A common method for cooking turkey drumsticks is baking the drumsticks, which involves preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, peeling back the skin, brushing butter on the meat, and seasoning with salt and pepper. Pull the skin of each drumstick to its original position, spread butter over the skin, sprinkle some salt and pepper, and place the drumsticks on a roasting pan. Bake for 45 minutes, flip the turkey legs, bake for another 45 minutes, and serve when cool.
After preheating the oven, peel the skin to the top of each turkey leg to season the meat beneath the skin with 1 tablespoon of butter, some salt and pepper, and herbs such as sage, thyme and rosemary. Use a maximum of 3 tablespoons of butter for large drumsticks. This is done to make the skin crispy while baking. Olive oil is a good alternative to butter for calorie-conscious individuals.
Arrange the turkey legs on a large roasting pan, and place a metal roasting rack on top of a drip pan to catch droplets while the drumsticks bake. Stick a meat thermometer into the thickest portion of the drumsticks, and turn off the heat if the internal temperature is 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Separate the meat and bone, or serve whole.