When you are craving a roast turkey but don't want to make a whole roast turkey, easy roasted turkey legs with vegetables is the perfect way to a cook a complete wholesome turkey dinner with potatoes and carrots. These turkey legs have the crispiest and perfectly browned skin and the meat is tender, succulent and so flavourful, seasoned with a simple and delicious marinade. Plus, if you marinade the turkey in advance, you can have dinner will be ready in about 1 hour.
Roasted turkey legs are the perfect family meal to serve in the fall. This meal is also the perfect main course to serve on Thanksgiving, especially this year if you are hosting a small, intimate Thanksgiving dinner for immediate family. Plus, use the pan drippings to make the easiest 2-ingredient turkey gravy.
Here is what you will need for this easy sheet pan meal:
- turkey legs - I used two bone-in, skin-on, turkey legs with thighs (approximately 2 lbs. each). You can also just use turkey legs or turkey thighs.
- turkey marinade - vegetable oil, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce (optional), paprika, salt and pepper.
- baby potatoes
How to Make the Best Roasted Turkey Legs with Vegetables
- Marinate the turkey: In a large bowl or ziploc bag, combine turkey legs with vegetable oil, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, salt and pepper. Toss to coat turkey in the marinade. If marinating in a ziploc bag, press the air out of the bag, seal tightly, and press the seasoning around the turkey legs to coat. Transfer turkey to the refrigerator and marinate for at least one hour. The longer, the better.
- Assemble the roasting pan: Arrange onions, carrots, celery, and potatoes on a large roasting pan and place the roasting rack over the vegetables in the pan. Place the marinated turkey legs onto the rack. Drizzle any remaining marinade over the vegetables.
- Bake the turkey legs: Preheat oven to 375 F. Transfer the pan into the oven and bake for 1 to 1.5 hours (depending on the size of the turkey legs) until golden brown and the internal temperature for the turkey legs reaches 165 F on a digital meat thermometer.
- Broil the turkey legs (optional): Turn the broiler on high and broil the turkey legs for 3-4 minutes to achieve an extra crispy skin. Make sure to monitor the colour of the turkey skin during broiling since it can burning very quickly.
- Serve: Serve with the vegetables and drizzle with the juices from the pan. You can also use the pan drippings to make an easy 2-ingredient turkey gravy and drizzle on top.
Tips for Making Roast Turkey
- How to customize: You can customize this easy one pan dinner by switching up the vegetables and adding in whatever you have on hand. Some other great choices are sweet potatoes and butternut squash.
- How to tell if turkey is ready: The turkey is ready once the internal temperature reaches 165F. Insert a digital meat thermometer halfway inside the thickest part of the leg to get a quick reading. This will ensure that you never end up with undercooked or overcooked turkey.
- How to make gravy: Use the turkey pan juices to make easy 2-ingredient turkey gravy. You can also make a large batch of gravy using turkey stock in this classic turkey gravy recipe.
- How to store: Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Use any leftovers to make leftover turkey sandwich, turkey fried rice or turkey wild rice soup.
How to Serve Roasted Turkey Legs
The beauty of this one pan dish is that it is a complete meal on its own with a nice serving of vegetables. You can also serve it with a side salad and some of these other delicious sides:
More Turkey Recipes
- Easy Juicy Roasted Turkey Breast
- Soy Glazed Braised Turkey Breast with Five-Spice
- Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
- The Best and Juiciest Whole Turkey
- Classic Homemade Turkey Gravy
- Easy 2-Ingredient Turkey Gravy
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