Grilled Turkey Leg Recipe {Perfect for Father’s Day}

This sticky and delicious grilled Grilled Turkey Leg Recipe is reminiscent of the infamous turkey legs at state fairs – perfect for Fathers Day!

BBQ Grilled Turkey Legs

The last time I was at Disney World, I noticed people walking around with these gigantic “Jumbo Turkey Legs.” Evidently it’s a thing. I don’t usually enjoy eating meat off the bone, but I do like dark poultry meat, and the more I saw people walking around gnawing on these carnivorous treats, the more I wanted to try one. They even have t-shirts with the Turkey Leg emblazoned on the front!

turkey leg shirt

Finally, I gave in and stood in line and ordered my Jumbo Turkey Leg. I am always trying to eat more protein, after all. This is an amusement park treat I can really get behind. And you guys, I’m not kidding, those Jumbo Turkey Legs are amazing.

It never occurred me to make turkey legs at home, but Colleen suggested that turkey legs actually make a really nice dish for grilling season, and she whipped up a Grilled Turkey Leg Recipe for us. Prepare to drool.

The perfect BBQ Grilled Turkey Leg Recipe - PERFECT for Father's Day!

Turns out, turkey legs are an inexpensive and fun way to feed a crowd. Gotta love that!

If you’re looking for something a little different to serve this Father’s Day or for the 4th, why not grill up some turkey legs!?? Here is her recipe.

BBQ Turkey Legs
Author: Colleen Kennedy
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Serves: 4
These sticky and delicious grilled turkey legs are grilled to perfection and reminiscent of the turkey legs you find at state fairs. Plus, these legs are some serious man-pleasing food…perfect for Fathers Day!
  • 4 turkey drumsticks
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 2 TBS soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 TBS fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Kosher salt & pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne pepper (if you want a kick)
  1. Lightly oil your grill. Preheat to med-high heat.
  2. Lightly coat each turkey leg with the oil, season with salt & pepper, then place them on your grill.
  3. Allow the legs to cook on the grill 4-5 minutes per side or until they get a few char marks.
  4. Move the legs to your upper cooking rack OR continue to cook over indirect heat for 45 minutes to an hour or until the legs are done. During that time, turn the legs a few times to allow them to crisp uniformly.
  5. Meanwhile combine oil, soy sauce, honey, sugar, ketchup, lemon juice, and seasonings in a small pot. Stir to combine, and cook just until bubbles appear. Stir well and set aside.
  6. During the last 15 minutes of cooking, baste the turkey legs a couple of times with the sauce. As you do, be sure the burner just below the legs is off because the sauce will attract flames.
  7. Cooking time will depend on the size of the turkey legs and your grill temperature. (When juices run clear or they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees, they’re done.) Legs will continue to cook for a few minutes after you pull them off of the grill.
  8. Brush the legs once again with the sauce and serve.


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39 Responses

  1. I love the turkey legs at WDW so I am super excited to try this recipe. I would also love to win such a quality grill!

  2. That is a BEAUTIFUL grill. My husband would absolutely love this grill! I have not had turkey legs in a very long time. Great idea for Fathers Day!

  3. I’ve never thought of doing BBQ turkey legs but I have seen them sold at my grocery store. Will have to try them this summer. I can’t get behind the turkey leg eating at Disneyland. It seems too barbaric to me.

  4. This is interesting. I have seen turkey legs for sale at the state fair, but have never thought about grilling them.

  5. We just tried the turkey legs at Disney for the first time in March! They are yummy and the recipe looks so good! A definite summer must-try! I am no grill expert but that grill looks amazing! 🙂

  6. I made a vow to teach myself how to grill this summer! I have always prepped everything and waited for my husband to get home and do the grilling but this is the summer that I WILL do it myself!! This would be the perfect incentive for me to become a master griller!

    1. LOL. I did that a few years ago. My husband isn’t the, um, greatest griller. So I decided to teach myself. (Love him, it’s just not his passion.) It’s not hard AT ALL. Good luck!

      1. That’s funny because that’s partially the reason behind my wanting to learn, too! He tries, bless his heart, he’s just not great.

  7. I’ve not heard of Saber Grills before, but they sound pretty awesome… And the turkey legs?… Definitely going into the Summer grill rotation!… Thanks!

  8. Yum! I would have never thought to BBQ turkey legs! The grill is just gorgeous! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  9. The recipe sounds delicious and something the whole family would eat!! And the grill….wow! My husband would freak!

  10. We just got back from a week at Disney and now I regret not getting a turkey leg! Guess I’ll have to try to make them here at home until I can get back there!

  11. We just came back from Disney where we ate several turkey legs. We’re having withdrawals and want to smoke some turkey legs at home. The recipe sounds great!

  12. I did a college internship at Disney and worked at the stand in Tomorrowland on Thanksgiving Day 1998 that sells those turkey legs. After selling over 1,200 turkey legs that day, I can personally attest to how HUGE these legs are (both literally and figuratively). I never thought to grill them at home but it’s a genius idea and I’m totally putting them on the list to make this summer! Thanks for sharing, Jo-Lynne!

  13. My family is camping this weekend and we decided to purchase food once we get to camp in stead of packing from home in coolers. My daughter and I went to the grocery store yesterday to pick out our meals. Tonight for dinner we had chicken on our list. I couldn’t find just plain chicken breast but there were a ton of the giant legs! I passed yesterday but will be makin a trip today!!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Absolutely delicious! It was so tender it practically fell off the bone, but still moist. I’ve never tried cooking with indirect heat before and I was a little worried how it would turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised.
    Served it with corn on the cob.

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