Turkey on the Grill

Total Time:
3 hr 15 min
15 min
3 hr



Remove neck and giblets; reserve for other uses. Remove and discard excess fat. Rinse the bird inside and out and pat dry. Season body cavity with salt and pepper. Tie legs together and twist wing tips under back. Brush turkey with oil and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange turkey breast side up, in center of cooking grate. Place lid on grill.

Cook 11 to 13 minutes per pound or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh not touching bone registers 180 degrees and the juices run clear. Transfer turkey to a platter. Let stand for 15 minutes before carving.

Method for the Charcoal Kettle Grill: Open all vents on the grill. Use charcoal dividers to hold the charcoal briquettes. Divide the briquettes evenly, place them in the dividers and place the dividers on either side of the charcoal grate, as close as possible to the outside edges. Ignite the briquettes and, keeping the lid off, let them burn until lightly covered with a gray ash, about 25 to 30 minutes. If necessary, use long-handled tongs to rearrange the briquettes so the coals will burn evenly on both sides. Place a foil drip pan on the charcoal grate between the baskets of coals. Put the cooking grate in place, positioning the hinged sides of the grate over the briquettes so that more charcoal can be added easily. Arrange the bird breast side up in the center of the cooking grate. Place lid on the grill, leaving all vents open, and grill as directed above. Add briquettes as indicated on the chart below at the end of each hour to maintain the heat.

Charcoal Briquette Guide for Kettle Grill: For a 26 3/4-inch grill, use 30 briquettes on each side for the first hour of grilling and add 9 briquettes to each side every hour to maintain heat.

For a 22 1/2-inch grill, use 25 briquettes on each side for the first hour of grilling and add 8 briquettes to each side every hour to maintain heat.

For an 18 1/2-inch grill, use 20 briquettes on each side for the first hour of grilling and add 7 briquettes to each side every hour to maintain heat.

Method for the Gas Barbecue: Ignite the grill and turn all burners to high. Close the lid and preheat 10 to 15 minutes to bring the grill to 500 to 550 degrees. Turn burners down to medium heat. Place turkey breast side up in a roast holder inside a foil drip pan. Position pan in the center of the cooking grate and place the lid on the grill. For three burner grills, set front and back burners to medium and turn off center burner. For two burner grills, turn the front and back burners to medium. Keep grill covered.

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    Delicious! I cooked the turkey on a gas grill. After cleaning and preparing the turkey, I cut up some onion, celery, orange slices and a few spices and placed them inside the cavity of the turkey. I also placed the turkey on a rack inside a pan and added one can of chicken broth to the pan. This added to the natural juice for basting and made delicious gravy. The turkey came out super moist while the skin was a nice crispness.
    Fantastic! Followed the directions and it came out PERFECT!! mmmm 
    Will do this again and again!
    Awesome, this was my first time grilling a turkey for thanksgiving and it turned out amazing. it was juicy, great color, and tasty!!!
    Been doing turkey this way for years, my Dad did it for years before that, it?s the only way! I have a Weber Char. grill. soak wood chips I like cherry & apple add the chips every 2hrs(+/- depending on how Smokey you want then add the charcoal every hour on the hour.( Kingsford mesquite charcoal is great! this also allows for occasional test tasting : Allow for about 15-18 min/lbs if doing stuffing, (+/- on outside temp. leave the lid just a little askew to help the air flow, but I put it on all the way when main smoking is going. live in the NW getting the charcoal going can be a pain but once going its ok, it tends to rain here a little! I started to squirt the skin with apple cider and chardonnay every time I pop the lid, it drips down into the stuffing, Wow! rub the bird with butter, olive oil and this year I'm trying a maple walnut rub. If you've never done a turkey on the BBQ; you just have to! opens up the kitchen& gets folks off the couch to come look during TV timeouts!
    I love grilling turkeys, especially for a holiday or family gathering! While this recipe is yummy, I like using a unique method called Pandora's Turkey. Once you try it, you won't ever try another way! Check out my blog about it! http(colon//socialmediabar (dot com/grillingaturkey
    I've been using this method for years. The bird is always done prefectly and moist. I've been using olive oil for the past few years to baste the turkey.
    Hosting Thanksgiving at my house and wondering how I would heat all my pre-made dishes and the dishes others brought in ONE oven!! I used my Weber BBQ and followed these instructions ver batim! The turkey turned out great! I used regular briquettes (although apple wood chips would have been nice, too, placed the turkey on a rack and in a roasting pan. With a bit of butter on the breasts with spices, then covered just the back end and wings with foil. My BBQ thermometer helped me to know the heat was high enough and the time suggested in this recipe was right on!! Thank you for taking the guess work out of this endeavor!
    This method was easy and produced a perfectly cooked, beautiful Thanksgiving turkey. We used Alton Brown's turkey brining recipe, then roasted it on the grill (gas grill) using this method. The skin was brown and crispy, and the meat was flavorful and very, very moist. We will cook a turkey like this from now on!
    I recently cooked a 10lb turkey on my gas grill, but I placed the whole turkey directly on the grill, not in a roasting pan. It was easy and fantastic.
    I don't have a working oven, and got a turkey on sale. I was worried I would have to cook at a friend's house, and I was just a happy camper to see a recipe for the grill. WOOHOO!!!
    smoked with hickory chips and a bit of spices makes this a nice meal. very moist
    I did this for Thanksgiving. I actually cut the turkey in half lengthwise so it cooked a little faster. I also put some wood chips on the coals. One of the best turkeys I've ever had. So much better than it would be in the oven.
    The instructions were easy to follow and my turkey turned out great! I had watched it on the tv show so the written instructions helped me remember what I saw! Thanks!
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    I did this recipe last weekend, and it was perfect. I added a little more spice, but the turkey itself was tender and juicy.
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