What Size Turkey Will Fit In My Grill?

What Size Turkey Will Fit In My Grill?

Every November, with thoughts of Thanksgiving dinner entering people’s minds, we start getting lots of phone calls relating to cooking turkeys. 

One of the most common questions is how much clearance there is between the cooking grate and the lid. We’ve put together some handy charts that breakdown the clearance for each model. These measurements are from the cooking grate to the top of the lid. These don’t apply when using a rotisserie. Smaller Weber Q models are not listed, because they are not large enough to accommodate a whole turkey. 

Due to variations in the dimensions of each individual bird the safest thing to do is to be in the supermarket so you can measure the turkey that you intend to cook. 

Once you’ve cooked a turkey on the grill it’s hard to ever go back to cooking one in the oven.  

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What are your thoughts? (5)

11.22.16

Sean M

Hello,

I have a 14" smokey mountain. I'd like to smoke a 13 pound turkey. It's 12 inches long and 6.25 inches high. So it fits, but it's going to be tight. Is that ok? Thanks!

11.22.16

John Burns

Hi Sean! As long as you can fit the turkey into the smoker without it pressing up against the sides there’s nothing to worry about. Let us know if you have any other questions and have a great Thanksgiving! John

Thanks!

03.29.16

Pamela W

I'm interested in purchasing a 18 inch Weber Smoker and just curious what is the maximum size turkey in lbs. will able to fit with the 10.25 inches clearance.
Thanks,
Pam

03.29.16

John Burns

Hi Pam! Thank for your question! The dimensions of each individual turkey can vary, so providing an exact weight of bird to buy does not necessarily mean it will fit into your smoker. I like to recommend bringing a small tape measure with you when shopping for a turkey to be sure you will have enough space in your smoker. Thanks! John

11.25.15

Scott W

Hi,

Am doing a bit of research before ordering my Christmas turkey and wanted a bit of advice on size and what will fit in my grill.

I have a Spirit E320 (2014) and am looking to cater for 14 people, so will probably look to a 7-8kg turkey.

Is that likely to fit? Or do i need to go hunting for turkeys in the supermarket and start measuring?

11.25.15

John Burns

Hi Scott, Thank you for your question. A 7 to 8 kg (15.43 to 17.63lb) turkey should fit into a 2014 Spirit E-320, but due to variations in the dimensions of each individual bird the safest thing to do is to be in the supermarket so you can measure the turkey that you intend to cook. I’d hate to see you order one only to find out that it’s not going to actually fit into your grill. You should have about 9.25” of clearance between your cooking grates and the lid of your grill, but you want to make sure that the turkey you choose isn’t quite that tall, as you want space between the lid and the top of your turkey. Let us know if you’ve got more questions, and send us some photos of your turkey! We’d love to see how it turns out! Thanks, John

11.16.15

Matthew D

How large of a turkey will fit on a spirit 210??

11.16.15

John Burns

Hi Mathew,

Thank you for your question! If your Spirit 210 has the burner control knobs on the right hand side table, you’re going to have about 7.5” of clearance between the lid and cooking grates. If the burner control knobs are on the front of your grill, then you’ll have about 9.25” of clearance. Since the particular dimensions of a turkey can vary, my advice would be to take a small tape measure with you to the store when you plan on buying yours. The breast on some turkeys will be deeper than others, and they can also be slightly misshapen from being frozen and tossed around in bins with lots of other turkeys. Consequently, I can’t give you an exact weight to look for. Also, remember that you don’t want to have the turkey touch the lid, so make sure that the one you choose is less than 7.5” or 9.25”, from back to breast, to allow adequate clearance and air circulation around the bird. Let me know if you have any other questions! Thanks, John

11.07.15

Brandon W

Good info to have. I've owned 2 Kettles and a Performer and always had trouble getting a bigger turkey to fit. Just bought a Smokey Mountain and will use it for this year's turkey. Why doesn't Weber make an "extension" for the kettles so you can raise the lid? A simple 6in piece that fits the kettle much like the body/lid of the Smokey Mountain.

11.06.15

John Burns

Hi Brandon! You bring up a good question, and I’ll make sure to pass along your suggestion to the right people! We make something similar to what you describe, but it’s designed for using our charcoal rotisserie. Here’s the link to the product. https://store.weber.com/accessories/category/cook/cookware/1100 . Have fun with that new Smokey Mountain Cooker! Let us know if you’ve got other questions. Thanks, John

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