This juicy air fryer turkey is SO GOOD and will make all of your guests ask for more! It’s perfectly golden brown and dripping in taste. You’ll never cook a turkey differently again!
If you think this turkey is good then you need to try these other fantastic side dishes to make in your air fryer! Like those sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, or even those super yummy carrots!
Hot air fryer Turkey
I know, I know, cooking a turkey in a hot air fryer isn’t the most common way to cook it, but guess what ?! It should be! This turkey has gotten amazing. I talk juicy, lick your fingers to get every bite good! This air fryer only needs a few ingredients PLUS you don’t have to wait all day for it to cook! It’s the perfect turkey recipe for those just starting out because anyone can do it!
This is a great option if you are only serving a few guests. Or you can use this for your family dinner sometime in the year! I mean, who says turkey just has to be cooked on Thanksgiving ?! Cook this up with some 1 hour rolls, that yummy slow cooker sausage and herb filling, that simple turkey sauce, and that perfect mini pumpkin pie. Then you’ll be cooking yourself a delicious celebratory meal that everyone will love!
What You Need to Make a Turkey Air Fryer
This recipe is so quick and easy to make! All you need is a few herbs and spices, which you probably already have on hand! You can find exact dimensions on the recipe card below.
- Turkey on the bone: I used a bone in Turkey because it has so much taste! A 3-4 pound turkey is just the right size!
- Olive oil: I rubbed the turkey with olive oil so the spices would stick to it well.
- Italian seasoning: This is such a great mix of spices! You can bought us in the store or you can try making this homemade Italian condiment. It’s so good and it only takes 5 minutes!
- Paprika: I love the sweet taste that paprika gives this turkey!
- Garlic powder: The garlic powder mixes so well with the paprika and the Italian seasoning. The mixture will knock you off your feet!
- salt and pepper: Depending on the taste you want, you can use more or less of it!
- butter: This helps the turkey hold its moisture and adds rich flavor!
Let’s cook a turkey!
Unlike other turkeys, this one doesn’t have to cook all day! It’s that simple … you will love it!
- Rub the turkey with oil and spices: Rub the turkey in olive oil. Mix the Italian spices, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the outside of the turkey.
- Add butter: Slice butter and place under the turkey skin.
- Cooking and turning: Place the turkey skin side down in the fryer basket. Cook for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Turn the turkey over and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of the turkey. Cook until a thermometer reads 165 degrees.
- Let rest and then cut into slices: Remove the turkey and let it rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve.
Cooking tips for Turkey
I can’t believe how easy and delicious this air fryer turkey is to cook! Here are a few extra trips to help you get perfect!
- Don’t forget to thaw it! Turkeys can take a while to thaw! Make sure to put your turkey in your refrigerator a few days before cooking. Then everything is ready to go when the big day comes!
- Temperature control: Before you eat your turkey, it is important to know whether it is fully cooked or not! A turkey is ready when its internal temperature reaches 180 degrees, measured on the thigh or 170 degrees in the chest. Use a meat thermometer when it’s done and double-check to be sure!
- Let it rest: This step is so often skipped because everyone is so greedy to eat! Trust me, I totally get it. But this part is SO important! If you let the turkey rest, it will have time to absorb any juices it formed while it was cooking. If you cut it open right away, they will all just drip out when you cut it open, which means dry turkey meat. And nobody wants that! Let it rest, it’s worth it !!
Turkey makes the BEST leftovers! And this air fryer is no exception. So you can save them for later to make sandwiches, soups, or even that turkey casserole!
- Refrigerate: Once your meat has cooled, place it in an airtight container. Then you can put it in your fridge and it will last for 3-4 days!
- Warm up: If you want to warm up your turkey, you can put it on a plate and cook it in the microwave! Cook it on medium heat for 30 seconds at a time, until it is heated through.
Amazing side dishes to try
If you want to make this a feast, try some of these fantastic side dishes. They are all so different, but SO delicious. There are so many to choose from and they are all so different that there is sure to be something for everyone! Cook them all and make it a feast! Your friends and family will love them all!
- Rub the turkey in olive oil. Mix the Italian spices, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the outside of the turkey.
Slice the butter and place under the turkey skin.
- Place the turkey skin side down in the fryer basket. Cook for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Turn the turkey over and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of your turkey. Cook until a thermometer reads 165 degrees.
Remove the turkey and let it rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve.
Calories539kcal (27%)carbohydrates5G (2%)protein67G (134%)fat30thG (46%)Saturated Fat10G (50%)Polyunsaturated fat1GMonounsaturated fatty acids7thGTrans fats1Gcholesterol197mg (66%)sodium957mg (40%)potassium40mg (1%)fiber1G (4%)sugar1G (1%)Vitamin A443IE (9%)vitamin C1mg (1%)calcium24mg (2%)iron1mg (6%)
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Every recipe and nutritional value depends on the brands, measuring methods and serving sizes used per household.
course Dinner, main course
keyword Air fryer turkey