Want to fry a turkey indoors? The Masterbuilt Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer earns rave reviews from thousands 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. However, heat-up and recovery times are slow.
Safe and effective. The Masterbuilt Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer has a capacity of 14 pounds. It can be used indoors safely, but because of its size it takes longer to heat up and recover. Editors at ConsumerReports.org say the Masterbuilt produces "nicely browned and very juicy" turkey, and the vast majority of owner reviews at Amazon.com rave about its performance. One downside is that larger turkeys will use less oil, so the fryer will have a tougher time hitting the desired cooking temperature because the larger the turkey, the more the oil will be cooled down when the turkey is added, taking longer to heat back up.
Time-consuming to clean. Because the Masterbuilt Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer uses 33 percent less oil than other turkey fryers, it's less expensive to operate. A simple tap drain lets you drain used oil easily, and an electronic temperature control adjusts the temperature up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. A folding lid covers the unit for less risk of spills and splatters. It takes about 3.5 minutes per pound, or about an hour to cook a 14-pound turkey. The fryer is easy to clean, but set aside plenty of time to do so.
Cooking versatility. The stainless steel Masterbuilt Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer looks attractive out on a countertop, and its porcelain-coated inner bowl keeps oil at the proper temperature longer. It also has a timer, adjustable temperature control and a folding lid. A fry basket with built-in drain clip can be used to cook foods other than just turkey. In fact, editors at ConsumerReports.org try out pizza fritta, whole chickens, chicken parts and even pizza dough with success; steaming mussels turned out less than spectacular.
Durable construction, short warranty. The majority of owner reviews at Amazon.com say the Masterbuilt Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer is durable, although a few complain about malfunctioning units. One customer used his turkey fryer just three times before it stopped working. When he called customer service, he says, "The person was very nice but made it clear my Masterbuilt was out of warranty." 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.
More than 1,050 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 at Amazon.com, saying the Masterbuilt produces a "delicious, moist, and decidedly not-greasy turkey." However, larger turkeys make it more difficult for the fryer to maintain the desired temperature of 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Review: Masterbuilt Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2013
Editors of ConsumerReports.org test the Masterbuilt Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer by deep-frying turkeys weighing approximately 12 pounds. The meat turns out "nicely browned and very juicy," although some parts are a bit oily. Cooking chicken and pizza fritta is also successful.
Review: Does This Fryer Talk Turkey?, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, November 2010
Riches reviews the Masterbuilt indoor electric turkey fryer, calling it a safer indoor option for frying turkeys of up to 14 pounds. However, it's slow to heat up to the desired temperature and slow to recover.
Review: Masterbuilt Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer, Derrick Riches, Not dated
Just a handful of owners post feedback here, giving the Masterbuilt turkey fryer an overall score of 4.3 stars out of 5. They like that it can be used indoors, especially during colder months.
Review: MasterBuilt NY Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer, Contributors to BedBathandBeyond.com, As of September 2013