Grilled Turkey Tenderloin Recipe
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Grilled Turkey Tenderloin Recipe

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When they taste my grilled specialty, my guests say, "This turkey melts in your mouth—and the flavor is fantastic!" The recipe includes a tangy marinade that was developed for our turkey producers' booth at the state fair. — Denise Nebel, Wayland, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash each garlic powder and pepper
  • 2 turkey breast tenderloins (1/2 pound each)

Nutritional Facts

157 calories: 3 ounces cooked turkey, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 211mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0g fiber), 27g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 0 fat.


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the apple juice, soy sauce, oil, lemon juice, onion, vanilla, ginger, garlic powder and pepper; add the turkey. Seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Grill turkey, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170°. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Grilled Turkey Tenderloin in Taste of Home June/July 1997, p31

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Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013

"This recipe is awesome. I used Apple Cider, olive oil, fresh ginger and omitted the vanilla. It may be may favorite meat recipe."

Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"I've been making these for several years. So good and easy. At times I have put them in the broiler."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

"I've never made turkey tenderloins before and wasn't sure what to expect. The turkey came out very moist and tender. I will make turkey tenderloins again, but I would cut out the vanilla in this recipe. I found it overwhelmed the marinade."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2008

"Excellent marinade! I grill turkey cutlets using this recipe. Just a tip, if you don't like apple juice to drink, buy it in the baby asile next to the baby food. You won't waste a whole big bottle of it!"

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