Thanksgiving is all about getting together and being warm and cozy with your family or friends, and what’s a Thanksgiving without having a turkey on your dinner table? So, why not make this time a little different than the traditional turkey and give it a smoky flavor? Here is a 4 Season’s special recipe, undoubtedly the best grilled turkey recipe for this Thanksgiving. But don’t forget to choose the side dishes.

So, let’s get started.

To make the Best Grilled Turkey Recipe, You Need

To cook turkey, you will need the following ingredients; however, before that,

Note: The prep time for this grilled turkey is around 1 hour, 3 hours for cooking, and 30 minutes for resting time. So, approximately, it will take four hours and 30 minutes. Secondly, you must remove the neck and giblets from your turkey a night before cooking it.

For grilling, ensure that you have a gas grill with which you have a backup.

Now, here is what you need.

Grilled turked


  • Turkey Whole – 1, 15 to 18 Lbs. Approx.
  • Lemons – 2 to 3 According to the turkey size, must be sliced
  • Onions – Halved 2
  • Garlic – 1 bulb and cut off its top
  • Fresh Herbs – 1 Bunch including Sage, thyme, rosemary
  • Unsalted Butter – 8 to 12 as per the turkey size, softened
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black pepper- Fresh Ground
  • Dried Herbs—Same as the fresh herbs
  • Chicken Stock—2 cups but can be used more when needed

How to Make it

  1. Take your turkey (giblets and neck removed), let it defrost for at least an hour, and dry the moisture with paper towels. If you like the skin crisp, then place it overnight in the fridge without letting it touch something. After drying, put it in a large baking tray.
  2. Preheat your grill to medium to high heat at a temperature of 450 degrees F.
  3. Stuff the cavity with onions, herbs, garlic, lemon, and other stuff. Tie the legs and wings with the help of thread.
  4. Use a baking brush or your hand. Rub the turkey with the softened butter and sprinkle the dried herbs, salt, and pepper on the top.

Rubbing butter on the turkey

        5. Now, place the turkey on the roasting pan. Pour the chicken stock all over it and let it sit in the bottom. Also, place the remaining wedges and onions.

6. Place the roasting pan on the grill in the center burner at medium to low flame at 425 to 450 degrees F.

7. Let it grill for 3 hours maximum and keep checking the turkey every 30 minutes. Don’t forget to baste it and rotate it to ensure it is cooked evenly. If you feel that chicken stock is not enough, you can add more.

8. After 2.5 hours of cooking, use a probe to check the temperature and ensure it is 180 degrees; if not, continue to cook it for another 30 to 60 minutes.


What else you can do is make your turkey with your recipe and then make it and grill it for a little more. However, remember that this can make your turkey dry, but you need to take it out before it cooks completely.

For a Thanksgiving Side Dish with Turkey,

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes; A Perfect Side Dish with Turkey

Turkey and mashed potato is the ultimate combination. Hence, here is the best mashed potatoes that you can make easily to complement every dish. To make it, here is what you need.

mashed potatoes


  • Potatoes – Yukon Gold or German butterball
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Olive Oil—Add to taste
  • Salt and Pepper—Add to taste
  • Toppings—any garnish

How to Make it?

  1. The first thing you need to do is roast the garlic. For that, you need to place it on the oven tray, cut the head, and drizzle a little from the top. Let it roast for 60 minutes till it turns brown and tender.
  2. Not peel the potatoes for creamy texture, and place them in a pot with cold water. Make sure they are dipped properly. Soak them for 5 minutes, and then put the pot on the flame and add salt. Boil the potatoes till they are cooked.
  3. When done, drain the water but save a cup from it that will be needed later. Let the potatoes cool, and then mash them till they become creamy. You can also make them chunky if you want, as it depends on how you like it.
  4. Now, peel off the roasted garlic and make its paste with a fork or a masher.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients and mix them with potatoes. Make a thick, consistent paste-like form and garnish it with your desired topping, and serve it with juicy turkey.

Your meal is ready to be served. Enjoy and continue with


Hi, this is Ammy, the Happy Griller. I am a self-taught grilling enthusiast who now wants to share her experiences with the readers for better results.

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