Oven Roasted Turkey Legs


Delicious turkey legs with sage, thyme and pomegranate molasses bring a hint of Thanksgiving to your dinner table.

Prep Time:
2 hrs
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs
4 servings


  • ½ cup salt

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 4 turkey drumsticks

  • 2 cups white wine

  • ½ cup pomegranate molasses

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 4 tablespoons dried sage leaves, divided

  • 4 tablespoons dried thyme leaves, divided


  1. Place the salt and sugar into a large resealable bag. Pour in enough water to cover the turkey legs, and squeeze the bag to dissolve salt and sugar. Immerse the turkey legs in the brine, and seal the bag. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to brine.

  2. In a saucepan, stir together the white wine, pomegranate molasses, brown sugar, regular molasses, vinegar, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil, and cook until reduced by half. Season with 1 tablespoon of sage and 1 tablespoon of thyme. Taste and adjust sugar, salt and pepper if desired.

  3. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Remove the turkey legs from the brine and pat dry with paper towels. Discard the brine. Heat a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Cast iron will work well. Fry the turkey, turning frequently, until browned on all sides. Place the pan with the turkey into the oven.

  4. Roast uncovered for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove and turn legs over. Season with some of the remaining thyme and sage, and spoon some of the sauce onto the legs to coat. Return to the oven for an additional 30 minutes.

  5. Repeat the seasoning and baste with the sauce again, and return to the oven. Roast for 15 more minutes, then test for doneness. The internal temperature should be 180 degrees F (82 degrees C) when taken with a meat thermometer. Serve turkey with remaining sauce on the side.


The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the brining solution. The sodium content recorded here is therefore artificially high . The actual amount of salt consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

996 Calories
13g Fat
126g Carbs
72g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 996
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 304mg 101%
Sodium 12363mg 538%
Total Carbohydrate 126g 46%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 114g
Protein 72g
Vitamin C 18mg 91%
Calcium 265mg 20%
Iron 16mg 86%
Potassium 1592mg 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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