Recipe: Greatest Grilled Turkey Recipe

recipe: Poultry and Pork

This easy grilled turkey recipe will change the way you cook! This simple recipe is foolproof and your turkey comes out moist and delicious every time. I’ve hosted Thanksgiving over 20 times and I have NEVER put a turkey in the oven. In fact, it’s a Freytag family tradition to cook our turkeys on the grill. By doing this, you can use that extra oven space for all these tasty side dishes and healthy desserts – score!

I have used both charcoal and gas grills and both work well. Adding the soda may seem funny but years ago we were told that the bubbly keeps it moist. So whether you use lemon-lime soda or maybe a lemon-lime fizzy water, it’s the carbonation that matters.  

Try this mess-free grilled turkey recipe and enjoy a delicious meal with very little cleanup, and tons of delicious leftovers!

Total Time: 175 minutes

Yield: 8 serving(s)


  • A disposable aluminum giant roasting pan
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can of lemon lime soda or sparkling water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Aluminum foil


  1. Prepare the turkey (I buy organic free range) by thawing and removing any additional parts such as neck and giblets. Wash well and pat dry.
  2. Place in a disposable giant oval aluminum roaster, breast side up. Rub 1 tablespoon olive oil into skin then sprinkle with salt and pepper and any other seasonings you’d like. Pour in a can of lemon-lime soda, we use Zevia lemon lime soda.
  3. Preheat grill to high – around 500-550 degrees. Grill your bird uncovered for approx. 11 minutes per pound. (Cover with tin foil if it starts to get too brown.)
  4. Using a meat thermometer place in the thickest part of turkey until the white meat is 165 degrees and dark meat is 175 degrees.
  5. If you do choose to stuff your turkey, the stuffing should also reach 165 degrees.
  6. Let the turkey rest at least 10 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving Size: 3 ounces white meat without skin

Calories: 158

Protein: 25 gram(s)

Fat: 3 gram(s)

Cholesterol: 60 milligram(s)

Saturated Fat: 1 gram(s)

*Cooking time estimated 11 minutes per pound for a 15 pound turkey.

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on November 6, 2016 at 10:46 AM Reply


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