Grilled Turkey Marinade

Grilled turkey marinade recipe

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 15 mins

This basic marinade is the perfect alternative to the traditional brining of your turkey because it doesn't overpower the flavor of the bird. Instead, it provides a protective layer for the grill, while still adding some subtle flavors, with seasonings like dried oregano, salt, black pepper, Worcestershire and white vinegar. This recipe makes enough marinade for a 12 to 16 pound turkey.


  • 1 1/2 cups/360 ml light cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup/120 ml water
  • 1/2 cup/120 ml lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup/120 ml white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup/120 ml Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup/60 ml balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon/15 ml dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon/15 ml salt
  • 1 tablespoon/15 ml black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for turkey marinade
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  2. Combine everything and mix well.

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  3. Keep refrigerated until you need to use it and mix before adding to poultry.

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