Introduction: Simple Delicous Turkey Legs

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A homade Simple But Delicous Recipe for turkey Legs. :) You want to preheat the oven to 350 before starting this.

Step 1: Things You Need

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1. turkey Legs most important thing you can't make this without them
2. Salt (1/5 tsp.)
3. Garlic Powder (1/6 tsp.)
4. Ground Black Pepper (this one varies depending on how much you like)
5. Season Salt (1/4 tsp.) (you can use Season All if you can't find Season Salt it'll taste about the same)
6. Limon 1 (optional)
7. Heat up the oven to 350 before seasoning
8. 2 hours of spare time (watching tv Esc.)

Small update here, if you want you can mix all the above ingredients in a bowl (besides the Limon) and then just spread it evenly on all the turkey legs. By the way the measurements here are for only 1 turkey leg, if you going to make more then follow the steps on the next page.

Step 2: Time to Season

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Allright to make it easier then it is im gonna make you a list in wich order you follow.
1. Lay turkey Out on a baking pan like below.
2. Lay Turkey in the pan Doesn't have to be like mine as long as it fits.
3. Sprinkle some salt on them about 1/5 a teaspoon each (spread evenly on the Legs as seen below)
4. Spread garlic powder on then evenly like the salt about 1/6 a teaspoon each
5. then pepper a few good shakes depending on how much you like.
6. Season salt Use about 1/4 a teaspoon for each one
7. add enough water to make it about 1/4"-1/2" inches deep in the pan
8 Cover with foil


Step 3: Cooking Time!

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Stick Your Foil Covered Turkey Legs in the oven at 350 degrees (By The Way don't change the temprature they cook at this heat the whole time) for an hour. take them out and Remove the foil. They will look like the picture Below. Turn them around and use about 2 quick dashes of each ingriedient used before (Salt Pepper Garlic Powder Seasoned salt Limon) If you used limon (which I did not) then put about the same amount on this side as well (1 lemon) if you like and have the "know how" you can save the broth (the water left after cooking) to make a tasty gravy if I have time I might make an instructable on this in the future.

Step 4: More Cooking

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now Leave the Foil off and cook for another 1 hour uncovered (with the side you just seasoned turned up still). When you take them out they should look more or less like this. Now turn them around again (don't worry no more cooking) and let them stay like that about 10 minutes. Then serve em up with Mashed Potatoes and gravy and your other favorite side dish


Dreamingfree (author)2017-09-15

I've probably made this at least 10 times now, always fantastic. Always brown. So those of you who are complaining about that...go stick your head in gravy..


Naddykinz (author)2017-03-26

Trying it

Andrew9090 (author)2017-02-25

How do you make gravy from the broth?

drdouglas (author)2017-01-12

If you add water as stated in this will NOT get any browning of the turkey legs at all! Period. Adding water simply cooks the turkey by steaming the meat. turkey legs in a lightly greased pan and cook at the stated temperature....but forget the water!

Dreamingfree (author)drdouglas2017-02-09

I beg to differ, mine came out (both times imade them) beautifully browned.

Strider (author)drdouglas2017-02-08

Respectfully ive made this or very similar variants of my recipe for years and i never have had an issue getting the browning that I show in the picture. I personally use water to help cook with steam which in my experience helps the drumsticks not dry out and you dont have to be concerned if its going to be fully cooked when yoi cool it this long of a time especially for those of us without a thermometer. :) in any case while I disagree thank you for the comment feedback is appreciated

DustinS71 (author)2017-02-06

I'm not the type to leave any sort of comments on anything.. but I have to say you've made cooking turkey not so daunting for me! So, thank you very much.

I'm making drum sticks so I can get the meat and make sanwhiches out of and the fact the water helps cook it means the meat won't be dry.

Strider (author)DustinS712017-02-08

If you make and end up enjoying this recipe let me know :) hope it all comes out well

Dreamingfree (author)2016-12-30

Hands down, best recipe for turkey legs I've ever tried...and I've tried plenty! I followed the instructions and got the most tender, flavorful legs that went beyond my wildest expectations! Thank you!!

Strider (author)Dreamingfree2016-12-30

Hi Dreamingfree im honored to have authored this simple recipe that so many have enjoyed, and what has become the best you've eaten. I hope you had a merry christmas, and a soon to be happy new year.

babybayrs (author)2014-11-23

I bake chicken drum sticks the similar way all the time (380F (higher temperature means quicker, I have no patience), 20 minutes each side), never tried turkey drum sticks which in your picture surprisingly look the same as chicken drum sticks.

SmD71nG (author)babybayrs2015-12-05

Turkey drumsticks are usually double or triple in size compared to chicken drumsticks.

TaraM12 made it! (author)2015-11-16

I made this and it was so delicious. I injected my turkey legs with some creole butter and they turned out perfect!! Thanks for posting how to do it!!!

awilliamsmcquitty (author)2014-12-14

Sounds good just bought some turkey legs!!!

aquintero1 (author)2014-12-09

I make this and I love it! Sometimes I make it with Mexican seasonings, other times French herbs and even curry form Jamaica. Oh so yummy

wildflowerhoney (author)2014-10-12

I've made this several times and it's perfect every time. Like keren.falkie I add olive oil, but otherwise follow the recipe and it never fails. Thank you so much for it!

keren.falkie (author)2014-09-28

I've made this several time already, it has become a true favorite. So yummy! I definitely recommend not skipping the lemon, it is my favorite part and what I think makes this a standout recipe. I do use a little bit of olive oil or butter on the turkey legs before putting in the oven.

zopacat (author)2013-03-03

How would you adjust this for MONSTER turkey drumsticks (like 2 1/2 pounds each!)

Strider (author)zopacat2013-03-17

I would just double up the measurements of the seasonings (see instructable) and than I would go ahead and make the "optional" "mix in bowl" step mandatory. once all your seasonings are mixed (you can add 1-2 drops of oil so your seasonings don't keep separating in the bowl) just sprinkle by hand over the turkey legs until you get the desired amount or you could roughly estimate by the pictures how much use

Strider (author)Strider2013-03-17

one more thing I forgot to mention you will likely have to cook them longer to insure they are fully cooked and no one gets sick. use a thermometer if you have it just be sure to poke down near the bone and that it reads at least 165

bluemoon4life (author)2011-11-24

what would be the cooking time if I added four wings????

also my ham is suppose to cok at 325, could I adjust the heat so I could do both legs and ham being at same temp 325

Strider (author)bluemoon4life2013-03-17

Sorry if this is really late (like 3 years) but I hardly visit anymore. and yes you can cook at a lower temperature. keep in mind though having more items in the oven usually correlates to longer cooking times (as well as the fact you are cooking at a lower temperature) but it shouldn't be a problem in fact it may even come out more tender if you cook it long enough

claptonfan (author)2013-01-30

Hello. I just found this recipe and am going to make it for tonight's dinner. It sounds great and I'm sure it will be a hit. Thank you for posting this. Instructions quite easy to understand. Thanks, too!!!

morolin (author)2010-07-17

By "Limon" do you mean lemon, lime, or the fake fruit that is supposedly in Sprite?

bbowers5 (author)morolin2011-11-22

lemon is more traditional, but lime would work too. (for a more caribbean taste, you could use lime and cumin, and garnish with fresh onion and cilantro.)

Strider (author)morolin2010-07-17

Yeah, made this a couple years back. I meant to spell Lemon, but obviously I messed up, thanks for that.

thagan3 (author)2011-10-02

"Stick Your Foil Covered Turkey Legs in the oven at 350 degrees (By The Way don't change the temprature they cook at this heat the whole time)."

They didn't forget. =P

kieRAWR (author)2011-05-23

Did you cook both sides, then put them back in the oven without foilf again? Sorry, I dont understand.

JBirren (author)kieRAWR2011-07-22

No he cooked one side covered for an hour, then flipped them and seasoned again, and cooked another hour UNcovered. For extra yum, try doing this but only about 50 minutes for the uncovered part, then put them on the grill for about 5 per side - YUM.

smartcar (author)2011-04-17

what do you do with the lemon in this recipe it didn't say, and how long do you keep the foil on it in the oven , need to know as soon as possible because i plan to cook them tommrrow when i get home from work , thanks a lot they look really really good.

Strider (author)smartcar2011-04-19

Actually in step 3 it tells you to take it off after an hour and when you move on to step 4 it will say to leave it off and cook one more hour, hope that clears it up!

Strider (author)smartcar2011-04-19

Hi there, I apologize for getting to you a day late, but as you might tell I haven't been active in quite some time. However what you want to do with the lemon in this recipe is just to squeeze it over the Turkey legs, I personally find it can add a nice zing but don't add to much or it may end up overpowering the other seasonings. I guess I may as well correct this here in the recipe it calls for lemon (1) but using 1 lemon on a single turkey leg will lead to disaster, I would use 1 lemon for about 5-7 turkey legs.

smartcar (author)2011-04-17

The temperature for these are in the recipe it is 350 in number 7 .

shawntherobot (author)2009-11-27

i gave my mom the recipe and she made them last night for thanksgiving everyone loved them thanks.

Strider (author)shawntherobot2009-11-27

Haha awsome, nice to know their turning out well for so many people. I really need to get some other recipes of my family in here. but I have a hard time finding time as you can tell

BarbZeee (author)2009-11-25

going to try this recipe tomorrow.. Looks simple and that's my kind of cooking.... Thanks again for this recipe..

Hope all have a Happy Thanksgiving. !

shawntherobot (author)BarbZeee2009-11-25

Goodluck  have a happy Thanksgiving

Strider (author)shawntherobot2009-11-26

Thanks, hope the same for you, if you try em out let me know I like to get feedback

Strider (author)BarbZeee2009-11-26

Awsome, wish you the best. if you like it let me know, out

old,new,something,blue (author)2009-10-21

Love this recipe. Never cooked turkey legs, but have ate plenty of them. First timer here and want to say thanks for the great experience. Without the recipe, I would probably be crying right now. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

No problem, glad you enjoyed this recipe for baked turkey.

susanscott (author)2009-03-16

Excellent recipe thanks, I just made this and it turned out great.

omorgano (author)2008-12-29

I just cooked two Turkey legs using this recipe. They were done after the first hour, so maybe I could have taken the foil off a little sooner for the browning. The leg I ate was delicious. Thank you for the posting of this simple and tasty recipe!! Fresno, Ca

Crash2108 (author)2008-01-05

Why would you cook it for 3 hours when it only takes two for a whole turkey?

Strider (author)Crash21082008-01-05

Well it depends on the size of the turkey. Though Ihave neverheard of a turkey cooking for only 2hours at least not thesize we get and I might remind you that these were not only raw butI like them to be slightly taosty

funwithfire325 (author)2007-07-30


Harry Manback (author)2007-07-30

They look great! I think you forgot to mention what temperature you cooked them on.

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