Fry, steam, or boil your favorite foods with the Butterball XL Electric Fryer by Masterbuilt. The fryer uses 1/3 less oil than traditional fryers and is designed and tested to commercial standards
Aluminum basket with patented drain clips
Oil drain valve for easy clean-up
Dishwasher safe components (pot, basket, lid, drain valve)
Designed and tested to meet commercial standards
Magnetic breakaway cord for safety
I fry turkey at least once a year. Sometimes more often. In the past I've conducted this dangerous activity using an open flame with a pot of boiling hot flammable oil directly above it. This is safer.
Heating element is submerged in the oil and the unit comes with a kill switch to prevent overheating, no open flame
Unit can easily accommodate a 18lbs bird. Claims 20lbs and I've no reason to doubt that.
Thoughtful steaming hooks (I'll never use them, they're draining hooks)
Intuitive design, it's likely that you need not glance at the instructions (DON'T FRY A FROZEN TURKEY! DON'T FRY A WET TURKEY!)
I was able to cook two birds back to back without the temperature kill switch engaging
The digital timer is poop, I hope it's not involved in the regulation of temperature in any way.
The top lid is very thin and flimsy. Likely easy to both dent and bend.
Cooking two birds back to back necessitates the soaking up of steam-formed water pockets at the top of the unit. If they were to overflow that water is coming down....into boiling oil
The cage the bird rests in is placed directly onto the heating element, that's a fair amount of weight to place on the heart and soul of the unit. Will this stand the test of time?
Good buy @ $109
Fries a whole basket of chips in exactly 3 minutes using peanut oil. Seems like overkill when i tried to fry a turkey breast because it came out too dry in the middle for me despite my husband injecting it but he liked the crunchy skin and crispy ends it left behind. Will try with a whole turkey to see if it's better.
Can't wait to try with a fish fry, seems like it takes next to nothing to fry up a big batch of pretty much anything once the heat gets going. It does take about 40 mins for oil to heat up to max.
Only thing I don't like is the timer. It seems so useless to me since you can hardly see the numbers. You can't really hear it because it beeps so low and i haven't figured out how to turn it off so i just leave it to beeping until it just quits on its own. You're better off using your stove timer or a cell phone.
You can't store it in high shelving because it's extremely heavy full of oil so I bought a 3 tier shelf to roll it out and cook outside since my kitchen is cramped and it fills up with smoke once you drop something in.
In some aspects it seems like overkill but in others I like not having to wait for several batches or fries or chips to be ready, like i had to do with my smaller fryer. We had to buy some welders golves just so I'd ensure however handles it doesn't get burned. Maybe I'm over cautious? I still don't trust my teenager to handle it alone.
Anyway, for the price, i don't regret buying it. If it were over $109 I probably wouldn't have made the purchase.