you use Apple and lemon wood.

Smoked Turkey Reicpes from The Domestic Man

Smoked Turkey Reicpes and photo from The Domestic Man


#9. Deep Fried Turkey To me, this is the ultimate turkey. This method can be  little dangerous if you make stupid mistakes. With a little planning, friends and family will be asking you to make the turkey for years to come.

Deep Fried Turkey Recipes from Toms Foodie Blog

Deep Fried Turkey Recipes and photo from Toms Foodie Blog


#8. Rotisserie Turkey  - This is an interesting preparation since the turkey is so big. I liked this preparation, from Dad Cooks Dinner. He makes it look easy.

Rotisserie Turkey from Dad Cooks Dinner

Rotisserie Turkey Reicpes and Photo from from Dad Cooks Dinner


#7. Sous Vide Turkey  If you are cool enough to own an sous vide, then either you are a food snob or a chef. Sous Vided poultry always comes out VERY juicy.

Sous Vide Turkey from Williams Sonoma

Sous Vide Turkey Recipes and Photo  from Williams Sonoma


#6.  Black Mole Turkey – Mix Thanksgiving up with , this classic recipe from Mexico. Sweet, savory and complex flavors of Mole Negro will amp up your turkey breast.

Black Mole Turkey Recipes from La Olla restaurant and Pilar

Black Mole Turkey Recipes and photo from La Olla restaurant and Pilar

#5.  Chinese-American Fusion Turkey -   This approach is completely foreign to me, but definitely worth a try

Chinese American Turkey Recipes from  LA Times

Chinese American Turkey Recipes and photo from LA Times Food


#4.  Peking Turkey – If the fusion style was not crazy enough, how about Peking style! This recipe has a lot of ingredients and results in beautiful lacquer over the turkey skin.  

Peking Turkey recipes from NY magazine Photo by Kang Kim

Peking Turkey recipes  and Photo from NY magazine Photo by Kang Kim


#3. Turducken – Perhaps this is the best of the Thanksgiving Food porn dishes. A duck, stuffed inside of a chicken, stuffed inside of a turkey. Love it!  Both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington served this dish to their guests.


#2. Trash Can Turkey – Larry the Cable Guy would be proud if you made this turkey. Using a clean metal trashcan you cook the turkey with radiant heat. Get’er done!

Trash Can Turkey from Trash Can Turkey. com

Trash Can Turkey recipes and photo from Trash Can Turkey. com


#1. Turbrisket  - Since Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving for the first time since the 1800’s and wont happen again until several millenniums from now. The turbrisket won the #1 spot. Turkey, stuffed with brisket and latke stuffing. Hey Now!  

Turbrisket Recipes from  LA Times Food

Turbrisket Recipes and photo from LA Times Food

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Thanksgiving Brussels Sprouts

Deep Fried Turkey Recipe

Baked Goat Cheese Apples

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Tom Holmberg

Food Blogger / Founder at Tom's Foodie Blog
Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.

17 Responses to “15 Alternative Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes – Maple Brine to Turducken”

  1. kungphoo November 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    I would say the citrus, turdukham, and the turbrisket, top my lists! Now i am getting pretty hungry!

    • Tom's Foodie Blog November 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

      Kungphoo, I am making the deep fried although the turbrisket looks awesome!

  2. Kelly November 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    I’ve had deep fried turkey before and it was delicious!

  3. Veronica November 26, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Those are some good looking birds. No turkey for me though. Salmon kabobs!!

  4. Meli November 26, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    Some of these really look great. My sister wanted the link to the turkey black mole!

  5. Jo Casey November 26, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    We don’t have thanksgiving in the UK where i live but we traditionally have Turkey for Christmas dinner so any turkey tips are very welcome!

  6. Jim November 27, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    What a great read and visual article on many ways to prepare a turkey!

  7. Casey Gardner November 27, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    We are heading to Mexico for a few days, but want to try some of these when we return!

  8. Stephanie Clopton November 27, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    What a fabulous blog post and amazing pics! I wish I could cook like this and sure makes me want to try different ways for my turkey dinner!

  9. Dov Shapira November 27, 2013 at 1:52 am #

    I like the bird with the bacon
    I need to find some kosher bacon

  10. Deborah November 27, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    I’m not sure that I’d want to eat a turkey made in a trash can. Other than that, I’d try them.

  11. Daniele Holmberg November 27, 2013 at 4:13 am #

    I want to try the maple brined and bacon wrapped, but your fabulous deep fried turkey is bomb! So….what are you cooking this year my little chef boy r T?? <3

  12. Annette November 27, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    I wish I liked turkey, everyone else I know seems to love it. I might try some of these recipes with chicken instead!

  13. Abiodun Oluokun November 27, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Great tips here I would certainly try out the fried turkey and bacon basted turkey for Christmas, they all look appetizing thank you.

  14. Foodilistic December 6, 2013 at 5:46 am #

    I normally don’t like turkey other than deli sliced… I am more of a prime rib person myself but I got to get me some of that bacon wrapped turkey!

    • Tom Holmberg December 6, 2013 at 6:09 am #

      I want to try this one myself Foodistic! I may try it with a chicken first

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