Crazy Ways to Cook a Turkey

We’ve roasted them, baked them and deep-fried them. We’ve used all sorts of herbs, spices, marinades and brines. The turkey has become the symbol of Thanksgiving for generations, but it can get a little boring for the adventurous chef. Fortunately, there are all sorts of crazy ways to cook a turkey. Some you’ve heard of or even tasted, others are so outlandish most people would never think them up on their own. Yofreesamples has compiled a few of the craziest turkey recipes on the Web:

Wrap it in Bacon

What can be more American than Thanksgiving? How about wrapping the holiday bird in bacon? We all know that everything tastes better with bacon, so why should a turkey be any exception? A quick Google search will provide a host of recipes for bacon-wrapped turkey. Check out one of our favorites courtesy of The Pleasures of the Palate

Beer Can Turkey

There’s tons of recipes for turkey with a can of beer shoved up its butt, and many people have tried–and enjoyed–it. Cooking for Engineers, however, offers a great recipe for a smoked beer-can turkey.

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Grilled Turkey

Why stop with grilling steaks and chicken? If you want to feast on Thanksgiving turkey without being stuck in the kitchen all day, stick the bird on the grill. Bon Appetit has posted a great recipe that uses fruit, onion and butter.


Why stop with one bird when you can cook three? Turducken, a chicken insides of a duck inside of a turkey, has been gaining popularity in recent years, but it takes an experienced cook to get it right. Many have found it’s easier to cook the delicacy if the duck and chicken have been deboned at the butcher shop, but either way, Paula Deen has a great recipe for turducken that serves 25 people!

Thai-style BBQ

Giving new meaning to the term “blackened,” the method of Thai-style BBQ amounts to engulfing the bird in flames. Instructables provides directions on how to cook a chicken in this unorthodox style, but the instructions could also be applied to a turkey. Definitely a recipe you’ll want to complete outside!

Turkey in a Hole

Have you ever attended a pig roast? You know, the type where everyone hangs around and drinks while a pig is roasted in a hole full of flaming-hot coals? Not only is it a lot of fun, but the resulting pork tastes amazing! Tiny Farmhouse offers step-by-step instructions on how to cook a turkey in the same manner. Make sure you’re stocked up on beer!

Nuked Bird


Anyone who’s ever spent hours in the kitchen on Thanksgiving morning has probably at one point or another wished they could just nuke the turkey. Believe it or not, there are recipes for microwaving an entire turkey! We’re not promising anything about its taste, but has a recipe if you want to try it.

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by on November 24th, 2014