Turkey on the Grill

Have you ever cooked a turkey on the grill?! It’s a great way to take all that heat out of the kitchen, or free up the oven space for everything else. 

This is such a fun way to prepare the Thanksgiving turkey. Many families roast their turkeys, but there’s something so fun about taking the bird outside to cook on the grill! It still gets all juicy and perfect, but it also comes out with that distinct grilled flavor. 

Even when cooking on the grill, it’s important to brine my turkey to make sure it really stays moist and full of flavor. You can brine your turkey for as long as two days, or as short as overnight, so whatever your timeline, you can get that extra flavor-infused straight into your bird. 

With a turkey on the grill, your oven will be full of Brussels sproutsstuffingvegetables, and pies. So much extra space. 

Look at that crispy golden skin! Doesn’t it look perfect?! Bring something new to the Thanksgiving dinner table this year with a turkey on the grill. What are your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes to serve with turkey? Tell us in the comments below! 

Turkey on the Grill

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Resting time 30 mins


  • 18 lb turkey
  • oil


  • Remove turkey from brining liquid, if applicable, blot with towels and allow to air dry for 30 minutes. Then coat with oil. If you didn't brine your turkey, then season it with salt and pepper after coating in oil. (We highly recommend brining!)
  • Heat the grill to 350F degrees. If your grill has 3 burners, turn on the 2 outside burners, leaving the middle off. If your grill has 2 burners, turn on only one. Your goal is to get the grill heated to 350F, but for the turkey to sit in indirect heat. 
  • Place the turkey on a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack. Place the baking sheet on the section of the grill that is turned off so the turkey is not sitting over direct heat. 
  • Cook the turkey for 90 minutes, rotate the pan, and cook an additional 90 minutes, until the turkey is 160F degrees when checked using a meat thermometer and the skin is golden brown. 
  • Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 30 minutes. Serve with gravy and cranberry sauce.