The 6 Best Electric Turkey Fryers
This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in December of 2016. With one of these safe, electric indoor turkey fryers you no longer have to worry about the hassle, mess, and potential danger of cooking with a propane-fired, deep-fat model. They're both fast and efficient at preparing a variety of meals, often able to finish a medium-sized bird in as little as 2 hours. Some of them even utilize oil-convection to cook large roasts without dousing them in fat. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best electric turkey fryer on Amazon.
September 25, 2019:
The most popular turkey fryers use propane due to the sheer amount of oil and heat needed to cook a large bird, but electric models have a few important advantages. Many use a rotisserie mechanism that keeps only one side of the bird in the oil at all times, which can result in even crispier skin than a deep-fat fryer because it allows moisture to evaporate from the skin with every turn (pro tip: when frying finger foods like french fries or onion rings, remove them from the hot oil just before they're done and let them cool slightly to produce this same ultra-crispy effect in all your meals). Some models, like the Nesco, take the low-calorie initiative a little further and don't use any oil at all, but rather multiple high-powered, infrared heating elements.
With all that said, it's hard to duplicate a fried turkey without completely dunking it in oil. That, combined with somewhat of the company's specialization in whole poultry, makes it no surprise that Butterball's Masterbuilt series makes up some of the most popular and effective electric turkey fryers around. Finally, while electric fryers are generally safer than those with open flames, always pay close attention to how much oil you're using, and don't under any circumstances drop a still-frozen bird into a vat of hot oil.
October 19, 2018:
Deleted two hard-to-find models with safety issues. Added a new hybrid oil/roasting unit as well as the newest large-capacity indoor model. Reviewed all models for safety concerns.