Roasted Turkey Legs

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  • Published Aug 14th
  • Ready In2h 15m
  • Servings3
  • Calories643
This is a great way to have a small scale turkey dinner anytime of the year. Serve with rice, noodles, or dressing. This recipe can also be increased very easily.

Roasted Turkey Legs Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Roasted Turkey Legs for 3 servings:

  • 3 stalks celery stalks, cut in thirds
  • 3 turkey legs
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup water, or as needed

Roasted Turkey Legs Cooking Instructions

  • Prep15m
  • Cook2h
  • Ready In2h 15m

To cook Roasted Turkey Legs, you need about 15 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Roasted Turkey Legs is about 2 hours , and you can serve your Roasted Turkey Legs within 2 hours 15 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Roasted Turkey Legs easily:

  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse the turkey legs and pat dry.
  2. 2 Stand the turkey legs upright (as if the turkey were standing). Press a knife downward into the deep tissue, creating 2 or 3 long pockets. Press a piece of celery into each opening. Pull back the skin on the legs, rub with butter, and season with a little salt. Put the skin back into place, rub with more butter, and season lightly with salt. Lay the legs in a roasting pan.
  3. 3 Roast uncovered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until the legs are golden brown and the internal temperature is 180 degrees F (82 degrees C) when taken with a meat thermometer. Add more water if needed while roasting, and baste occasionally with the juices or butter.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 643 calories; 36.9 grams of fat; 1.2 gram of carbohydrates; 73.1 grams of protein; 239 milligrams of cholesterol; 399 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Sep 27th 2012

    Use a variation of this recipe, time and time again. I usually have to refer to this for the baking temperature. I foil-line a cookie sheet and rinse the turkey legs off and pat dry. I me ...

  2. Sep 19th 2010

    Very EASY, Simple recipe. You can't go wrong. I have tried this recipe twice and both times, I must say, they came out DEE-LISH-US! The first time I did not have any celery so I used sliv ...

  3. Nov 27th 2009

    I totally agree, this is the greatest dish. I added carrots and potatoes that I had pre-boiled, for the last hour. I also added half a pear prior to that, after the legs had roasted maybe ha ...

  4. Oct 27th 2008

    Good basic recipe. I added a few extra steps:I brined the legs with water & salt in fridge the night before. Rinsed the turkey legs. Added onions instead of celery into the legs. Mixed ...

  5. Aug 20th 2008

    Yum. Great, easy recipe. I'm a huge onion fan, so I sliced up a white onion and inserted the pieces into slices throughout the drumsticks. It worked really well. I roasted them for about 4 ...

  6. Jun 29th 2008

    I could never get my turkey legs juicy and tender...and as tasty. Quick easy delicious! I also seasoned them with my own spices...GREAT!

  7. Nov 4th 2007

    This is a great recipe for those who love dark meat and don't want to be bothered cooking a whole turkey! I use broth instead of water. I also then half way through the cooking time surround ...

  8. Apr 27th 2006

    This was super easy and it turned out absolutely fantastic! I did add a brush of BBQ sauce when it was done and served hot to the table. I will certainly make this again.

  9. Apr 17th 2005

    This was very easy to get together! I am not a fan of celery so I used onion instead and served this with brown rice in golden mushroom sauce. Yummmm