Pros / You can fry up to a 22-pound turkey in this unit.
Cons / This turkey fryer doesn’t have a vented lid.
Verdict / The Masterbuilt Butterball Digital XXL is a smart choice for cooking a very large turkey indoors.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
The Masterbuilt Butterball Digital XXL 23014414 turkey fryer is a great choice if you’re looking for an indoor cooker. You’ll be able to fry a turkey even when the weather isn’t great outside, and the fryer will do most of the work for you – including time it.
Because this turkey fryer is electric, it only has a 5,630 Btu capacity, which is much lower than an outdoor propane turkey fryer, but it’s significant for an electric indoor unit. You can fry up to a 22-pound turkey in this unit, which is plenty big, and it has an 11-quart capacity.
We were disappointed to find that this unit doesn't have a vented lid, which would allow steam to escape the unit while it’s in use so it doesn’t overheat. It does include a handful of safety features that we like to see.
Chief among the safety features are an auto shut-off as well as a lifter and cooking basket. The auto shut-off feature ensures the unit doesn’t get too hot. The lifter helps you safely remove the turkey from the basin and oil after it’s done cooking. And the cooking basket allows you to lower the turkey into the basin and keep it securely in place.
You get a lot of features on this unit that make it convenient to use. For instance, it includes a built-in timer, a thermostat, a drain valve and indicator lights – all of which make it very simple to use.
The built-in timer is digital and can be operated with the control panel. You can adjust the temperature up to 375 degrees, which will allow you to slow-cook foods, too, if you like. Additionally, the temperature control ensures the unit doesn’t reach a dangerously hot temperature, especially when frying a turkey and cooking with oil.
We were disappointed to see that the warranty coverage on this electric turkey fryer is just 90 days. Most turkey fryers are backed by at minimum one year of coverage, and some can have up to five years of coverage.
If you need to contact the manufacturer for any help with the unit, customer service representatives can be reached by phone or email, but Masterbuilt doesn’t offer a live chat option on its website, which can be a very fast and convenient way to get support. Additionally, Masterbuilt doesn’t provide the user manual on its website, but you can view a handful of helpful frequently asked questions about the fryer.
The Masterbuilt Butterball Digital XXL 23014414 indoor turkey fryer makes frying a turkey simple, and it has a handful of safety features that will give you peace of mind. You’ll be able to fry a turkey that’s up to 22 pounds, and you’ll use much less oil than an outdoor turkey fryer requires.