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Traeger Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters

These Traeger Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters are simple to make and have a big bold seasoning mix and crispy skin. Plus, these are super economical! One of the least expensive cuts of chicken and the meat is dark and delicious.

Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters

Chicken Leg Quarters

It’s time to start thinking about warmer weather and all that goes hand in hand with it. GRILLING!!!!!  

I am so ready for this, I sometimes just HAVE got to grill something to fool myself into believing that nicer weather is just around the corner, and my Traeger Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters fills that bill, perfectly!

Using a combination of Togarashi and Korean Barbecue, this recipe for easy grilled chicken leg quarters is so good! If you don’t have those particular rubs, you can use your favorite chicken rub that you have on hand. The recipe is very forgiving.

These are grilled on my Traeger wood-pellet grill at 400 degrees, and it comes out with perfectly crispy skin and tender, juicy meat. 

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Traeger Grilled Chicken Quarters

How long does it take to grill leg quarters?

It depends! Always cook to temp and not for time! 165° for chicken, plan up to an hour (but could take longer you never know!) Insert meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, and be careful not to touch the bone.  

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Traeger Grilled Chicken Quarters

When are leg quarters done?

They are done when they reach 165°F internally. Use a high-quality meat thermometer to measure!

Traeger Grilled Chicken Quarters

How to grill chicken leg quarters

Grilling chicken is easy to do. Just make sure that you are grilling over indirect heat (which is what you are already doing on a Traeger), and you turn them fairly frequently, you can be sure you’re going to get great results.

  1. Preheat your grill.
  2. Season your chicken.
  3. Place chicken, skin side down, over indirect heat and grill for 25 to 30 minutes turning every 10 minutes.
  4. Crank the grill up to high heat for 10 additional minutes, 5 minutes per side, to finish it off, and always check to make sure that the internal temperate is at least 165°. Chicken legs and thighs have the bone in so will take longer to cook than breasts.
Traeger Grilled Chicken Quarters

What are the best sides to serve with this dish?

I like to serve this easy chicken dish with some rice and vegetables, myself. It is simple, lets you use your favorite sauce to top it, and everyone gets to customize according to what they’d like. 

Some ideas for great sides are:

What drinks work well with grilled chicken?

If you are serving a crowd, you may want a beverage or two to offer also.

I suggest my Strawberry White Wine Spritzer, or if you prefer to serve an after dinner drink, with my Homemade Kahlua Coffee Liqueur here are sooooo many options, such as White Russians, espresso, Kahlua on the rocks, and Irish Whiskey Frozen Cocktails.  

Add a splash to my Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream for an after-dinner coffee with a kick!

Get more delicious chicken recipes for the Traeger here!

Yield: 8 servings

Grilled Chicken Leg Quarters

Traeger Grilled Chicken Quarters

These delicious grilled chicken leg quarters are coated in copious amounts of seasoning rub, and then grilled on my wood-pellet grill. Tender, juicy, and super flavorful; your whole family is going to LOVE this economical meal!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rest Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 8 chicken leg quarters
  • LOTS of seasoning rub


  1. Preheat your grill to 400°.
  2. Season your chicken with LOTS of seasoning rub. Pick your favorite! I like Spiceology's Korean BBQ and Togarashi, as well as the Kendrick BBQ rub, personally.
  3. Place skin-side up on the grill, and grill for 15 minutes. Flip and grill an additional 10 minutes. When the chicken gets to about 150°, crank up the grill to high and finish off the grilling until the internal temperature is 165°.
  4. Pull off the grill and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 475Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 328mgSodium: 300mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 62g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Thursday 16th of July 2020

Hi Nicole,

I was just wondering if you could spend some of your personal time compiling a list of recipes and emailing them to me so that I am not tempting to buy anything that’s advertised in your article. It really irks me that you may benefit from the wonderful recipes of yours that I have used to deliver delicious meals for my family.

No, really though, thank you so much for the recipe! It’s cooking right now and it smells amazing. I’ll scope your wares and see if there is anything I might need. Five stars!

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 16th of July 2020

Haaaaaaa!! Thanks, William. I see you've been perusing my comments section. ;) Glad to know there's someone out there that understands and doesn't hate ads! I hope your chicken was amazing. <3

Gary Sharp

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Thank you so much for this info. I cook quarters on my charcoal grill and wanted to try it on a pellet smoker. I didn't want to smoke it for two hours but just wanted it to cook for an hour or so at higher heat just like my charcoal grill.

This weekend I am having my own "cook off." Pellet stove using your method and my trusty charcoal grill cooking indirect at 300-325.

My son, daughter-in-law and my two grandchildren will be the judges of the blind taste test.

Should be interesting...again thanks!

Gary Sharp

Monday 20th of July 2020

@Nicole Johnson, Your method was favored 3-1 by the judges. Both methods produced moist and very flavorful quarters. The determining factor was that even though they were not "smoked" a small trace of the apple and hickory flavor from the pellets managed to find it's way into the chicken which the judges really liked. Congrats!

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Oh man! Let me know how it goes! ;)

Ed Tomicek

Monday 23rd of September 2019

Just looking for recipes/with no BS along with it!.

Nicole Johnson

Monday 23rd of September 2019

Oh yeah? That's awesome!

Just producing recipes that I make available (for free) to help feed my family. ;)

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