While many of us are used to eating turkey that has been roasted in an oven, deep fried turkey has been catching on as people discover how tasty it is compared to more traditionally prepared turkey. Contrary perhaps to expectation, turkey that has been cooked in a deep fryer is moist and does not taste greasy at all. While the skin is cooked to a crisp, the juices get sealed inside the bird, preventing it from drying out, which can happen if you leave a turkey in the oven for too long, as we all know. There are a variety of turkey deep fryers. Many of them are outdoor deep fryers that are fueled with propane. They are meant to be used outdoors due to fire hazard. Propane fueled turkey deep fryers have had a history of accidents including fire and explosions.
However, nowadays there are also electric turkey fryers of which at least some models can be safely used indoors. These electric fryers are quite versatile, and can be used to cook seafood and even to steam vegetables. The following are some of the best electric turkey fryers on the market.
Best electric turkey fryers
Masterbuilt 20010109 Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer
This is one of the best reviewed electric turkey fryers on the market. This indoor fryer can accommodate up to a 14 pound turkey. It uses about a third less of oil than conventional turkey deep fryers. It is also very user friendly, with an intuitive red "on" light and a green "ready" light. It has an adjustable thermostat that you can turn up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. The limited warranty on this product extends to 90 days. What buyers liked about Masterbuilt Electric Turkey Fryer were the viewing window to watch the turkey as it cooks, its sturdy build, fast cooking time, the sleek design, safety, and not least, the fact that it turns out tasty, non-greasy turkey. On the flip side, some people did not like the fact that puts out a lot of steam, has a short cord, does not shut off automatically, and the use of less oil means that the oil cools down more when the turkey is added. But on the whole, this is a great electric turkey fryer, and the safety and convenience of use indoors, ease of use, great cooking results and easy cleanup after cooking make it an excellent choice.
Cajun Injector Electric Turkey Fryer
The Cajun Injector Electric Turkey Fryer can hold a 12 – 14 lb bird. It can also be used to cook seafood. It has a stainless steel heating element, a digital control timer and thermostat, and a bailing basket made of aluminum with a quick draining system. The drain valve swings out, allowing for easy cleanup and draining.
Masterbuilt oil free electric turkey fryer
For the health conscious, Masterbuilt does offer an oil free electric turkey fryer. However, this is more of a roaster than a fryer. It is also meant to be used outdoors. The Masterbuilt oil free turkey fryer can hold up to an 18 lb turkey. It is sturdily built, has a temperature control dial, a cooking basket and handles for easy gripping. This turkey fryer boasts double-wall construction, a removable drip pan, and a wood chip tray for smoking. It can take as little as 10 minutes cooking time per pound of turkey. However, while most consumer reviews on this model are favorable, some have complained that it is not really a deep fryer after all, although they did appreciate the wood chip tray that allows for smoking the turkey.
These are some of the best electric turkey fryers out there. They are widely available both online and in stores, so happy shopping!