Roasted Christmas Goose on the Traeger – Recipe


4 to 5.5 LB Goose

2 Lemons

2 Limes

1 Green Apple, Cut into Wedges

2 Sprigs Thyme

2 Sprigs Sage

Salt, To Taste

3 TBSP honey

Olive Oil, For Browning


When ready to cook, set the temperature on your Traeger to 450 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Prior to seasoning your bird, lightly score the breast and leg skin in a criss-cross pattern. This will help render the fat down more quickly during the cooking process.

Grate the lemon and lime peels to create your citrus zest and mix with 2 teaspoons of fine sea salt. Then cut the lemons and lime into wedges.

Season the cavity of the goose generously with salt and then rub the citrus mix well into the skin. Make sure to sprinkle some inside the cavity as well.

After you’ve seasoned the outside of the bird – stuff the goose with sage, thyme, lemons, limes, and apple wedges. Place goose directly on the grill grate and cook for 40 minutes.  Once your 40 minutes are up, brush the goose with honey and reduce temperature to 325 degrees F.

Cook for 1.5 to 2 hours or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the breast reads 160 degrees F.

Remove from grill, tent with foil and allow to rest for 30 minutes. Final internal temperature should be 165 degrees F in the thickest part of the breast. Enjoy!

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{ 7 comments… add one }
  • Jim November 6, 2019, 4:28 pm

    A WOOD-FIRED, PELLET GRILL is the key point of this discussion. There are a number of brands out there. And, I’d bet one or another is available in every one of the 50 states.

  • Wally Thomas December 8, 2018, 9:48 am

    No reason to be so cutting. Not everyone knows Traeger is a brand of grill.

  • Pierce Colman December 7, 2018, 9:43 am

    I have a Traeger, and I am now hungry and inspired. Thanks guys!

  • Link Lackluster December 7, 2018, 8:23 am

    What is a Traeger? How about something that all of us have, er, maybe a recipe for a goose in an oven?

    Traeger? Dumb.

    • Trevor_Phillips December 7, 2018, 11:40 pm

      It’s a brand of grill dummy

      • larry C. May 7, 2019, 9:04 am

        You do not need to be nasty. Not all brands are available across the USA. A Traeger brand can be common in one part of the country but never heard of in another. I have worked on 31 states for an engineering firm and many things that are common in one place are as foreign in another as a Armenian “shoppa.” So now smart alex tell me what is a “shoppa.”

    • Alan December 24, 2018, 12:57 pm

      Just substitute the word “oven” for Traeger!

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