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Air Fryer Roasted Turkey Legs

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These Air Fryer Turkey Legs are roasted in the Air Fryer and are nice and crisp on the outside while perfectly juicy on the inside. Take a trip to your favorite fair with this easy recipe. 

cooked air fryer turkey legs in air fryer basket

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I’ve been thinking a ton about the fair. It’s been a while since I’ve gone but whenever I go I always seek out the booth that sells the giant turkey legs. Holding a huge turkey leg in my hand while walking through the fair brings back great memories. Forget the rides, forget the prizes, it’s all about the food. 

These Roasted Turkey Legs would be perfect for a weeknight meal or even if you wanted to serve them up for the Thanksgiving Holiday. I cook them in the Air Fryer as it keeps the turkey leg nice and crispy on the outside and nice and moist on the inside. 

How to Air Fry Turkey Legs

First, combine your seasonings. I use salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and brown sugar. 

Rinse and dry your turkey legs. Then rub your spice mixture all over your turkey legs. I make sure to rub the seasoning under the skin as well to get that flavor all over the meat. 

hands rubbing turkey legs

Then place the turkey legs in your Air Fryer basket. Lightly spray your turkey leg with a mist of cooking oil. I use my handy dandy oil spray bottle. I discuss more on why you should invest in a spray bottle in my 10 Air Fryer Tips and Tricks. 

raw seasoned turkey legs in air fryer basket

 Cook on 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, flip your turkey leg and lightly spray again and cook for another 20 minutes. 

Remove your turkey leg. Use a quick read thermometer to ensure that your turkey leg is done. 

cooked turkey leg in air fryer basket

Serve and enjoy your delicious and juicy turkey leg 🙂

Notes on Air Fryer Roasted Turkey Legs

  • You should be able to find turkey legs in your local grocery store in the poultry section. They usually sell them in packs of 2 or 3. If you pick up a pack of lea turkey legs, adjust the cooking time. 
  • Different air fryers will require different cook times. Adjust your cook times accordingly. 
  • I don’t brine the turkey legs when making them in the Air Fryer. There was no need to as the Air Fryer does the job of keeping the meat moist.
  • Lean turkey legs will cook in less time. Cut cooking times in half.

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Air Fryer Turkey Leg Recipe

These Air Fryer Turkey Legs are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. These legs are perfectly seasoned and so easy to roast in your Air Fryer.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer turkey legs, roasted turkey leg, turkey leg recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 988kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine smoked paprika, brown sugar, seasoned salt, garlic powder until fully mixed. Set aside.
  • Wash and pat dry turkey legs.
  • Rub seasoning mixture all over turkey legs making sure to get under the skin as well.
  • Place in Air Fryer basket. Lightly spray with oil.
  • Air Fry on 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Then open air fryer basket, flip turkey legs and lightly spray with oil. Close Air Fryer basket and cook for 20 more minutes.
  • Remove and Enjoy 🙂

Notes

  • You should be able to find turkey legs in your local grocery store in the poultry section. They usually sell them in packs of 2 or 3. If you pick up a pack of lea turkey legs, adjust the cooking time. 
  • Different air fryers will require different cook times. Adjust your cook times accordingly. 
  • I don’t brine the turkey legs when making them in the Air Fryer. There was no need to as the Air Fryer does the job of keeping the meat moist. 
  • Lean turkey legs will need a lesser cook time. Cut the cook times in half. 

Nutrition

Calories: 988kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 133g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 481mg | Sodium: 1666mg | Potassium: 1883mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 740IU | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 12mg
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Mishe

Saturday 16th of May 2020

Thanks. This recipe looks awsome!!

Michelle

Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

This was so Delicious! Thank you so much, now I can make my own & not spend 12$ for only 1 at the fair!

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