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Top 10 Most Popular Wild Turkey Recipes

Looking for fresh recipe ideas for wild turkey? Here's a list of our top 10 most popular turkey recipes.

Top 10 Most Popular Wild Turkey Recipes

We've got ten delicious wild turkey recipes for you to try this Spring. (Shutterstock photo)

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Wild turkey should not be tough and dry, but rather a delicious and versatile meal. With turkey season right around the corner, here are our top 10 most popular recipes for mouthwatering wild turkey.

Smoked Turkey Jerky

Smoked Turkey Jerky
No dehydrator is needed for this jerky recipe. To make this protein-packed snack, simply place marinated strips of turkey directly on the grill and let smoke for about 4 hours. (Photo courtesy of Traeger)

Fire up your smoker because it's time to turn that Spring gobbler harvest into tasty turkey jerky with this recipe from Traeger.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds turkey breast
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

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Beer-Braised, Smoked Wild Turkey Legs Recipe

Beer-Braised, Smoked Wild Turkey Legs Recipe
Beer-Braised, Smoked Wild Turkey Legs (Photo courtesy of Jack Hennessy)

In this recipe, wild turkey legs are cooked low and slow – first simmered in beer and then smoked with mesquite wood.

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole completely thawed wild turkey legs (without thighs)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4-5 celery ribs, diced
  • 1/2 bulb garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 cup coriander seeds
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 24 ounces Warbeard Irish Ale
  • 12 ounces chicken stock
  • Bearded Butcher’s Original or your preferred spice mix
  • Mesquite wood for smoking

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Chicken-Fried Wild Turkey Recipe

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Cover this Chicken-Fried Wild Turkey Recipe in a delicious homemade gravy.

Everyone knows about chicken-fried steak, but if you've never tried chicken-fried wild turkey, then this recipe is for you.

Ingredients:

  • 5 pounds turkey breast, de-boned and cut into strips
  • Homemade Italian dressing (enough to cover turkey strips)
  • 1 teaspoon homemade garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Canola oil

Gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Kitchen Bouquet

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Best Deep-Fried Turkey Rub

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Brine the turkey for an additional 12 hours for the best results. (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)

Brine the turkey for an additional 12 hours for the best results.

This rub recipe is a must-have when deep frying turkey.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Italian dressing
  • ½ cup cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup black pepper
  • 1 cup Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

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Pan-Fried Wild Turkey

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Serve this pan-fried turkey with a side of vegetables or as the protein in your salad. (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)

If you prefer your meat with a crispy skin then this Pan-Fried Wild Turkey Recipe is for you.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups bread crumbs (I use Old London plain bread crumbs)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon homemade onion powder
  • 2 pounds turkey breast, cut into strips
  • Canola oil for frying

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Wild Turkey Lime Marinade Recipe

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This marinade will add a fresh, citrus flavor to your favorite wild turkey recipe.

This lime marinade is a great addition to any wild turkey recipe.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • ½ cup olive oil or salad oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lime, cut into slices

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Deep-Fried Wild Turkey Batter Recipe

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This wild turkey batter is light and airy. (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)

This batter requires few ingredients and makes delicious deep-fried wild turkey.

Ingredients:

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Italian Dressing Marinade

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This recipe is not just for wild turkey, you can use it on chicken or steak too. (Shutterstock photo)

This marinade recipy is super tasty on wild turkey and a great way to save money.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons dry Italian dressing mix

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Deep-Fried Wild Turkey Fingers Recipe

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Marinate the turkey strips in a combination of Italian dressing, garlic powder and liquid smoke. (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)

These deep-fried wild turkey fingers are best served with a side of homemade gravy.

Turkey Ingredients:

  • 5 pound turkey breast, de-boned and cut into strips
  • Italian dressing (enough to cover the turkey strips)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Canola oil for frying

Gravy Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk

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Simple Turkey Brine Recipe

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For a juicy turkey no matter how you plan to cook it, start with this Simple Turkey Brine Recipe. (Photo courtesy of "The Sporting Chef")

When time allows, Scott Leysath, host of The Sporting Chef on Sportsman Channel, recommends brining turkey to replace blood with a mildly salty brine. Brining your turkey results in tender meat, and let’s face it, brine tastes better than any animal blood.

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon water (or more depending on the size of your turkey)
  • 1 cup kosher salt (or ¾ table salt)
  • 1 cup brown sugar

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