Roasted Turkey Legs

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Roasting a few turkey legs is a great way to have a small scale Thanksgiving dinner, or a delicious turkey dinner anytime of the year. You don’t need to worry about cooking a whole roasted turkey from scratch, and this recipe can be increased very easily.


  • 3 stalks celery stalks, cut in thirds
  • 3 turkey legs
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • salt to taste
  • ½ cup water, or as needed


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse the turkey legs and pat dry.

Stand the turkey legs upright (as if the turkey were standing). Press a knife downward into the deep tissue, creating 2 or 3 long pockets. Press a piece of celery into each opening. Pull back the skin on the legs, rub with butter, and season with a little salt. Put the skin back into place, rub with more butter, and season lightly with salt. Lay the turkey legs in a roasting pan.

Roast uncovered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until the legs are golden brown and the internal temperature is 180 degrees F (82 degrees C) when taken with a meat thermometer. Add more water if needed while roasting, and baste occasionally with the juices or butter.

Preparation time: 15 mins
Cook time: 1 hr 30 mins
Total time: 1 hr 45 mins
Servings: 3 – Yield: –



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