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How to Grill Your Holiday Turkey on a Charcoal or Gas Grill


If you haven't yet tried grilling a turkey on your backyard grill, I highly recommend it. Somehow, more juices of the turkey stay in it when grilled and the result is a delicious, fall-off-the bone tenderness.

You can grill with either a gas or charcoal grill. To grill a turkey on a charcoal grill, I recommend that you watch the video below from You-Tube. Note the comments as well. The readers do make some good points below the video.

Broilmaster was kind enough to provide us with instructions for grilling a turkey on both charcoal and gas grills. Here is their recipe and grilling recommendations:


  • 1 Whole Turkey (14-16 lbs), Thawed
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dill Weed
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Remove the neck, giblets and any excess fat.
  2. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Brush the turkey with Olive Oil and lightly sprinkle on the seasonings.
  4. Place the turkey breast-side up on the cooking grate on a charcoal grill or on a roasting rack in a disposable foil roasting pan on a gas grill.


  • Cover and cook 11-13 minutes per pound or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh (not touching the bone) registers 180ºF and the juices run clear.
  • Transfer the turkey to a platter and let it rest for 20 minutes before carving.
  • *Charcoal grillers will have to add about 12 briquettes to each side ever hour.
  • Serves 12-15


  • Method In-direct
  • Lid- Closed
  • Grids- Medium
  • Temperature- Med to High
  • Smoker Shutter- Closed

Let us know how your turkey comes out!