How to Grill Turkey on a Gas Grill

How to Grill Turkey on a Gas Grill

There’s more than one way to cook a turkey. Grilling turkey on a gas grill is becoming a popular alternative for this holiday staple. No matter the occasion, your gas grill can produce a beautifully browned bird that’s full of flavor. Did we mention that it is also fairly simple? Follow these steps to grill a whole turkey.

Steps to Grill a Whole Turkey

1

Start with a good brine. Drying out the turkey is a common faux pas for beginners. A brine is simple to make — it’s just salt and water. You’ll want to use 1 cup of salt for every gallon of water. Soak your turkey in a brine for an hour per pound. For example, if you have a 15-pound bird, let it brine for 15 hours. You can also try a dry brine with a variety of seasonings for extra flavor.

2

Let it thaw. Allow your turkey to thaw in the refrigerator before grilling. Otherwise, it won’t cook properly. Plan ahead, because a 20 to 24 pound turkey can take up to 5-6 days in the fridge. Always place your turkey in a plastic bag for thawing. This will help prevent food contamination.

Hot Tip: If you want to speed things up, you can try thawing it in cold water. It takes about 30 minutes per pound.
3

Spatchcocking helps. Spatchcocking is easy to do. Spatchcocking involves removing the spine and flattening the turkey out. It will cook more evenly.

4

Don’t guess. You can’t tell if a turkey is done just by looking at it. Use a digital meat thermometer to make sure it’s cooked properly. Shoot for at least 160°F in the breast and 175°F in the thigh.

5

Use indirect heat. Even though you’re not using your oven, you’re transforming your grill into an oven, so to speak. Don’t throw your turkey directly over a scorching hot burner like you would with a steak. The outside will be burnt to a crisp and the inside will be undercooked. You want to set up your grill for indirect heat and preheat it to 325°F, or medium heat. Place the turkey on the cool side of the grill to roast.

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