Easy Grilled Whole Turkey Recipe

Delicious and easy grilled whole turkey recipe that requires no basting, no hassle, and no stress for your Thanksgiving dinner.

  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 (12-15 lbs) whole turkey, thoroughly thawed
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro


  1. Remove and discard giblets and neck from turkey. Trim excess fat and rinse the turkey with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Gently separate skin from the breast and drumsticks by inserting your fingers and slowing pushing between the skin and the meat. Be careful not to break the skin. Place turkey on a big plate.
  3. Combine all spices and herbs in a small bowl. Rub seasoning mixture over the turkey as well as under the skin. Cover turkey loosely with foil; refrigerate overnight.
  4. When ready to cook, preheat grill to 375°F.
  5. Place the marinated turkey directly on the grill and close the cap. Grill for 2.5 hours undisturbed or until meat thermometer registers 180°F. Serve with your favorite stuffing and cranberry sauce.


Keywords: whole turkey recipe