grilled turkey legs

Grilled Apple Cider Glazed Turkey Legs

Make extra turkey legs for Thanksgiving so that everyone has enough to eat. These apple cider glazed turkey legs are easy to make and tasty to eat.

This recipe was made and written for SABER Grills by Colleen Kennedy of Souffle Bombay. Bon appétit!

Thanksgiving is almost here and for some it’s the BEST holiday of the year! I mean…family, fun and! No need to fight over who gets the turkey legs this year! Make a handful of  Grilled Apple Cider Turkey Legs and let everyone who wants one have their own!

While all the prep and cooking activity is going down for Thanksgiving in your kitchen. Don’t forget your grill! My grill is almost always a part of my holiday cooking, no matter what the weather! I’ve even used it to make a smoky cranberry sauce and sauté pierogi for our traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner (Wigilia). The SABER EZ Stainless Steel Griddle is perfect for sautéing pierogi!

This Apple Cider Glaze is easy to make and lends a festive flavor to a traditional turkey, turkey legs, thighs or breast. It’s delicious on grilled chicken too! Simply combine the glaze ingredients in a small pot and reduce them on your side burner or stove. You can make the glaze in advance as well.

grilled apple cider glaze turkey legs

When you are ready to cook the Apple Cider Glazed Turkey Legs, coat them with your prepared spice rub, let them come to almost room temp (30 minutes) and grill them up! As they get close to finishing up baste them a few times with the glaze and there you have it! Apple Cider Glazed Turkey Legs for all!

Besides enjoying these turkey legs on Thanksgiving, they make a great tailgating food or fall/winter food! Do you KNOW how many turkey legs Disney sells at their park?? They are pretty yummy!

apple cider glaze turkey leg seasoning


  • 4 turkey legs
  • Spice Rub Ingredients
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Apple Cider Glaze
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grainy Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • Dash of cayenne


  • Combine rub ingredients and mix with you’re a spoon or your fingers until incorporated.
  • Pat turkey legs dry, and then rub them with your spice rub.
  • Allow legs to sit on the counter for 20-30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, combine glaze ingredients in a small pot and reduce by half. Set aside once done.
  • Heat grill to medium and cook legs on indirect heat. Cook time will vary based on the size/weight of your legs. Typically they take 45-60 minutes (or an internal temperature of 165 degrees F).
  • Watch your legs. The sugar may cause the skin to char up in spots (which we find delicious). If your legs become golden, you can move them to your upper rack to finish cooking (over indirect heat) and lower then temperature to low heat.
  • At about the 30 minute mark baste your legs with the glaze, baste them two more times before they finish and once again when you pull them off the grill.
  • Allow the legs to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Note: I find when cooking legs on indirect heat, I do not need to place tin foil over the bottom of the drumsticks. However you can certainly do that for the first 20-25 minutes if you choose.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!

apple cider glazed turkey legs

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