Looking for a creative way to season your turkey? Here are 20 ethnic & regional flavored Thanksgiving turkey recipes that are sure to make your taste buds sing.

20 Ethnic and Regional Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes. Southern flavors, West Coast Vibes, Hawaiian Island Influences, and more!

I haven’t decided how I want to cook my turkey this year, but my kids have asked for something different. I usually make the traditional herb roasted turkey, so I’ve been on a mission to look for a Thanksgiving turkey recipe with a flavor twist. Here are a few of my top picks…

Regional Flavored Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Southern Turkey Recipes

Maple, bourbon, sweet tea…oh my! These turkey recipes scream of Southern flavor.

Maple-glaze turkey with bacon and sage butter
Maple-glaze turkey with bacon and sage butter via Five Heart Home

Hawaiian Island Turkey Recipes 

Bring the taste of the Hawaiian Islands into Thanksgiving for ‘broke da mout’ flavors.

Thanksgiving turkey

West Coast Turkey Recipes 

Bright citrus and herbs give a lighter and more subtle flavor to these West Coast turkey recipes.

Citrus & Herb Brined Thanksgiving Turkey
Citrus & Herb Brined Roasted Turkey via Intelligent Domestications

East Coast Turkey Recipes

Ethnic Flavored Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Walk on the wild side of Thanksgiving turkey flavors with bold Asian, Mexican, and Italian rubs, marinades, and glazes.

Asian Turkey Recipes

Asian Spiced Thanksgiving Turkey
;Asian Spiced Thanksgiving Turkey via A Spicy Perspective

Mexican Turkey Recipes

Mexican Lime-Poached and Roasted Turkey
Mexican Lime-Poached and Roasted Turkey via ¡HOLA! JALAPEÑO

Italian Turkey Recipes

How will you flavor your Thanksgiving Turkey – traditional, regional, ethnic? 

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  1. These all look so yummy! I can’t wait to try some of them for Thanksgiving and all other occasion. This is the advantage when you have a turkey fryer at home. you get to enjoy the festive dish even when it’s not Thanksgiving.

  2. This post has awakened my taste buds! Not nice! Hehe
    I would most definitely try out at least one of these recipes, thank you for sharing with us 🙂

  3. My goodness! Now I want some turkey and would love to try them all. How awesome that we have so many flavors and cooking methods to choose from. Why in the world do we wait to do this once a year! Thank you for including ours too! Now I’m off to read some of these recipes.