Baked turkey legs is a great alternative to roasting the whole turkey! Turkey legs are meaty, juicy and succulent – everyone loves turkey leg meat!
Have you seen those giant turkey legs sold in the meat section of the grocery store? Do you always pass on them because you don’t know how to cook turkey legs? Next time you see turkey legs, get them – cooking turkey legs is really easy. In fact, baked turkey legs is an effortless meal – you just put the turkey legs in the oven, and the oven does all the work for you!
Turkey legs are so huge – they make chicken legs look super tiny. Look at the above picture – 4 turkey legs take up the whole baking sheet! One turkey leg is more than enough for dinner even for the hungriest and biggest eater :)
Turkey legs are usually very cheap. Baked turkey legs is a great budget dinner, and is a nice change from the chicken legs. Turkey legs are so yummy with the cranberry sauce!
- 4 turkey legs
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- Sprinkle the turkey legs with salt and pepper. Put in the oven and bake for 1½ hours, or until done. You know when the turkey legs are done when the meat thermometer put in the thickest part of the leg registers 165F, and also when the juices run clear (not pink) when the thickest part of the leg is cut.
Enjoy the turkey legs with the cranberry sauce! A great side dishes to go with the baked turkey legs are mashed potatoes or baked sweet potatoes.
If you are looking for an awesome way to cook the whole turkey, check out my foolproof turkey recipe that I use every Thanksgiving: turkey in a brown paper bag. Once you try it, you’ll never make the turkey any other way!