How To Grill Chicken Drumsticks


How long to grill chicken drumsticks/legs? Best internal temp of chicken drumsticks? Great questions.

If you’re wondering how to grill drumsticks you’ve come to the right place.

Today we’re cooking fall off the bone drumsticks on the BBQ and showing you how to make your own!

Firing up the BBQ grill and don’t know what temperature or how long to grill chicken legs, more affectionately known as drumsticks? You’re in luck!

Here you’ll learn exactly how long to grill drumsticks, without a fancy recipe.

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Grilling chicken legs to the right temperature will make them fall off the bone delicious!

Don’t forget to check out how to grill beer can chicken, and how to grill thighs too.

As I said, this is not a recipe but a simple outline of how to make grilling drumsticks.

Also, check out how to make smoked chicken wings.

Drumstick Seasoning or Not

Season your legs if you wish.

I usually add a little salt and pepper, or a store bought dry rub nothing fancy here!

You can also try this sugar free dry rub I’ve made, it’s tasty!

Grill drumsticks on the BBQ very easy grilling method for chicken drumsticks to make them tender, juicy, and fall off the bone.

How To Oil Grill Grates

Oil your grill grates as usual. I like to use a half onion on a fork.

Dipping the onion into vegetable oil and rub it on the hot grill grates before placing the chicken on.

Note that the first couple of flips, the chicken still may stick a little bit – this is normal.

How To Grill Chicken Drumsticks. Cooking the perfect, fall off the bone chicken drumsticks on the grill is easy when you follow these simple instructions!

How to Grill Drumsticks

Your ingredients are whatever you want them to be.

We like serving ours with asparagus, but you can serve them with any side you wish. Most importantly, what’s the chicken drumstick grill time?

You can spice your drummies with salt and pepper, or get creative with garlic salt, cayenne pepper or one of our favorites, Stubb’s Rub.

Let’s get to it. How long do you grill chicken drumsticks? What’s a good internal temp of chicken drumsticks? How long to grill chicken legs?

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How To Grill Chicken Legs – Drummies

How long to cook drumsticks?

Place your chicken on the preheated grill and cook with the lid closed for 30 to 35 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes.

Maintain your grill temp around 400 degrees throughout the entire cook. It’s fine if it fluctuates, they always do.

Internal temp of the meat is the most important thing.

Internal Temp of Chicken Drumsticks

The most important part of getting a nice juicy, fall off the bone chicken is the internal temperature!

You need to reach an internal temp of 185 degrees F for drumsticks. Use a meat thermometer for this to get it right! I have one of these.

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Optional: Add BBQ sauce and continue grilling chicken for an additional few minutes.

Now that you know how long to grill chicken legs it’s time to serve up and chow down! #yum!

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How Long To Grill Chicken Drumsticks


  • Drumsticks
  • Optional: Spices (salt, pepper etc…), BBQ Sauce


Preheat grill to about 400 degrees on your grill dome thermometer. While your grill preheats, prepare your drummies.

Pat your bird legs dry with paper towels. This will help you get the crispiest skin possible. I love the crispy skin, don’t you?

Okay, so make sure to do this step – don’t forget!

Learn How To Grill Chicken Drumsticks

Grill the drumsticks for about 35 minutes total time. You need to turn them every 5 minutes or so.

Turning them frequently like this will assure they cook evenly.

The magic happens with the internal temperature. At about 35 minutes, the temperature will get to 185 degrees.

That is the perfect temperature if you want your drumsticks to fall off the bone, be juicy and so tender!

How to BBQ chicken drumsticks

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How To Grill Chicken Drumsticks

Learn how to grill chicken drumsticks. How long to grill drumsticks, chicken legs internal temp, what temperature to grill them at, and how to make tender, juicy, fall off the bone chicken drumsticks.
Servings 10
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins


  • Gas Grill


  • 10 Chicken legs - drumsticks
  • Optional: Seasoning BBQ Sauce


  • Preheat grill to medium-high, 400 degrees on your grill lid thermometer
  • Dry drumsticks with paper towels
  • Optional: Season w/salt, pepper or other dry seasoning
  • Cook on preheated grill w/lid closed for 30 to 35 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes.
  • Optional: Once chicken internal temp reaches 185 degrees F. w/meat thermometer, add BBQ sauce and continue grilling a few minutes more.



Be patient and keep grilling, when you've reached internal temperature of 185, you have the perfect grilled chicken drumsticks.
Author: Scrappy Geek
Cost: $10
Course: Dinner, Main, Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine: American

Join the Conversation

  1. I’m so glad it worked out great for you, Cheryl! Once you cook chicken a few times this way, it’ll be like second nature to you and you’ll have perfect drumsticks every time!

  2. Cheryl Turnbull says:

    5 stars
    Worked out great! Love the onion/oil trick too!!

  3. 5 stars
    I’m so glad you enjoyed them, they are the best chicken legs with this method. We grill them exactly this way every time!

  4. 5 stars
    First time grilling legs with no flare ups! I used the onion trick! So good!!!!!

  5. 5 stars
    Grilling season is back and I hope you have drumsticks aplenty!

  6. Scrappy Geek says:

    5 stars
    Always glad to help, glad they came out perfect!

  7. 5 stars
    Chicken legs are always a nice treat here on the grill. It is really the only way I cook them and then when grilling season is over we had our fill for a while haha! We all like different BBQ sauce so we use a little bit of goya on them and then everybody dips them into sauce on their plates.

    Great instructions 🙂 Not many people mention to flip often like you mentioned. If it’s not flipped often, the chicken is under cooked. It’s the only meat I flip more then once on the grill.

  8. 5 stars
    Came out perfect thanks!

  9. 5 stars
    Hi Norris, No, you grill them right over the direct heat. I use all the burners on my grill at med-high heat when grilling chicken.

  10. Do i grill my chicken on the cold side

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