Want to fry a turkey indoors? The Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor Electric Fryer Cooker earns rave reviews from experts and from hundreds of owners posting to consumer review sites. It can fry turkeys of up to 14 pounds in about an hour, is easy to clean and can be used to fry a variety of foods. It also comes in an extra-large version (23011114) (Est. $150) that can accommodate a 20-pound bird.
Versatile and effective. The Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor Electric Fryer Cooker can accept up to a 14-pound turkey using one-third less oil than a traditional fryer. In a free-to-the-public ConsumerReports.org article, editors say the Masterbuilt produces "nicely browned and very juicy" turkey, and the vast majority of owners also rave about its performance. However, larger turkeys will cool down the oil more, so it will take longer to hit the desired cooking temperature after it's added to the oil. Many users say they won't use the fryer for a turkey larger than about 10 or 12 pounds, preferring to fry two, smaller turkeys. The Masterbuilt Indoor Electric Fryer is not limited to turkeys, either, you can cook and steam a number of different foods.
Simple to use; clean. Owners say the Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor Electric Fryer Cooker is very easy to drain and clean; a few say they thought it was time-consuming at first, but the more they used it, the quicker the cleaning process went. There is a front drain for the oil that's easy to use, reviewers say. Most recommend that you pay careful attention to the quantity markings for oil and don't go over them to prevent splashing when you put the food in the fryer. An electronic temperature control adjusts the temperature up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking takes about 3.5 minutes per pound, or about an hour to cook a 14-pound turkey. Most say they use this Masterbuilt fryer indoors with no issues at all, but one professional tester says it's more suited to the garage floor as it splattered oil in her kitchen. At the very least, put cardboard or a grill pad under the fryer just in case.
Durable construction, short warranty. The stainless steel Masterbuilt 23011014 is reported as sturdy, durable and attractive by owners. We saw very few durability complaints at all. This turkey fryer is backed by a 90-day warranty, which is significantly shorter than the one-year warranty for the other fryers in this report. This review is for the large-size Masterbuilt, there is also an extra-large version that cooks up to a 20-pound turkey, the Masterbuilt 23011114 Butterball Indoor Gen III Electric Fryer Cooker Extra Large Capacity (Est. $150). That extra-large Masterbuilt is the #1 Best Seller in Deep Fryers on Amazon.com.
Editors of ConsumerReports.org test the Masterbuilt Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer by deep-frying turkeys weighing approximately 12 pounds. They report that the meat turned out "nicely browned and very juicy," although they do note that some parts are a bit oily.
Review: Does This Fryer Talk Turkey?, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, November 2010
In this test of the best way to fry a turkey, Ganda Suthivarakom tests two propane stoves using a Bayou stockpot outdoors. For comparison, she uses the Masterbuilt 23011014 indoors. Ultimately, she picks the outdoor, propane stove method and the Bayou stockpot as the best, saying the Masterbuilt electric fryer did not maintain the right cooking temperature and the skin of the turkey didn't crisp up. She notes that it, "… tastes pretty much the same as a traditional roasted bird-only a whole lot oilier."
Review: The Best Turkey Fryer, Ganda Suthivarakom, Nov. 7, 2013
Nearly 400 owners combine to grant an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 at Amazon.com, saying the Masterbuilt 23011014 produces perfect fried foods; not only turkey, but also wings, fish, potatoes and other items. Many say this fryer has cooked the best turkey they've ever eaten.
Review: Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor Gen III Electric Fryer Cooker Large Capacity, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2014
Just a handful of owners post feedback here, giving the Masterbuilt turkey fryer an overall score of 4.8 stars out of 5. They say it makes an excellent turkey and they like that they don't have to deal with propane.
Review: MasterBuilt NY Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of November 2014