Turkey Injection Marinade

Injecting turkey with a garlic butter marinade is a wonderful way to flavor it from the inside out. This method works when frying, smoking or roasting turkey.


- Turkey - Chicken stock - Kosher salt - Worcestershire sauce - Lemon juice - Unsalted butter - Onion powder - Garlic powder

Make turkey injection marinade


Melt butter in a saucepan and add chicken stock, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder and salt.



Whisk the ingredients until thoroughly mixed, then let the liquid cool for a few minutes on the kitchen counter.

Dry the turkey

Before beginning the injection process, place the turkey on a sheet pan or a large enough plate and dry thoroughly on all sides using paper towels. Set it aside.


Fill the injector

Place the injector tip into the now-slightly cooled butter garlic injection and pull the plunger back until the syringe fills.


Inject turkey with seasoning

Insert the tip of the turkey injector into the thickest parts of the turkey meat at 45 degree angle, starting from the breast and moving down to the thighs.


Continue with the remaining turkey

Continue the injection process throughout the turkey, including the wings, breast, thighs, and legs—20-24 times in total.


Let the turkey rest

Place the turkey onto a large cooking pan, cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and refrigerate it for a min of 4 hours, overnight, or for up to 36 hours.


Make This Now!

Cook your turkey anyway you like. Check out the blog post for expert tips, seasoning suggestions, and how to brine  before injecting your turkey.

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