Grilled Butterflied Turkey with Rosemary Garlic Gravy

Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Emma Star Jensen

Butterflying the turkey—removing the back so it lies flat—makes it cook faster.

Yield: Serves 10 to 12
Recipe from Sunset

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Recipe Time

Prep And Cook: 3 Hours, 30 Minutes
Brine: 12 Hours

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 350
  • Calories from fat: 38%
  • Protein: 43g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated fat: 4.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 8g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Sodium: 1105mg
  • Cholesterol: 164mg


  • Brine and Turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
  • 6 large (7-in.) sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 turkey (12 to 14 lbs.), butterflied,* neck, back, and giblets reserved for gravy
  • About 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • Gravy
  • Neck, back, and giblets from turkey
  • About 7 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed, plus 2 cloves mashed
  • 2 large (7-in.) sprigs fresh rosemary, plus 2 tsp. minced rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup flour


  1. 1. Make brine: Boil 1 1/2 qts. water with salt in a pot big enough to hold turkey, stirring until salt dissolves. Add rosemary, garlic, and 3 qts. cold water; let cool. Add turkey. Chill, covered, at least 12 hours or overnight; turn once.
  2. 2. Make broth for gravy: In a large pot, bring to a boil all ingredients except mashed garlic, minced rosemary, and flour; simmer 1 hour, or until giblets are tender. Strain; discard solids. Chill.
  3. 3. Thanksgiving Day: Put a rack in a large rimmed pan. Set turkey on rack and drain 30 minutes at room temperature. Pat dry and rub all over with oil.
  4. 4. Meanwhile, prepare grill for indirect medium-high heat (400° to 450°). If using charcoal: Light 40 briquets on firegrate. When coals are covered with ash, in 20 minutes, bank evenly on opposite sides of firegrate and let burn to medium-high. Set a large metal or foil drip pan (about 9 by 12 in. and 2 1/2 in. deep) between coals and fill halfway with warm water. To each mound of coals, add 5 briquets now and every 30 minutes while cooking. Oil cooking grate and replace it. If using gas: Turn all burners to high, close lid, and heat 10 minutes. Turn off 1 burner and reduce heat for other(s) to medium-high. Set a large metal or foil drip pan on turned-off burner and fill halfway with warm water. Oil cooking grate; replace it.
  5. 5. Set turkey, skin side up, on cooking grate over drip pan and cover grill. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 175°, about 1 1/2 hours. Transfer turkey to a cutting board. Tent loosely with foil and let rest in a warm place 15 to 30 minutes.
  6. 6. Meanwhile, make gravy: Reheat turkey broth. In a 5- to 6-qt. pot, toast flour over medium heat, whisking, until deep golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Carefully pour in 3 cups broth and whisk into a smooth paste. Whisk in rest of broth, mashed garlic, and minced rosemary; bring to a boil, then simmer about 10 minutes, whisking often. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. *Ask your butcher to butterfly the turkey for you, or do it yourself: See the Sunset video demonstration How to Butterfly Poultry.
  8. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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