Romano Basil Turkey Breast

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Grill: 1-3/4 hours + standing


12 servings

Updated: Apr. 20, 2023
Guests will be impressed when you slice this golden, grilled turkey breast, dressed up with a flavorful layer of basil and cheese under the skin. —Darlene Markham, Rochester, New York
Romano Basil Turkey Breast Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup shredded Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 4 lemon slices
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (5 to 6 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Combine the cheese, basil, lemon slices and garlic. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from the turkey breast; place mixture under the skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks. Rub skin with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Place turkey over drip pan. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat until a thermometer reads 170°, 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 hours. Remove toothpicks. Cover turkey and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

6 ounces cooked turkey: 321 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 327mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 44g protein.