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Garlic-Lemon Turkey Injection Marinade

Our garlic-lemon turkey injection marinade has simple ingredients, but the flavor it brings to your turkey is exceptional! It works wonders on any poultry, whether a whole turkey, chicken, or game. Give this game-changing injection marinade a try.

Garlic-Lemon Turkey Marinade Injection

This injection marinade, filled with lemon and garlic flavor, is sure to bring out the best in your grilled, smoked, or baked turkey. For the full effect, try pairing it with our herb and butter turkey rub! If you plan to brine your turkey, simply omit the salt from this injection marinade recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • 6 ounces chicken broth, preferably low-sodium. However, you can also use turkey or vegetable broth.
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Lemon
  • Granulated garlic, substitute with garlic powder.
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt, omit if you plan to brine the turkey.

How to Make and Use Garlic-Lemon Turkey Injection Marinade:

  • Stir injection marinade ingredients in a small bowl until well combined.
  • Use a meat injector to draw some liquid into the syringe. Release excess air before injecting. 
  • Inject about 3/4″ into the turkey, and release small bits of the marinade into multiple spots. Wipe away any spillage, place the turkey into a large pan, and place it into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours.
  • Bake, grill, or smoke the turkey as directed.
  • Discard any remaining marinade that has come into contact with raw meat.

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Garlic-Lemon Turkey Marinade Injection

Garlic-Lemon Turkey Injection Marinade

Filled with the goodness of lemon and garlic combined, this injection is sure to bring out the best in your grilled, smoked, or baked turkey. This marinade pairs well with an herb rub.
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Course: Marinades/Brines
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: turkey injection marinade
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 Cup
Calories: 138kcal


  • 6 ounces chicken broth low sodium
  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted, melted
  • 1 lemon large sized, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt (omit if turkey is brined)


  • Stir ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined.
  • Using a meat injector, draw marinade into syringe and release any excess air from it. Inject small bits of marinade into multiple parts of turkey. Bake, grill, or smoke as directed.
  • Remember to discard any remaining marinade that has come into contact with raw meat.


If you plan to wet brining your turkey– omit the salt from the rub recipe. 


Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 3081mg | Potassium: 525mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 1mg

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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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