8 Ways To Build Big Flavour With Turkey On The Grill {w/Recipe}

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I love this time of the year. The temperatures are finally starting to warm up and the long, glorious days of summer will soon “officially” arrive.

Some of my favourite things about late spring and summer are the laid-back vibe, daylight lasting until almost 10 PM and barbecuing!

On busy days, your BBQ can be your best friend!  Cooking on the grill allows you to prepare multiple ingredients all at the same time.  Different heat zones mean you can use all the areas of the grill so you can cook your main dish, side dishes and even desserts side by side.  Planning to cook your meals on the grill this way can be a real time-saver and let you prepare a meal with minimal mess and clean up – a big bonus for any mom!

GrillTurkey is a nutritious option that’s easy to prepare on the grill.  Both white and dark meat is lean, so you can provide your family with different choices that suit their taste without compromising on health or nutrition.  The lean fat content of turkey also reduces flare-ups on the grill, so you’ll feel good knowing you are preparing a healthy BBQ meal.

Other benefits of grilling with turkey?  Grilling enhances the flavour of meat and vegetables, which means using less butter, oil and processed sauces in your recipes. Turkey is a versatile protein that complements any flavour profile, so you can easily prepare it with all of your favourite rubs and marinades.  Both white and dark meat are packed with flavour, making them an easy swap for any of your regular grilling recipes.  Look for ground turkey, turkey breast, turkey rolls and roasts, turkey thighs and drumsticks, turkey steaks, turkey burgers and turkey sausages at your local supermarket or butcher.  With so many cuts to choose from, there is a multitude of ways that turkey will add sizzle to your table this summer!  Just ask your grocer or butcher for 100% Canadian raised whole turkey and turkey cuts, in store, all year-long.

8 Ways To Build Big Flavour With Turkey On The Grill:

1.)  Learn to use direct and indirect heat.  Direct heat works best to sear turkey, develop savoury crusts on your cuts, create flavourful grill marks, and cook smaller or thinner cuts of meat quickly.  Indirect heat works for larger cuts of meat that need to cook low and slow, coaxing out flavours while keeping cuts moist and tender.
2.)  Smoke and sizzle mean big flavour!  Use the barbecue to brown your turkey and create caramelization that adds big, bold flavour and keeps your meat juicy and tender.  Smoke adds that unique and special BBQ taste, allowing you to cut down on salt, sugar and fat.
3.)  Preheat your grill to hot so that food will sear on contact.  Searing will lock in those flavourful juices and help to avoid sticking which can lead to charring.  Make sure you season your meat first so that the sear will create a flavour-packed crust.
4.)  Use dry and wet rubs to season your turkey cuts.  Turkey marries well with a variety of herbs and spices, so feel free to experiment with your favourite combinations to enhance taste and texture.
5.)  Know when your meat is done!  Use a meat thermometer to check doneness and avoid overcooking or undercooking your turkey.
6.)  Leave it alone!  When cooking over indirect heat, leave your turkey cuts alone without turning or flipping very often to allow for even cooking and browning.
7.)  Cook your entire meal on the BBQ – appetizers, side dishes, vegetables and even desserts can be cooked over the grill.  Cooking entire meals on the grill will give you juicy meat and tasty vegetables. Grilling locks in moisture and adds natural smoky flavour, cutting down on the need for extra fat, salt and sugary sauces.  Visit canadianturkey.ca to explore a library of amazing grilled turkey recipes!
8.)  Marinate your cuts to add big flavour and help to keep your turkey moist and juicy.  Infuse flavour into your meats by marinating with healthy fats like olive oil, and adding citrus, beer, wine or vinegar and fresh herbs, spices and rubs.
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If you are looking for some BBQ inspiration, you are going to love this recipe for BBQ Turkey Mixed Grill! It is easy to make and delicious, plus you will probably have lots of leftovers for lunches or tomorrow’s dinner!

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4.8 from 17 reviews
BBQ Turkey Mixed Grill Dinner
 
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Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • For turkey:
  • 4 turkey wings and drummettes
  • 2 turkey drumsticks
  • 2 turkey thighs
  • 2 bone-in turkey breasts
  • 4 turkey sausages
  • For rub:
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp ground poultry seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For sauce:
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine spices to make a rub.
  2. Season all the turkey cuts except for sausage with the rub.
  3. BBQ over medium heat until cooked through, no longer pink, and the meat registers 165°F (74°C) on a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat. (Heat setting and cook time will depend on the power of your BBQ and the size of each cut.)
  4. While cooking, combine sauce ingredients in a hand blender or mini chopper and blend to combine.
  5. Baste all turkey cuts generously in the last 10 - 15 minutes (depending on cut) of cooking time.
  6. Approximate cooking times:
  7. - wings and drummettes: 8 - 10 mins per side
  8. - sausages: 8 - 10 mins per side
  9. - drumsticks and thighs: 12 - 18 mins per side
  10. - bone-in breast: 20 - 30 mins per side
  11. Set aside to rest, 15 mins.
  12. Baste again with sauce before serving.
Notes
NOTE: Heat setting and cook time will depend on the power of your BBQ and the size and weight of each cut.


TIP: For best results when cooking your turkey breast and to avoid drying out, cook your bone-in breast off heat. To do this, place the breast over a burner that is off while surrounding burners are on.

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PIN IT – BBQ Turkey Mixed Grill Dinner

Looking for additional tips, recipes and HOW TOs? Visit canadianturkey.ca for all your cooking inspiration. The recipe section is filled with amazing recipes for full meals, snacks, appetizers and family favourites. There are WHOLE TURKEY HOW TOs that are packed with helpful tips and instructions. You can also find a gold mine of ideas in the recipe section for make-ahead dishes and leftovers. There’s nothing better than making some delectable dishes for the rest of the week or stashing some pre-made meals in the freezer for your next busy weeknight.

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Comments

  1. I cannot give you a favorite recipe as I haven’t yet cooked turkey on the grill BUT, now I am considering trying it. This turkey picture looks delicious

  2. kathy downey says:

    I have tried a few of these Turkey recipes and loved them,I’m looking forward to trying the BARBECUED TURKEY ROAST WITH CRANBERRY CHIPOTLE BBQ SAUCE

  3. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I would love to try the BARBECUED SWEET PEPPERS STUFFED WITH MEDITERRANEAN TURKEY SAUSAGE

  4. i want to try the Grilled Pizza with Mediterranean Turkey Sausage, Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes & Goat Cheese

  5. kristen visser says:

    I would love to try the Barbecued Sweet Peppers Stuffed with Mediterranean Turkey Sausage !! looks absolutely delicious

  6. The Grilled Pizza with Mediterranean Turkey Sausage, Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes & Goat Cheese sounds like something I would love, and the whole family too!

  7. Turkey biryani for sure, I really like it the most.

  8. Stephanie says:

    The BBQ TURKEY MIXED GRILL DINNER looks amazing!

  9. Florence Cochrane says:

    DOUG SPEIRS’ GRILLED TURKEY TORPEDOS looks and sounds delicious.

  10. Amy Heffernan says:

    YUMMIE! The TURKEY, GREEN BEAN, CORN & TOMATO SALAD!! Thanks!

  11. Tainan Lu says:

    I’d like to try BARBECUED SLOW COOKER TURKEY ROAST WITH FENNEL AND LEMON

  12. lisa lee says:

    I am a huge fan of sriracha so the Grilled Sriracha Turkey Drumsticks recipe is my favourite!

  13. I want to try the bbq turkey mixed grill dinner.

  14. Lynda Cook says:

    GRILLED PIZZA WITH MEDITERRANEAN TURKEY SAUSAGE, SPINACH, SUNDRIED TOMATOES & GOAT CHEESE looks like my kind of pizza

  15. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I bet Grilled Herbes de Provence Turkey (Beer Can Turkey) tastes amazing

  16. Tara Betterley says:

    Something I haven’t done before is the BARBECUED SWEET PEPPERS STUFFED WITH MEDITERRANEAN TURKEY SAUSAGE. Looks delicious and a great meal!

  17. I want to try making the BARBECUED SWEET PEPPERS STUFFED WITH MEDITERRANEAN TURKEY SAUSAGE.

  18. Patti Challis says:

    the bbq turkey mix grill looks absolutely yummy. Can’t wait to try it on our barbie

  19. Kim Tanti says:

    I would like to try their grill a whole turkey. YUM

  20. Barbecued Sweet Peppers Stuffed with Mediterranean Turkey Sausage sounds really good!

  21. The CHEDDAR SMOKEY TURKEY & LENTIL BURGERS sound perfect for the grill!

  22. Tina L. says:

    The bbq Turkey Mixed Grill Dinner looks good.

  23. HEIDI C. says:

    I would love to try the Grilled Turkey Tacos.

  24. Marlene J says:

    BBQ BACON WRAPPED TURKEY MEDALLIONS W/GRILLED PEACH SALSA – this sounds yummy

  25. Allie f says:

    The BBQ Turkey Mix Grill looks delightful!

  26. wendy hutton says:

    I would love to try this BARBECUED SWEET PEPPERS STUFFED WITH MEDITERRANEAN TURKEY SAUSAGE

  27. nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham) says:

    The Cheddar Turkey, Smokey lentil burgers sound really good.

  28. SweetPanda says:

    My favourite recipe to try is the BARBECUED SWEET PEPPERS STUFFED WITH MEDITERRANEAN TURKEY SAUSAGE

  29. I like the Baked Beans with Turkey Sausage recipe.

  30. Heidi P says:

    The BBQ Bacon Wrapped Turkey Medallions with Grilled Peach Salsa sounds out of this world, love turkey medallions and with a peach salsa just adds that extra flavour.

    Thanks @oldermommystillyummy.com

  31. Heidi Pawluk says:

    The BBQ Bacon Wrapped Turkey Medallions with Grilled Peach Salsa sounds out of this world, love turkey medallions and with a peach salsa just adds that extra flavour.

    Thanks @oldermommystillyummy.com

  32. Cloe St-Amour says:

    The CHEDDAR SMOKEY TURKEY & LENTIL BURGERS sound seriously delish!

  33. Marsha Arditti says:

    I bet Grilled Herbes de Provence Turkey (Beer Can Turkey) tastes amazing

  34. Blogblob says:

    I’d like to try BARBECUED SWEET PEPPERS STUFFED WITH MEDITERRANEAN TURKEY SAUSAGE

  35. Juliee Fitze says:

    Would really like to try the ZESTY MAPLE TURKEY WINGS.

  36. Carole D says:

    The Grilled Pizza with Mediterranean Turkey Sausage, Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes & Goat Cheese would be one of my favourite!

  37. I’d like to try the Grilled Herbes de Provence Turkey! Sounds yum

  38. Diane T says:

    Baked Beans with Turkey Sausage recipe.

  39. Edith Rennes says:

    Turkey Mushroom Sausage Patties would be my choice.

  40. Andrea Amy says:

    TURKEY-STUFFED PORTABELLO MUSHROOMS looks amazing!

  41. Cathy Balogh says:

    BBQ BACON WRAPPED TURKEY MEDALLIONS W/GRILLED PEACH SALSA look delicious.

  42. Jenny B says:

    I’d love to try the BBQ Bacon Wrapped Turkey Medallions w/Grilled Peach Salsa this summer!

  43. Marc-Andre Taillefer says:

    The BBQ TURKEY MIXED GRILL DINNER looks amazing!

  44. Grilled turkey pizza all the way. Nom

  45. I would love the BBQed Bacon Wrapped Turkey Medallions with Peach salsa sauce. That sounds so delicious!

  46. Leanne Davis says:

    I would love to try the grilled turkey tacos . Sounds delicious.

  47. LILLIAN BROWN says:

    The Cheddar Turkey, Smokey lentil burgers sound like a winner to me

  48. Alisa Petrisch says:

    Bbq Turkey mixed grill dinner sounds relish!

  49. Tiffany Rotulo says:

    The Grilled Pizza with Mediterranean Turkey Sausage, Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes & Goat Cheese looks amazing!

  50. Rosanne Robinson says:

    Grilled turkey tacos is favourite Canadian Turkey recipe to try on the BBQ this summer.

  51. Sherry K says:

    The Grilled Pizza with Mediterranean Turkey Sausage looks great.

  52. Silvia D says:

    love to try the Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Bites with Cranberry-Chipotle BBQ Sauce next time we have turkey!

  53. SMOKED TURKEY DRUMSTICKS & CHOCOLATE CHILI BBQ SAUCE equals yum

  54. Mishelle says:

    My favourite Canadian Turkey recipe to try on the BBQ this summer is BBQ BACON WRAPPED TURKEY MEDALLIONS W/GRILLED PEACH SALSA. I think I am going to check the recipe and make it sunday!

    Mishelle

  55. Baked beans with turkey sausage is on the menu now!

  56. Karla Sceviour says:

    I want to try the BARBECUED SWEET PEPPERS STUFFED WITH MEDITERRANEAN TURKEY SAUSAGE this summer!

  57. Caroline says:

    The Grilled turkey tacos sounds delicious and is a favourite.

  58. Lemon-Garlic-Turkey Zucchini Noodles looks great. thanks

  59. Laurence Price says:

    Turkey sausage and Baked beans seem like something that I would like to eat.

  60. sarah alexis says:

    I would love to try the GRILLED PIZZA WITH MEDITERRANEAN TURKEY SAUSAGE, SPINACH, SUNDRIED TOMATOES & GOAT CHEESE – sounds amazing!!!

  61. Heather Sibley says:

    I will definitely try the BARBECUED SWEET PEPPERS STUFFED WITH MEDITERRANEAN TURKEY SAUSAGE on the BBQ.

  62. Doris Humber says:

    I have to try the Grilled Turkey Tacos.

  63. I would love to try the Alberta Turkey Burgers this summer. They look delicious!

  64. Caroline says:

    So many to choose from. I would love to try the Barbecued Sweet Peppers Stuffed with Mediterranean Turkey Sausage.

  65. beverly reed says:

    I’m going with your barbecued turkey recipe – It looks divine! Thanks for this contest : )

  66. Elaine Buonsante says:

    There are many recipes I’d like to try but the first one would be TERIYAKI TURKEY BURGERS WITH WASABI MAYONNAISE.

  67. I would love to try the BARBECUED TURKEY ROAST WITH CRANBERRY CHIPOTLE BBQ SAUCE. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity!`

  68. I would love to try the Grilled Pizza with Mediterranean Turkey Sausage, Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes & Goat Cheese

  69. Marlene V. says:

    I would love to try the TEQUILA SMASHED TURKEY BREAST DINNER

  70. Julie Barrett says:

    I’d like to try the Zesty Maple Turkey Wings. But all of the bbq turkey recipes look great! Thanks for the chance!

  71. Melanie Lapierre says:

    Definitely I would like to try turkey on the grill. It makes change of the eternal hamburger and hot dog.

  72. The DOUG SPEIRS’ GRILLED TURKEY TORPEDOS sound delicious!

  73. loved your recipe Monica. your post helped me a lot.

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    http://www.allaboutgrill.com
    Pls let me know your thoughts about it.❤️

  75. Wanda B says:

    I would love to try the Barbecued Sweet Peppers Stuffed with Mediterranean Turkey Sausage.

  76. I will be making the Barbecued Turkey Roast with Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce – looks so yummy!

  77. I like the Grilled turkey pizza

  78. Stephanie N says:

    BBQ Bacon Wrapped Turkey Medallions w/Grilled Peach Salsa looks amazing

  79. Carol M says:

    Yum, the BARBECUED SWEET PEPPERS STUFFED WITH MEDITERRANEAN TURKEY SAUSAGE would be on my list.

  80. Judy Hunting says:

    The Mediterranean Turkey Sausage sounds like something my whole family would love

  81. Travelbuds says:

    The BBQ TURKEY MIXED GRILL DINNER recipe looks wonderful. I would love to try this.

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