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Grilled Turkey Tenderloin

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


  • 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)


  • 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.
  • Drain and discard marinade. Grill turkey, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170°.
Nutrition Facts
3 ounces cooked turkey: 157 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 211mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 fat.

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  • justmbeth
    Oct 21, 2016

    I left out the vanilla because I was a bit scared what it would do the flavor. It was quite good without it but I may make it with it on one of my more daring feeling days.

  • PurpleBean
    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.

  • sndries
    Jun 13, 2013

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

  • Rforman
    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.

  • mrs_h
    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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    Aug 8, 2007

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  • denisenev
    Dec 24, 2006

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