Crock Pot Turkey

I have several turkeys in the freezer that I bought on sale at Thanksgiving. Does anyone have a recipe for cooking one in a crock pot? I don’t want to leave it in the oven while I am at work.

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LisaE - May 21, 2010

I have made lots of whole chickens in the crock pot but not a turkey. I would think no, if the turkey is over 3-4 lbs……if the rule for turkey i the same for pork and beef of over 3 lbs of meat to cut it in half so the inside and outside cooks at the same rate. I would think a turkey would be too large to cook inside and out at the same rate….maybe depending on the size of the turkey?

Aimee - May 21, 2010

How big are the turkey and the crockpot?

While I’ve never cooked turkey in a crockpot before, I would think that it’s very similar to cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot.

I usually put in a cup of broth and then season the chicken. I like using the low setting and letting it cook all day.

Let us know how it goes!

Amy - May 22, 2010

I’ve never done a turkey in the crockpot either, but I have done chickens. I would think that the cavity in the turkey would allow the turkey to cook all the way through, unlike a large, solid roast. I would start with your smallest turkey to see how it comes out (and have a backup plan for that night in case it doesn’t do well!). Good luck!

Susan - May 26, 2010

A couple of years ago a lady named Stephanie had a blog where everyday she cooked something in her crockpot, and yes she did a turkey. Here’s the link:

It’s a great blog! Humorous stories and good recipes.

Anne - May 26, 2010

If you can, split the turkey into parts. Keep out what you will need for a meal or 2 and freeze the rest. I mix together: 1 can cranberry sauce (with or without berries), 1/2 to 3/4 cup orange juice and 1 packet dry onion soup mix. Whisk these together. Place turkey parts in the crock pot (cut up turkey fits better and I can use only what we will eat and keep the rest frozen for later). Pour your OJ/soup/berry mix over the top and slosh it around so you get good coverage. Put top on the crock pot, turn on and go. How long to cook depends on: how much turkey you have in there and high or low settings on the crock pot. I will do a split breast on low for about 7 hours. The resulting gravy/sauce is good over mashed potatoes. This makes your house smell SO good. “done” is when the meat falls off the bone.

Ellie - May 26, 2010

I cook turkey breasts all the time in my crock pot – a whole turkey will not fit in either of my large crock pots. I had a large turkey (22 lbs) cut in half by the butcher at Thanksgiving, I cooked one half in the crock pot – I think had to remove the leg, might have only been the drumstick to make it fit. The key is to get it in the pot with the lid on, I know I had to cut something off, but I think I was able to flip the thigh over and fit it in.
I just put a few seasonings on it (salt, pepper and garlic), put on the lid and cook. I do not add any water, it always comes out very tender and juicy. You could add veggies (carrots and potatoes, etc) if you want, just think of it like a big chicken!

    Carla - July 26, 2010

    How do you cook your turkey breast, I would love to try you cook from frozen or defrosted? Seasonings? Liquid?

birthrightrose - May 26, 2010

A friend swore that crock pot turkey was the best in the world. Her recipe: Put in bird, can of water or broth and cook. No spices or even salt. They claimed that this was the BEST ever, and they were foodies like me!

Tawna - May 27, 2010

Early this spring my market had whole frozen turkey breasts on sale. I had the butcher split them and I still have several in my freezer. The way I cook them is to spray my crockpot with non stick cooking spray. Then I thaw the half breast just enough to free it from the package. Place it in the crock skin down, generously salt and pepper it, put the lid on the crock, and turn it on high for about an hour, then turn it to low and let it cook about 6 more hours. It makes its own juice while cooking. you can make gravy out of the drippings or save them fo soup.

Sue - June 3, 2010

A little planning ahead is a good idea here. Just how big is your turkey? How big is your crockpot? If your pot is smaller than your turkey you need to cut your turkey up into pieces. I bought extra turkey at Thankgiving because that is the only time around here when it is on a really good sale. I looked for and got a fresh turkey which had not been frozen, cut the legs and wings off, boned out the breast and cut the legs into thighs and drumstick portions. Then froze it in portions we would used for everyday. The other day I was making baked beans in my crockpot and put in a couple of thighs to fill up the pot. This gave me enough turkey so that we not only had it with the beans but I made turkey salad for sandwiches as well.

Becky - June 3, 2010

If you have a crock pot to fit it (I hope you took the guts out before freezing!), just toss it in, alogn w/ a half-cup of water, and a packet each of dry italian salad dressing mix, dry ranch dressing mix, and a packet of turkey gravy mix. Just sprinkle those on, put on lid, set on LOW and let ‘er rip for 7-8 hours. YUMMY when you get home!

Paula - June 3, 2010

I’ve cooked turkey breasts in my crock pot several times and it always turns out moist and very tender. I put the breast in and pour 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, cover and cook on low while away at work, about 9 hours but probably don’t need that long. I’ve never tried a whole turkey, don’t think I have a big enough crock pot for that.

Marilyn - June 3, 2010

I have done lots of turkey breasts in the crock pot and never had any trouble. I couldn’t fit a whole turkey in mine-I have put a half of turkey in cut up and frozen the rest. Usually I put the turkey in with some water. If I am cooking the night before and part of the next day I put it on low. If I put it on in the morning and am going to eat it for dinner that evening. I put it on high and let it go. If I have room left and am going to eat it that day sometimes I cut up carrots and potatoes and put them in there too. I have never had one come out bad yet and I have been doing it for years.

Robbie Baumgartner - June 4, 2010

Sounds great but I have one question. Do most of you thaw the turkey first or put it in the crockpot frozen?

autumn - June 4, 2010

Call your meat department and ask if they will cut the turkey in quarters for you. I did this one year when both jobs I worked gave turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas gifts. The butcher used his saw and quartered them frozen, all I had to do was rewrap them when I got home and had turkey for all year.

Mary - June 9, 2010

My sister cooked a whole turkey in the crock pot. I don’t remember the size, but think it was just under 20 lbs. She thawed it first. She had to cut off the neck and the skin at the tail, but it fit and it cooked quite well

Laughter - June 11, 2010

i did a turkey in mine, of course it didn’t fit but i sat it on its rear, leaned it back and tented heavy aluminum foil around it, making very sure to tuck the foil in inside the rim of the crockpot and then bring it out over the edges – to keep the moisture in – i suspect that is VERY important, haven’t tried it without doing that and won’t, but that way the moisture that condenses on top all goes back into the crockpot, just like it does w/ a lid. Cooked it all day and it was great – i didn’t spice it either, did put a cup of broth in but i think it wouldn’t have been necessary, had a bunch of broth when it was done – i also put a folded towel on top to keep the heat in – the turkey did stick up a ways – but not sure that was needed, but i felt better about doing it that way, lol. Good luck!

Connie Ostrander - August 8, 2010

Just went through the answers on cooking a turkey in a crockpot. We cook the breast and a combination of jellied cranberry sauce, onion soup mix, 1/2 cup water. It is great for the gravy when the turkey is done and gives the turkey a great taste.

Becky B. - November 9, 2011

Will the turkeys fit in your crock pot? Mine wouldn’t, even a 10# one!

But if so, thaw in fridge for 2-4 days, depending upon size. Remove giblet bag and excess skin. Season inside and out w/ S&P, herbs de provence (mixed dry green herbs) and just stick in yoru crokc pot. Crock pots can be used as roasters. LOW for 8-10 hours ought to do it!

Denise - November 9, 2011

I cook a turkey breast in the crock pot each Thanksgiving for my family. Our Thanksgivings are low key and just hubby and i and the three kids. I place a frozen turkey breast in my WestBend slow cooker, add the gravy packet, a little water and cook on low to med all day (6 – 8 hours)! it’s always great! I remove the breast and thicken up the gravy on the stove before serving.

Betty - November 9, 2011

I have the large electric roaster that we do our turkeys in. (the kind the church basement ladies use) I love it for holidays. It frees my oven up and meat cooks faster than in my oven. I always use a oven bag just to make clean up easier but I think they keep the meat very moist. We always brine our turkeys. We have also done extra large pork roast and 3 geese in it. I think my roaster is the one appliance that is a must have for family gatherings. Mine probably gets used almost as often as my crock pot. I also make my large batch chili in it. This is the batch I make to freeze in small protions for lunch during the winter.

geekbearinggifts - November 10, 2011

I know there’s a link to this website already, but here’s a direct link to the whole-turkey recipe on A Year of Slow Cooking:

There are very specific instructions, including safety information you really need to know about cooking the turkey whole.

Joann Wingfield - November 17, 2011

I stick the whole turkey breast in frozen with a can of water/broth and tent the top with foil, cook on low overnight and wake up to a wonderful smell!

DLG - November 23, 2011

I did a large – over 10 pound turkey in the crock pot last year and it was delicious and moist. I’ve always done smaller turkey breasts, but not one that large.

I made a “tent” of foil for the lid, having been inspired by something I saw on the Food Network, perhaps by Emeril.

Trying it again this year, too.

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