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Oven Baked Turkey Legs

Oven Baked Turkey Legs

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Turkey legs are my favorite part of a turkey, so I love that I can make baked turkey legs without popping an entire turkey in to the oven! This is how to cook turkey legs in the oven – super easy and delicious!

Have you ever been to the Renaissance Festival Before? It’s super fun… but one of my favorite things to do at RenFest? EAT TURKEY LEGS! Actually, any where that sells Turkey Legs, I almost always get it.

Something so fun about devouring a giant drumstick. So cave-woman like! Anyway, you don’t have to wait for a festival to eat one. You can make it yourself! It’s actually super duper simple.

I guess I can’t write about this recipe without thinking of the FIRST time I’ve ever had Turkey Legs before. It was at Disney. And it wasn’t called Turkey Legs. It was called Alien Legs! I had my doubts it was actually Alien Legs at the time – but part of me wanted to believe. LOL

Ok, now we can look at the recipe. It’s not exactly like RenFest or Disney World, but it’s easy to make and yum!

Where to buy Turkey Legs?

A lot of super markets actually sell Turkey Legs, and it’s usually around the poultry section next to Chicken. I actually got mine at Publix.

What goes with Turkey Legs?

If you’re having a mini and easy Thanksgiving, here are some awesome simple side dish ideas!

How long do you cook turkey legs in the oven?

This does mostly depend on how big your turkey legs are but on average for me it’s about 1 hour separated in to 15 mins, 15 mins, and then 30 mins (the recipe tells you exact steps).

How to reheat Turkey Legs?

You can reheat turkey legs in the oven! I recommend taking the turkey legs out of the fridge to bring them to room temp. Then place on a baking sheet and cover with aluminum foil and heat for about 30 minutes.

How to make Turkey Legs in the Oven?

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in skin-on medium turkey drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Brush legs with melted butter. Then rub them salt, garlic powder, and paprika.

Place on a baking dish. I like to put a layer of aluminum foil on the baking dish for easy clean up, but that’s totally up to you.

Now, pop them in the oven uncovered for 15 minutes. The skin should brown.

Remove from heat and using tongs, flip them over so that the bottom side is now on top. Place back in oven for another 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and loosely cover with aluminum foil (try not to burn yourself!).

Roast in oven for another 30 minutes, or until juices run clear and instant-read thermometer reads 165°F.

Remove from oven for the last time, and let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

Oven Roasted Turkey Legs
Oven Roasted Turkey Legs

Also can we take a look at my dog being excited about this Turkey Leg LOL:

Oven Roasted Turkey Legs

Can Dogs Eat Turkey?

I get asked this a lot so I thought I’d add this section – technically dogs can eat turkey. In fact it’s often times used as an ingredient in dog food.

However, if you’re going to give your dog some turkey, you want to make sure it is cooked plain. This unfortunately means Thanksgiving turkey is often not good for dogs because it’s usually rubbed with butter or oil, seasoned heavily, and perhaps stuffed with onion and garlic (both NOT safe for dogs).

Oven Roasted Turkey Legs

Oven Roasted Turkey Legs

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in skin-on medium turkey drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Brush legs with melted butter. Then rub them salt, garlic powder, and paprika.
  3. Place on a baking dish. I like to put a layer of aluminum foil on the baking dish for easy clean up, but that’s totally up to you.
  4. Now, pop them in the oven uncovered for 15 minutes. The skin should brown.
  5. Remove from heat and using tongs, flip them over so that the bottom side is now on top. Place back in oven for another 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and loosely cover with aluminum foil (try not to burn yourself!).
  7. Roast in oven for another 30 minutes, or until juices run clear and instant-read thermometer reads 165°F.
  8. Remove from oven for the last time, and let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 leg
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 698mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 20g

The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands for more precise nutrition information.

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Diane

Monday 23rd of November 2020

Does "baking dish" mean a standard 13x9? Would love to try this, but want to get the dish right.

tinatsai

Monday 23rd of November 2020

Hi there! It's really any baking sheet that your turkey legs will fit in without crowding. So if you're making 1 you can use a smaller baking sheet, and if you're making a bunch, you want a big one or perhaps, use more than 1 so they don't touch each other.

jennifer

Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Turkey Drumsticks!!!!! I'ts like scarfing down and a medieval festival at your own home! Seriously, so good.

Don

Monday 19th of October 2020

Look at that gorgeous color! I had no idea how these these are to make. Thanks!

Kelly

Thursday 15th of October 2020

Yum! So tender and delicious! Perfect for Fall dinners!

Jean Choi

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

Ah the texture looks so perfect. Can't wait to try this!

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