Gas Grill:

Step 1

Start with a clean grill rack, bottom tray and a disposable drip pan. Preheat the grill.

Step 2

Cook a whole turkey with indirect cooking. To cook using the indirect heat, turn off the burners directly under the turkey.

Step 3

Turn the burners on the side away from the turkey to medium-low.

Step 4

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 in thigh and 165°F in breast


  • Purchase a fresh whole turkey or fully thaw a frozen turkey 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.
  • Remove neck, giblet and gravy packet, if applicable.
  • 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 and 165°F in breast.

Wash hands and all items that come into contact with uncooked turkey.

Find more whole turkey basics here.