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Grilled Marinated Turkey Tenderloins

  • 4 Servings
  • 10 MINS Prep Time
  • 4 HRS 40 MINS Total Time


  • 2 packages Turkey Breast Tenderloins
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Serving Size 1/2 of 1 tenderloin
Amount Per Serving
Calories 600
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 265mg 88%
Sodium 1260mg 55%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 4g
Protein 107g
Vitamin D 0%
Calcium 6%
Iron 35%
Potassium 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. This is a representation of the nutrition label. The actual nutrition label on the product may vary slightly.
  • Step 1

    Remove turkey tenderloins from package. Rinse under warm water and set on paper towels, drying thoroughly. Set turkey tenderloins aside.
  • Step 2

    In a small bowl, mix together minced garlic, basil, and ground pepper. Rub over turkey tenderloins until well coated on each side. Insert one clove into each of the ends and another one in the middle. Place into a gallon-sized resealable plastic bag (or place into a shallow glass pan).
  • Step 3

    In a medium-sized bowl, blend vegetable oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, and brown sugar. Pour over turkey tenderloins and seal bag (or pour over in shallow pan). Turn to coat. Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  • Step 4

    Preheat grill for high heat.
  • Step 5

    Lightly oil grill grate with non-stick spray. Place turkey tenderloins on grill (discard marinade).
  • Step 6

    Close lid and grill turkey tenderloins about 15 minutes on each side (depending on thickness), or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 165°F using a meat thermometer.

Grilled Marinated Turkey Tenderloins FAQs

The turkey tenderloin is the most tender portion of the turkey breast. Unlike the rest of the turkey breast, it is also skinless and boneless. If you do not know what to serve with this choice piece of meat, you will be happy to know you have several options. In fact, the only limit is your imagination.

If you want something traditional, serve your turkey breast tenderloin with roasted vegetables, potatoes, and gravy. If you want to go the non-traditional route, consider wild rice stuffing or a spaghetti squash.

Like every other part of the turkey, the breast tenderloin is ready when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. However, if you expose the tenderloin to too much heat too quickly, it could burn or dry out the meat.

To prepare a delicious and moist grilled turkey tenderloin, heat your grill to medium-high heat (350 – 400°F). Sear all sides of the tenderloin on the hot grill to lock in flavor and moisture.

Grill both sides of the tenderloin until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. If not already marinated, brush the tenderloin with olive oil or melted butter every five minutes. Doing this will help brown the meat and keep it juicy

The exact time it will take to grill a turkey tenderloin will depend on the size of the meat and the temperature of your grill. An average-sized tenderloin on a covered grill set to medium-high heat should take about 20 minutes to cook. You should grill each side of the tenderloin for eight to ten minutes.

Note that a grilled tenderloin is only safe to eat after it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. After taking the tenderloin off the grill, let it rest for at least five minutes before slicing.

A marinated turkey tenderloin can be more flavorful and retain more moisture during the cooking process than an un-marinated one. Also, a marinade can penetrate and season the areas of a turkey that a dry rub can’t reach.

If you want the best results from marinating your turkey, use a fresh tenderloin or thaw a frozen one before marinating. If you use frozen turkey tenderloin, it will water down the marinade as it melts. Also, the marinade may not penetrate the frozen layers of the turkey.

You should marinate your turkey for at least four hours, but you will get the best flavor if you marinate it for 12 to 24 hours. The turkey should marinate in the fridge inside a resealable bag or covered plastic container. Sealing the container will prevent cross-contamination within your fridge. If you have a vacuum sealer, use it after putting your marinade and turkey inside a resealable bag. Vacuum sealing will pull apart the meat’s fibers so the marinade can penetrate the turkey deeper and quicker.

If time is of the essence, explore our line of marinated turkey tenderloins for a quick, mouth-watering meal in no time.

The longer you leave a turkey tenderloin in a marinade, the more flavor the meat will absorb. However, you should not marinate turkey for more than two days in your fridge.

After two days, the turkey may begin to spoil. Also, since most marinades contain an acidic component that breaks down meat, marinating for too long can over-tenderize your turkey.

The ingredients for a turkey marinade will depend on the type of flavor you want. However, most marinades contain at least three ingredients – oil, an acid, and spices.

If you’re looking for some inspiration on where to start, check out these pre-marinated tenderloin recipes below:

Or, check out our marinated turkey tenderloin products from Shady Brook Farms for great-tasting turkey tenderloins that have already been marinated for you!

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