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Grilling Times for Turkey, Duck, and Goose

Turkey, duck, and goose should be cooked to 180 degrees F (80 degrees C). Clear juices are not a good indicator of doneness. Depending on the age of the bird, the juices might not run clear until the bird is overcooked.


CutMethodHeatTimeInternal Temp. (minimum)
Whole Turkey----------------
8 to 12 poundsIndirectMedium2 to 3 hours180 F (80 C)
12 to 16 poundsIndirectMedium3 to 4 hours180 F (80 C)
16 to 24 pounds NOT RECOMMENDED
6 to 8 ounces Direct High10 - 15 min./side180 F (80 C)
Thighs and Drumsticks----------------
8 to 16 ounces Direct High 10 - 15 min./side 180 F (80 C)
Boneless Turkey Roll----------------
2 to 5 poundsIndirectMedium 1 1/2 to 2 hours180 F (80 C)
5 to 10 poundsIndirectMedium2 to 3 1/2 hours180 F (80 C)

Duck or Goose

CutMethodHeatTimeInternal Temp. (minimum)
Whole Duckling----------------
4 1/2 poundsIndirectMedium 2 1/2 hours165 F (75 C)
Quartered DucklingIndirectMedium85 min. 165 F (75 C)
Whole Goose-----------------
8 to 12 poundsIndirectMedium 18 to 20 min./pound 165 F (75 C)

Nov. 6, 2009 2:56 pm
Looking for store bought frozen grilled duck recipes. For a 5 lb. duck, I am going to take and split in half. Any recipes will be helpful. Thanks, Tom J
Nov. 19, 2012 5:48 pm
160 and well covered to hold in the heat. :)
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