Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast Recipe (VIDEO)

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Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast is the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving meal. This turkey breast is perfectly cooked and wrapped in crispy bacon, making it juicy, succulent and tender. It’s easy to prep and it’s sure to please your guests this year!

bacon wrapped turkey breast on a chopping board

Bacon Wrapped Turkey

This bacon-wrapped turkey breast is one of my favorite Thanksgiving turkey ideas. Delicious, easy to make, and so flavorful!

Is it even Thanksgiving if you don’t have turkey? It can be a hassle to cook a whole bird, so turkey breast is a great option for Thanksgiving. And what’s better than wrapping food in bacon?

I’m kind of obsessed with wrapping things in bacon around here (Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots…it doesn’t end there!), so wrapping turkey breast in bacon just seemed like a natural thing to do!

This juicy bacon wrapped turkey is just perfect for Thanksgiving (or Easter or Christmas), a new favorite holiday recipe!

Top Tips to Make Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast

  • Don’t skip the brining! It makes such a difference. Leave it to brine for 24 hours if possible.
  • Be sure to cover the whole surface of the turkey with bacon.
  • Use an instant read thermometer to check the turkey’s internal temperature (should be 160°F).
  • Let the turkey rest before carving and serving.

Toothpicks holding the bacon in place

The bacon wrapped turkey breast on a cooling rack

Brining Turkey

It’s really important not to skip the brining process in this recipe! It’s super easy to do and it really does make all of the difference! By brining the turkey breast, it absorbs extra moisture, which results in juicy and succulent meat. It also helps to season the turkey all the way through, so it’s super flavorful.

Turkey Brine Ingredients:

  • Cold Water
  • Kosher Salt
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Peppercorns (optional)

How to Brine a Turkey

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl large enough to fit the turkey breast, and stir until sugar and salt are dissolved.
  2. Fully submerge the turkey in the brine.
  3. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  4. Remove turkey from the brine when ready to cook and pat it dry with paper towels.

It really is an easy process, and it helps a lot with keeping the turkey moist. Just be sure to start the process the day before cooking so you have plenty of time.

The turkey breast being carved

Close up of the white turkey meat

How to Make Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

This easy bacon-wrapped turkey recipe is such a fun Thanksgiving turkey idea, and so simple to make!

  1. Brine: Start with brining the turkey (see section above for details or check the recipe card).
  2. Wrap in Bacon: Set the turkey breast on a cutting board and wrap bacon around the turkey. *Be sure to cover the entire surface, and secure the bacon with toothpicks.
  3. Roast: Place the turkey on the rack, bacon-side up. Then roast the turkey 60 minutes at 340°F. *Internal temperature should be 160°F. 
  4. Rest: Transfer the turkey to a cooling rack and remove the toothpicks. Let the turkey rest 15 minutes before slicing.


  • If the turkey hasn’t reached 160°F, rotate it and bake an additional 15-30 minutes (or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F).
  • If the bacon isn’t browned, set the oven to broil and cook the turkey just long enough to crisp the bacon.

Be sure to watch the video to see the step by step process!

The cooked breast on a chopping board being sliced

Slices of bacon wrapped turkey breast on a black plate

What to Serve with Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

This delicious Thanksgiving center-piece should be accompanied by all of your usual and favorite side dishes. Be sure to check these out for some inspiration:

Why serve a turkey breast at Thanksgiving?

As we all know, it can be a hassle cooking a whole turkey on Thanksgiving. Timing is everything and it can be really easy to under- or over-cook parts of it. A turkey breast cooks much more evenly and it’s a great option if you don’t have a big crowd to cater for. 

Should you use a fresh or frozen turkey breast?

Generally speaking, there is no quality difference between fresh or frozen turkey breast. Just remember to allow enough time for your turkey to thaw before brining it.

Close up of slices of turkey on a black plate

Bacon wrapped turkey breast being sliced

Watch the video and See the recipe card for details on how to make Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Ideas

If this isn’t the right option for your Thanksgiving feast, be sure to check out these recipes. Plenty of Thanksgiving turkey ideas, plus some other meat options too! And if you need to fill our your menu, browse our Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes and our favorite Thanksgiving Desserts.

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