Roast Turkey

  • Prep Time
    10 minutes
  • Cook Time
    2 hours (5kg turkey)
  • Difficulty
  • Servings
  • Ideal for
    • charcoal
    • gas
    • Q
    • pulse


  • 5 to 6 kg turkey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3/4 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper


Step 1
Remove the neck and giblets from the cavity of the turkey (if desired, save to make gravy). Dry the skin of the turkey with paper towel.

Step 2

Prepare the barbecue for indirect cooking over medium heat (190°C to 230°C). If using a Weber Family Q barbecue, set up your barbecue with a convection tray and a trivet.

Step 3

Dry the skin of the turkey with paper towel. Rub the skin with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Step 4

To calculate the cooking time for turkey, allow for 20 minutes, plus an additional 20 minutes per kilo. For example, for a 5kg turkey allow 20 minutes plus 5 x 20 minutes for a total of 120 minutes.

Step 5

Roast the turkey over indirect medium heat for the required cooking time or until the internal temperature has reached 71°C. The internal temperature will continue to rise 3°C to 6°C while resting (final doneness temperature for turkey is 74°C).

Step 6

Once the turkey has cooked, leave to rest for 20 minutes before carving.