Garlic Butter Turkey Injection Marinade

This garlic butter turkey injection marinade will add the most delicious flavor to your grilled, smoked, or baked turkey. It’s easy to prepare and is one of my favorite recipes to use.

Garlic Butter Turkey Injection

Garlic Butter Turkey Injection Marinade

Derrick Riches
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Marinades/Brines
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Turkey
Calories 326 kcal


  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth warmed (use no salt added if bringing turkey)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt omit if brining turkey
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper


  • Place broth and butter into a microwave safe bowl. Set on high for 1 minute until butter has liquified and broth has warmed. Remove from microwave and combine broth and melted butter with lemon juice. Add remaining ingredients and stir through. Let stand for 10 minutes, and stir through once more before using.
  • Prepare the bird by patting dry with paper towels. Load marinade into the meat injector, and slowly inject into multiple spots in the turkey. Be sure to really work the breast meat, as it tends to dry out during cooking.
  • If there is leftover marinade and you are using it as a baste, simply place the bowl back into the microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute (depending on how much is left), and use. Discontinue basting about 30 minutes before turkey is done.
  • If you are not using the marinade as a baste, simply discard it. Do not save it in the refrigerator since it has come into contact with raw meat. See below for marinade options if you brine your turkey.


Remember that if brining the bird, omit the salt and use a 'no salt added' broth for this recipe.
Photo by: Sabrina Baksh


Calories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 3gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 1204mgPotassium: 130mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1050IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Injection marinade, marinades, Turkey, Turkey Injection
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Ofargo Marinade Injector

Ofargo Marinade Injector

The Ofargo Marinade Injector is a classic style syringe. The marinade is sucked up through the needle and then pushed back into the meat. The needle on this model is large enough that it shouldn’t clog. Still, make sure that your marinade is near water thin. It is an inexpensive unit that you can purchase for around $10. It is dishwasher safe and durable enough to last for several years. The volume on this injector is small, but it will handle most jobs for a single-family.

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