Roasted Turkey Legs

Roasted turkey legs are a great alternative to a full turkey when your holiday gathering is small. Here, we stick with all the traditional Thanksgiving flavors using only dark meat that stays moist when it's cooked. A simple pan gravy pulled together while the turkey legs rest completes the dish. (This recipe serves 8 but is easily halved to serve 4—or 2 with plenty of leftovers.)

Roasted Turkey Legs
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 4 turkey drumsticks (about 3 1/2 pounds)

  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground peppercorn blend

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups unsalted chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 500°F. Pat drumsticks dry; rub all over with 1/2 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Arrange the drumsticks in an even layer in a large ovenproof skillet. Roast for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, combine maple syrup, sage and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a small bowl.

  2. Reduce oven temperature to 250°F. Remove the skillet from the oven; baste the turkey with the maple mixture. Return to the oven and roast for 1 hour, 30 minutes, basting once more with the maple mixture after 1 hour. (A thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of leg near the bone should register around 190°F.) Remove from oven and transfer the turkey to a cutting board; tent with foil and let rest for about 10 minutes. Reserve the pan with the turkey drippings.

  3. While the turkey rests, add flour to the turkey drippings in the pan; place over medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in 1 cup broth, whisking constantly to prevent lumps; whisk in remaining broth. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high; simmer, whisking occasionally, until thickened to a consistency that coats the back of a spoon, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat; add butter and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, whisking until the butter is melted. Slice the turkey off the bones and serve with the gravy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

259 Calories
13g Fat
7g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 3/4 cup turkey & 3 tablespoons gravy
Calories 259
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 30g 60%
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Vitamin A 148IU 3%
Sodium 386mg 17%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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