Slow Cooker Cranberry Turkey

Enjoy the flavors of the holidays any time of year with this Slow Cooker Cranberry Turkey. A turkey breast is cooked to perfection in the slow cooker with a sweet and tangy cranberry sauce to create a dish that’s loaded with holiday spirit no matter what time of year you make it.

slices of cranberry turkey roast, mashed potatoes and steamed brussels sprouts on a plate.

We love the flavors of the holidays. We love them so much, in fact, that we make this turkey recipe several times a year. It’s the perfect blast of cozy holiday flavors that we enjoy whenever turkey breasts go on sale. You’ll love it, too!

This slow cooker cranberry turkey roast is the perfect way to get all that Thanksgiving flavor any night of the week.  This is also a great smaller Thanksgiving dinner.  Boneless turkey roast slow cooks with cranberry sauce, onion soup mix, brown sugar and a splash of orange juice.  This is a gorgeous meal and so festive. 

uncut cranberry turkey roast in the slow cooker.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It uses a few simple ingredients you can find at any grocery store.
  • It’s an easy slow cooker recipe that requires very little effort.
  • It’s loaded with the classic flavors of the holidays.


bowls of turkey roast, cranberry sauce, seasonings, and orange juice and brown sugar.

This recipe only takes a handful of ingredients to make, and they’re all readily available any time of year at your local grocery store.

Everything you need is right here, but you’ll find the exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Boneless turkey roast
  • Onion soup mix
  • Paprika
  • Poultry seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Orange juice
  • Parsley

🔪 How to Make Slow Cooker Cranberry Turkey

This recipe is as easy to make as it is to shop for. It only takes a few minutes of prep and then the slow cooker does all the work. It couldn’t be simpler!

Step 1: Combine the Cranberry Mixture

Combine the onion soup mix, paprika, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, brown sugar, cranberry sauce, and orange juice in a bowl.

raw turkey roast coated in cranberry sauce in the slow cooker.

Step 2: Add Everything to the Slow Cooker

Add the turkey roast to the slow cooker. Then, pour the sauce over the top.

uncut cranberry turkey roast in the slow cooker.

Step 3: Cook

Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Slice and enjoy!


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Spicy – Try adding red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.
  • Cranberry Sauce – You can use jellied or whole-berry cranberry sauce.
  • The Total Holiday Package – Serve this over a bed of Stovetop Stuffing!

If you think this recipe looks good, then you’ll love our other crockpot cranberry turkey breast recipe.

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Small bowl
  • Slow cooker
slices of cranberry turkey roast, mashed potatoes and steamed brussels sprouts on a plate.

🥫 Storage

Refrigerate this turkey for up to 3 days in an air-tight container. For longer storage, freeze it for up to 3 months in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.

💭 Tips

  • Mix the cranberry sauce before adding it to the slow cooker.
  • The turkey is done when a thermometer inserted into the center registers 165 degrees.
  • This is delicious over rice, mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or Stovetop Stuffing.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Is turkey breast the same as turkey roast?

They are one and the same. The only difference is the name.

Is a turkey roast a real turkey breast?

Turkey roast is a full turkey breast. It’s a whole breast, not chopped, pressed meat like many turkey cold cuts.

Can I use another kind of meat?

You can make this with a beef or pork roast, as well.

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Turkey Roast

Slow cooker cranberry turkey roast is a blast of the holidays in every bite. Tender turkey and a sweet and tangy cranberry sauce? Winner!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 605kcal


  • slow cooker
  • Bowl


  • 3 pound boneless turkey roast
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 14 ounces cranberry sauce
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • Parsley for garnish


  • Into your slow cooker add the turkey roast.
  • In a bowl stir together the onion soup mix, paprika, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, brown sugar, cranberry sauce and orange juice.
  • Pour the cranberry mix all over the turkey.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until a thermometer reaches 165 degrees.
  • Slice and serve with the sauce from the slow cooker.


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 605kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 68g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 182mg | Sodium: 642mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 363IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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