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whole smoked turkey on a tray with herbs, citrus, and apples

Butter Injection for Turkey

Learn how to inject a turkey for extra flavor and moisture by following my recipe for the best Butter Injection for Turkey!
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword Butter injection for turkey, Butter turkey injection, Injection for turkey, Turkey butter injection, Turkey injection
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cup or so
Calories 1737kcal


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  • 2 Sticks of Salted Butter 1 cup
  • 2 Tablespoons Old Bay
  • 2 Tablespoons Paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder


  • Melt butter in a small dish in the microwave. Add all spices to it and mix well.
    2 Sticks of Salted Butter, 2 Tablespoons Old Bay, 2 Tablespoons Paprika, 2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
    butter injection for turkey mixed in a measuring glass
  • Take half of the mixture and inject it into the breast and thighs of the bird, saving the other half for basting throughout the smoking process.
    injecting a turkey in the left thigh with butter injection


  • I use a mix of Old Bay seasoning, paprika, and garlic powder for incredible flavor in my turkey. However, you can mix up the ingredients to create any kind of seasoning mixture you'd like. Using garlic powder rather than minced garlic, you could even create a garlic butter turkey injection following my garlic butter recipe.
  • For best results, inject the turkey in both sides of the breast and both thighs.
  • You can use a butter injection for turkey following any turkey recipe.


Serving: 1cup or so | Calories: 1737kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 186g | Saturated Fat: 117g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 48g | Trans Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 486mg | Sodium: 1474mg | Potassium: 619mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 12754IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 7mg