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Light, juicy, and tender are three words to describe this incredible Grilled Turkey Breast. Impress your guests and make something a little different this holiday season.
It costs around $20.13 to make this turkey breast. The recipe makes eight servings and costs about $2.51 per serving.
Grilled Turkey Breast
We always look forward to Thanksgiving because of the turkey, but you no longer have to wait until the end of the year to enjoy turkey when you use our recipe for Grilled Turkey Breast.
Traditionally, many people roast a turkey for Thanksgiving, but we decided to try a grilled version of turkey breast, and it’s quickly become one of our favorite turkey recipes. One bonus of using this grilling method for your Thanksgiving turkey is freeing up the oven for other recipes you are making.
Even when grilled, you will notice how tender and juicy it is to the point that it slices so easily. We also love knowing that we can pair this turkey with anything.
If you want to make a delicious turkey to eat with your favorite sides or even on top of a salad, try this Grilled Turkey Breast recipe.
Why You Will Love This Grilled Turkey Breast Recipe
- Prep time for this recipe takes 10 minutes. You won’t have to do too much to prepare your turkey for the grill.
- Grilling is simple, so you don’t worry about spending too much time cooking.
- Not only is this an easy entree to make, but it’s also delicious.
Grill Turkey Breast Ingredients & Estimated Cost:
- 5-6 pounds turkey breast – $16.79
- 1 medium onion – $0.45
- 4 celery stalks – $1.00
- 1 cup turkey broth – $0.42
- ½ cup unsalted butter – $1.12
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary – $0.06
- 2 teaspoons fresh sage – $0.09
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme – $0.18
- 1 teaspoon salt – $0.01
- ½ teaspoon black pepper – $0.01
The recipe cost is calculated by the amounts needed for the recipe. To find out more about how we price our recipes, check out Budget Recipes Explained. The pricing for this recipe was updated in October 2023.
How To Grill A Turkey Breast
***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.
- First, clean and wash the turkey breast and then pat dry.
- Next, mix the ingredients for the rub.
- Set the turkey into the roasting pan, followed by the onions and celery.
- Then, add the broth to the pan and preheat the grill to 375-425 degrees F.
- Next, place the roasting pan on the grill grates and cook for sixty to ninety minutes.
- Finally, remove the turkey from the grill and rest for fifteen to twenty minutes before slicing and serving.
Recipe Variations and Substitutions
- Use different herbs and spices. In addition to rosemary, sage, and thyme, you can use other herbs and spices in your butter rub, such as garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, or smoked paprika.
- Add other vegetables to the pan. In addition to onions and celery, you can add other vegetables to the pan with the turkey breast, such as carrots, potatoes, or parsnips.
- Citrus turkey breast: Add 1 tablespoon of lemon zest and 1 teaspoon of lime zest to the butter rub.
- Honey garlic turkey breast: Add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder to the butter rub.
- Maple barbecue turkey breast: Add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and 1 teaspoon of barbecue powder to the butter rub.
Serving and Storage Tips
- Don’t leave Turkey at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
- Serve turkey immediately after carving, or store it for later.
- Leftover turkey can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- Place cooked and cooled turkey in freezer-safe bags or containers.
- Squeeze out any air before sealing.
- Frozen turkey will keep for up to 3 months.
- When reheating turkey, be sure to heat it until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
- You can reheat turkey in the oven, microwave, or stovetop.
- If reheating in the oven, preheat the oven to 350°F and bake the turkey for 15-30 minutes or until it is heated through.
- If reheating in the microwave, microwave the turkey on high for 1-3 minutes or until heated.
- If reheating on the stovetop, place the turkey in a skillet over medium heat and cook until heated.
Grilled Turkey Breast Recipe FAQs
It’s not hard to grill a bone-in turkey breast, even if you’re not experienced. Following this foolproof recipe, you can easily make tasty and nutritious meat on the grill in less than two hours.
It will take approximately sixty to ninety minutes to grill a turkey breast. The internal temperature should reach 160° F to be safe to consume.
Get Kids Involved
Ages 2-3: Explain the importance of cleaning the turkey before beginning and let your little one help pat dry the turkey. Starting early on with good, clean kitchen habits will help your children form good habits.
Ages 4-5: Ask your child to help mix the ingredients to make the rub. Teach your child what a rub is as you discuss each ingredient and how they combine to make a delicious flavor.
Ages 6-8: Let your child use their hands, wear food safety gloves, and rub the turkey with the butter rub mixture. This will be a fun, hands-on experience where they can feel they are an important part of the recipe’s success.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe unsupervised while you do the happy dance in the corner!
A turkey breast is a cost-effective option if your family does not eat an entire turkey or does not enjoy dark meat. You get all white meat, no wasted meat, and you can spend your money on only what you need and want.
More Turkey Recipes
- Easy Turkey Brine and Roast Turkey
- Grilled Turkey Legs
- Turkey Meatballs
- Smoked Turkey Burgers
- Leftover Turkey Sandwiches
- Instant Pot Turkey Breast
- Leftover Turkey Barley Soup
- Ground Turkey Chili
- Ground Turkey Tacos With Sweet Potato
Grilled Turkey Breast
- cutting board
- chef's knife
- Liquid measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Mixing bowl and spoon
- Aluminum roasting pans
- 5-6 pound turkey breast bone-in, completely thawed
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 3-4 stalks celery chopped
- 1 cup turkey or chicken broth
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary chopped finely or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 2 teaspoons fresh sage chopped finely or 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme chopped finely or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Clean and wash turkey breast, and pat dry.
MAKE BUTTER RUB:
- In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the rub.
- Coat turkey breast with the butter rub.
- Place turkey breast into doubled up disposable aluminum roasting pan and add chopped onions and celery into the pan.
- Add turkey or chicken broth to the pan.
- Preheat your grill to medium-high heat, 375-425°F.
GRILL TURKEY BREAST:
- Place the pan with the turkey breast on the grill grates and cook for 1- 1 ½ hours or until internal temperature reaches 160° F. Allow 12-15 minutes of cooking time per pound of turkey breast.
REST AND FINISH TURKEY:
- Remove turkey from the grill and rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing.
- Carve and serve.
- Adjust the flavor of your turkey breast by using different seasonings. You can use any of your favorite blends. Poultry seasoning is a great choice.
- Use an aluminum baking pan for the turkey breast on the grill. The aluminum tray will also catch all the drippings from the turkey, which you can use as gravy when serving with mashed potatoes or stuffing.
- Check your turkey breast’s internal temperature before removing it from the grill. It should reach a minimum of 160 degrees F if it’s fully cooked and ready to serve.