Air Fryer Turkey Legs. Let me introduce you to crispy turkey legs cooked in the air fryer. Never worry about dry turkey again with these juicy addictive turkey legs.
You will love how easy it is to air fry a turkey leg for a quick lunch or dinner. You can also shred your turkey leg, serve it with our rice, or even have it as an alternative to KFC chicken, the ideas are endless.
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Turkey Leg In Air Fryer
Today is day 4 of our turkey theme at Recipe This. We are showcasing some of the best ways to cook turkey with kitchen gadgets.
We have already showed you how to cook air fryer turkey burgers and an air fryer boneless turkey breast and yesterday it was the turn of an air fryer turkey crown. But today it gets even better with an air fryer turkey leg.
I love a bargain and my favourite time of the year is straight after Christmas when the shops reduce all the Christmas produce, especially the meat.
I will buy in bulk beef shin, whole turkeys, chicken breasts and any other turkey that I can get my hands on.
Last year my favourite discounted turkey that I managed to get was these turkey legs:
They were the perfect size for the air fryer, and I added them to the freezer, to cook later.
Then as I recall it was a couple of months later that we had some air fried turkey legs on a warm spring day with a side of Ninja Foodi Rice and that’s the air fryer turkey leg recipe I am sharing with you today.
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Can You Cook Turkey Legs In An Air Fryer?
Yes, you can cook turkey legs in an air fryer, and they will be best air fryer turkey leg recipe that you have ever tried.
You achieve perfectly crispy turkey leg skin and the turkey meat in the inside is very juicy too.
Something that is so much easier to achieve with the air fryer.
Air Fryer Turkey Drumsticks
You’ll be looking at my photos and thinking they are not air fryer turkey legs, they are in fact, air fryer turkey drumsticks.
And you are RIGHT they are air fryer turkey drumsticks.
But in the USA, they are always referred to as turkey legs even though there are no thighs and that’s what I have a habit of calling them.
Therefore note, whether you call them air fryer turkey drumsticks or air fryer turkey legs they are one of the same.
Turkey Leg Air Fryer Ingredients
Drumsticks – We used two medium sized turkey drumsticks that came in a pack from Lidl. You can use the same or similar ones. Though note, if yours are much bigger then you will need to adjust the cook time.
Oil – I recommend some extra virgin olive oil in a spray bottle that you can spray onto the skin of the turkey. This will help create that wonderfully crispy skin.
Seasoning – Just like when you cook air fryer sirloin steak, a simple seasoning works best. That way you can enjoy the flavours of the turkey leg. We used mixed herbs, salt and pepper in this recipe.
Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in our turkey leg in the air fryer, it has just been our Philips Air Fryer. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of air fryer recipes and roasts meats like turkey perfectly.
How To Cook Turkey Legs In An Air Fryer?
- Prep. Start by prepping your turkey legs. Smoother your turkey legs in extra virgin olive oil and then season well. The oil then becomes the glue for the seasoning and ensures a flavoursome turkey leg.
- Cook. Load your turkey leg(s) into the air fryer basket and cook for 20 minutes at 180c/360f. Then turn and cook for a further 10 minutes.
- Serve. Once the air fryer beeps serve with your favourite rice or lunch or dinner. My personal favourite is instant pot brown rice, or you can add some vegetables and make instant pot vegetable rice.
How Long To Cook Turkey Legs In Air Fryer?
For cooking a turkey leg in the air fryer, the recommended cook time is JUST 30 minutes. You will be impressed with how quickly you can cook a turkey leg in the air fryer compared to in the oven.
Also note, that depending on the size of your air fryer you can usually cook three turkey drumsticks in the air fryer at once.
More Turkey Recipe Suggestions:
- Air Fryer Frozen Turkey Burgers
- Soup Maker Turkey Soup
- Slow Cooker Turkey Curry
- Slow Cooker Turkey Legs
- Instant Pot Frozen Turkey
- Instant Pot Turkey Neck Soup
Air Fryer Turkey Legs
- Smoother your turkey legs with extra virgin olive oil. Then season well with mixed herbs and salt, and pepper. Place into the air fryer basket and cook for 20 minutes at 180c/360f.
- Turn your turkey leg over to allow for an even crisp.
- Then cook for a further 10 minutes at the same temperature.