These Slow Cooker Turkey Legs are made in the Crockpot and are perfect for fall-off the bone drumsticks. The drumsticks are tender and juicy. Serve these for Thanksgiving or any weeknight meal.
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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 Much Liquid To Add
You will need one cup of liquid. You can use water or broth. I like to use broth because it has more flavor.
The Best Way to Cook Fall Off the Bone Turkey
I have made turkey legs several ways. You have so many options. Air fryer, baked, slow cooker, etc. For this recipe you are going to want a turkey leg that literally falls off the bone. That will make it much easier to eat your toppings and turkey at the same time!
My favorite method for tender turkey is using a slow-cooker or Crockpot.
More Ideas on How to Season Them
- Homemade BBQ Seasoning and Rub
- Homemade Blackened Seasoning
- Homemade Ranch Seasoning
- Cajun Seasoning
- Lemon Pepper Seasoning
How to Make Slow Cooker Turkey Legs
Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Pat the turkey legs dry and rub both sides with oil and spices.
- Pour broth into the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the seasoned turkey legs over the broth.
- Slow cook.
How to Add Gravy
Check out my Smothered Turkey Wings Recipe. Follow the instructions for how to make the gravy and add it to your turkey legs.
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.
How Do You Keep Them From Drying Out
Cooking the drumsticks low and slow does the trick. You will add a little bit of broth to the pot which helps facilitate moisture.
How to Store Them
Cooked turkey legs can be stored in the fridge tightly covered for 3-4 days.
How to Reheat
My favorite ways are to use the air fryer (350 degrees until warm) or the oven (350 degrees until warm). You can microwave them if you wish.
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.
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Instant Pot Turkey Breast
Turkey and Cheese Sliders
Smoked Turkey Necks
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Pair these with our Turkey Graving From Drippings recipe.
Slow Cooker Turkey Legs
- Pat the turkey legs dry and rub both sides with olive oil and liquid smoke. 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.
- Pour the broth into the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the seasoned turkey legs over the broth.
- Cook on High for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. Ensure the turkey reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees. Use a meat thermometer.
- Remove the turkey legs from the slow cooker. (Be careful! They will be tender and may fall off the bone.)
- I like crispy skin. For crispy skin, you can use either the air fryer (3-4 minutes on 400 degrees) or Broil in the oven for about 3-5 minutes.