A turkey fryer will let you prepare the juiciest, most tender turkey without having to spend hours roasting it. In fact, with a fryer you can prepare two whole birds in less time than it takes to roast a turkey with traditional methods. When it comes to choosing a turkey fryer, things to consider include size, the presence of manual temperature controls, whether they are indoor or outdoor, and fuel type.
But with so many models in the market, picking the right model for you can be overwhelming. The following comparison and reviews of some of the top-selling and top-rated fryers available is meant to ease the process of buying your first turkey fryer.
1. Masterbuilt’s Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer
This stainless steel fryer is highly rated as an indoor unit for frying your holiday turkey. It is made of stainless steel and coated with porcelain inside to hold oil safely. The fryer can cook turkeys up to 20 lbs with the help of a 1650 watt cooking element. It weighs about 20 lbs and the footprint measures 18.3 by 16.14 inches.
2. Masterbuilt’s Butterball Oil-Free Electric Outdoor Roaster & Fryer
If you’re trying to eat healthy, then consider the Butterball Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer and Roaster, also by Masterbuilt. The Butterball Electric Fryer can cook turkeys up to 18 lbs and uses a powerful 1650 watt heating element for radiant heating.
3. Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-Less Turkey Fryer
This Char-Broil fryer uses a patented infrared technology to evenly cook turkey without oil and also comes with a removable drip pan, just like the Masterbuilt Butterball Oil-Free Electric fryer. However unlike the Masterbuilt it only has the capacity for a 16 lbs bird at most. The unit weighs 30 lbs and comes with a cooking basket, meat thermometer, lifter and manual. It takes about 10 minutes to cook a pound of bird.
4. Bayou Classic 32-Quart Stainless Steel Turkey Fryer
This is an oil fryer by Bayou made of polished stainless steel. It can be used for steaming, boiling and frying everything from poultry and seafood to vegetable and tamales. It comes with a pot hook, lid with vents, hook plate, injector, three skewers and thermometer.
To Sum Up
All the models listed above are excellent in their class. The Masterbuilt or Char-Broil oil-free fryers are excellent for healthy cooking and produce roast birds that almost taste like fried turkey. But if you’re looking for the exact flavor and texture of frying, you may want to stick with the oil fryer from Bayou or Masterbuilt. All the models will cost you less than $100, which makes them great investments. The final choice of turkey fryer lies with you, depending on your preferences.