To make a Weber Kettle turkey, add charcoal to your grill and light the briquettes, allowing the kettle to reach 350°F. Place your brined and seasoned turkey directly on the grill and baste it every 30 minutes with pan drippings as it cooks. Your turkey is done once the internal temperature reaches 165°F in both the breast and thigh, as measured with a meat thermometer.
How to Cook a Turkey on a Weber Kettle
Cooking a turkey on your Weber kettle charcoal grill only takes a little prep time, and the results are well worth it!
Prepare the outdoor grill.
Line the sides of the grill with charcoal briquettes, leaving space for the dripping pan. Light the coals and allow them to heat for 45 minutes.
Add fresh coals once the original briquettes have turned gray. Put on the upper grill grate once the coals are ready. You can also start the charcoal briquettes in a chimney starter.
Prepare the turkey.
Drizzle butter or olive oil over the turkey, and then season with Kosher salt, pepper, onion powder, dried rosemary, thyme, sage, and garlic powder.
Grill the turkey.
Place the turkey on the grill and cover it with the lid. Make sure the vent is open to encourage airflow. Let the turkey cook for 15 minutes per pound.
Remove the turkey from the grill and rest.
When the thickest part of the thigh and the turkey breast have reached 165°F on an instant-read thermometer, carefully remove the turkey and let it rest covered in foil for 30 minutes on a platter. Carve the turkey and serve it with your favorite side dishes!Print
What Size Turkey Will Fit in a Weber Kettle?
The 22.5” Weber kettle will fit up to a 21-pound turkey. Make sure that the turkey fits over the dripping pan so that the drippings fall into the pan. The bigger the turkey, the longer the cooking time and the more briquets used.
How Long Does it Take to Cook a Turkey on a Weber Kettle?
Unstuffed turkeys typically cook at 15 minutes per pound at a temperature of 350°F to 375°F. The exact cooking time depends on how big your bird is and the grill’s temperature. Monitor the temperature of your kettle grill during cooking for the best results.
|Weight of Turkey||Cooking Time|
|12 pounds||3 hours|
|13 pounds||3 hours, 15 minutes|
|14 pounds||3.5 hours|
|15 pounds||3 hours, 45 minutes|
|16 pounds||4 hours|
|17 pounds||4 hours, 15 minutes|
|18 pounds||4.5 hours|
|19 pounds||4 hours 45 minutes|
|20 pounds||5 hours|
Best Temperature To Set for Weber Kettle Turkey
Your Weber Kettle temperature should be set between 350 and 375 degrees. This ensures the turkey will cook quickly enough that the dark meat (drumsticks, wings, etc.) will reach the proper temperature. It also ensures that the breast meat won’t dry out.
Target Internal Temperature for Turkey
The target internal temperature for a turkey is 165°F, according to the USDA. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.
Insert the meat thermometer in the thickest part of the turkey breast, the thickest part of the thigh, and the innermost part of the wing. If all of these have a temp of 165°F, your turkey is done.
How to Store and Reheat Grilled Turkey
To store leftover turkey, slice the meat from the bones. Place sliced turkey on a platter and cover securely with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.
You can also store leftover grilled turkey in airtight containers. Keep the turkey meat in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Grilled turkey can also be frozen in freezer bags for up to 6 months.
How to Reheat Grilled Turkey in an Oven
Place the turkey in an oven-safe dish with a lid or wrap the meat in aluminum foil. Preheat the oven to 350°F and heat the turkey until the internal temp reaches 165°F—about 30 to 60 minutes.
How to Reheat Grilled Turkey in the Microwave
Place the turkey meat on a microwave-safe plate and heat for 1-2 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Cover your turkey meat with leftover drippings or broth if it gets dry.
Turkey Stuffing Ideas for Weber Kettle Turkey
Grilled turkey can be stuffed with a variety of foods. The more stuffing inside a turkey, the longer it will take to cook. Instead of bread stuffing, try these ideas the next time you grill a turkey:
- Garlic cloves
- Ginger slices
- Grapefruit slices
- Herbs—thyme, sage, parsley, rosemary