Add Some Canadian Turkey to your Weekend BBQ #TurkeyOnTheGrill Recipe & Giveaway

When you think summer you may not think turkey but you should! This healthy and light protein is great for summer barbecues. Fire up the grill and invite those guests over as they will surely be wowed with the yummy recipes Canadian Turkey has in store.

Canadians everywhere are heading outdoors to fire up the BBQ and cook up delicious and healthy grilling recipes. Grilling up a tasty meal can be the best way to get a quick dinner on the table during a busy weeknight, or entertain a larger group of family and friends on the weekend. With Canadian Turkey’s BBQ Bootcamp recipes and tips, you will have everything you need to get thinking turkey on the grill.

Finding easy-to-prepare but healthy recipes can be a lifesaver, especially when the family is busy with outdoor activities, sports or just hanging out having fun. Did you know that Canadian turkey’s low-fat, high-protein content makes it your perfect partner for summer grilling? This is the time of year Canadians like to get outside and there’s nothing more satisfying than preparing a delicious and healthy meal featuring Canadian turkey that you know your family will love. Upsize the amount of turkey you buy to cook, and you’re one step closer to a second bonus meal made with the protein-packed leftovers!

Did you know that Canadian turkey is your perfect grilling partner? It’s a versatile choice, with so many cuts of both dark and white meat to choose from. Visit your local grocer or butcher to see the variety of cuts available at the meat counter, including ground meat, legs, drumsticks, thighs, breast steaks, breast rolls, breast roasts, drummettes, wings, sausages, and burgers.

With so many choices available, you can easily substitute turkey into any of your favourite BBQ recipes. It’s easy to create delicious dishes that will lighten up your meal. Turkey burgers and sausages are a great lean alternative to regular sausages and burgers without any compromise on taste. Turkey pairs well with a large variety of flavour profiles, including your favourite spice rubs and marinades. And it’s simple to prepare – just swap turkey for the meat protein in any grilling recipe and you’re on your way to a delicious dinner!

Turkey is a nutritious option that’s easy to prepare on the grill. Both white and dark cuts are lean, so you can provide your family with different choices that suit their taste without compromising on health or nutrition. The lean fat content of turkey also reduces flare-ups on the grill, so you’ll feel good knowing you are preparing a healthy BBQ meal. Turkey’s rich and hearty flavour makes it perfect for the grill. It’s a tasty protein choice, and makes a very easy substitute into any of your everyday BBQ dishes. Check out all of our BBQ Bootcamp recipes, highlighting every family’s favourites dishes made with Canadian turkey. Visit for all of our BBQ Bootcamp series tips, techniques, recipes and videos – everything you need to get you grilling with turkey!

Get grilling with turkey! Here’s how you can grill up great meals and tasty dishes with all your favourite turkey cuts:

1. Make sure to prep your grill – clean and oil the grates before you begin.

2. Learn to use indirect and direct heat zones. Direct heat zones are well suited for quick grilling and searing for turkey sausages, turkey thighs and turkey breast tenders, while indirect heat zones are perfect for low and slow cooking turkey breast roasts and drumsticks.

3. Leave the lid up to avoid flare-ups when searing or cooking on high heat, but keep the lid closed for longer cooking times over low or indirect heat.

4. Keep salt out of your turkey rubs or marinades and season with salt during grilling to avoid drying out the surface of your meat.

5. Baste your cuts during cooking and finish with any sauces in the last few minutes of cooking to avoid burning.

6. Use marinades, rubs and brines for a big flavour boost before your turkey hits the grill.

7. Consider factors such as bone-in or boneless, the power of your grill and the size of your cut when establishing grill times.

8. Always let your turkey cuts rest for 10-20 minutes (depending on size) before serving to ensure maximum juiciness.

9. To ensure a good sear, make sure your meat is dry and your grill is hot.

10. Pick the right cut for your needs. In a hurry? Choose cuts like sausage, strips, cubes, kebobs and cutlets. Feeding a group or have more time on your hands? Choose a breast roast, drumsticks or a half turkey.

Are you looking for additional tips, recipes and HOW TO’s? Visit for all your cooking inspiration.  The Get Grilling recipe section is filled with tasty recipes to fire up on the grill. There are year-round WHOLE TURKEY HOW TO’s packed with helpful tips and techniques like brining and spatchcocking, and instructional and recipe videos that make it easy to create a delicious dinner all summer long.

Turkey Sausages, Tomatoes and Asparagus Grilled Pizza

Serves: 4-6
Prep time: 20 mins 
Cook time: 25 mins
3-4 medium Canadian turkey sausages, grilled
1 bunch of thin asparagus, 12-14
3 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
3/4 cup mozzarella, thinly sliced or shredded
2 packages pre-made pizza dough
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp fresh thyme
Salt and pepper to taste

Bring your pizza dough to room temperature to make it easier to stretch out.
While your dough is acclimating, slice the veggies and cheese, and break up the sausages into chunks.
Divide each package of dough into 2-3 pieces.
Pre-heat your grill to high.
Generously flour your work surface.  Stretch each piece of dough out to your desired thickness.
Generously flour a pizza stone or griddle. Transfer each individual pizza dough to the stone or griddle (you may have to cook in batches).
Build your pizzas: sprinkle each pizza with some olive oil, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.  Add some turkey sausage, tomato slices and asparagus. Top with mozzarella cheese.
Cook on the grill for 10–20 minutes, until pizza crust is browned, and cheese is melted and bubbly. Note that cooking times will vary depending on the strength of your BBQ and the thickness of the dough.
Remove the pizza from the BBQ and let rest for 5 minutes.  Sprinkle with fresh thyme and serve.

TIP: You can also substitute for the sausage with leftover turkey breast or turkey thigh meat.  Feel free to mix up the toppings with any seasonal vegetables you have on hand.

I have been choosing turkey more and more this summer. It is a great option for many recipes and tastes so great!


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  1. I would like to make the Grilled Turkey Fajitas for using some of my turkey leftovers.

  2. wendy hutton says

    I would love to try the GRILLED TERIYAKI TURKEY

  3. I would like to the the turkey parm smashburgers.

  4. Rosanne Robinson says

    The Grilled Turkey Steak, Sausage and Peppers looks & sounds really yummy, definitely want to try it.

  5. Tricia Harbour says

    Mmm….turkey burgers

  6. joanne darrell says

    We will be having Turkey Burgers.


  8. I’ll be trying the turkey burgers

  9. ivy pluchinsky says

    I would make the Brazilian Style Grilled Turkey Breast with Salsa Verde

  10. Lynda Cook says


  11. Debbie White-Beattie says

    Barbeque a Whole Turkey would be delicious and a great recipe to try

  12. Juliee Fitze says

    Would like to make the MANGO-CHILI-LIME BBQ’D DRUMMETTES for our next family get together.

  13. I will try turkey legs, which are one of my favs.

  14. The turkey parm smashburgers sound ah-mazing!

  15. I will make the Grilled Turkey Fajitas

  16. BBQ TURKEY BREAST WITH A BROWN SUGAR RUB AND BBQ SAUCE would be perfect for a holiday dinner.

  17. This sounds really good and I’d like to try, the Grilled Turkey Steak, Sausage and Peppers

  18. I think I would first try the turkey parm smashburgers.

  19. Maritess S says

    I will be making grilled Teriyaki turkey because the kids love this Asian-inspired flavour.

  20. Soozle (Suzie B) says

    The recipe for Turkey Parm smash burgers sounds really great!

  21. Grilled Turkey Fajitas

  22. Whole BBQ turkey would be yummy

  23. Turkey Parm Smashburgers sounds awesome!

  24. I’m going to try the CAJUN TURKEY SAUSAGE FOIL PACK

  25. I’m going to make the Barbecued Slow Cooker Turkey Roast with Fennel and Lemon. Yum!

  26. I will be trying the Garlicky Turkey Souvlaki! Thank you!

  27. I would like to make the Grilled Turkey Steak, Sausage and Peppers.

  28. Florence Cochrane says

    I will be trying the Thai Glazed Grilled Turkey Breast Salad.

  29. The Grilled Turkey Steak, Sausage and Peppers looks good

  30. I want to try the Turkey Parm Smashburgers!


  32. I would like to try the Garlicky Turkey Souvlaki

  33. Michelle Policelli says

    I would like to try the Grilled Turkey, Portabello Mushrooms & Vegetable Kabobs

  34. Sandra McG says

    would love the Feta Stuffed Greek Turkey Burgers

  35. Mango-Chili-Lime BBQ’d Drummettes

  36. I’d love to try the Turkey Parm Smashburgers.


  38. The Turkey Parm Smashburgers sound delish!

  39. The url of my share for Aug 24 did not go in properly, it should read thanks!

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