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.