How Long to Cook Chicken Legs on Grill


You’ve been putting the chicken in the oven for years, and now you want to make a change. No problem! Grilled chicken legs are easy to make and taste delicious. But if you’re not sure how long to cook them, here’s what you need to know:

Heat the grill to medium-high, with the lid closed.

Heat the grill to medium-high, with the lid closed. Open the lid and add chicken legs to the preheated grill. Close the lid and cook for 10 minutes, or until cooked through and golden brown on all sides.

Place chicken legs on the preheated grill over direct heat.


Place the chicken legs on the preheated grill over direct heat.

Note: If your grill has multiple burners, turn off all but one or two and place the chicken legs over them. If you are using an electric grill with no adjustable heat settings, set it to low and use indirect heat instead of direct (see below).

Use a meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh to check internal temperature; cook until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (74 C).

Cook the chicken legs for 10 minutes, turn and cook an additional 10 minutes on the other side.

As with any chicken, the length of time to cook it will depend on its size. If you are cooking more than one batch, move the cooked chicken legs to a cooler part of the grill and cover them with foil while they rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Cook until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

You want to cook chicken legs until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. The best way to do this is with a meat thermometer, but if you don’t have one handy, don’t worry. Just cook them until they look done and then check with a thermometer when they’re done cooking.

Don’t use the juices from the bottom of your grill as an indicator of doneness; they may be hot enough to burn your fingers but not necessarily hot enough for safe consumption (or even cooking). Also remember that all meat continues cooking for several minutes after being removed from heat sources like fire or ovens–so don’t eat any chicken until it has had time to cool down at least 15 minutes!

It’s easy to make delicious grilled chicken legs when you know how to do it right.

The best way to know if your chicken legs are done is to use a meat thermometer. Insert it into the thickest part of the meat (not touching bone), and check for doneness in this way:

  • 160 degrees F – Well Done
  • 145 degrees F – Medium Rare
  • 160 degrees F – Medium Well

If you don’t have a meat thermometer, use this trick: press down gently on top of one of your grilled chicken legs with your finger. If it springs back up quickly without leaving an indentation, then it’s done! If not… keep cooking until it does so. Don’t forget that turning over once during grilling will ensure even cooking throughout all sides of each leg piece; this also helps prevent charring while still allowing enough time for heat penetration into center areas where bacteria could grow without proper cooling off periods between flips (which we’ll get into later).


I hope this article has been helpful in learning how to make grilled chicken legs. It’s easy to do, but there are some key steps that must be followed in order for the meat not to dry out. The most important thing is to keep your grill preheated before placing any food on it so that it cooks evenly and quickly!

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