Grilled Turkey Drumsticks

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Grill: 40 min. + standing


12 servings

Updated: Sep. 06, 2023
Try something different this Thanksgiving and learn how to grill turkey drumsticks! These smoky, tender turkey drumsticks are easy to make, free up space in the oven and cook in a fraction of the time needed for a whole turkey. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Grilled Turkey Drumsticks Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 turkey drumsticks (1-1/2 pounds each)
  • 3 cups soaked apple wood chips


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 9 ingredients. Brush drumsticks with butter mixture.
  2. Add wood chips to grill according to manufacturer's directions. Place turkey on greased grill rack. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat, 40-45 minutes or until a thermometer reads 175°,. Turn drumsticks occasionally throughout cooking.

Nutrition Facts

8 ounces cooked turkey: 455 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 181mg cholesterol, 832mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 56g protein.

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