Recipe: Greatest Grilled Turkey Recipe

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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. But for the last 10 years – I’ve used just gas. Adding the bubbly water may seem funny but years ago we were told that the bubbly keeps it moist. So whether you use any brand of bubbly water or even a lemon-lime soda, 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 sparkling water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Aluminum foil
  • Turkey (size dependent on how many you're feeding)


  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 bubbly sparkling water.
  3. Grill on high at 500 degrees around 9-11 minutes a pound. It cooks faster than when you cook it in the oven so keep an eye on it. (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 December 9, 2019 at 5:26 AM Reply

I tried this on the weekend using the lemon lime soda (Sprite) it was delicious.

on November 24, 2019 at 4:32 PM Reply

I have a question: I’m thinking about using this recipe and cooking our turkey on our gass grill for thanksgiving dinner this year. Do you really cook the turkey uncovered the whole time? I’m concerned because we may be getting rain 😳 It seems so simple and easy:) Thanks! Stephanie

    on April 16, 2020 at 2:18 PM Reply

    It IS so simple and easy. I love this recipe! Yes, you can put the lid of the grill down :)

on November 4, 2019 at 12:48 PM Reply

is this done on a gas grill or a charcoal grill? Also do you grill directly on the grill or in a pan - lid covered or not?

    on April 16, 2020 at 2:18 PM Reply

    I have used both charcoal and gas grills and both work well. But for the last 10 years – I’ve used just gas. If you read the directions for this recipe, you'll see that I use a disposable giant oval aluminum roaster. And yes, you can put the lid down!

on November 6, 2016 at 10:46 AM Reply


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