Log of compound butter for turkey on a wooden cutting board next to fresh parsley.

Compound Butter for Turkey Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Chill Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: American


This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. You’ll want a double batch if using to roast a whole turkey.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried sage
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley, rinsed and dried well
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary leaves


  1. In a small bowl combine butter, salt, thyme, sage, garlic powder, parsley, and rosemary until well mixed.
  2. Transfer butter to a ramekin or form into a log using parchment or plastic wrap.
  3. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving or slicing.


Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 3 months.