Roasted Turkey on the Char-Broil Big Easy

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Note: This recipe was developed using the Char-Broil Big Easy Oil-Less Fryer. If you are cooking using the Char-Broil Smoker-Roaster Grill you should cook with the lid open and the temperature set to High. You might also need to adjust the cooking time.

I love my Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-less Turkey Fryer. I originally bought it just for turkey, but now use it for whole chickens and wings… regularly. It cooks all things perfectly, like this roasted turkey.

To make a turkey I inject it with a simple injection sauce (see below). Then I mix a few tablespoons of Todd’s Original Dirt with a little olive oil and rub the bird down good. I fire up the cooker and lower the turkey inside. Exactly two hours (10 minutes/pound) later, the turkey is done perfectly and has a great crispy skin! You don’t have to check on it, adjust the temperature, baste it, turn it, talk to it, hover over it…. nothing! And the meat is soooo tasty and soooo tender and juicy!

Roasted Turkey on the Char-Broil Big Easy

This is definitely the way I’m doing all future turkeys! Did I mention the easy cleanup? And the fact that it frees up your oven for making sides?  You can fit up to a 16 pound turkey in this cooker. If you have a really big get-together, you’ll want to buy 2 of them! Actually I already own three. I keep one at my parents for the times we spend the holidays with them and I keep two here at home for those times when I need to cook more than just a single turkey at a time.

Serve your turkey with some of my fantastic maple cranberry sauce!

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Roasted Turkey on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Roasted Turkey on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I love my Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-less Turkey Fryer. I originally bought it just for turkey, but now use it for whole chickens and wings… regularly. It cooks all things perfectly, like this roasted turkey.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword Big Easy, Char-Broil, turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 1 turkey
Calories 4727kcal
Author Mike


For the injection sauce

For the rub

For the turkey

  • 10-16 pound turkey rinsed, patted dry
  • Injection sauce above
  • rub above


  • Start up the Big Easy.
  • Spray the turkey basket with non-stick spray.
  • Mix the injection ingredients and inject the bird very 1/2″-1″.
  • Mix the rub ingredients. Rub mixture all over the outside and inside of the bird.
  • Place turkey into cooking basket and place in cooker.
  • Cook 10 minutes/pound. Check temperature in thighs and breasts to make sure the turkey is done.
  • Let rest 10 minutes before carving.


Calories: 4727kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 700g | Fat: 198g | Saturated Fat: 60g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2325mg | Sodium: 4532mg | Potassium: 7550mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1909IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 442mg | Iron: 28mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

12 thoughts on “Roasted Turkey on the Char-Broil Big Easy”

    1. Hi Brian. The answer is ‘sometimes’. I kind of play it by ear. I’ve found that if I keep the cover on during the entire cook I’ll often end up with a pretty dark top to the bird. So, I tend to leave it off until the bird is getting near done (say within 30 degrees) then I check the color. If the top is looking nice and golden without the cover then I leave it off. If it needs a little help getting some color I put it on.

      Not sure that helps, but hopefully it does!

    1. Hi Terra. I have the Big Easy. Sounds like you have the Smoker/Roaster/Grill. My model has just ‘on’, which I think is equal to your ‘high’. Just make sure you check the turkey temperature in several spots before calling it done. You want it to be at least 165 F.

      Hope this helps,

    1. Hmmmm. Boy, tough question. I don’t stuff, so I can’t say for sure. To be safe, go by temp. Use 10 min/pound for your starter, and check the temp in several places. Get to 165F no matter how much time it takes.


  1. We tried and failed with the big easy our turkey cooked on top and was raw on bottom. 16 pounds and 5 1/2 hours later still not done what did we do wrong? First time using it ruined our Thanksgiving thank goodness we had a ham in the oven??????

    1. Wow, sorry that you had an issue. I have never ever had a turkey not cook perfectly on the Big Easy. I can’t imagine why it would could on the top and not the bottom. My Big Easy has the burner around the bottom of the unit, so I don’t see how it could not cook the bottom. Perhaps your unit is defective? I’d contact Char-Broil support at the number below. They are also very responsive to messages on Facebook on

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