Air Fryer Turkey Legs

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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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Air Fryer Turkey Legs Recipe

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:

Turkey Leg In Air Fryer

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

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?

air fryer turkey legs step by step
  • 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.

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.

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Air Fryer Turkey Legs
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Air Fryer Turkey Legs

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.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 533kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Air Fryer Turkey Legs Ingredients:


  • 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.
    Can You Cook Turkey Legs In An Air Fryer?
  • Turn your turkey leg over to allow for an even crisp.
    Can You Cook Turkey Legs In An Air Fryer?
  • Then cook for a further 10 minutes at the same temperature.
    Can You Cook Turkey Legs In An Air Fryer?


Blackened. If you would like a blackened barbecue look, then also add a tablespoon of honey when adding the seasonings.
Swaps. You can mix and match seasonings. I love to use mixed herbs, but you can use basil, oregano or keep things simple with Italian seasoning.
Thanks for reading our air fryer turkey legs recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to complete your turkey leg, I recommend you try our air fryer frozen turkey burgers recipe next.


Calories: 533kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 67g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 240mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 945mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 6mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes. Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie marker and several other kitchen gadgets. CLICKING HERE →

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for these, was looking everywhere for them and was just wondering if they fit and i can tell by your pictures that they will fit lovely.


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