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Grilling Up Flavour with Canadian Turkey Mango-Chili-Lime BBQ’d Drummettes Recipe

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It’s time to get grilling, Canada! It is that time of the year we love barbecue season the most: summer! Do you know what kind of meat can’t be beat sizzling on your barbecue? TURKEY! Yes! It is a great protein to get your family and loved one gathered together to enjoy this season!

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Mango-Chili-Lime BBQ’d Drummettes on a platter.

Turkey on the grill

Did you know you can enjoy so many different types of terrific turkey dishes on grill? You can sear, smoke, grill, roast and braise whole Canadian turkeys and a variety of turkey cuts to put together delicious and simple meals for your family and guests to enjoy.

What makes turkey so great to put on the grill is that it is low-fat and high in protein. This makes eating it even more delightful! If you increase the amount of turkey you buy to prepare, you are on your way to crating protein-packed leftovers!

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Perfect power-packed party provisions

Summer is filled with times for the gang to get together. Father’s Day, Canada Day, birthdays, or an out-of-the-blue backyard barbecue is the perfect time to celebrate. Turkey is a great protein to choose to feed the crowd. All you have to do is ask your grocer or butcher for 100% Canadian raised whole turkey and turkey cuts, in store, all year-round!

Why is turkey so good to cook on the grill?

Turkey is so fabulous to cook on the grill because it is a nutritious option and it is easy to prepare. Both white and dark cuts are lean. This allows for your family to choose their favourite cut without thinking about health or nutrition concerns. The lack of fat on turkey also reduces the number of flare-ups on the grill.

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Photo Credit: Canadian Turkey. Whole turkey on a cutting board with veggies.

Grilling adds flavour to meals

Another great reason to add turkey to your grill this summer is how it enhances the flavour. Grilling enriches the flavour of turkey and the veggie sides you are cooking with them. This means you do not have to add butter, oil or any processed sauces while grilling.

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Photo Credit: Canadian Turkey. Whole turkey on a cutting board.

Turkey is also a versatile protein. It compliments any flavour profile and can be prepped with your favourite marinades and rubs. Any cut of turkey can replace a protein in our favourite recipes to create a new dish your family will love! 

Do you want more reasons to add Canadian turkey to your grill this summer? Here are five great ones that will get you firing up your barbecues with this amazing protein!

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5 Reasons to Think Turkey on the Grill


Canadian turkey makes everyday meals delicious and tasty. It’s packed with nutrition and satisfying flavour and can easily be substituted into ANY of your favourite grilling recipes. 


It’s hard to believe but with turkey, both white and dark cuts are lean! That means you can enjoy any cut you prefer and feel good knowing you are choosing a healthy protein without compromising on flavour, tenderness or juiciness. 


Turkey plays well with other flavours. It has a hearty taste and texture that marries well 

with bold profiles, making turkey the perfect partner for spices and rubs. Make recipes your way using your family’s favourite flavours and change up your everyday grilled turkey dishes using rubs, marinades and sauces. 


Turkey is a versatile protein, with so many cuts of both dark and white meat to choose from including ground meat, legs, drumsticks, thighs, breast roasts, breast steaks, breast rolls, drummettes, wings, sausages, and burgers. With such a wide selection, you can turn any meal into a backyard feast, with leftovers that taste delicious the next day. 


Turkeys are generally larger than other poultry choices and deliver a lot of meat for the price. Whole turkeys can be grilled for a few dollars per pound, and are a perfect choice for batch cooking meals, or for freezing leftovers that come in handy as everyday meal starters. Cuts like drums, breasts and thighs are perfect for snacks and quick weeknight meals.

Mango-Chili-Lime BBQ’d Drummettes Recipe

Are you ready to start grilling with turkey? Have a look at this sweet and spicy Mango-Chili-Lime BBQ’d Drummettes recipe to try this summer!

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Mango-Chili-Lime BBQ’d Drummettes Recipe

Delicious sweet and spicy Mango-Chili-Lime BBQ’d Drummettes recipe to try this summer!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Recipes
Cuisine Canadian


Mango Chili Lime Sauce:

  • 1 cup fresh mango chunks
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey mustard
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • Pepper to tast

Turkey Drummettes

  • 8 -12 medium-sized turkey drummettes
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp sweet paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • For mango sauce:
    Blend all ingredients using a blender or food processor. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.  Season with extra Sriracha if you prefer a spicier sauce.
    For drummettes:
    1. Season turkey drummettes with salt and pepper to taste.  Sprinkle with garlic powder and paprika.
    2. Grill over low to medium heat until cooked through, 20-25 minutes.  
    Cook until a meat thermometer registers 
    165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the meat
    1. (Heat setting and cook time will depend on the power of your BBQ)3. Divide the mango sauce in half.  
    2. Using one half, baste the turkey every 5 minutes in the last 15 minutes of cooking, approximately 3 times.  
    3. Discard any remaining sauce that was used for basting.
    4. Once cooked, remove the drummettes from heat and let rest for 5-10 minutes.  
    Once the drummettes are cooled, brush generously with the remaining mango sauce.  
    5. Serve with any leftover sauce on the side.


You can change up the flavour of this sauce to suit your family’s taste by adding more Sriracha for a spicier sauce, or adding some honey for a sweeter sauce.  These drums make a great lunch the next day, served at room temperature with a little sauce on the side for dipping.
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Want MORE turkey tips?

Want additional tips, recipes, and HOW TO’s to get grilling this summer? Visit Canadian Turkey to find more cooking inspiration! Take a look at their Get Grilling recipe section which is filled with delicious recipes to get your grill sizzling.  The year-round WHOLE TURKEY HOW TO’s that shares helpful tips and techniques ,such as brining and spatchcocking, and instructional and recipe videos to easily create scrumptious meals all summer long! We hope you enjoy drumming up turkey on the grill up flavour this summer!

Disclaimer: This post is generously sponsored by Canadian Turkey.

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  1. I like that there’s so much to choose from with turkey. I just picked up turkey drumsticks yesterday and will be looking at a recipe like the Grilled Sriracha Turkey Drumsticks from their website.

  2. I would like to try the Raspberry Balsamic BBQ Sauce you shared in this post. It would add such nice flavour to grilled turkey.

  3. I would love to try the recipe for Barbecued Turkey Roast with Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce on the grill. It looks delicious.

  4. I would like to try the Mango-Chili-Lime BBQ’d Drummettes recipe but would use breast instead of drumsticks.

  5. I made the make ahead mac and cheese last night for dinner. It was delicious. I’m really enjoying all the great recipes on the site. The next one I’d like to try is the Tex-Mex Meatloaf.

  6. I’m new to cooking for more than one person..lol…this prize would come in handy for sure! I’d love to try the Mango-Chili-Lime BBQ’d Drummettes recipe this summer during my first ever relaxed bbq dinner party!!

  7. I am definitely going to try their BACON-MUSHROOM CHEESE TURKEY BURGER. Thanks for the awesome giveaway opportunity.

  8. I would definitely love to try the Mango-Chili-Lime BBQ’d Drummettes featured in your post, as well as the Grilled Turkey, Portabello Mushrooms & Vegetable Kabobs from the website.

  9. I love the breast of a turkey, so I’d use that instead of drumsticks for the Mango-Chili-Lime BBQ’d Drummettes.

  10. I was actually going to make my usual black break salad tonight but I see no reason not change it up and try the Turkey Black Bean Salad.

  11. The Grilled Turkey, Portabello Mushrooms & Vegetable Kabobs recipe looks so good! It would be a perfect summer BBQ dinner!

  12. I can’t wait to try the Barbecued Sweet Peppers Stuffed with Mediterranean Turkey Sausage recipe on the BBQ! Yum 🙂

  13. I know everyone else would love the ZESTY MAPLE TURKEY WINGS, I might even like them (because of the maple) and at least there’s some meat on them.

  14. So many good recipes it’s difficult to choose, today I’d enjoy trying the TURKEY MUSHROOM SAUSAGE PATTIES cooked on the BBQ

  15. Happy Canada Day to all. Today I’m going for the GRILLED TURKEY AND PINEAPPLE STUFFED MUSHROOMS from the grill to celebrate in style.

  16. I am getting hungry just reading these recipes! I want to try the Cedar Plank Grilled Turkey Breast Roast w/Charred Tomato Salsa on the BBQ. Happy Canada Day!

  17. BARBECUED SLOW COOKER TURKEY ROAST WITH FENNEL AND LEMON sounds very interesting and I’d love to try that, though I’m not sure about the fennel, I don’t think that I’ve ever tried that.

  18. TURKEY, GREEN BEAN, CORN & TOMATO SALAD from the grill would be lovely today – it’s actually looking like it might be a really nice day for a change.

  19. I was happy to have the opportunity to review this cookbook as well and even tested the same recipe on my blog! I now want to start at the very beginning and cook my way from the front cover to the back. Every recipe is a gem.

  20. 5 stars
    I was just wondering what to make for dinner tomorrow night…problem solved….the clincher was the cut up carrots….I had just cleaned out my pantry and found a can of pinto beans and one of white beans..so was a no–brainer…but I like the idea of the carrots…also the olives…never have used it in chili before, so will be a new experience…


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