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Grilled Low-fat Turkey

Updated on March 19, 2020
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I am interested in making delicious, unusual meals and desserts, particularly for special occasions. Quick and easy meals are also great.

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Turkey - Healthy Meat

Many people are using more chicken recipes and turkey recipes for meals, as they are lower in saturated fat and calories. I have some easy recipes to have turkey breast or loin grilled, which is very tasty. There are numerous great recipes and methods to cook the turkey. It does not always have to be the big Thanksgiving turkey in the oven or fryer. Leftover turkey is also an excellent choice for casseroles.

Now we are seeing turkey bacon, sausage and other products made from turkey as more people want a tasty meal with reduced fat and calories. For instance, a turkey breast has 160 calories, with 60 from fat. Compare that to a serving of beef at 447 calories, with 117 from fat.


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5 stars from 5 ratings of Grilled Turkey

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 8 Servings


  • 1 cup Lemon-lime soda
  • 1/4 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp. prepared horshradish
  • 1/2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 lbs, turkey breast tenderloins

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Pour 1 cup into a large resealable plastic bag. Add turkey and then seal the bag and turn to coat the meat. Refrigerate the meat for 8 hours or overnight, turning occasionally. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade for serving.
  2. Drain the marinade from the turkey. Cook on a covered grill over medium-hot heat for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 170°. Turn meat about every 6 minutes. Serve with reserved marinade

How to Smoke a Juicy and Tender Whole Turkey

Grilled Turkey Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 3.75 ounces
Calories 200
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 1 g
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 42 g84%
Cholesterol 120 mg40%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Turkey Breast Recipes

There are several other marinades for easy turkey recipes that are equally good, according to your taste. Chicken can be used in place of turkey as a chicken breast is also delicious.

Low Fat Grilled Turkey Breast

  • 1 lb. turkey breast
  • Lite soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Mrs. Dash garlic and herb seasoning

Marinade 8 hours and cook as instructed in the previous recipe.

Grilled Turkey Breast

  • 1 (6oz) can frozen lemon aide
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp. celery salt
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 lbs. turkey breast

Again combine and refrigerate overnight. Cook on closed grill 30-45 minutes. Let the turkey reach 170° and baste every 15 minutes.

Serves 6-8.

Cooking Turkey on Outdoor Grill

In Conclusion

It is also possible to purchase an indoor smoker than you can use on the stove that does not smoke up your home.

Now that we have so much medical evidence linking high-fat meats to heart disease and strokes man people have changed their eating habits to include more low-fat meat recipes.

Many are not willing to give up meat entirely, but able to make a few healthy changes. More people are also eating seafood at least once a week. That doesn't mean you can't have a grilled steak once in a while.

Strive for improvement, not perfection.

Lower Fat Meat Choices

Do you use lower fat meat choice most nights, like turkey, chicken or even fish?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    16 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Peggy,

    I use to only bake turkeys also but we liked this recipe. Thank you for your comments.

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    Peggy Woods 

    16 months ago from Houston, Texas

    While I have baked many a turkey, my husband and I have never grilled one. Your recipes sound delicious. We will have to try grilling turkey sometimes instead of baking it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    mts, Wow! That sounds great and healthy too. Thanks for your comments.

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    9 years ago

    Hi Pamela99 - Yes bring on the turkey. We eat much bison, chicken and turkey and have not missed the beef at all. I grill a bison or turkey burger all year and top it off with jalapenos, light mayo, pickles and hot sauce...cheers and thanks

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Harper, Thank you so much for your comments.

  • HarperDavis profile image


    9 years ago from Midwest

    These are great! While I am a vegetarian, I still cook meat for family and friends per request. I'm going to try these one day.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Chris, I'm glad you like the hub and I appreciate your comments.

  • Chris Achilleos profile image

    Chris Achilleos 

    9 years ago

    Great hub Pamela, thanks for sharing this recipe. I really enjoy cooking. Voted up!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    RTalloni, Improvement is always possible, perfection is too stressful! Thank you so much for your comments.

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    9 years ago

    Thanks for these great recipes just in time for summer cooking outdoors. Your closing is insightful--improvement, yes! :)

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Snurre, I hope you can try the recipe. Thanks for your comments.

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    9 years ago

    Grilled turkey! What a wonderful idea! And the photo looks so delicious. I love turkey and try to cook it whenever I can (turkey is not that common in Russia and Kosher turkey is even less common).

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    prasetio, I hope you get to try out this recipe. Thank you for your comments. You take care also and blessings to you.

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    9 years ago from malang-indonesia

    I love your recipe, Pamela. It sound delicious. Thanks for write the nutrition fact about grilled turkey as well. I give my voted up to this hub. Good job and take care!


  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Lady E, I appreciate your comments.

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    9 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks for this lovely Recipe, Pamela. I like the ingredients too. Very healthy.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    GPAGE, It is good to hear from you. I am also trying to eat less red meat for the same reasons. My health is improving and I hope you are doing fine also. Thanks for your comments.

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    9 years ago from California

    Hello Pamela! Been a while....Love the ideas for seasonings/marinades in your article.....I may even try it on a turkey burger! Sounds delicious! Also nice to have turkey some nights instead of just chicken.....trying to eat less and less red meat after I just read a very scary article about it.....Hope you are well! G

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Ruby, I hope you enjoy it and I appreciate your comments.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    9 years ago from Southern Illinois

    This is a totally new idea for me. I never considered grilling turkey. Grilling season is upon us and i will be trying this..Thank you for sharing..

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Dave, I never considered roasting a whole stuffed turkey but it does sound good. Thank you for your comments.

    Jenubouka, I think you are right and I appreciate your comments.

    Eddy, Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for your comment.

    BPOP, I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for your comment.

    Frog Prince, Thanks for your comments.

    Om Paramapoonya, I hope you enjoy the recipes. Thanks for your comments.

    anginwu, I hope your husband likes the new recipe and I appreciate your comments.

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    9 years ago

    Thanks for these great ideas. I'm going to try your lime-soda marinade--sounds very interesting. I use turkey a lot too as my husband cannot/will not eat pork. Awesome.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 

    9 years ago

    Your grilled turkey recipe sounds great, Pamela. I've never used lemon-lime soda to marinate meat and am quite curious to try it. Also, I really love some of the other ingredients you use, such as curry powder and horseradish. Rated up!

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    The Frog Prince 

    9 years ago from Arlington, TX

    Pamela - Gobble, gobble, gooble... Nuff said.

    I'm glad I just finished off a fish hoagie!

    The Frog

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    9 years ago

    Thanks so much for the recipes, Pamela. Just recently I discovered that I actually like turkey so I think it's going to be fun trying out your suggestions.

  • Eiddwen profile image


    9 years ago from Wales

    Mmm thank you Pamela another great recipe for me to include into my recipe book.

    Take care


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    9 years ago

    Awesome Pamela99! That first recipe sounds incredible. Not many think of turkey beyond Thanksgiving and grilling it sounds amazing! YUM

  • Dave Mathews profile image

    Dave Mathews 

    9 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    Hi Pamela! I am not one of those who is worried about what I eat, frankly I couldn't care less about whether it is good for me or not. What is important for me is whether it tastes good, is it tender and juicy, or is it like shoe leather.

    Your recipes sound great though.

    If you get the courage you might want to try slow roasting a whole turkey complete with stuffing, on the BBQ., over a low heat. You can't believe how delicious it is.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    You can also use chicken for these recipes. Thanks for your comments.

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    9 years ago

    Sounds good... I don't buy turkey so often... but I will try this out when I get some... thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Gail, I hope you enjoy the recipes and I appreciate your comments.

    drbj, Thank you for your comments.

    Hubert, I think it works well with either turkey or chicken. Thanks for your comments.

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    Hubert Williams 

    9 years ago

    That sounds great. I will try it. That marinade would be good with chicken, too. Thanks.

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    drbj and sherry 

    9 years ago from south Florida

    I know that turkey is good for you but sometinmes neglect to think of it as a dinnertime option unless it's a holiday. Your easy to grill recipes should go a long way in changing my mindset. Thank you, Pamela.

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    Gail Sobotkin 

    9 years ago from South Carolina

    This recipe and the alternative marinades sound delicious. I gave it a 5 star rating and am looking forward to having hubby try these on the grill.

    Thanks for sharing this. I love the new recipe hub format with the nutritional info and the star rating.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    teaches, I hope you enjoy the recipe and thanks for your comments.

    Wendy, They do to me also. Thanks for commenting.

    Cardisa, It is in a soda we drink. You might find one of the name brand sodas that has lemon lime flavoring. I didn't think to check on Amazon. I have had the book for a few years but if it is on Amazon, I'll include it in the hub. Thanks for comments and your suggestion.

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    Carolee Samuda 

    9 years ago from Jamaica

    Hi Pamela, I love turkey but it's so expensive. The lemon-lime soda you mentioned, is it soda that comes in a bottle that we drink? Or some sort of baking ingredient? I know it's a silly questions but I really want to know.

    Your cookbook, is it on If so why not place a link here?

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    9 years ago

    They all sound good to me.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    9 years ago

    You have me with the inclusion of lime juice, curry and horseradish. I love the flavor of these three ingredients and can imagine the tingle that would follow in eating the turkey. Thanks for sharing.


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