Masterbuilt say that their 20100809 Butterball Oil Free Electric Fryer/Roaster is one of the best performing, most convenient turkey fryers they have ever invented. Being a healthier, more convenient alternative to frying with oil, this Electric Turkey Fryer and Roaster offers foolproof operation and delicious results, whether gathering the family for Thanksgiving dinner, pot-lucking with friends and neighbors, or simply making a variety of meals to freeze for later.
The 20100809 Butterball allows you to enjoy the delicious taste of fried turkey without the oil as it is designed for outdoor use, without the use of propane or oil. The cooking basket and stand give you the versatility to cook turkey and many other foods. The tempered glass lid allows you to watch your food as it cooks without losing heat. You can also use this roaster as a smoker by adding your favorite wood chips.
Video – Butterball Oil Free Turkey Fryer: Features and Results
Masterbuilt 20100809 Butterball Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer Features
– Oil-free electric turkey fryer and roaster designed for healthy eating.
– Double-wall construction uses radiant heat to seal outside of turkey.
– Powerful 1,650-watt electric element cooks turkeys up to 18 pounds.
– Built-in wood chip box; removable drip pan at bottom of fryer.
– Measures 18 x 23.2 x 26.2 inches (W x H x D); 90-day limited warranty.
Our Masterbuilt 20100809 Butterball Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer Review
Deep frying a turkey in hot oil is a delicious but surprisingly dangerous way to prepare your Thanksgiving feast. How can you deep fry without using scalding hot oil? While it’s not really possible to reproduce the exact flavor and texture of deep-fried food, one safer option is to roast a turkey at high temperatures inside a chamber, heated from the outside.
The Masterbuilt 20100809 Butterball Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer is basically a small, electric oven that cooks a turkey at around 10 minutes a pound (two hours for a 12-pound turkey). Now, while it can do that, it really can’t reproduce the exact flavor of a real deep-fried turkey, but it comes close. You can add wood chips to get a little smoke flavor, however.
About the 20100809 Butterball Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer
Three years ago Char-Broil introduced The Big Easy Oil-less Infrared Turkey Fryer. A year later Masterbuilt introduced this smaller, electric version, basically a small electrically powered roasting oven.
Features Dimensions Of 15.4 x 15.8 x 15.18 inches – One of the smallest oil-less turkey fryers on the market but where it loses on size, it gains in convenience.
Weights A Measly 24 Pounds! – I find this weight to be very comforting, as we all know that children love to help their parents with cooking, and this light weight allows them to carry the fryer to its destination!
A Formidable 1,650 Watts Of Power – I was as mesmerized as you are right now, but it seems that this power stems from the electrical elements inside of the oil-less turkey fryer. They seem to be superseding the traditional way of putting regular heat elements by a long shot!
A Robust Double-Wall Protecting Your Turkey – The manufacturers way of ensuring that as little as possible amount of heat to escape.
Video – Butterball oil free turkey fryer/roaster in use
Calling it a fryer is a stretch since no oil is involved. The Butterball Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer can be used to cook other things. Most obviously it is good for chickens and other poultry. The removable “fry” basket can be used to hold a number of foods and the instruction manual includes a number of recipes for “fish on Rosemary,” “roasted peach sundaes,” and other creative items.
The reality, however, is that you are really broiling foods in a small roaster unit when you could just as easily cook them under the broiler in your oven or on the grill. The only real advantage this unit has over your oven or grill is that it is small and portable. As long as you can plug it in, you can take it anywhere.
These are parts you oftentimes don’t see on your first look as they aren’t as noticeable but, oh boy, do they matter. The first thing that I would have to mention would be the lid clip. This small contraption provides so much help when trying to lower (or raise) your turkey basket and I wouldn’t know what to without it!
Continuing in the same regard, you will also stumble upon something that’s quite easily removed and it stores all the waste inside of it and thats the oil-less turkey fryers own filtering organ, the drip pan!
Should You Buy the Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer?
Before choosing this item, be sure you know it can accommodate a large enough turkey for your holiday celebration. While the box says it can take a turkey of up to 18 pounds, the instructions recommend a turkey closer to 12 pounds. This is because an 18-pound bird literally has to be stuffed into the unit and this can cause it to burn around the outside before the center gets completely cooked. A 12-pound turkey is much more manageable. If you want to be able to cook a large turkey, this is probably not the unit for you.
At its current price, this unit is not all that less expensive than the Char-Broil Big Easy, which is propane powered, much larger, and more versatile. If you’re looking for a good all-around outdoor cooking unit, the Char-Broil may be a better choice. But, everything depends on what size turkey you are wanting to cook, how much money you want to spend and whether you wish to cook with propane or electricity.
Masterbuilt 20100809 Butterball Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer Customer Reviews
“Easy to put together & just as easy to cook the turkey!
Rubbing corn oil all over it helped to brown & crisp the skin. Tried it out a week before Thanksgiving at work first, for our annual Turkey Fryday; been deep frying turkeys with oil for years. Everyone agreed though, that it was just as good as our past deep fried turkeys, if not better. I couldn’t argue. Cooked 2 turkeys on FriendsGiving with the same results all around!!!” … Read More
“Made a turkey yesterday for the first time in my Masterbuilt oil-free turkey “fryer”, and the results are in-awesome! Unquestionably the best turkey I’ve ever made, and on the first try. I didn’t do anything other than rub olive oil all over the turkey and season-no brining, injecting or wood chips used, which made the preparation simple. Everything worked perfectly-the thermometer that came with the unit hit a perfect 165 degrees right about on time (I even checked it with a very accurate probe thermometer I have used for years and all was exactly the same reading).
The skin was perfectly “crispy” for my liking (not crackling crisp but very nicely done) all around, and the bird was amazing-the flavor was incredible. Perhaps it’s not truly fried as in dunking it in a vat of oil, but if you want to call it roasted it’s the best darn roasted bird I’ve ever had-the meat comes right off the bone. I’ve used a Masterbuilt electric smoker for years outside that I love, but this thing beats it hands down for a turkey and is far quicker and more exact/precise in getting it done on time/temperature. I even set this unit up and used it in my basement (again, no wood chips) in early winter here in the midwest, which probably allowed it to work at top efficiency since it wasn’t outside fighting the cold.
I’ve read the reviews about those that say it doesn’t taste/look like a fried turkey and those that didn’t turn out a nice even bird-I’ll just say that you pop the bird in the unit, turn it on high after warmup and it was fantastic. Perhaps those that compare it to a true fried turkey can’t overcome their expectation, and perhaps some have used the unit in cold outdoor termperatures where it might have lowered the heating efficiency-but I’ve not turned anything out like this in an oven without far more fuss/basting/turning….” …. Read More
Video – Butterball Oil Free Turkey Roaster
Masterbuilt 20100809 Butterball Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer Review Verdict
Although this oil-less turkey fryer will serve you quite well, it cannot compete against the bigger models in terms of the amount of food cooked. Just note that if you do require large meals on a regular basis, you are better off checking out some other Oil-Less Turkey Fryer Reviews we did and settle on a bigger model.
I’ve read the reviews about those that say it doesn’t taste/look like a fried turkey and those that didn’t turn out a nice even bird – I’ll just say that you pop the bird in the unit, turn it on high after warmup and it will be fantastic. Perhaps those that compare it to a true fried turkey can’t overcome their expectation, and perhaps some have used the unit in cold outdoor temperatures where it might have lowered the heating efficiency, but I’ve not turned anything out like this in an oven without far more fuss, just pop it in and wait.
To summarize, this clever, nimble, little Masterbuilt 20100809 Butterball Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer provided me with much-needed convenience, ease of storage and smoked and flavored turkey.
Video – Butterball Masterbuilt Oil-free Turkey Fryer Cooking a Chicken