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Air Fryer Turkey Legs

These Easy Air Fryer Turkey Legs are seasoned and roasted to perfection with crispy skin. Serve these for weeknight dinners or as main dish for the holidays and Thanksgiving!

air fryer turkey legs on a white plate

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raw turkey legs on parchment paper with a bowl of seasonings

Where to Buy Turkey Legs

Some standard grocers will keep brands like Butterball and Jenni-O on hand year-round. Many retailers only carry them seasonally around fall. A local butcher is usually really helpful.

How to Cook Air Fryer Turkey Legs

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Pat the drumsticks dry and rub both sides with olive oil and spices.
  2. Place the legs in the air fryer basket.
  3. Air fry.
raw seasoned turkey legs on parchment paper
raw seasoned turkey legs in an air fryer

Air Fryer Temperature

I use 370 degrees.

Cook Time/How Long to Cook

Cook the drumsticks for about 35 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.

How to Tell When the Turkey is Done

You will need to use a meat thermometer. Insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of one the turkey legs. According to the USDA, Poultry must be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees.

turkey legs in an air fryer

How Do You Keep them From Drying Out

The air fryer works wonderfully to prevent dry turkey. The inside meat is so moist. The skin will be juicy and crispy thanks to the olive oil.

Texture

The texture is a lot similar to fried chicken wings. These have crispy skin. If you are looking for wings that fall off the bone, try my Baked Turkey Wings or Smothered Turkey Wings recipes.

air fryer turkey legs on a white plate

Can You Use Chicken Wings?

Check out my Air Fryer Chicken Wings recipe.

More Ideas on How to Season Them

How to Store Them

Cooked turkey legs can be stored in the fridge tightly covered for 3-4 days.

person holding an air fryer turkey leg

Freezer Tips

You can freeze leftover drumsticks tightly covered and sealed. For best taste, they will last up to 3 months. Defrost the legs overnight in the fridge and reheat.

What to Pair with the Turkey Legs

Air Fryer French Fries
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Roasted Ranch Potatoes
Air Fryer Onion Rings

Cornbread Casserole
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Air Fryer Lamb Chops
Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
Air Fryer Brats
Air Fryer Steak
Creamy Ranch Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar

More Turkey Recipes

Air Fryer Turkey Breast
Air Fryer Turkey Wings
Cajun Spiced Roasted Turkey
Leftover Turkey Chili

Leftover Turkey Nachos
Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Soup
Turkey Bone Broth Recipe

Instant Pot Turkey Breast
Slow Cooker Turkey Legs

air fryer turkey legs on a white plate

Check out a full list of Air Fryer Thanksgiving Recipes here.

turkey legs in an air fryer
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5 from 3 votes

Easy Air Fryer Turkey Legs

These Easy Air Fryer Turkey Legs are seasoned and roasted to perfection with crispy skin. Serve these for weeknight dinners or as main dish for the holidays and Thanksgiving!
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer turkey, air fryer turkey legs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 turkey legs
Calories 512kcal

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds turkey legs Mine weighed about 3/4 of a pound each for a total of 4 turkey legs.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Creole Seasoned Wings (Option 1)

Standard Turkey Seasoning Wing (Option 2)

Instructions

  • Pat the turkey legs dry and rub both sides with olive oil. Sprinkle the spices throughout. Rub the spices into both sides of the legs. Ensure the spices completely cover both sides of the drumsticks. Add more spices if necessary.
  • Place the turkey legs in the air fryer basket. Do not stack, Cook in batches if necessary.
  • Air fry on 370 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Open the air fryer and flip the drumsticks. Air fry for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the internal temperature (at the thickest part of the wing) has reached 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer. Also air fry until the wings have reached your desired level of crisp. Add additional time if necessary.
  • Cool before serving.

Video

Notes

  • I provided my 2 favorite ways to season these wings. Pick a method or you can also use your favorite store-bought chicken or poultry rub.
  • Cook time will vary based on the air fryer brand and model you use. Always cook turkey until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.
  • If your legs don’t fit your basket, cook in batches and do not stack. 4 turkey legs fit easily in my 5.8-quart air fryer.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1turkey leg | Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 28g
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Recipe Rating




PJ

Thursday 25th of November 2021

I want to give it 6 stars! I don’t like regular turkey too much, but decided to do turkey legs for thanksgiving instead… best decision! I only made two, my air fryer was a little too small for them to fit perfectly like hers, but it still worked out fine. So crisp and still juicy. Tastes similar to fried turkey. It’s just so good,.

staysnatched

Friday 26th of November 2021

Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed it.

Adairea Morris

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

I was craving a Stare Fair turkey leg and immediately thought about this Air Fryer turkey leg. First thing first I love how easy this website is for me to search what I’m looking for!! I used the creole seasoning option and it came out so delicious! I thought the air fryer would dry it out but nope it was still juicy and seasoned good! Following the cook instructions are crucial when it comes to air fryer recipes! Definitely will be making again! 10/10

staysnatched

Thursday 14th of October 2021

I'm so glad you enjoyed these

Perris

Monday 13th of September 2021

I absolutely love this recipe! It was so easy to follow as her recipes always are. You can use this as a base and change up the seasoning as well. I used this as part of my meal planning this weekend. I need to get a new Air Fryer though because I could only cook 2 at a time. But again, thank you!!

staysnatched

Thursday 16th of September 2021

Great! Such an easy one to switch up!

Tammy T

Friday 3rd of September 2021

I air fried some turkey legs and wings with above recipe option 2 seasoning the only thing I changed in the seasoning was that I replaced ground oregano with dried crushed rosemary. Then I put them in the refrigerator over night after air frying them night before and then placed in them in the crockpot the next morning and made smothered turkey wings and legs and it was sooo good. Thanks for the recipe of air fryer turkey wings and legs.

staysnatched

Monday 6th of September 2021

Awesome! I'm glad you enjoyed them!