Traeger roasted turkey breast is an easy way to cook a delicious, well seasoned turkey breast on the smoker/grill, without heating up the kitchen!
Traeger roasted turkey breast is an easy way to cook a delicious, well seasoned turkey breast on the smoker/grill, without heating up the kitchen!

Last summer we got a Traeger grill. I had saved and saved my money for a while, and purchased it for my husband’s birthday (and so I could use it for my blog, too!) We have enjoyed experimenting and learning how to grill and smoke meats, veggies and desserts on our grill!

A couple of weeks ago we had what we fondly call a “Traegerpalooza”! We cooked this Traeger roasted turkey breast, grilled asparagus with lemon and Parmesan, 2 types of pork chops, turkey sausages, tri-tip, and brats (sausages). It was so good (and I didn’t have to cook dinner for almost a week)! Ha Ha!

How To Make A Traeger Roasted Turkey Breast

The roasted turkey breast turned out fantastic, so I wanted to share what we did with you today! We started out with an almost 5 pound turkey breast (bone in).

The first thing I did was to rinse the turkey, and then pat it dry with paper towels.

A whole turkey breast (bone-in) is rinsed, then patted dry before adding seasonings.

Make The Spice Rub Mix In Under 5 MInutes!

A dry rub spice mix was quickly mixed up.  It’s soooo easy to pull together, and I have used this same flavorful mix before on smoked pork loin roast , pork butt, and whole chickens that we have slow roasted on the Traeger.

The spice mix is made with brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, pepper, and dry mustard. It is a fantastic spice rub, and you will have some leftover for your next grilling project, too!

The turkey breast is generously sprinkled with the spice rub on all sides. I rubbed the spices into the turkey, and even rubbed some of the mix inside the turkey breast.

A dry rub spice mix is made to season the meat with, before cooking.

Dry rub spices are applied to the entire piece of meat, before putting it on the grill.

Cooking The Traeger Roasted Turkey Breast

Turn the Traeger to the SMOKE setting with the lid open. After about 4-5 minutes, you should see lots of smoke coming from the grill, meaning the pellets have ignited. Turn the temperature to 325° F and close the grill cover. Let the Traeger preheat for about 15 minutes.

TIP: Prepare the spice rub and the turkey WHILE the Traeger is preheating, to save time!

Once the grill has preheated, place the seasoned turkey breast directly on the grill grate. Close the cover, and let the turkey breast cook for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Cooking times will vary slightly because of varying weights of turkey breasts used. Check the internal temperature occasionally as it cooks, to ensure you don’t overcook or undercook the turkey breast.

The Traeger roasted turkey breast is placed directly on the grill grate to cook.

How Will I Know When The Traeger Roasted Turkey Breast Is Done?

Continue to check the internal temperature using a probe inserted into the thickest part of the breast. When the turkey breast has reached an internal temperature of 165° F, pull it off the grill.

Transfer the Traeger roasted turkey breast to a cutting board, and let it “rest” for about 15 minutes before slicing. This “resting time” helps the juices redistribute inside the meat.

The turkey breast rests after cooking, and before slicing.

Once the turkey breast has “rested”, it is ready to slice and eat! The turkey breast is juicy, and full of flavor, thanks in part to the dry rub spices, and the long smoking time!

We LOVED having perfectly cooked slices of roasted turkey breast for quick dinners and sandwiches. It tastes so good! I froze half of the turkey breast to save for another time, too!

The roasted turkey is juicy, and slices well, which is perfect for sandwiches!

Hope you enjoy this recipe for Traeger roasted turkey breast. It’s awesome to be able to smoke a turkey breast and then have it around for easy dinners or a great tasting turkey sandwich throughout the week! Have a GREAT day!

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Recipe Adapted From Traeger Grill recipe booklet (that came with grill)

Traeger Roasted Turkey Breast
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 45 mins
Total Time
2 hrs
 
Traeger roasted turkey breast is an easy way to cook a delicious, well seasoned turkey breast on the smoker/grill, without heating up the kitchen!
Category: Entree, Grill
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Traeger roasted turkey breast
Servings: 10
Calories Per Serving: 251 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4.5 pound turkey breast (approx,) , bone in, skin on
For Dry Rub Spice Mix (this will make MORE than you will use- enough for several uses)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon dry ground mustard
Instructions
  1. Rinse the turkey, and pat it dry with paper towels.

  2. Mix ingredients for spice rub in a small bowl. Generously sprinkle turkey breast with spice rub on all sides (and inside, if desired). Store extra spice rub mix in covered container for additional uses.

  3. Turn the Traeger to SMOKE setting with the lid open. After about 4-5 minutes, you should see lots of smoke coming from the grill, meaning the pellets have ignited. Turn temperature to 325° F and close grill cover. Let the Traeger preheat for about 15 minutes. Once preheated, place seasoned turkey breast directly on grill grate. Close the cover, and let it cook for approx. 1 hour and 45 minutes. Cooking times will vary slightly because of differing weights of turkey breasts used. Continue to check the internal temperature using a probe inserted into the thickest part of the breast, to ensure you don't overcook or undercook the turkey breast.

  4. When the turkey breast has reached an internal temperature of 165° F, pull it off the grill. Transfer turkey breast to a cutting board, and let it "rest" for about 15 minutes before slicing. This "resting time" helps the juices redistribute inside the meat. Once turkey has "rested", slice, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: The spice mix was NOT calculated into the caloric calculations. The spice mix (as written) will make enough mix for several additional uses beyond that of the turkey breast, so it was not included.

Nutrition Facts
Traeger Roasted Turkey Breast
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 251 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 368mg16%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 40g80%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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5 Comments on Traeger Roasted Turkey Breast

    • Hi, Stephen. You most certainly can use a mix of pellets. A lot of times we just use what we have on hand, and that sometimes involves mixing pellets to fill the hopper. Have a great day.

    • Good morning, Phil. Thank you for taking the time to write. We prefer mesquite for this recipe, but have also used cherry, with good results. Hope you have a great day.

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