Turkey buying guide
Turkey buying guide

Christmas dinner is without a doubt the meal of the year, the one we all want to get right - and it all begins with the turkey. But fret not. Our simple turkey guide will help you find the one that works for you, be it a crown, a whole bird or a boneless joint. With expert cooking advice and recipes from Heston Blumenthal, not to mention our easy how-to videos, you really don’t have to go it alone. 

Free range turkey

There’s nothing quite like a whole turkey
as the centrepiece to the perfect Christmas dinner. One for the true traditionalist…

Ideal for: larger families, big appetites & leftover lovers - our 9½ kilo whole turkey can serve up to 20 people. Not just a centrepiece to a classic Christmas dinner, a whole turkey is fantastic value says Waitrose Turkey Buyer Frances Westerman. 'Portions are generous and leftovers could last through to Boxing Day. You can also use giblets for your gravy and turkey bones for a hearty soup.'

Serves: 5-16 people varying on turkey and size

Editor's choice: our organic, free range, dry-aged, bronze  feathered turkey is dry-plucked and matured for a minimum of 7 days to produce a uniquely gamey flavour and superior texture.


Are you a fan of white breast meat,
shorter cooking times and easy carving?
Make no bones about it, this is the bird for you.

Ideal for:  smaller families, those who don't want a huge amount of leftovers or have small ovens. A crown is a turkey with the legs and wing tips removed to give you a joint of white breast meat on the bone. Quicker to cook and easier to carve than a whole turkey, our crowns come in a cooking bag to help retain the moisture and the succulence of meat on the bone. 

Serves: 3-12 people varying on turkey and size

Editor's choice: 
New to Waitrose, our succulent, stock-brined, golden butter turkey breast on the bone crown is coated with a go den saffron, cocoa butter and a pink peppercorn butter. It's garnished with rosemary-skewered and winter herb stuffing.

Turkey crowns
Easy carve turkeys

A simpler version of a whole turkey, our succulent boneless turkey joints don't require any prep and are the easiest turkeys to cook - who said Christmas dinner needed to be stressful?

Ideal for: those who want juicy turkey meat with mininmum effort. Our boneless joints can come stuffed or unstuffed, and can contain both white and dark meat, just like a classic whole turkey. With around 200g of uncooked meat per person there's no waste. All our boneless joints come in a foil tray, so you don’t have to worry about the washing-up either.

Serves: 2-12 people varying on turkey and size

Editor's choice: Our easy carve turkey is a classic two-bird roast with a whole deboned turkey layered and stuffed with richly favoured duck breats and a fruity sticky pork, prune and plum stuffing with a sprinkle of cranberry and orange