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Roasted Wild Turkey with Herb Butter

Roasted Wild Turkey with Herb Butter

By Traeger Kitchen

Take your bird from field-to-table. The flavor of wild turkey is enhanced with a thyme, rosemary and sage butter and roasted over oak.

Prep Time

20 Minutes

Cook Time

3 Hours




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Units of Measurement:
1 Cup butter, softened
1 Tablespoon chopped thyme
1 Tablespoon rosemary, chopped
1 Tablespoon chopped sage
5 Clove garlic, minced
1 Teaspoon kosher salt
1 Teaspoon coarse ground black pepper, divided
1 14- to 16-lb (6- to 7-kg) turkey, preferably wild, giblets removed


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set temperature to 350˚F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    350 ˚F / 177 ˚C

  • 2

    Combine butter, herbs, garlic and 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper.

    • 1 Cup butter, softened

    • 1 Tablespoon chopped thyme

    • 1 Tablespoon rosemary, chopped

    • 1 Tablespoon chopped sage

    • 5 Clove garlic, minced

    • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt

    • 1 Teaspoon coarse ground black pepper, divided

  • 3

    Spread the herbed butter under the skin of the breast and other places on the turkey you can get under the skin.

    • 1  14- to 16-lb (6- to 7-kg) turkey, preferably wild, giblets removed

  • 4

    Season the outside of the turkey and cavity liberally with more salt and pepper.

  • 5

    Place turkey on grill and cook for 3 hours; check the internal temperature. The desired temperature is 175˚F in the thigh next to the bone, and 160˚F in the breast. Turkey will continue to cook once taken off grill to reach a final temperature of 165˚F in the breast.

    350 ˚F / 177 ˚C

    175 ˚F / 79 ˚C

  • 6

    If the desired temperature is not reached, continue cooking for an additional 20 minutes until done.

    350 ˚F / 177 ˚C

  • 7

    Remove from grill and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

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