Perfect for smaller gatherings, our Maple Spiced Grilled Turkey Breast recipe is your answer to the holiday meal in 2020.

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After polling my Facebook friends, I learned quite quickly – most of us are changing up our 2020 Thanksgiving plans.  And many of my friends are cooking Thanksgiving for the first time ever.  You’ve got this.  Really.  

There are many ways to cook a turkey, and I’ve tried them all, with varying results.  We’ve roasted, grilled, fried and smoked our Thanksgiving birds.  But, when it comes down to it, I’ll do it this same way every time.  Maple Spiced Grilled Turkey Breasts forevah.

If you’re a traditionalist, this isn’t your recipe.  But, if you’ve always wished your Thanksgiving turkey tasted a little bit more like, well, chicken, then this Maple Spiced Grilled Turkey Breast recipe is for you. 

In fact, I think it’s for everyone hosting a smaller Thanksgiving celebration this year.  Not only will you have the perfect amount of turkey, but you clear out your oven space and get to avoid the mess of carving a big ol’ turkey.  

Tip to Cooking a Perfect Maple Spiced Grilled Turkey Breast

Don’t skimp on the seasonings in your spice blend or the half hour of marinating.  This is where the flavor gets infused in the meat.  

Be sure to allow all excess marinade before placing your meat on the oiled grates.  You don’t want the maple syrup to burn your turkey breasts.

Grill marks make this Maple Spiced Grilled Turkey Breast feel holiday “special.”  Cook the meat for 5 minutes over high heat, then rotate it 45 degrees for another few minutes before flipping.  Repeat the process on the other side.  

Don’t forget the garnish!  I’ve used herbs, pomegranate and oranges to dress up the plate.  But, you could easily use mixed greens, sliced apples or pears (spritzed with lemon juice so they don’t brown), or plate the turkey on top of stuffing.

What to serve with our Maple Spiced Grilled Turkey Breast

Need a few ideas to round out your Thanksgiving meal?  How ’bout Cranberry Sauce with Chardonnay, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes, Roasted Carrots, Spicy Dirty Rice Dressing, Make-Ahead Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Creamy Four Cheese Macaroni.

Maple Spiced Grilled Turkey Breast Recipe


Prep Time:
30 minutes

Cook Time:
15 minutes

Total Time:
45 minutes



3 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

½ teaspoon ground coriander

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 (1 1/2-pound) skinless, boneless turkey breast halves, pounded to 1 ½” thickness or 4 turkey tenderloins

Cooking spray


To prepare turkey, combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl; add turkey, turning to coat. Marinate at room temperature 20 minutes. Remove turkey from marinade; discard marinade.
Preheat your grill on high.  Coat the grill with cooking spray, and place the tenderloins on the grill rack.  Cook for 6-7 minutes on one side - don’t flip until you have nice grill marks. 
Flip, and continue cooking for another 6-7 minutes or until nicely charred and cooked through.  Remove to a platter and allow to rest 10 minutes prior to slicing.

© Katie Harding, Forks and Folly

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