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Slow Cooker Whole Turkey

Here's a whole juicy turkey that you can make in a slow cooker. No basting or brining needed! Flavorful, moist and tender, this is a great treat for any holiday dinner.
Course Dinner, Entree, Slow Cooker
Cuisine Slow Cooker, Thanksgiving
Keyword Slow Cooker Whole Turkey, Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours
Total Time 9 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 8-10 lb whole turkey cleaned & cavity emptied
  • 3 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium sized orange using only half
  • 2 medium apples any baking apples will do
  • 2 medium onion yellow, white, or red, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery cut
  • 2 large carrots peeled & cut
  • 5 sage leaves
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary


  • Stuff the turkey cavity with apple slices, half of a orange, celery, carrots, garlic, onions, and the fresh herbs.
  • There will be leftover vegetables, herbs, and apples. Set them to the side.
  • Drizzle the turkey with 2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil.
  • Sprinkle the salt, pepper, and garlic powder all over the turkey.
  • Rub the turkey down to make sure the oil and seasonings coat the entire turkey.
  • Now take the remaining vegetables and aromatics and toss them in the slow cooker.
  • Drizzle the vegetables with 1 tbsp of olive oil.
  • Now place the turkey in the slow cooker.
  • Set the slow cooker on low and cover with the lid.
  • Now cook on LOW for 8 to 8 1/2 hours.
  • Serve & enjoy the juiciest turkey ever!



  • If your turkey is a bit too large, cover the top of the slow cooker and the turkey with aluminum foil. 
  • I use slow cooker liners to line my slow cooker for easy cleanup. 
  • If you want crispier skin, broil the turkey in the oven for 3-5 minutes at the very end of the cooking time.