Grilled Turkey Marinade

Grilled turkey marinade recipe

The Spruce / Cara Cormack

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 4 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
3248 Calories
341g Fat
52g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 3248
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 341g 438%
Saturated Fat 22g 112%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7849mg 341%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 36mg 179%
Calcium 289mg 22%
Iron 10mg 56%
Potassium 1458mg 31%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 milliliters) light cooking oil

  • 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) water

  • 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) white vinegar

  • 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) salt

  • 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) 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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