Learn how to grill a turkey step by step with this Grilled Turkey recipe. Seasoned with fresh or dried herbs and a zesty dressing, our Grilled Turkey recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving—or any other time of the year!
2 Tbsp. fresh or 2 tsp. dried herbs, such as thyme, sage or rosemary
3 cups water
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Let's Make It
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Remove neck and giblets from turkey. Rinse outside of turkey as well as inside the cavity; pat dry with paper towels. Tuck the wings under the back. Place turkey, breast side up, on roasting rack in large disposable aluminum foil pan.
Rub outside of turkey with dressing. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with herbs. Place pan on grate of grill. Add water to pan, then close the lid of the grill.
Grill turkey 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until meat thermometer registers 180°F when inserted in the thickest part of the thigh and 170°F when inserted in the thickest part of the breast, adding additional water to the pan as needed to prevent the drippings from burning and to have enough liquid remaining in the pan after turkey is cooked for use in making gravy. Remove turkey from grill; let stand 15 to 20 minutes before carving. Meanwhile, use pan drippings to make gravy, if desired.
Keeping it Safe
Thaw turkey completely before grilling. To thaw, place turkey on tray in refrigerator. Refrigerate until thawed, allowing 24 hours of thawing time for every 4 pounds of turkey.
For extra flavor, stuff the turkey cavity with a peeled onion, celery stalks, lemon slices and/or fresh herb bundles before grilling.
A Quick Tip
A 12-lb. turkey takes about 2-1/2 hours to cook on the grill. Make sure that you have enough gas in the tank before the turkey is ready to be grilled. A full tank usually lasts about 18 hours.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 0g
Dietary Fibers 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Makes 24 servings.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.