How to Cook Turkey Wings on the Grill

How to Cook Turkey Wings on the Grill

Want to try something new on your grill, but wondering about how to cook turkey wings on the grill? Well! These turkey wings are perfect for a backyard grill party. They are easy to make, juicy, and delicious. 

All you need is some drummettes; your grocery store should have them and grill up these turkey wings on your backyard BBQ to enjoy with your family this summer!

In this article, we will tell you how to cook turkey wings on the grill. So read it completely to get all the information. 

How to Cook Turkey Wings on the Grill

Here is the recipe for cooking turkey wings on the grill along with all the ingredients and directions required. You can check it out below:


  • Turkey drummettes
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder 
  • Half tbsp cayenne pepper 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons paprika


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Line a baking tray with aluminium foil for easy clean-up later, then spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray. 
  3. Place turkey drumettes in a large Ziploc bag and add salt, brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Seal the bag and shake it until the turkey is well coated. 
  4. Add chicken stock to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil; while the broth is boiling, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Preheat your outdoor grill on medium heat. 
  6. Grill drumettes under the hot grill until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached. 
  7. Brush with BBQ sauce while grilling to provide extra flavor and moisture.
  8. Revel in the smoky aroma as you serve these turkey wings!

BBQ Smoked Turkey Wings Recipe


  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 pounds turkey drummettes (about 8 drummettes)


  1. Preheat the outdoor grill on medium heat. 
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large Ziploc bag. Seal bag and shake well until turkey is well coated. 
  3. Add chicken broth to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil; while the broth is boiling, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  4. Brush drummettes with melted butter and grill for about 5 minutes per side, or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.
  5. For the glaze, put all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. 
  6. And then brush drummettes with the glaze while grilling and cooking unless they become golden brown.
  7. Add turkey drummettes to the skillet and add barbecue sauce, tossing to coat well. 
  8. Your turkey wings are cooked when they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  9. Brush drummettes with sauce while grilling to provide extra flavor and moisture. 
  10. Serve them with your favorite sauces. 

Should you wash turkey wings before cooking?

Washing a turkey is not recommended, because it can decrease the meat quality by decreasing the taste, tenderness, and juiciness. Not only that but many bacteria thrive in areas with high moisture content (such as the inside of a bird) and washing these areas could wash away those bacteria. 

Although we do not recommend washing turkey wings, we also do not recommend against it. There is no way to know for sure whether or not washing a bird will affect the taste, so we suggest you try them out and decide for yourself.

What goes well with turkey wings?

Turkey wings can be easily paired with more “complex” flavors, such as caramelized apples or cranberry sauce. They also work well with a variety of dipping sauces, like buffalo wing sauce or blue cheese sauce. And for Thanksgiving appetizers, turkey wings are always a big hit when served with marshmallow crème!

However you choose to serve them, whipped butter and maple syrup make a great combo for chicken wings and it also works well with turkey wings.

What is the recommended temperature for grilling turkey wings?   

The recommended temperature for grilling turkey wings is 350 degrees. You may find that a little lower is better (the moisture will help keep them moist and juicy) but 350 degrees is ideal when you’re cooking large batches of wings.

What are some tips for grilling turkey wings? 

When cooking your drummettes at home, there are a few tips you can follow to ensure that your chicken turns out perfectly every time. Follow these simple steps:

1) Keep your grill clean! If there’s even a thin layer of grease on the grill’s grates, it could burn and ruin the taste of your drummettes. If they begin to burn, simply move them over to a different spot on the grill.

2) Rest! Let the turkey wings rest once they come off of the grill. This will help them keep their shape and prevent them from falling apart all over your grill!

3) Keep them moist! The water in drummettes is really important for keeping them juicy and juicy. So make sure to add enough rub and smoke to your chicken drummettes before putting it on the grill!

4) Make sure that your drummettes are evenly cooked through when you take them off of the grill. After the wings come off of the grill, move them to a warmer spot in your oven and cover them with aluminum foil. This will help keep the meat inside of the drummettes juicy!

5) Don’t worry if they aren’t perfectly cooked all over! It is recommended that you do not cook any chicken at temperatures higher than 165 degrees. This ensures that taste and texture are kept constant throughout your turkey wings.

Final Thoughts      

Now you know how to cook turkey wings on the grill. We hope that you have found the answers to every query you may have. But if you think we have left some things please let us know in the comment section. Thank you!

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