Best Turkey Fryers in 2017

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Char-Broil Big Easy Infrared Outdoor Turkey Fryer

Best Turkey Fryers

There’s nothing wrong with cooking a turkey the conventional way in a home oven, or even smoking a turkey on a smoker. But frying a turkey has become such a popular way of cooking one because the results are so good and the process is so easy. It’s a great way to get a turkey to have an extra crispy skin and a juicy center. It also has the added benefit of being able to cook a whole turkey in less than an hour! In this guide, we’ll take you through some of the best turkey fryers on the market and hopefully give you an idea of what type of turkey fryer will best suit you.

 

 

What is a Turkey Fryer?

A turkey fryer is pretty much a standard deep fryer that is big enough and powerful enough to cook an entire turkey in no time at all.

There are several different types of turkey fryer but all of them work in the same basic way. They all super heat the outside of the turkey to give a crispy, golden skin and yet tender center.

There are standard oil turkey fryers that use a selection of different oils to cook the turkey. Standard oil fryers are generally the quickest way to cook a turkey and will give you the classic deep fried crispy skin. The opposite of that are oil-less turkey fryers. These have the benefit of being much safer and healthier than oil fryers. The down side is that they take longer to cook the turkey and won’t have as crispy a skin.

Turkey fryers also come in outdoor and indoor varieties. The outdoor turkey fryers are usually gas powered and are sometimes portable enough to be able to be taken camping. The indoor turkey fryers are usually electrically powered and are generally much easier to use. Outdoor turkey fryers will use an open flame to heat the oil meaning they are a lot more dangerous than the indoor electric ones. Also, outdoor fryers have a lot less control than indoor turkey fryers. This is because you will generally have to manually control the cooking, whereas with an electric one there are usually timers and auto shut off features that allow easier and safer cooking with indoor turkey fryers.

 

Best Value for Money Turkey Fryer

Butterball XL Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer

Masterbuilt Butterball XL Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer - One of the best turkey fryers available in 2017
Best value for money turkey fryer – Masterbuilt Butterball XL Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer

Masterbuilt have a great reputation for building some high-quality cooking equipment. They recently had two products featured on our best electric smokers buying guide. Their products are usually high quality and best of all, great value for money. And they do it again with the Butterball series of turkey fryer.

The Butterball XL Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer is one of the best turkey fryers on the market. It has porcelain pot that can hold a turkey up to 20 lbs in weight. It uses a third less oil than traditional fryers and has simple instructions to get you cooking great tasting turkey every time. It’s powered by a 1,650 watt electric heating element and can cook a 15 lb turkey in as little as 1 hour! Once you’ve finished cooking, cleaning is just as easy as there is a quick drain valve to easily drain the used oil.

Other features include:

  • The Butterball comes fully assembled.
  • Has a quality, stainless steel lid.
  • Allows you to fry, boil or steam anything you can think of, it’s not just a turkey fryer.
  • Porcelain coated cooking pot for maximum heat retention and ease of cleaning.
  • Safety features include magnetic power cord for easy cutting of power. The unit only turns on when it has been fully reassembled after cleaning. And there is an auto shut off for if the oil gets too hot.
  • Includes a cooking basket with a drain clip so you can easily raise and lower your turkey to drain it of oil.

Dimensions: 18.3 x 16.1 x 14.8 inches (46.4 x 40.9 x 37.6 cm)

Weight: 19.8 lbs (9 kg)

Overall, the Butterball turkey fryer is the best turkey fryer you can buy today if you’re looking for value for money. It produces great tasting food very easily, is easy to clean and is one of the safest fryers you can buy. The only downside is that it requires at least 30 minutes to fully heat up, sometimes it can be closer to 45 minutes. Whilst this isn’t a huge deal you’ll have to take that into account when thinking of frying a turkey. If you’re looking for a good quality turkey fryer then you’re not going to get better value for money than with the Butterball XL Turkey Fryer.

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Best Oil-Less Turkey Fryer

Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-less Turkey Fryer

Char-Broil Big Easy Infrared Outdoor Turkey Fryer - One of the best turkey fryers available in 2017
Best Oil-less Turkey Fryer – Char-Broil Big Easy Infrared Outdoor Turkey Fryer

The Char-Broil Big Easy is a completely oil-less turkey fryer. It has a fairly small capacity, but also cheap and incredibly popular. It’s a gas powered turkey fryer that uses infrared technology to evenly heat the turkey and eliminates any hot or cold spots. You still get a juicy inside and a crispy skin which tastes almost as good as a traditional oil fryer, but without the mess and potential splatter of hot oil.

The Char-Broil Big Easy can cook a whole range of foods and can cook a turkey up to 16lbs. Whilst this isn’t as big as some of the other turkey fryers on the list, it is still a decent size turkey. It can cook turkeys at a rate of about 8-10 minutes per pound. So, for a 15lb turkey you’ll be looking at around a minimum of 2 hours. This isn’t the fastest on the list but it beats a traditional oven and doesn’t have a warm up time like an oil deep fryer.

Other features include:

  • Included meat thermometer and quick start cooking guide.
  • Solid construction from high quality metals.
  • Drip tray located under the heating chamber to catch any falling juices and make cleaning easy.
  • Usually less money than any Butterball.

Dimensions: 16 x 16 x 24.5 inches (40.6 x 40.6 x 62.2 cm)

Weight: 31lbs (14 kg)

Overall, the Char-Broil Big Easy is a brilliant oil-less turkey fryer that produces high quality food that is on par with anything produced from an oil fryer. The bonuses of the Big Easy is just how easy it is to use. There is no need for messing around with oil and you simply place the food inside, turn it on and wait until it’s cooked. There is a need for a gas bottle and you will have to wait longer for your food than a Butterball. But if you’re looking for the best oil-less turkey fryer that will produce perfectly fried turkey without the calories then the Char-Broil Big Easy is the one to buy.

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Best Outdoor Turkey Fryer

Bayou Classic 3066A Turkey Fryer Kit

Bayou Classic Outdoor Turkey Fryer - One of the best turkey fryers available in 2017
Best Outdoor Turkey Fryer – Bayou Classic Outdoor Turkey Fryer

The Bayou Classic 3066A is a proper outdoor turkey fryer. It’s perfect for any outdoor eating. If you’re camping or tailgating all you have to do is hook it up to a gas bottle and you can fry a whole turkey! The kit includes a specifically designed 30 quart stockpot which is enough to cook around an 18lb turkey. It also includes an outdoor stove that can be used for anything, not just the stockpot. It’s all made from aluminum and cast iron for high quality performance. There is also a poultry rack and a grab hook included for convenient and safe removal of the turkey.

Other features include:

  • Vented lid for control over inside temperature.
  • A 12 inch stainless thermometer and a seasoning injector are both included in the kit.
  • Reversable grate on the 16 inch burner provides exceptional cooking performance and flexibility.

Dimensions (of the stockpot): 15 x 15 x 18 inches (38.1 x 38.1 x45.7 cm)

Weight (of the stockpot): 17.9 lbs (8.1 kg)

The best thing about the Bayou is that it is fully portable. It produces good quality turkey, with crispy skin and succulent meat anywhere you want. However, it uses quite a lot of oil and makes a bit of a mess. Also, cleaning is generally more time consuming than the other options. But if you watch your oil and temperatures carefully then you’ll be treated to one of the most flexible and versatile pieces of cooking equipment around. If you’re looking for a truly portable turkey fryer then the Bayou is the one to get.

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Best Large Capacity Turkey Fryer

Masterbuilt Butterball XXL Digital Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer

Masterbuilt Butterball XXL Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer - One of the best turkey fryers available in 2017
Best Capacity Turkey Fryer – Masterbuilt Butterball XXL Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer

Another Butterball makes the list. This time it’s the XXL model that can fit turkeys up to 22lbs comfortably. What we love about the Butterball series is that almost everything has been thought of by Masterbuilt. They’re incredibly easy to use and produce some of the best turkey we’ve ever tasted. The XXL version of the Butterball has all of the same features as the XL version we reviewed earlier.

Best features of the XXL:

  • Easily cook a 22lb turkey.
  • Has the same fast cook time as the XL. Cook a 15 lb turkey in as little as 1 hour!
  • Allows you to fry, boil or steam anything you can think of, it’s not just a turkey fryer.
  • Porcelain coated cooking pot for maximum heat retention and ease of cleaning.
  • Safety features include magnetic power cord for easy cutting of power. The unit only turning on when it has been fully reassembled after cleaning. And there is an auto shut off for if the oil gets too hot.
  • Includes a cooking basket with a drain clip so you can easily raise and lower your turkey to drain it of oil.

Overall, if you’re looking for a way to fry as large a turkey as easily as possible then the Masterbuilt Butterball XXL is the turkey fryer you need. Not only that, but you’ll also have the ability to cook a lot more food that isn’t a turkey at the same time. This is a great piece of kit and you certainly won’t regret it if you pick the best turkey fryer for large capacity cooks.

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Pros and Cons of a Turkey Fryer

Pros

  • Amazing tasting turkey, with classic crispy skin and juicy meat.
  • Reduced cooking times compared to a conventional oven, with the possibility of frying a whole 15lb turkey in as little as an hour.
  • More space in the oven. This was a huge benefit whenever we had people around. The ability to cook other things in the oven can make your thanksgiving or Christmas run a whole lot smoother.
  • Easier cleaning. With a Butterball (and other makes) the simple cleaning up of the oil and pan is much easier than cleaning up a roasting pan.

Cons

  • Seeing as you’re dealing with very hot oil (most of the time) there is always a risk that if something goes wrong you could be in serious trouble. It is always recommended to completely thaw out your turkey. Better yet, buy fresh. Any water that comes in contact with the hot oil creates a very real fire hazard. This is what happens when a frozen turkey is placed into a turkey fryer:

  • A good quality oil can be expensive.
  • Potential oil splatter.
  • No gravy or stuffing.

Deep frying a turkey is a great way to impress at the next family event or thanksgiving. Taking the whole family outside to watch you place a turkey into a huge pan of boiling oil will be memorable. (Hopefully for the right reasons). You might not want to deep fry a turkey every time but having a turkey fryer will give you the option to cook some of the best tasting turkey whenever you want.

To get the best tasting turkey you’ll want to fry it in the best quality oil. We have a guide that takes you through everything you need to know about deep frying oil.

 

Let us know in the comments, or contact us what you think or if we missed anything.

 

 

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