Although turkey is mostly known for Thanksgiving, it can also be a symbol of any form of celebration. For those turkey lovers who can’t get enough of this dish, the Masterbuilt Butterball Professional Electric Turkey Fryer is the perfect gadget for you. It’s a turkey fryer that uses electricity, thus, you can use it indoors, and even put it on the kitchen counter. The fryer can fry up to 14 pounds of turkey, using 1/3 less oil, making it healthier, allowing you to cook more low fat recipes.
The product includes a cooking basket, and a drain clip. The machine also has a red “power” light and a green “ready” light. The control knob can turn up to 375 degrees in thermostat. The viewing window allows you to check your turkey without opening the lid. There is also a built-in filter to reduce odor. The product also has a place for you to hide the cord.
Features and Specifications
- Indoor electric turkey fryer accommodates turkeys up to 14 pounds
- Digital timer; power/ready indicator lights; adjustable thermostat control; storage compartment for cord
- Fold-away lid with viewing window and built-in filter; cooking basket with drain clip
- Stainless-steel housing; porcelain-coated inner pot; drain valve for easy cleaning
- Measures approximately 16-2/7 by 14-4/5 by 14-3/5 inches; 90-day limited warranty
- Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 16.7 x 16.8 inches ; 23 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 23 pounds
- Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
- Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
- ASIN: B002JM1ZMY
- Item model number: 20010109
Most of the customers who’ve tried this product loved the fact that it’s electrically functional. One user said that this felt safer to him. This is also safer for people who live in an enclosed, little space, like a condominium and a small apartment. This feature also makes it great for indoor cooking, which was an advantage to a lot of customers. Most of the customers also found out that the product was well-designed, so much so that it is compact and small enough for them to put it on the kitchen counter.
The healthy factor was also a big advantage to a lot of users. Since this product required very little oil, this meant that the food that they ate contained a lot lesser cholesterol than other what other turkey fryers provide. This made them feel lighter and healthier.
There is, however, a downside when it comes to this good feature regarding less oil. Since it has less oil, there were problems regarding cooking time. One user said that he felt disappointed after finding out that contrary to the description, the turkey he had was not cooked in 45 minutes. It took a lot longer time to be cooked. He surmised that this may be because the oil was not enough to cook the turkey.
There were also complaints regarding the weight of turkey that the product can take. Most of the users said that putting a 14 pound turkey for the product to cook may be “pushing it.” There was one user who said that they tried putting a 12 pound turkey for celebration, but the legs weren’t cooked at all. Other than that, the turkey, according to a lot of users, after being cooked, was very hard to remove. One user commented that they were already laughing since it was harder to remove the turkey than to cook it.
The timer does not also work, according to a lot of users. However, many said that if you’re making your own turkey, then having your own timer is almost compulsory. It just saddened one user that the product did not work entirely as it was stated.
One user also wished that the cord was longer so he didn’t have to use an extension cord. There were also several users who complained about the filter. Yes, there was a filter but their house smelled of fried oil, and the product exerted too much steam and aroma. Some of them had to still use the product outside of their home, which defeated the purpose of it being an electric fryer.
Another problem encountered by some users were the leaks. There were several users who complained that after cooking the turkey, there were several puddles of oil on their counter, which can be hard to remove.
There were, however, good reviews, too, regarding the cooking time. Although there were complaints, there were also a lot of good reviews. Some users said that they found it satisfying that the product only required an hour to cook the entire turkey. The thermometer also received good reviews. A lot of users said that the thermometer was helpful in finding the temperature of the turkey and estimating time of cooking.
As for the taste of the turkey, most of the reviews were positive in this regard. Most of them said that on the outside, the turkey was brown and has enough crisp, and on the inside, it’s moist and juicy.
The product is also easy to clean, as stated by a lot of users. The non-stick coating made this feature more possible.
The part where filtering was made also received good reviews. This allowed oil to be removed and filtered, which allows you to use oil the second time around. This saves a lot of money.
The customer service received good reviews. One user received a machine that was not functioning well. He said that it stopped working after testing it for 30 minutes. He called the customer service to let them know of his situation. They were very helpful, according to him, guiding him through the instruction manual. Then, they had this product replaced soon afterwards. As for the instruction manual, most users found this very helpful, easy to read and easy to understand.