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Turkey Injection Recipe

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup injection liquid 1x
  • Category: Turkey
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Turkey Injection Recipe – a delicious turkey injection recipe that adds ton of flavor and moisture to your Thanksgiving turkey!



Injection Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth 
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced (or 1 smashed garlic clove)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 12 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 12 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 12 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 bay leaf


  • whole turkey, turkey breast or turkey tenderloin


  1. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to medium heat and allow butter to melt. Stir to combine and let gently simmer 5-10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile prepare the raw turkey: ensure it is fully thawed, let it sit out for 1 hour so it comes to room temperature, pat it dry with clean paper towel and place in a roasting pan.
  3. Remove from heat and strain (if there are large bits in the liquid it will clog the injector). 
  4. Ensure you have a cap on the end of the meat injector so when you pour the liquid in it doesn’t run straight out.  Fill the injector and place the plunger on top. 
  5. Make 3 injections across the breast, but for every injection hole angle the injector three different angles so you are getting 3 injections shots in the breast for every 1 hole (you don’t want too many holes or you will lose moisture). 
  6. Repeat in the thigh making 2 injections holes (3 different directions within in each hole).
  7. If any liquid comes running out of an injections site simply rub into the turkey skin on the exterior of the turkey. 
  8. If you have leftover injection liquid simply pour it into the bottom of the roasting pan. 
  9. For best results inject liquid the night before cooking and leave in the refrigerator (covered) overnight.
  10. Feel free to cook turkey however you want afterwards: smoked, roasted, deep fried, etc. 


  • Garlic: feel free to use 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder instead of fresh garlic.
  • Brining: you can still do this if you are also brining your turkey – just opt for a low-sodium broth and omit the extra salt.
  • Duration: we recommend injecting the night before you are planning on cooking your turkey.
  • Extra: if you have extra just pour it into the bottom of your roasting pan. 
  • Recommended Injector: this is the one I have used and liked.
  • Turkey Breast: this also works if you are just doing a turkey breast (roasted or smoked) or even a turkey tenderloin!

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