Festival and Theme Park Turkey Legs

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins

We love the turkey legs they serve at the local Flea Market, the Colorado Rennaissance Festival and at our theme parks, so we sought out the recipe and now use this excellent version to indulge in that tasty finger [hand] food.This is supposedly the authentic recipe used by turkey leg vendors at fairs and festivals. Boiling the turkey legs first may seem like cheating but if you have to make thousands of them to sell you don't want to have them sitting on your grill for 20 to 30 minutes before you sell them. Original recipe from the About.com website. For easy serving, after grilling, wrap the bottom end of the legs in aluminum foil and a napkin or paper towel to make a great "holder".

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine soda, sugar, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, black pepper and onion slices in a large pot.
  2. Bring to a low boil and add turkey legs.
  3. Boil over a medium heat for about 30 minutes or until the turkey legs register an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat grill.
  5. Place onion slices on the heated grill and put the turkey legs on top of the onion slices.
  6. Brush with honey and sprinkle with steak seasoning and pepper.
  7. Grill over a medium heat for about 15 minutes watching carefully to avoid burning.
  8. Turn as needed.
  9. The skin should be crispy brown when the turkey legs are done.


Most Helpful

It was not what I expected. I thought that the sweetness from the boil would disappear it's needs salt. I feel that I wasted my turkey legs.

terip263 April 27, 2010

We thought these were just awful! The smell from the boiling pot made us cough and wheeze and then the turkey legs were too spicy on the outside and way too dry on the inside. I followed the recipe just as told so I know it's not me. I'm sorry but I would not make these again

Cookin' Katie November 14, 2005

We thought these were so-so. I made them as written with the exception of grilling them over an open fire. I wasn't sure what steak seasoning was and shook on some Canadian Style Steak Seasoning I had on hand. I would haave to agree with Lvs2Cook that smoking the legs would be an improvement.

Roger/OH July 04, 2005

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