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Best Air Fryer Turkey Legs

Crispy air fryer turkey legs are a great protein packed low carb dinner idea for the holidays or year round. Made with a dry rub that’s tasty.

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Air fryer turkey legs are great for a quick protein packed low carb dinner. During the holidays it’s perfect when there are only a few of you at home. Air fryer recipe success tonight. (affiliate links present)

Last week we shared how to cook an air fryer turkey breast and we just couldn’t stop there.

It turned out so good I wanted to show something else you could make for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

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Ok so I was in the grocery store looking for what to cook next, and turkey legs were staring right back at me. I hadn’t experimented much with them so I thought “why not”.

At around $4 for 2 large pieces I kinda’ couldn’t go wrong, so I bought 2 packages to experiment with. I only needed this one set because they came out great the first time around!

Turkey Legs in Air Fryer

With the right rub you can make air fry everything perfectly and make it come out amazingly out of this world.

turkey legs in air fryer

There wasn’t really a question as to how I was going to season these babies. I made this smoked turkey rub a while back and it’s always been SO popular, so I just halved that recipe (made for the whole bird).

Cooking Turkey Legs

This is what you’re going to need to get out in order to get these ready:

  1. 2 turkey legs – this is what will fit in your air fryer basket at a time
  2. Olive oil spray
  3. Sea salt
  4. Chili powder
  5. Garlic powder
  6. Paprika
  7. Basil
  8. Old Bay is my favorite secret ingredient for “all the things”

Just mix the seasonings together, rub it on and you’re ready to cook once your machine is preheaed.

turkey dry rub

Here are a few questions you might be wondering about before you get started on this:

How do you cook turkey legs in air fryer?

We will show you how right here! In just 21 minutes without needing to flip them over they’ll come out tender and full of flavor with our dry rub recipe below.turkey legs

What temp should turkey legs be cooked to?

Remove from heat source and use a meat thermometer to check. Place into thickest part of meat and when it reaches 165 degrees F you’re safe.

Remember what it will continue to increase by 10 degrees as it rests. You should allow them to sit for at least 5 minutes to stay moist and reach a safe temp. to eat.safe internal meat temperature

How do you know when a turkey leg is done?

When the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit and the juices run clear, they’re done. The meat on the end will begin to pull away from the bone too which is a good sign.

It really only takes about 10 minutes to preheat, mix the seasonings and coat the outside. Talk about a fast meal! Throw them in and when it beeps you have a delicious meal to enjoy.

turkey leg air fryer

Air Fryer Turkey Legs

We have made this as an easy Ninja Foodi recipe as well as making them in our Cosori air fryer too. It doesn’t really matter the brand you have. The main difference is the size. Mine is rather large and comfortably fits 2.

If you have a smaller one with a round basket you may have to do one at a time. I thought I may need to flip them halfway through like I do with our air fryer wings but no need.

  • Of course there will be a slight difference in cook times depending on how large your legs are but 20 minutes to 22 minutes is pretty dead on.
crispy turkey legs

Here is a quick step by step but we have a printable recipe card below too that you can keep handy.

Time needed: 21 minutes.

Air Fryer Turkey Legs

  1. Prepare

    Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees F. Mix together dry rub ingredients in a bowl. Rub on all sides of legs. Spray inside of air fryer basket with olive oil spray and lay legs inside.

    Spray top of legs with olive oil spray.

  2. Air Fry Turkey Legs

    Close drawer and cook at 390 degrees F for 21 minutes. Check at thickest part of leg to ensure internal temp. is at least 165 F.

    Remove from basket and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing meat off of bone and serving.

I tried a second batch at 400 degrees and I thought a bit lower was better. You don’t want the outsides to get really over crispy in order to cook the insides properly. If you love turkey these will be a huge hit.

turkey leg

Love trying new things? You can make smoked turkey legs or the whole bird as well, it’s one of our favorite methods too.

If you love how quick this 30 minute meal is, you’ll also get a kick out of making sheet pan turkey. The whole bird is done in just about an hour!

Want to make slow cooker chicken legs? Those are great too. BUT our air fryer chicken leg quarters may be our favorite. It cooks similarly, and comes out just as delicious.

Air Fryer Chicken Quarters

Nutritional facts are included in the recipe card below, calories and saturated fat will vary slightly depending on their sizes.

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Air Fryer Turkey Legs

Crispy air fryer turkey legs are a great protein packed low carb dinner idea for the holidays or year round. Made with a dry rub that's tasty.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, ninja foodi, turkey legs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 21 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 290kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 390 degrees F.
  • Mix together dry rub ingredients in a bowl. Rub on all sides of legs.
  • Spray inside of air fryer basket with olive oil spray and lay legs inside. Spray top of legs with olive oil spray.
  • Close drawer and cook at 390 degrees F for 21 minutes. Check at thickest part of leg to ensure internal temp. is 165 F. Remove from basket and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing meat off of bone and serving.

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Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Turkey Legs
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 481mg160%
Sodium 4003mg174%
Potassium 1878mg54%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 133g266%
Vitamin A 512IU10%
Calcium 126mg13%
Iron 12mg67%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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