Grilled Turkey Tenderloin Recipe

Barbecue Grilled Turkey Tenderloin – For the ideal summer meal, grill some turkey tenderloin that has been seasoned with a smoky rub and cooked to perfection.

All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own; however, this post has been sponsored by the National Turkey Federation.

I love using it in recipes like my Lemon Turkey Cutlets because it is low in calories and full of protein, where there is absolutely no guilt, just deliciousness. Turkey isn’t just for Thanksgiving; there are so many ways to enjoy it all year long.

In fact, June is Turkey Lovers’ Month, so I believe we should honor it with this grilled, summer-ready turkey tenderloin, which is ideal for your summer get-togethers and even your Fourth of July party.

Brush turkey tenderloin with olive oil, and rub with brown sugar mixture. Grill turkey, covered with grill lid, over 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat 10 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 165°. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Grilled Turkey Tenderloin-How to Make Grilled Turkey Tenderloin

Barbecue Grilled Turkey Tenderloin 🔗

Barbecue Turkey Tenderloin – Grilled turkey tenderloin seasoned with a smokey rub and grilled to perfection.  Coated in your favorite barbecue sauce for the perfect summer meal.

Prep: 10min

Total: 30min

Serving Size: 1

Nutrition Facts: calories 322 calories, Carbohydrate 17 grams carbohydrates, Cholesterol 136 milligrams cholesterol, Fat 4 grams fat, Fiber 1 grams fiber, Protein 52 grams protein, Saturated Fat 1 grams saturated fat, servingSize 1, Sodium 697 milligrams sodium, Sugar 13 grams sugar, Trans Fat 0 grams trans fat, unSaturated Fat 2 grams unsaturated fat


  • 1 – 1 1/2 pounds turkey tenderloin
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 Tbls granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbls brown sugar
  • 1 Tbls chili powder
  • 1 Tbls kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder (optional)


  1. In a bowl mix together all of the ingredients for the rub.
  2. Generously sprinkle the rub all over the turkey and rub until it is well coated.
  3. Preheat grill to high heat
  4. Add turkey to the grill and cook for about 10 minutes per side until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  5. During the last couple minutes of cooking time brush both sides of turkey with barbecue sauce.
  6. Remove from the grill and slice to serve. Serve with additional barbecue sauce.


How long do turkey tenderloins take to grill?

You should grill each side of the tenderloin for eight to ten minutes on a covered grill set to medium-high heat. Note that a grilled tenderloin is only safe to eat after it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

How long should I cook turkey tenderloins for?

Lightly grease a baking dish and place the tenderloin inside. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Season the turkey as directed in the recipe. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Is turkey tenderloin the same as turkey breast?

It’s not the same as turkey breast because the turkey tenderloin is a thick strip of meat between the turkey breast that is boneless and skinless. The meat is tender because the turkey tenderloin doesn’t get much exercise.

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