Pros / This electric turkey fryer has an auto shut-off feature.
Cons / It only has a 90-day warranty.
Verdict / This Masterbuilt Butterball turkey fryer is powerful enough to fry up to a 14-pound turkey, but it lacks a vented lid and a built-in timer.
The Masterbuilt Butterball indoor turkey fryer is a good option to consider if you’re not looking to fry very large turkeys as it can only handle up to a 14-pound turkey. This electric fryer is significantly smaller than most units.
The Butterball turkey fryer has an 8-quart capacity, which is sufficient for a small family. Its Btu (British thermal unit) capacity is 5,630. That is normal for a unit this size, and the fryer should heat up fairly quickly.
We were disappointed to see that this unit doesn't have a vented lid, which would allow the steam to escape while in use. You do get plenty of other safety features on this unit that we were happy to see.
For instance, it has temperature controls, an auto shut-off feature, a lifter and a cooking basket. The temperature controls allow you to choose the temperature and easily regulate it during the duration of the cooking time using the control knob. The lifter and cooking basket, which work as one unit, help you to lower and lift the turkey in and out of the basin slowly and safely.
Its most important safety feature, the auto shut-off, will ensure that the appliance doesn’t ever overheat. If it gets too hot, it will shut off automatically, and you will need to wait until the unit cools in order to use it.
This unit doesn’t have a built-in timer, which is disappointing – most indoor electric units have one – but as long as you have a timer on hand, you’ll be fine. It does, however, include a thermostat, a drain valve and indicator lights.
The thermostat helps you determine the temperature of the oil and the internal temperature of the turkey. The drain valve is incredibly helpful when it’s time to drain the oil from the unit.
Masterbuilt only offers a 90-day warranty on this turkey fryer, which is significantly shorter than the standard year of coverage you see on most units. If you need to contact the company, representatives are available by phone and email. To learn the basics of using the product, you can reference a user manual and instructional videos on the Masterbuilt website.
- Maximum Turkey Size
The Masterbuilt Butterball 23011014 indoor turkey fryer is a small unit, but it’s a sufficient size for a small family or an individual who won’t be frying more than a 14-pound turkey. Its safety features such as the auto shut-off will give you peace of mind while you are cooking a meal.