Festival Turkey Legs Recipe

Festival Turkey Legs
Festival Turkey Legs. Harris Graber/Getty Images
  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
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This is the authentic recipe used by turkey leg vendors at fairs and festivals. Boiling the turkey legs first may seem like cheating but, if you have to make thousands of them you won't want them sitting on your grill for 20 to 30 minutes before you can sell them.

What You'll Need

  • 4 turkey legs
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated soda (you can use lemonade as well)
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL black pepper
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL honey
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL steak seasoning

How to Make It

Combine soda, sugar, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, black pepper and onion slices in a large pot. Bring to a low boil and add turkey legs. Boil over a medium heat for about 30 minutes or until the turkey legs register an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. (74 degrees C.). Meanwhile, preheat grill. Place onion slices on the heated grill and put the turkey legs on top of the onion slices. Brush with honey and sprinkle with steak seasoning.

Grill over a medium heat for about 15 minutes watching carefully to avoid burning. Turn as needed. The skin should be crispy brown and legs should reach an internal temperature of between 165-175 degrees F when done. Once cooked, remove from grill and serve.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 3786
Total Fat 145 g
Saturated Fat 37 g
Unsaturated Fat 47 g
Cholesterol 1,809 mg
Sodium 3,526 mg
Carbohydrates 44 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 546 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)