Grilled Buttermilk Turkey Drumsticks

Grilled Buttermilk Turkey Drumsticks
Buttermilk Turkey Drumsticks on the Grill. Daniel Kaesler/EyEm/Getty Images
  • 2 hrs 18 mins
  • Prep: 18 mins,
  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Buttermilk not only adds a distinctive and wonderful flavor but works well as a marinade. These turkey drumsticks are a meal in themselves that are tender, flavorful and easy to eat.

What You'll Need

  • 4-6 turkey drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL olive oil
  • 1 bottle barbecue sauce
  • For the Marinade:
  • 2 cups/475 mL buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons/45 mL Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons/45 mL honey
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL salt
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL fresh thyme (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL fresh oregano (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL black pepper

How to Make It

1. In a medium bowl, combine all marinade ingredients until thoroughly mixed through. Place drumsticks in a resealable plastic bag and pour marinade over it. Seal bag and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 4-12 hours.

2. Preheat grill for medium heat. Once up to temperature and right before placing turkey legs onto the grill, oil the grill grates.  This can be accomplished by using a large pair of outdoor cooking tongs, oil (preferably a high smoke point oil), and folded paper towel.

Grasp paper towel with tongs and dip liberally into oil. Run across the grill grates and repeat process about 3-4 times.  This will creates a non-stick surface.  

3. Remove drumsticks from plastic bag and discard marinade. Place turkey on oiled grill grates. Cook on medium, indirect heat for 2 hours, or until internal temperature reaches 185 degrees F. Brush with barbecue sauce every 15- 20 minutes after the first hour of cook time.

3. Once cooked through, remove drumsticks from heat and let rest for a 3-5 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 3927
Total Fat 163 g
Saturated Fat 41 g
Unsaturated Fat 60 g
Cholesterol 1,818 mg
Sodium 4,412 mg
Carbohydrates 38 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 547 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)