How to Reheat Smoked Turkey Leg

How To Reheat Turkey Legs 

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and everyone loves turkey legs. But how do you make sure that you get the most bang for your buck?

There are many factors that determine whether or not you will reheat the leftover turkey drumsticks, smoked or not.

If you want to ensure that you get the most delicious turkey leg experience possible, then you should follow our tips and bullet point guides so you get flavor and moisture to the meat.

There are many ways to reheat turkey legs, including in the oven, on the stovetop, or in the microwave. The best method for reheating turkey legs depends on what you want to achieve.

How To Reheat Turkey Legs

The oven method is the most effective way to reheat turkey legs

Turkey legs are delicious, but they can be tricky to cook properly. Turkey legs tend to dry out very fast, especially after sitting in the fridge overnight. 

  • To bake turkey legs, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Place the turkey legs in a large roasting pan and cover with foil.
  • Bake until warmed all the way through, about 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and continue cooking until golden brown, another 15 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately.
  • This recipe is perfect for leftover poultry legs from Thanksgiving dinner or other holiday meals. 

Similar to turkey wings in the oven method.

You can also see where is the best place to put a turkey in the oven.

Microwave Method Is Faster than Other Methods

Microwaving food is fast, easy, and convenient, but it can also lead to uneven heating and overcooked foods.

Turkey Drumsticks Reheating
Turkey Drumsticks Reheating

Furthermore, microwaves aren’t the best option for cooking certain foods. When you’re trying to cook a large quantity of food, you might want to consider another method instead. Because you will only fit one or two turkey legs into the microwave dish or plate.

 Place the smoked legs on a microwave turntable, which ensures that the food cooks evenly and preserves the smoky flavor throughout the reheating process.

You may have to use a cover as the fat in the meat tends to het up very fast and starts spitting, making you think the food is hot when actually it is not.

Give it bursts of 30-60 seconds and probe the meaty part of the leg to see if it is hot enough.

You can always use a meat thermometer until you are familiar with the time it takes.  The method can also be used with pre-cooked turkey.

How to Reheat Turkey Legs in the Microwave

In order to reheat turkey legs in the microwave, we need to know how much time it takes for each individual leg.

Then we need to find out how long it would take to heat them all.

The Microwave Leg Method

The Microwave Method

The microwave is the fastest but will make them more tender. 

You can actually take the meat off the turkey leg also. If you have gravy or chicken broth drizzle a little over the top to keep them moist as you cook.

I prefer 45-second increments until the meat starts to steam, Typically one turkey leg needs to be rotated 2 times in 3 minutes to be reheated successfully.

– Defrosting frozen turkey legs in the microwave is a good option.

– Reheating cooked drumsticks  is a great way to enjoy leftovers

– Frozen turkey legs should be placed in the refrigerator the night before to defrost

– Put the cold turkey legs in the microwave first (use microwave safe dish) and keep them warm in a slow cooker

Air Fryer Method for Heating up Turkey Legs

Turkey legs are delicious, but reheating them takes forever in the oven and the microwave is not ideal either.

The method that I use to heat them up faster, while maintaining the quality of the meat is the air fryer.

 The air fryer method is much easier and less messy than the microwave.

Preheat the air fryer according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Medium heat. Place the turkey legs inside the air fryer basket. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes until golden brown. Remove the legs from the air fryer and serve immediately.

How to Reheat Turkey Legs Without Drying It Out

Reheating turkey legs is an art form. At its best, it’s tender, moist, and delicious. At its worst, it’s dry, tough, and tasteless.

Cook it long enough to finish it off, but not too long.

To reheat turkey legs, follow these simple rules:

Heat it slowly.

Use a preheated oven before you heat the turkey.

Use low heat.

Keep the temperature steady.

Turn the turkey legs often.

Serve in gravy.

Serve with melted cheese

Serve with Chicken Broth

Reheat and Bake in foil.

Bake in a baguette.

When cooking smoked turkey legs, don’t overcook them. They should still be moist.

How to Reheat Smoked Turkey Legs? 

– Cold turkey legs will lose flavor if left too long.

– This technique works for all kinds of meat, including beef, chicken, pork, lamb, or seafood.

– To avoid overcooking the meat, keep an eye on the internal temperature of the meat.

– Don’t overcook your smoked turkey legs. Internal temperatures should reach 165 degrees F.

– A food thermometer is essential to ensure proper doneness.

Smoking turkey legs is one of our favorite holiday traditions. We love the smoky flavor and the crispy skin.

Here’s how to reheat  smoked turkey legs in the oven:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the turkey legs on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the baking dish from the oven and flip the turkey legs over. Return the pan to the oven and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Enjoy the Flavor
Turkey legs are delicious served cold with salt and pepper. But if you want to serve them warm, simply use the method above. Serve With Gravy for extra taste.

Re-Invent Your Leftover Turkey Leg

There are plenty of recipes that use turkey legs, including chicken wings, meatballs, and drumsticks. But if you’re looking for something unique, try making Turkey Leg Soup.

Not only does it look delicious, but it’s also easy to prepare and a perfect meal for Thanksgiving dinner.

Reuse your leftovers to create new dishes

  • Pull off all the meat from the bone and put it in a bowl. Shred the meat with two forks. Add salt and pepper. Use the mixture as filling for dumplings, pie crust, etc.
  • Make a hoisin sauce and serve over onions pancakes
  • Turkey Leg Soup

The Best Way To Store Left-over Turkey Leg

Left over turkey legs are delicious after Thanksgiving dinner, but they can spoil fast if stored improperly. Here’s how to store leftovers properly so that they taste just as good as the day they were cooked.

Storing leftover turkey legs in the refrigerator is ideal since cold temperatures prevent bacteria growth. But if you plan to freeze your turkey legs, you’ll want to place them in freezer bags instead of plastic containers, they are more versatile.

This method prevents moisture from leaking into the meat while keeping the turkey legs safe from harmful bacteria. When thawing frozen turkey legs, remember to cook them thoroughly before serving.

Are Smoked Turkey Legs Fully Cooked?

Typically to get the smoke-infused smoked turkey legs are cooked.

Smoking food is a common practice among chefs, especially during the holidays. But does smoking turkey legs really cook them all the way through? Or are they just cooked enough to look appetizing?

Why Is My Smoked Turkey Skin Rubbery?

The turkey skin will still be rubbery if moisture has not evaporated out when cooking in the oven or in the smoker.

How Long Do You Heat a Smoked Turkey Leg

Smoked turkey legs are delicious, but they’re also expensive. So, if you’re planning to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, you might want to consider making your own smoked turkey legs instead. Typically heat a smoked turkey leg in the oven for 30 mins then turn it over and cook for a further 15 mins. Total Cooking time 45 mins maximum.

You want the inside temperature at 165 F, this is the safe temperature for reheating smoked turkey legs.
If in doubt use a probe thermometer.


In conclusion, if you want to save money, you should definitely keep leftover food around. Turkey sandwiches are especially easy to throw together, and they’re perfect for using up any extra meat from Thanksgiving dinner. Just slice up some bread, spread it with butter, add some cheese, and top it with leftover turkey.

You can use leftover vegetables too, like carrots, celery, broccoli, and green beans. Simply chop them up and toss them onto a sandwich. Or, if you’re really short on time, you can skip the chopping altogether and just mix up a salad instead.

Whatever you decide to do, just remember that you can easily turn leftover food into a delicious meal without having to spend a fortune.