It’s a no-brainer to think about cooking turkey during the end-of-the-year holidays, but to not prepare it year-round is to be missing out completely.  Turkey is every bit as versatile as chicken, and every bit as easy to cook.  And when you cook a whole or half breast on the grill not only will you be in for a fantastic dinner, with luck you’ll have leftovers for making awesome sandwiches all week long.

Grilled Split Turkey Breast

For this recipe, you’ll be looking for a split bone-in turkey breast weighing about 3 pounds.  These should be available in the market all throughout the year.

Marinade for Grilled Turkey 

In this case we can skip the brining in favor of a flavorful marinade, which gives the turkey amazing flavor and allows it to grill up perfectly moist and tender.  The marinade contains a blend of melted butter and olive oil, plus some cider vinegar for acidity, shallots, garlic, and splashes of Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and thyme.   

Grilled Split Turkey Breast

You can marinate the turkey in a container or in a large sturdy zipper-top sealable plastic bag.  Marinate the turkey between 6 and 36 hours; the longer it marinates the deeper the flavor will be.

Cooking Turkey Breast on the Grill

You’ll want to use a two-zone grilling system for cooking turkey, or most large pieces of meat.  This will allow the turkey skin to crisp up nicely, and the whole piece of meat to cook evenly.  

Heat half of the grill to medium, and leave half at medium low, which will be the indirect heat zone.  Place the turkey breast over the medium heat zone, and grill for about 5 minutes on each side (you may only be able to get the breast to lay flat on two or three sides, which is fine).  

Grilled Split Turkey Breast

After about 15 minutes, transfer the breast to the indirect heat zone of the grill, cover, and allow to cook for anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes, depending on how large your grill is, and therefore how intense the indirect heat is.  Check starting at 45 minutes with an internal thermometer, and pull the turkey from the fire when the internal temperature in the thickest part reaches 165°F.  Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and let sit for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

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Grilled Split Turkey Breast

A flavorful marinade gives the turkey amazing flavor and allows it to grill up perfectly moist and tender.
Yield: 8 People
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Marinating Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 split bone-in turkey breast half (about 3 pounds)

For the Basting Sauce

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter , melted
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup finely minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Sprigs of fresh herbs to serve (optional)

Directions

  • Make the marinade: in a container with a lid large enough to hold the turkey breast , combine the butter, olive oil, vinegar, shallots, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, thyme, salt and pepper. Place the turkey in the container and turn it so that it is well coated with the mixture. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 6 to 36 hours, turning it occasionally as you are able.
  • Heat half of the grill to medium, and leave half at medium low, which will be the indirect heat zone. Carefully oil the grill grates. Place the turkey breast over the medium heat zone, and grill for about 5 minutes on each side (you may only be able to get the breast to lay flat on two or three sides, which is fine).
  • After about 15 minutes, transfer the breast to the indirect heat zone of the grill, cover, and allow to cook for anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes, depending on how large your grill is, and therefore how intense the indirect heat is. Check starting at 45 minutes with an internal thermometer, and pull the turkey from the fire when the internal temperature in the thickest part reaches 165°F. Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and let sit for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Arrange the sliced turkey on a platter and tuck a variety of fresh herb sprigs amidst the sliced meat for a pretty presentation.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 666mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 433IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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