This Sheet Pan Turkey Dinner is an excellent option if you’re hosting a small Thanksgiving dinner. Seasoned turkey tenderloins cook on a pan in the oven with vegetables for a complete meal. It’s easy to make for a fuss-free holiday dinner.
Over the years, we’ve hosted big holiday dinners with lots of friends and family and smaller meals when it’s just the three of us. It just doesn’t make sense to roast a whole turkey for a small dinner, so this turkey sheet pan dinner is perfect. You get juicy, tender turkey with roasted vegetables prepared on one sheet pan in the oven.
It’s really easy to do, and you can add other side dishes like mashed potatoes and gravy to make it a complete holiday meal. There’s a lot less clean-up, and it’s so stress-free you might want to plan a small celebration just so you can try it.
- Turkey tenderloins
- Quartered baby potatoes
- Peeled and cubed sweet potatoes
- Sliced red onion
- Halved brussels sprouts
- Vegetable oil
- Brown sugar
- Zesty Italian dry seasoning mix
How to Roast Turkey on a Sheet Pan
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Place the turkey tenderloins in the center of the pan.
2. Place all of the vegetables in a large mixing bowl. Add the oil and toss to coat the veggies evenly. Sprinkle half of the seasoning mix over the top and toss again to coat.
3. Place the vegetables around the tenderloins. Then, take the rest of the seasoning and rub it on the turkey.
4. Bake the sheet pan turkey for 40 to 45 minutes. Once the vegetables are caramelized, and the turkey is cooked, take the pan out of the oven.
How do you know when turkey is done?
The easiest way to know when it’s cooked through is to use a thermometer to measure the temperature in the thickest part. It should be 165°F with the juices running clear.
Can you cook turkey on a sheet pan?
I don’t recommend cooking a whole turkey on a sheet pan because the cooking juices could overflow. For a whole turkey, use a roasting pan. For turkey tenderloins or turkey breast, a sheet pan works great. It’s a good idea to use one with a rim, so the juices don’t run off the pan.
How long does leftover turkey keep?
Leftovers will keep for three to four days in the refrigerator.
- It’s important to cut the vegetables, so they are about the same size. That way, they will cook evenly.
- If, for some reason, your turkey is not done cooking when the vegetables are, take the roasted vegetables out of the oven and keep them warm in a covered bowl. Continue roasting the turkey until it’s 165°F.
- Feel free to use your favorite spice mix or another dry seasoning mix that you like.
Side Dish Ideas
It’s not just for a holiday meal, either. It’s so easy we make it a few times during the fall and winter. It goes great with rice on the side or mashed butternut squash.
If you’re hosting dinner for a few this year, I hope you give this sheet pan turkey recipe a try. It has all of the same delicious flavors as a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but with the ease of a sheet pan dinner. Enjoy!
Turkey Sheet Pan Dinner Recipe
- 1.5 pounds turkey tenderloins
- 1.5- pound bag baby potatoes quartered
- 2 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
- 1 large red onion sliced
- 12 ounces fresh Brussel sprouts halved
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 0.6 ounce packet zesty Italian dressing mix
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- On a large cookie sheet lined with foil place your turkey tenderloins in the middle.
- Place all the vegetables in a large bowl. Add oil and toss to coat.
- In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar and Italian dressing mix. Add half the seasoning mix to the vegetables. Toss to combine
- Scatter the vegetables all around the turkey tenderloins. Place the remaining seasoning mix on the turkey tenderloins
- Place in oven and bake for 40-45 minutes. You want the vegetables nice and caramelized and the turkey at an internal temperature of 165.
- Serve. You can serve over rice as well.
This Sheet Pan Turkey Dinner is an excellent option if you’re hosting a small Thanksgiving dinner. It’s easy to make for a fuss-free holiday dinner.
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