Turkey in brine in a large pot.

Turkey Brine Recipe

This simple Turkey Brine is the easiest way to ensure that the turkey is perfectly juicy! You only need 7 simple ingredients to make it. Use this brine to make the best Thanksgiving turkey!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword turkey brine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
brining time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 12 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 515 kcal
Author Anna


  • 4 quarts water
  • 3/4 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 lemon cut into thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns
  • 2 garlic bulbs slices in half lengthwise
  • 5 sage leaves
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 bunches of thyme
US Customary - Metric


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 quart of the water with salt and sugar. Stir well.
  2. Bring it to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Stir often to make sure the salt is dissolved.
  3. Remove the mixture from heat.
  4. Add remaining ingredients: lemon, peppercorns, garlic and herbs. Cool completely.
  5. Place turkey in a very large pot and pour the brine over it.
  6. Cover the pot and place it in the fridge.
  7. Chill for 12 to 18 hours.
  8. When ready, remove the turkey from brine, making sure to drain the cavity too.
  9. Save the garlic, lemon slices and herbs for roasting.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Turkey Brine Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 515 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 85108mg3700%
Potassium 561mg16%
Carbohydrates 134g45%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 110g122%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 292IU6%
Vitamin C 62mg75%
Calcium 385mg39%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.