Crispy Roasted Turkey Legs Recipe: Get a Leg Up on Thanksgiving Dinner by Donna John

Crispy Roasted Turkey Legs Recipe: Get a Leg Up on Thanksgiving Dinner

Like turkey thighs, turkey legs are more than just a Renaissance Festival novelty food item. Turkey legs are a budget-friendly ingredient to cook any day of the week. They're also perfect for a small Thanksgiving.

Serve these crispy, juicy herbed turkey legs with your favorite side dishes. Use the leftovers to make turkey sandwiches or turkey soup.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes (depends on size of turkey legs)
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 turkey legs (skin on), patted dry with paper towels
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • sea salt and black pepper

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put the turkey legs onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil then sprinkle with the seasonings and salt and pepper, to taste. 
  2. Bake the turkey legs in a preheated 425-degree F oven for about 45 minutes (if they start to get too brown, cover with foil). The internal temperature should be 165 to 170 degrees F. Let the turkey rest a few minutes before serving. 

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Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
Turkey legs are so much fun to eat (not to mention delicious). Fun recipe!

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