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Get out of your grilling rut with this juicy, savory Grilled Turkey Breast recipe perfect for any time of the year.

Grilled Turkey Breast

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  • Author: Jenna Braddock, RD
  • Total Time: 12 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Change up your grilling situation with this flavorful, juicy grilled turkey breast recipe.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups your favorite beer
  • 1/3 cup Kosher salt
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt (or buttermilk can be substituted)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage (chopped (optional)
  • 2 fresh turkey breast halves
  • Brick and aluminum foil (optional)
  • High temperature oil suitable for grilling


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the salt into the beer until it dissolves. Then, whisk in yogurt, garlic, pepper, parsley and sage until well combined.
  2. Put raw turkey breasts in a gallon size sealable bag and pour brine over it. Seal bag and rest it in a flat bottom dish, like a 8x8 pan. Put pan in the refrigerator and marinate for 8-12 hours, flipping the bag over at least once during that time.
  3. When ready to grill, take the bag out of the fridge. Remove turkey from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Let sit at room temperature while grill preheats. Discard brine.
  4. Preheat gas grill by turning all burners on to a grilling temperature reaching between 450° - 500° F. Wrap a brick with clean aluminum foil and place it in the grill while preheating. (Using a brick is optional but is suggested if turkey breast doesn't lay flat on the grill.)
  5. When grill is heated, turn off one burner, leaving at least one burner on. Spray or rub grill grates with oil on the OFF side only. Carefully place turkey breasts on grill side with burners turned OFF, skin side down. Put on a heavy duty oven mitt and place the brick on top of the turkey breasts (this step is optional). Close the grill and let cook undisturbed for about 30 minutes. Check the temperature on your grill frequently and adjust level of the ON burner to keep grill temperature around 450° F (likely you will have to turn the ON burners up to a hotter temperature).
  6. At 30 minutes, remove the brick while wearing the heavy duty oven mitt and turn the turkey breast over. Take the temperature of the meat in 2 places. Refer to suggestions above in blog post to determine the best time to remove turkey from the grill, likely when breast meat reaches 160° F. If temperature is still reading low, grill for 5 minute increments skin side up, checking the temperature each time.
  7. Let turkey breasts rest on cutting board for 10-15 minutes untouched. Then, slice up meat or serve on the bone.


The brine can be used on any cut of poultry, bone-in or boneless, skin on or skinless.

  • Prep Time: 12 hours
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Grilling