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Easy Roasted Turkey Legs

These Easy Roasted Turkey Legs are the perfect alternative to roasting an entire turkey! Made with only 3 simple ingredients, this recipe is no fuss, no muss and there's no tricky carving required!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roasted turkey legs, turkey drumsticks, turkey thighs
Servings: 6
Calories: 477kcal


  • 2 turkey legs thighs and drumsticks (4-5 lbs)
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper or to taste


  • Preheat Oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Pat dry the turkey legs with paper towels.
  • Prep Turkey: Whisk the melted butter with the salt, garlic powder and pepper. Generously brush the butter mixture all around the turkey legs.
  • Transfer To Oven: Transfer the turkey legs to a greased baking pan, skin side down and transfer to the preheated oven.
  • Roast: Roast the turkey for 30 minutes, flip the legs so that the skin side is up and roast for another 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the internal temperature of the thighs reaches 170°F.


  1. Get an instant meat thermometer! It is a life saver when it comes to cooking not only turkey, but any kind of meat.
  2. Feel free to play around with spices, sauces and herbs. If you're looking for a flavorful, liquid gold sauce, check out my maple mustard turkey thighs.
  3. Store leftover roasted turkey legs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
  4. You can also freeze your turkey legs! Stored in airtight container, they will last for 3 months frozen!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 777mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 5mg