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How To Recook Undercooked Turkey (Simple Method)

There’s nothing worse than undercooking your turkey when you have guests arriving. But the good news is that with this simple fix, you can salvage it and have a delicious turkey dinner nonetheless.

How To Tell If Your Turkey Is Undercooked?

In order to fix a turkey that is undercooked, you need to first know that it is undercooked.

If you are using a digital thermometer, then the temperature should be 180 degrees for safe consumption.

If you do not have a meat thermometer you can check the thigh meat for being pink. Your turkey is not cooked through if it is still pink.

The Fix: How To Recook Undercooked Turkey

Before you can recook your turkey, you’ll need to let it rest first. This will help the meat stay moist and juicy.

Refrigerate your turkey for at least one hour before reheating. You can also wrap it in foil and place it in the oven for 30 minutes to let it rest.

You can then cook the turkey.

  1. First you will need to carve your turkey into slices. Cut them the size you will be serving your turkey. Leave the drumsticks on and place all slices on your baking sheet.
  2. Bake in your oven at 350 degrees.
  3. Check your turkey with a meat thermometer every ten minutes until it reaches 180 degrees.
  4. Remove your turkey from the oven and serve!

Does A Pop Up Turkey Timer Work?

A pop up timer works well but I always rely on my meat thermometer to ensure my turkey has cooked to an internal temperature of 180 degrees. If you do not have a meat thermometer then using the pop up timer is sufficient.

Where Is the Best Place To Check The Temperature Of a Turkey?

Insert your meat thermometer in the thickest part of the breast and push down on the probe so it probes through the turkey meat.

If you insert it in some other part and get a reading, then your turkey may not be cooked yet.

The meat thermometer should read 180 degrees when done.

What Happens If You Eat Undercooked Turkey?

If you eat undercooked turkey then you may get food poisoning from salmonella or E. coli and could have diarrhea, fever and chills. So always be sure to check the temperature of your turkey with a meat thermometer before serving.


This is a simple fix for undercooked turkey. After cooking the turkey, you can use an oven thermometer to check the temperature and serve it when it is done.