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How to Grill a Turkey (Gas)

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Gas Grill:  Start with a clean grill rack, bottom tray and a disposable drip pan.  Preheat the grill.  Cook a whole turkey or turkey breast with indirect cooking.  To cook using the indirect method, turn off the burners directly under the turkey.  Turn the burners on the side away from the turkey to medium-low.  Place the disposable drip pan under the turkey to catch the drippings.  Do not use the drippings.


Turkey Grilling Guidelines

Whole turkey, unstuffed

Grill Time

Internal Temperature

8 to 12 pounds

2 to 3 hours

180°F. at the thigh


  • Purchase a whole turkey or turkey breast that will fit under a covered grill.  There should be one inch of space between the turkey and grill lid.
  • Turkeys weighing 16 pounds or less are best for grilling.
  • Do not stuff the turkey.
  • Grills vary greatly.  Only indicator turkey is cooked is a meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registering 180°F.

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