All About Turkey Fryers


Many people say that a turkey fryer is the only way to make the best tasting turkey!


Frying Turkey
photo by Jinx!
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Pictured above is a wonderful turkey cooked in a turkey fryer.



All About Turkey Fryers


Everybody wants great tasting turkey, and a turkey fryer will do that! Why a turkey fryer? Many of those who have tasted deep-fried turkey will attest that they are a lot tastier and juicier. In fact, these same people are convinced that deep-frying is simply the best way to cook a turkey. This is because the process is able to make the turkey skin crunchy and crispy while sealing the juices and flavors inside the meat thus making it, well, incredibly juicy.

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Turkey Fryers are New


Back in the days when turkey fryers were not yet available, people cooked their turkey by either smoking it or roasting it in an open fire. When the oven came around, turkeys were then cooked in a oven for anywhere between 3 to 5 hours. Still cooking a turkey in an oven is still the most popular, but there is a new choice.

Turkey in Oven

(photo by CJ Sorg)

The turkey fryer have recently become the apparatus of choice for cooking turkeys. Although deep-frying it had been commonly used in the southern part of the United States, it is only lately that people in other states have taken notice and started cooking their turkeys in turkey fryers.

 

How a Turkey Fryer Works


It can be a tricky to answer this question because there are different type of turkey fryers. Basically, a turkey is placed in a basket or on a holder and placed in a confined heat source. Because the heat source is confined, the turkey is cooked faster than an oven. To cook a turkey in an oven, it takes around 20 minutes a pound. Here are possible cooking times (depending on heat source) for cooking a turkey in a turkey fryer:

  • oil heated by electric is around 3.5 minutes/pound.
  • oil heated by propane is around 3.5 minutes/pound
  • air heated by electric around 10 minutes/pound
  • air heated by propane is around 10 minutes/pound

This means that cooking a turkey in a turkey fryer is a lot faster than cooking a turkey in a tradition oven!!! Next, the four types of turkey fryers will be explored in more depth.

 

Types of Turkey Fryers


Several companies have come out with their own models of electric and propane turkey fryers. Some electric turkey fryer models have been incorporated with technological enhancements that include digital timer and digital thermometer, and light indicators. Others have come up with turkey fryers that make use of radiant heat for cooking thus doing away with cooking oil.

Basically, there are four types of turkey fryers and each type of turkey fryer will produce excellent tasting turkey. The chart below shows the advantages, disadvantages and cost of four types of turkey fryers.

Types of Fryers

Benefits

Drawbacks

Oil Heated by Electric


Pictured Masterbuilt Butterball Turkey Fryer


  • Cooks turkey at 3.5 minuts/pound.

  • Can easily cook inside.

  • Easily clean most parts in diswasher.

  • Fryer can fry, steam, or boil food.


  • Spilled oil on heating elements create smoke

  • Most fryers cannot cook larger turkeys

  • Should clean fryer after each fry.

Oil Heated by Propane


Pictured Bayou Classic Turkey Fryer


  • Cooks turkey at 3.5 minuts/pound.

  • If oil accedently burns, smoke will not be a problem

  • Can cook larger turkeys

  • Fryer can fry, steam, or boil food.


  • Most oil flyers are a little tipsy.

  • Uses a lot of oil

  • Need to make sure propane is working properly.

Air Heated by Electric


Pictured Masterbuilt Butterball Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer


  • Don't need to worry about an oil fire

  • Can use inside the home.

  • More child save than oil fryers

  • Will have turkey drippings for gravey.


  • Does not produce a cruchy turkey skin like an oil fryer.

  • Proper tempature hard to maintain in cold temperature.

  • Turkey drippings can be very messy

Air Heated by Propane


Pictured Char-Broil The Big Easy Oil-Less Infrared Turkey Fryer


  • Don't need to worry about an oil fire

  • Crispy Turkey Skin

  • Will have turkey drippings for gravey.

  • Easy to clean


  • Need to cook turkey outside.

  • A little challenging to adjust propane

  • Need to keep children away form hot fryer.

As you can see from the chart, the type of turkey fryer a person will choose is based on their preferences and needs.

Note: a turkey fryer that uses oil not only greatly reduces cooking time (a 15-pound turkey can be cooked in a turkey fryer in under an hour), but it can also be used for frying or boiling other foods. Other fried foods include chickens, fish, french fries, doughnuts, onion rings etc. Broiled or steamed foods include king crag legs, lobsters, corn, crayfish, shrimp, etc.

 

Turkey Fryer Safety


One of the things about almost all turkey fryers is safety. This is especially the case for turkey fryers that use oil. It is really important to follow the manual that comes with the fryer. Not reading the manual is not an option for turkey fryer owners!

 

Choosing a Turkey Fryer


Choosing the best turkey fryer is a personal decision. Each person has a different needs. Only you know what is best for you!!! Here are two steps to help you see which turkey fryer is best for you.

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Step 1: Determine what are you desire and need.

The following questions will help you see your desires and needs.

Q. How large of turkey do you plan to cook?

Q. How much time do you want to spend making sure your fryers heat is maintained?

Q. What heat source do you want to use?

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Step 2: Pick a turkey fryer that meets your needs.

Look at the table above and at the reviews listed on the right, then pick a turkey fryer that best meets your needs.

Following these two steps should help you make a good choose in choosing a turkey fryer.

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Bayou Classic 32-Quart Stainless-Steel Outdoor Turkey Fryer Kit with Burner (9195)


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Bayou Classic 32 Quart 9195

Bayou Classic 32-Quart Stainless-Steel Outdoor Turkey Fryer Kit with a Burner (9195 )


The Bayou Classic 9195 32-quart outdoor turkey Fryer is a great fryer and makes great tasting turkey! The best part of this fryer is the four legged stand that helps making cooking a fried turkey safe. The only thing about this fryer is that it is made to cook larger turkeys, so if you want to cook a turkey 14 pounds or less you should look at it’s smaller cousin. Here is a link to the Bayou Classic 30 quart Turkey Fryer. Over all this is a great fryer for cooking turkeys up to 24 pounds! Let’s see more.

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Masterbuilt Butterball Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer and Roaster (20100809)

Masterbuilt Electric Turkey Fryer

Masterbuilt 20100809 Butterball Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer and Roaster


The Masterbuilt Butterball Oil-Free Electric turkey fryer  (20100809) is one of the saferest turkey fryer, and it makes great tasting turkey! Also, the masterbuilt butterball oil-free electric turkey fryer and roaster can smoke turkey and save the drippings for gravy.

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Char-Broil The Big Easy Oil-Less Infrared Turkey Fryer (10101480/08101480)Review


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Char-Broil The Big Easy

Char-Broil 10101480/08101480 The Big Easy Oil-Less Infrared Turkey Fryer


The Char-Broil 10101480/08101480 The Big Easy oil-less infrared turkey fryer is much safer to use than the more traditional oil-based cookers. It doesn’t compromise on cooking ability though, as it can take a meat cut of up to 16 pounds in weight. That should be enough for any large family, and there is much less cleaning up to do afterwards, and no oil cooking smells lingering in the kitchen either.

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Bayou Classic 30-Quart Outdoor Turkey Fryer (3016) Review


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Bayou Classic Turkey Fryer 3016

Bayou Classic 3016 30-Quart Outdoor Turkey Fryer with Basket and Fry Pot


The Bayou Classic 3016 30-quart outdoor turkey Fryer with basket and fry pot has a tall and narrow profile which minimizes on the amount of cooking oil needed. This also makes it a more healthy cooking option as a cooker, and a less expensive one to use as well. The design allows the oil to circulate freely to ensure the even cooking of the meat, and to help prevent scorching on the bottom part of the meat.

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Masterbuilt Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer (20010109) Review


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Masterbuilt 20010109 Butter Electric Turkey Fryer

Masterbuilt 20010109 Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer


The Masterbuilt 20010109 Butterball turkey fryer is the perfect tool for creating that unforgettable Thanksgiving dinner. Of course, it can be used every day too, if turkey or large fried chickens is your thing. It’s difficult to make bad fried turkey with the Masterbuilt 20010109 as it’s practically foolproof. It also uses less oil than most conventional cookers, which makes it a more healthy option, and of course, you are not stuck with frying turkeys – you can make tasty doughnuts, succulent onion rings, or the finest French fries, to name just a few things the Masterbuilt 20010109 can handle with ease..

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