Grilled Whole Turkey

With golden-brown skin without the hassle of basting, plus tender, juicy meat, this turkey is too good to serve only at Thanksgiving.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 0 min
  • Servings 14

Ingredients

1
fresh or frozen whole turkey (10 to 12 lb), thawed
1
teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
3
to 4 tablespoons oil or melted butter

  • 1 Heat gas or charcoal grill for indirect grilling as directed in owner's manual. Remove and discard neck and giblets from turkey. Rinse turkey with cold water. Season cavity of turkey with seasoned salt and pepper. Fasten neck skin to back with skewers. Turn wings back and tuck tips under shoulder joints. Refasten drumsticks with metal piece or tuck under band of skin at tail. Rub outside surface of turkey with oil. Insert meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of thigh and does not touch bone.
  • 2 Place turkey, breast side up, over unheated side of grill directly over drip pan. Cover grill; cook turkey with medium heat 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours or until thermometer reads 180°F to 185°F and legs move easily when moved or twisted. Avoid lifting cover until ready to check thermometer. (There is no need to baste or turn turkey.) Let turkey stand 15 to 20 minutes before carving.

Expert Tips

To thaw a frozen whole turkey, allow 24 hours of refrigeration time for every 5 pounds of turkey. The turkey for this recipe thaws in 2 to 3 days. A quicker thawing method is to immerse the turkey, still in its original wrapper, in cold water. Allow 1/2 hour per pound of turkey, and change the water frequently. Never thaw turkey at room temperature.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
400
(
Calories from Fat
220),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
25g
25%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
145mg
145%;
Sodium
230mg
230%;
Total Carbohydrate
0g
0%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
44g
44%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 6 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.