Herby Garlic and Lemon Roast Turkey






  • 6 kg turkey (approximate size)
  • 125 g butter, softened to room temperature
  • 45 ml olive oil
  • 60 ml Huletts Golden Syrup
  • 45 ml assorted dried chopped herbs eg. basil, rosemary and parsley
  • zest of 1 lemon, plus the lemon halved
  • 30 ml salt
  • 15 ml black pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 an onion, peeled and chopped in half
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped into chunks


  1. Remove the turkey from the refrigerator and leave it to reach room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220˚C.
  3. Stir the butter, olive oil, golden syrup, dried herbs and lemon zest together.
  4. Rinse the turkey under cold water and make sure the giblets have been removed. Place the turkey in a roasting pan and dry it by patting with paper towels. Make sure the turkey is dried thoroughly.
  5. Place your fingers under the skin of the breast, separating the skin from the flesh and making a space to fill with some of the butter mixture.
  6. Use some of the butter mixture to rub over the turkey. Then take the remainder of the butter mixture and stuff it under the skin.
  7. Sprinkle the salt and pepper evenly all over the turkey and inside the cavity.
  8. Stuff the turkey with the garlic, onion, celery and halved lemon. Tie the legs together with string, cover the wings with foil and place in the oven.
  9. Roast the turkey at 220˚C for 30 minutes, then turn the heat down to 180˚C, cover with foil and continue to cook for 2 hours. Take the turkey out after 2 hours and check to see that it is cooked through.
  10. Remove the foil for the last 30 minutes of roasting, checking to make sure the turkey is a golden brown colour.

Top tips

Keep it clean.

Avoid bacteria buildup on your cutting board. Cut a lemon in half and coat the exposed side with coarse salt. Then, use it to scrub your cutting board and rinse clean.


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Conversion Table

Cups Tablespoons Grams
Butter 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 57g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 76g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 227g
Flour/Sifted 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 30g/27g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 40g/35g
1/2 cup 8 Tbsp 60g/55g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 120g/110g
Granulated Sugar 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 50g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 65g
1/2 cup 8 Tbsp 100g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 200g
Brown Sugar/ Firmly Packed 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 45g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 60g
1/2 cup 8 Tbsp 90g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 180g
Water 1/4 cup 4 Tbsp 57g
1/3 cup 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp 76g
1/2 cup 8 Tbsp 114g
1 cup 16 Tbsp 227g