BBQ grilled chicken legs on a white platter.

Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters Recipe

Contributor: Christine Pittman

Get perfectly cooked Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters with juicy meat and crisped skin with this recipe.

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Rest Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American


  • 46 large chicken leg quarters
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup barbeque sauce (optional)


  1. Season chicken pieces on all sides with salt. 
  2. Insert an oven-proof digital thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh on one of the legs.
  3. Preheat one side of grill on high. Place chicken legs, skin-side-up on opposite side, away from heat source. Close grill. Cook 20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 120°F. 
  4. Turn chicken pieces over. Close grill. Cook 20 minutes more.
  5. Turn chicken pieces over again so they are skin-side-up again. Baste chicken with barbecue sauce. Close grill.
  6. Cook 10 minutes or until internal temperature of chicken registers 170°F. 
  7. Transfer chicken to a serving platter. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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