Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer Review

butterball indoor turkey fryer

Air fryers are fantastic, but some models are lacking in size. Sometimes you want to cook more than just a batch of chicken wings or several servings of French fries. Sometimes you want to cook an entire bird. A fried whole chicken is delicious, and a fried turkey is a holiday tradition for many families. The Butterball oil-less turkey fryers in our reviews combine the world of air fryers with the world of turkey deep fryers, giving you the option of crispy, moist turkey that takes a fraction of the time and contains only a small percentage of the calories as deep-fried food.

Masterbuilt Butterball Turkey Fryer XL & Electric Roaster

Some oil-less turkey fryers run off of propane and those are wonderful, but they do require the extra step of making sure you have a propane tank on hand. If you run out of gas in the middle of cooking, it’s game over. Butterball electric turkey fryer can cook anytime you want, for as long as you want. Game on! You don’t have to worry about the electric heat not being powerful enough, either; you’ll find a powerful, 1,650-watt electric heating element inside this Butterball turkey fryer. Its double-wall construction seals in the heat, ensuring that your turkey gets cooked perfectly every time. The outside gets crispy and the juices and flavor are sealed in.

The Masterbuilt Butterball turkey fryer ups the turkey ante, though, with its built-in wood chip box. Purchasers of other oil-free turkey fryers lament that they don’t have the option of smoking their bird, leaving owners of the Masterbuilt Butterball electric deep fryer laughing with glee. Simply soak the wood chips of your choice, put them in the box, set it in place, and let it go to work. Not only will the Butterball turkey fryer get your bird deliciously crisp and moist, but you’ll be able to enjoy the mouth-watering smoky flavor you love. There’s also a removable drip pan at the bottom of butterball turkey fryer, ensuring that none of those lovely juices get wasted.

This is a hefty Butterball deep fryer, measuring 15.8 x 15.8 x 15.4 inches and weighing in at 34 pounds. It’s the perfect turkey fryer for your next big meal, as it can accommodate a bird that weighs up to 18 pounds. Need to feed a crowd for Thanksgiving? With this butterball turkey fryer, that’s no problem. It’ll have your bird done in just 10 minutes of cooking time per pound. This means that if you pop an 18-pound bird into this Butterball turkey fryer, you’ll have a healthy, mouth-watering turkey ready in as little as 3 hours cooking time.


  • The fact that this Butterball turkey fryer is electric means that you won’t have to worry about making sure you have a full propane tank to cook your meal.
  • Large size means this deep fryer can accommodate a turkey up to 18 pounds.
  • Even though you’re using an oil-less fryer, your turkey will still taste as though it was deep-fried.
  • Save oven space for the rest of the meal—potatoes, vegetables, and pies!


  • Preheating takes a while; some reviewers report the need to preheat for as much as an hour before using the Butterball oil-less turkey fryer.
  • This model of Butterball deep fryer must be used outdoors.

Butterball Oil-Less Turkey Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer

Turkey fryers are wonderful…except that you have to use most of them outdoors. This can be a pain in the wintertime when it’s cold and windy out. Even if you want to use your Butterball deep fryer in the summertime, you have to watch for rain and other inclement weather that can bring your turkey-cooking to a screeching halt. If only there were a turkey fryer that could be used indoors!

The good news is that there is a way! The Butterball Oil-Less Turkey is an electric turkey fryer for serious turkey cooks who want to be able to fry their birds no matter the weather or the season. This is a beast of a Butterball deep fryer, with a stainless steel exterior and a porcelain-coated inner pot that ensures that your bird cooks evenly without sticking.

Like the others in our Butterball deep fryer reviews, this falls in the category of an oil-less turkey fryer, meaning that it uses very little oil. When you add the oil, you’ll use 33 percent less than a traditional deep fryer. Don’t want to use oil? Add water to steam or boil your turkey.

Butterball deep FryerThis model of Butterball deep fryer is a bit smaller than the one in our first review, as it accommodates birds weighing up to 14 pounds. It preheats fast—you can get this Butterball deep fryer up and running in about 30 minutes. You’ll just set the cooking temperature and wait for the indicator light to let you know that the fryer is ready. Use the cook basket and included hook to lower your turkey into the machine. Set the timer and when it beeps, your bird is cooked! If you want to cook more than just turkey, go right ahead! Use this Butterball deep fryer to make everything from steamed crab legs to turkey burgers —use your imagination!

This is a great-looking machine, available in a stainless steel or black finish. It’s sturdy, well-built, and well-thought-out. It also has a handy hideaway compartment for the cord so that it doesn’t dangle out when it’s not in use.


  • Beat the elements by using this Butterball deep fryer indoors.
  • Thermostat control ensures that you maintain an even cooking temperature at all times.
  • Built-in drain clip makes draining oil or water extremely easy.
  • Also available in a black finish, as well as a XL size that can fry birds up to 20 pounds.


  • Smaller size of this Butterball deep fryer can only cook a turkey that’s 14 pounds or less.
  • Hideaway cord compartment can be hard to find.
  • This is a large and heavy deep fryer, so you must have ample counter space, as well as somewhere to store it when it’s not in use.

Masterbuilt Butterball Turkey Fryer XL Professional Series Indoor

If you thought the last Butterball review sounded good, but you were disappointed that it could only accommodate smaller birds, then this review will make you happy. This Butterball deep fryer is the XL version of the one in our last review. It can cook turkeys up to 20 pounds in size.

It has the same powerful 1,650-watt heating element as the smaller-sized indoor Butterball deep fryer and the same porcelain-coated inner pot. It also preheats in just 30 minutes and uses a fraction of the oil as regular deep fryers. The smaller-sized fryer is large in size and this one is even bigger, measuring a whopping 18 x 18.5 x 12.5 inches and weighing 27.2 pounds. Make sure you have enough space to operate it!

Large size or no, if you’re going to get a Butterball deep fryer because you love fried turkey, then it makes sense to get one that’s big enough to handle whatever size of bird you need. Since turkey is so often eaten at holidays and large family gatherings, a bigger-sized Butterball electric turkey fryer makes good sense. Like the smaller one, this model has a convenient compartment for storing the cord away, so it’s easy to stash the fryer away in a pantry or in the garage if you’re not using it every day.


  • Can accommodate a turkey up to a whopping 20 pounds, which means it can help feed a crowd of friends or family.
  • Heats up in about 30 minutes.
  • Because it’s electric and can be used indoors, running out of propane or running into bad weather are not concerns.


  • large appliance. While it will look wonderful sitting out on your countertop, it will likely take up enough space as to be an annoyance if you leave it there all the time. Make sure you have a place to store it!
  • As with any deep fryer, using a Butterball deep fryer indoors may leave a slight odor in your home. If you use water to boil or steam your food, this won’t be a problem.

The Bottom Line

These three Butterball turkey fryers give you ample options. Cook outdoors, cook indoors, cook with or without oil. We hope our reviews have given you enough information to choose the right Butterball electric turkey fryer for your family’s needs. The rest is up to you!

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