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Grilled Turkey Recipe

Turkey Grilled on a Grill with Grill Marks


We think of a grilled turkey recipe as a recipe for pieces of turkey cooked on a grill over direct heat - leaving grill marks. These techniques and recipes are on this page.

(If by "how to grill a turkey" you were thinking of a whole turkey cooked in a covered grill over indirect heat, link to that recipe here. If by grilled turkey recipe you were thinking of grilling turkey burgers, link to that recipe here.)

Grilled turkey pieces are flavorful, quick and easy to prepare for any occasion. You can grill almost any piece of turkey: tenderloins, steaks, cutlets, wings, drumsticks, and drummettes.

The most important step in grilling turkey is brining or marinating the pieces first. Pieces of turkey can marinate or brine in just a couple of hours.

If you are using a boneless skinless piece of turkey, or if you don't have time to marinate or brine you are giving up some flavor. But, you can replace the flavor with rubs, pastes, or sauces.

There are certain recipes which work better for certain pieces, and we will be adding new ones soon for wings, drumsticks, and shish kabobs.

What follows is a standard recipe for grilled turkey pieces.

Grilled Turkey Recipe

If you are using a charcoal grill set it up for two stage cooking with a medium hot and a medium low area. If using a charcoal starter chimney pour half of the coals in one area for the medium hot area and a single layer of coals in another area for a medium low area. Medium hot is where you can hold your hand 5 inches above the grate for 2 to 3 seconds, medium low 4 to 5 seconds. Pre-heat the grate for 5 minutes before starting to cook.

If you are using a gas grill turn the heat to medium high pre-heat the grate for 5 minutes. Turn down the heat to medium low for step two.

Step one: grill the brined turkey pieces over the medium hot coals for 1 to 3 minutes per side, depending on the size of the piece.

Step two: finish over the medium low heat until done. The piece is done when the internal temperature at the thickest part is 165 degrees F. (74 degrees celsius).

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