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Butterball Digital Electric Turkey Fryer, Stainless Steel

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Butterball Digital Electric Turkey Fryer, Stainless Steel

Fry turkey indoors the quick and easy way with the Butterball electric turkey fryer. Cook delicious, juicy turkeys up to 14 pounds in just a few minutes per pound. This indoor turkey fryer features an adjustable thermostat temperature control, digital timer, stainless steel construction, porcelain-coated inner pot, cooking basket with drain clip, drain valve for easy cleaning and a folding lid with window and filter. This electric turkey fryer uses 1/3 less oil than conventional turkey fryers, and is countertop safe for indoor use.
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Questions & Answers for Butterball Butterball Digital Electric Turkey Fryer, Stainless Steel

Question

highest temperature of fryer ?

asked 5 years ago
By
mvives
on Butterball Digital Electric Turkey Fryer, Stainless Steel
12 answers
Answers
answer 1
the dial is 375, i did not check the accual tempurture of the oil.
answered 4 years ago
By
CautiousSkeptic
answer 2
375 Degrees
answered 4 years ago
By
Loveturkey
answer 3
375 F
answered 4 years ago
By
CCYou
answer 4
375'
answered 4 years ago
By
bradyspa
answer 5
375
answered 4 years ago
By
Sealions
 - Dundee Illinois
answer 6
375 degrees.
answered 4 years ago
By
Shafferfarm
 - Meridian, ID
answer 7
375
answered 4 years ago
By
TonysGirlAlways
 - North Carolina
answer 8
375 degrees
answered 4 years ago
By
CoachWP
 - Brentwood, CA
answer 9
375 degrees
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
ginormous
 - Alton, il
answer 10
375F.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
PhanthomShopper
 - Freehold, NJ
answer 11
Setting shows 375 degrees as the highest.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
therealkevster
 - Richmond, VA
answer 12
The temperature can be raised up to 375F.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
By
jyhunt
 - South Berwick, ME
Question

How much oit for a 15lb turkey?

asked 4 years, 6 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Butterball Digital Electric Turkey Fryer, Stainless Steel
12 answers
Answers
answer 1
The fryer uses 2 gal. of oil but a max size turkey of 14 lb.
answered 4 years ago
By
Zena53
 - Anderson, IN
answer 2
The largest bird that fits is 14 lbs. I cooked a 12 lb bird and it was a bit tight. Butterball has a larger unit which is not this one.
answered 4 years ago
By
CCYou
answer 3
Turkey will not fit in basket. Ust 12-14 lbs.
answered 4 years ago
By
bradyspa
answer 4
You can only go up to 14 pounds of turkey and the unit holds 2 gallons of oil.
answered 4 years ago
By
Sealions
 - Dundee Illinois
answer 5
Can't cook a 15lb turkey in this unit, 14lb is max. The unit holds 2 gallons of oil but how much you need depends on what you are frying and how big the item is. You have to be careful that you do not overflow the cooker when you are putting your food in it to cook. They tell you in the manual how to determine the amount of oil to use.
answered 4 years ago
By
Shafferfarm
 - Meridian, ID
answer 6
Takes about 2 gallons. File to "Max" line on the inside of the fryer.
answered 4 years ago
By
KofCcook
 - Point Pleasant, New Jersey
answer 7
you can't go over14lbs with yout turkry
answered 4 years ago
By
frymaster
 - peoria az
answer 8
14 lbsis the maximum turkey size for the cooker and it requires two gallons of oil
answered 4 years ago
By
TonysGirlAlways
 - North Carolina
answer 9
This fryer will only handle a 14 pound turkey max due to basket size. My turkey was 13lbs 10oz. and it was a tight fit, but worked to perfection using 2 al. of peanut oil.
answered 4 years ago
By
CoachWP
 - Brentwood, CA
answer 10
15 lb turkey is too large for this model. Masterbuilt has an XL model for turkeys weighing over 14 lbs. This model holds up to 14 lbs & requires 2 gallons of oil.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
PhanthomShopper
 - Freehold, NJ
answer 11
They do not recommend larger than a 12lb. turkey for use in this unit.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
therealkevster
 - Richmond, VA
answer 12
It can't handle a turkey larger than 11lb, two gallons and a smidge more is what it holds.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
JimInWichita
 - Wichita, KS
Question

What type of cooking oil do you use to fry a turkey?

asked 4 years, 1 month ago
By
RaySr
on Butterball Digital Electric Turkey Fryer, Stainless Steel
12 answers
Answers
answer 1
peanut oil from bj or costco
answered 4 years ago
By
fishinggirl57
answer 2
I used Canola oil successfully. Peanut oil is preferred but expensive
answered 4 years ago
By
Zena53
 - Anderson, IN
answer 3
peanut oil - 8 liters cost me around $40!!
answered 4 years ago
By
CCYou
answer 4
They recommend peanut oil but I use corn oil. It is a little cheaper. You can use lard also!
answered 4 years ago
By
Sealions
 - Dundee Illinois
answer 5
You can use vegetable oil or peanut oil with the peanut oil being a better choice. It is more expensive but it withstands a higher cooking temperature than vegetable oil. I have used both in deep fryers but in this one I am choosing to only use peanut oil. We were able to pick up peanut oil for $12.50 per gallon which is a very good price at Walmart.
answered 4 years ago
By
Shafferfarm
 - Meridian, ID
answer 6
I used peanut oil, which is listed as the preference in the manual, but it does say that other oil can be used. I have always used peanut oil for frying turkey - expensive, but it has a great flavor,\.
answered 4 years ago
By
TonysGirlAlways
 - North Carolina
answer 7
Peanut Oil is best, and gives the turkey a great greaseless taste.
answered 4 years ago
By
CoachWP
 - Brentwood, CA
answer 8
peanut oil, it don't burn up as fast as all the other oil do and a really great taste.
answered 4 years ago
By
LoveToShop080
 - New Orleans LA.
answer 9
Peanut
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
VJCC
answer 10
cheapest vegetable oil i can buy
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
ginormous
 - Alton, il
answer 11
Peanut oil is the very best oil to use. It tastes great(no, it does not taste like peanuts). My family has used peanut oil for about a decade now, when frying our turkeys. Enjoy your turkey, because you will NEVER taste it's equal!
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
asjmb
answer 12
Peanut oil
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
ChattyKathi
Question

What size turkey (how many pounds) would fit in this item?

asked 5 years ago
By
JPMaloy
 - Chicago
on Butterball Digital Electric Turkey Fryer, Stainless Steel
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
14 pounds max. Any larger and it wouldn't fit.
answered 4 years ago
By
llmscook
answer 2
14 lb per specs. I found 13 lb challenging. Be sure to oil bird and fryer basket before using. My turkey stuck to the basket badly.
answered 4 years ago
By
Zena53
 - Anderson, IN
answer 3
14 lbs is the maximum. I cooked a 12 lb bird and it was a bit tight.
answered 4 years ago
By
CCYou
answer 4
14 pounds max, 12 pounds works best.
answered 4 years ago
By
Sealions
 - Dundee Illinois
answer 5
According to the literature you can cook up to a 14lb turkey.
answered 4 years ago
By
Shafferfarm
 - Meridian, ID
answer 6
The box says 14 pounds but the manual suggests 10 to 12 pounds. I cooked a 13.21 with no problem.
(All birds are not uniform in shape)
answered 4 years ago
By
KofCcook
 - Point Pleasant, New Jersey
answer 7
an 8 lb breast fits very nicely
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
ginormous
 - Alton, il
answer 8
It's suppose to a 14 lb turkey, but Consumer Reports said it was a snug fit & a 12 lb turkey was more suitable. They have an XL model for turkeys weighing over 14 lbs.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
PhanthomShopper
 - Freehold, NJ
answer 9
Instructions say maximum is 14 lbs., but I stick to 10-12 lbs. young turkeys.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
therealkevster
 - Richmond, VA
answer 10
The manual says 11lb and I'd have to agree, the fry basket wouldn't hold a larger one.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
JimInWichita
 - Wichita, KS
answer 11
It states above: "Cooks turkeys up to 14 lbs. in only 3-1/2 to 4 minutes per lb"
answered 5 years ago
By
Marmic
 - Waukegan, IL
Question

Does this have an auto safety shutdown device to prevent oil from overheating and a break away power cord if fryer falls?

asked 5 years, 1 month ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Butterball Digital Electric Turkey Fryer, Stainless Steel
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, the unit has both.
answered 4 years ago
By
HappyEating
 - Greensboro, NC
answer 2
The Butterball Turkey Fryer has a 3 foot long cord that is held on only by a magnet to the unit. I found this a bit annoying as the cord is very easy to bump and knock off the unit thus disconnecting it. There are also two separate temperature circuits and sensors used. One for controlling the temperature and long to detect over temperature and shut the unit off. If this happens, you have to remove the control unit from the fryer and press a reset switch with a tooth pick or paper clip through a small hole on the inside of the controller. I've heard that one customer had problems with the unit shutting off all the time and found this to be a pain.
answered 4 years ago
By
dgc49
 - Shakopee
answer 3
not sure on the autoshutdown, but the cord is a break-away that fastens by magnets.
answered 4 years ago
By
jbman99
 - Hoffman Estates, IL
answer 4
Yes and yes.
answered 4 years ago
By
polarbeargirl
 - Minneapolis, MN
answer 5
It does not overheat. It has a temperature setting that you set yourself and the unit maintains that temperature itself. It does have a short, breakaway cord which is a feature I really like, and the unit itself is extremely sturdy.
answered 4 years ago
By
nufferdog
 - Hazel Green, Alabama
answer 6
Don't believe it has any auto safety shutdown but it does have the 'break away' power cord. It attaches to the fryer magnetically. One thing about cooking with one of these I would not leave it ever unattended. Just my opinion.
answered 4 years ago
By
Shafferfarm
 - Meridian, ID
answer 7
Yes it does have both features.
answered 4 years ago
By
CoachWP
 - Brentwood, CA
answer 8
max temp is 375, power cord has magnet connect at the unit - good idea
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
ginormous
 - Alton, il
answer 9
It has an "autoheat safety" feature so unit will shut off it it overheats. There's a breakawy power cord. The power cord is also short (less than 3 ft long).
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
PhanthomShopper
 - Freehold, NJ
answer 10
Yes to both questions.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
therealkevster
 - Richmond, VA
answer 11
The device has a thermostat which regulates the temperature, It also has a breakaway power cord. You cannot use a extension with this item.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
By
kraftyman
 - omaha ne
Question

What is the length of the cord?

had problem in past w/oil steam... having to wipe walls afterwards ... Can I use a surge strip for added cord length
asked 5 years ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Butterball Digital Electric Turkey Fryer, Stainless Steel
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
The cord is about 35" long. The instructions say not to use an extension cord but I don't see why you couldn't use a surge strip.
answered 4 years ago
By
Loveturkey
answer 2
Used mine in the basement or garage for the same reason. I would use a grounded outdoor cord if needed.
answered 4 years ago
By
Zena53
 - Anderson, IN
answer 3
Not recommended by manufacturer. The cord is probably about 3 foot with a break-free design.
answered 4 years ago
By
CCYou
answer 4
The cord is only 2 feet long. DO NOT USE AN EXTENSION CORD OR SURGE STRIP!
answered 4 years ago
By
Sealions
 - Dundee Illinois
answer 5
approx 32 inches long.
answered 4 years ago
By
Shafferfarm
 - Meridian, ID
answer 6
The cord is short and if your wall outlet is behind where you place the fryer you will be about 12 to 15 inches from the wall.
answered 4 years ago
By
KofCcook
 - Point Pleasant, New Jersey
answer 7
No its not reccommended using an extension or surge cord.
answered 4 years ago
By
CoachWP
 - Brentwood, CA
answer 8
power cord is only about 2 feet long and has a magnetic attachment at the fryer - good idea
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
ginormous
 - Alton, il
answer 9
Length or cord is short. It was purposely designed this way to prevent accidental trips over the cord or other possible accidents. The power cord attaches to the fryer by magnets so that it easily come off in case it does get bumped into. It's a large machine that can hold up 2 gallons of oil & at least 14 lbs of food, so it would be a dangerous mess if someone did trip over the cord.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
PhanthomShopper
 - Freehold, NJ
answer 10
Cord is short (for safety purposes I believe). The instructions say to use only the cord that comes with the unit in the basic safety instructions.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
therealkevster
 - Richmond, VA
answer 11
This is also a concern of mine. The cord isn't long enough in my opinion... about 3 feet long. A magnet holds the cord to the machine... a safety feature just in case you'd have to cut power in a hurry. Just slap the cord and it'll fall away.
It does seem to put out a fair amount of steam, but dissipated as the turkey cooked.
I would never use a surge strip or extension cord with any appliance that draws as much power as this fryer does.
answered 5 years ago
By
cavalrysoldier
 - Mebane, NC
Question

Can the Butterball Fryer be used for other meats and foods besides turkey?

asked 4 years, 1 month ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Miami
on Butterball Digital Electric Turkey Fryer, Stainless Steel
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes. It can also be used to boil (as in Cajun shrimp or crawfish boil).
answered 4 years ago
By
reigninmetwo
 - Grapevine, TX
answer 2
Yes. this does the same thing as a regular deep fryer, but it also steams food as well with water.
answered 4 years ago
By
CautiousSkeptic
answer 3
Absolutely.
answered 4 years ago
By
Zena53
 - Anderson, IN
answer 4
You can use it like any other deep fryer. Doughnuts, fish, French Fries, Chicken, duck.
answered 4 years ago
By
Sealions
 - Dundee Illinois
answer 5
Sure you can cook chicken, corn dogs, french fries, onion rings, basically any foods you can deep fry. Look on the internet for deep fried food recipes.
answered 4 years ago
By
Shafferfarm
 - Meridian, ID
answer 6
Worked great with french fries and chicken nuggets for us. The manual has cooking times and recipes.
answered 4 years ago
By
KofCcook
 - Point Pleasant, New Jersey
answer 7
yed chicken and fish, shrimp and vegetables
answered 4 years ago
By
frymaster
 - peoria az
answer 8
According to the booklet, yes. It lists chicken specifically, as well as turkey breasts.
answered 4 years ago
By
TonysGirlAlways
 - North Carolina
answer 9
Yes, Shrimp and Crab Boil,
Fish Fry, and fries.
answered 4 years ago
By
CoachWP
 - Brentwood, CA
answer 10
Absolutely! It even steams and boils things. Here's the website for it: www.butterballturkeyfryer.com
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
asjmb
answer 11
I just got one & have fried frozen foods in it (fish sticks, french fries, egg rolls & chicken nuggets). It did a great job. It's a deep fryer, so it can fry anything. The only caveat is that it heats oil only up to 375F. So if your recipe calls for a hotter oil temp, then the fryer won't cook the food properly.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
PhanthomShopper
 - Freehold, NJ
Question

Is it okay to leave oil in fryer until next use?

asked 4 years ago
By
SLP55
 - NC
on Butterball Digital Electric Turkey Fryer, Stainless Steel
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
I did for a few days. It says you can on the pamphlet provided, but doesn't list length of time.
answered 4 years ago
By
thehappiestshopper
 - Lansing, MI
answer 2
Yes it's the same as a regular deep fat fryer. We used it to make french fries and they turned out wonderful!
answered 4 years ago
By
foxyfem
 - Yukom, Oklahoma
answer 3
I do! Why not you?
answered 4 years ago
By
olddogpops
answer 4
No unless you are going to use it soon. otherwise empty it out. Oil can and does go bad.
answered 4 years ago
By
ChiefCooking
 - Knoxville, TN
answer 5
Yes, but not for more than a month. And if it smells rancid at all, or looks cloudy, then dump it out.
answered 4 years ago
By
polarbeargirl
 - Minneapolis, MN
answer 6
No, I don't think so. I would drain the oil into a suitable container and refrigerate it until the next use.
answered 4 years ago
By
reigninmetwo
 - Grapevine, TX
answer 7
I wouldn't leave the oil in the fryer, but you can drain the oil and keep it in the frig to be used again.
answered 4 years ago
By
elager
 - Mentor, OH
answer 8
The instructions say that you can store unused oil in fryer and do not store water in appliance
answered 4 years ago
By
CautiousSkeptic
answer 9
We have used our oil four times and the fourth was just fine. We did drain and strained it between uses.

I would not leave it in for an extended time though!
answered 4 years ago
By
llmscook
answer 10
No. You can leave UNUSED oil in pot.
answered 4 years ago
By
bradyspa
answer 11
The manufacture says you can, I empty the fryer, clean it and store the oil in a cool place like the garage during the winter. If you use the fryer often I would store the oil in the fryer.
answered 4 years ago
By
Sealions
 - Dundee Illinois
Question

If the turkey is pre-cooked, could I still use this?

asked 4 years, 1 month ago
By
jsnwaugh
on Butterball Digital Electric Turkey Fryer, Stainless Steel
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
The Butterball Electric Fryer can still be used with precooked food, but follow the guidelines in the use booklet as to not overcook your food.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
MsStylynn
 - Houston, TX
answer 2
I suppose if your intent is to fry but I'm unsure how the already cooked meat and skin will transform as far as taste, texture, and saturation of oils in an already cooked product. I recommend you try it out first on a piece of chicken or turkey and see how it comes out before taking on a whole bird.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
Kenniya
 - Corona, CA
answer 3
No, it just needs to be a thawed turkey.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
kickstand78
 - GA
answer 4
I would think so. I would recommend cutting the cooking time way down, and inject the cooked turkey with your favorite seasoning concoction.
answered 4 years ago
By
Sneakyshopper
answer 5
I don't see any reason you can't use it to reheat your cooked turkey or anything else that is already cooked. I would recommend you consider if you want to use the oil or water and steam reheat the food though. Also I would recommend using a lower temperature and a food thermometer to monitor the foods temperature. If you use too high a temperature or reheat too long, you will burn the food. It's just like using a fry pan to reheat your food.
answered 4 years ago
By
dgc49
 - Shakopee
answer 6
I think if it's less than 14 lbs you probably could - it would probably just take like 5 mins. or something to make it hot and get the outside crispy. Just MAKE SURE your pre-cooked turkey is DRY before SLOWLY lowering it into the oil.
answered 4 years ago
By
polarbeargirl
 - Minneapolis, MN
answer 7
I wouldn't. It's best to re-heat a pre-cooked turkey in the oven.
answered 4 years ago
By
reigninmetwo
 - Grapevine, TX
answer 8
It should be fine, just make sure the turkey is not frozen and has no gravy on it. Follow the directions for cooking a turkey breast and check it often so it will not burn.
answered 4 years ago
By
Sealions
 - Dundee Illinois
answer 9
This unit is designed to 'cook' food. If your turkey is precooked why would you want to deep fry it? You would just end up with over cooked turkey.
answered 4 years ago
By
Shafferfarm
 - Meridian, ID
answer 10
No, you would totally overcook it.
answered 4 years ago
By
KofCcook
 - Point Pleasant, New Jersey
answer 11
Absolutely. BUT - since the turkey is already cooked, you dont need to leave it in the fryer as long. 45 minutes will leave you with a turkey that no one will be able to eat. I've been frying smoked turkeys for about 5 years and you only need to "cook" it for about 20 minutes. I use cajun butter seasoning and the turkey turns out great. You may need to fry 2 for Thanksgiving because the first one will be devoured before it reaches the table.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
FryingNGA
Question

BUTTERBALL INDOOR TURKEY FRYER

OTHER FRYERS USE QUART SIZE TO INDICATE CAPACITY, PLEASE TELL ME THE QUART SIZE
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
By
dtoth
on Butterball Digital Electric Turkey Fryer, Stainless Steel
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
2 gallons = 4 quarts per gallon = 8 quarts
answered 4 years ago
By
dbhamiltonsc
 - Lexington, SC
answer 2
The absolute maximum amount of oil you should put in is just shy of 8 qts or 2 gallons. There is a indentation marking labeled MAX FILL LINE. Don't put more oil in than that. I believe that this level is there for safety reasons.
answered 4 years ago
By
dgc49
 - Shakopee
answer 3
You can cook up to a 15 lbs turkey. The basket won't hold any larger then that.
answered 4 years ago
By
foxyfem
 - Yukom, Oklahoma
answer 4
It uses just under 2 gallons at full capacity, so that would be 7-8 quarts.
answered 4 years ago
By
polarbeargirl
 - Minneapolis, MN
answer 5
I would guess at least 16 quarts, it takes 8 quarts of oil to fill half way, which is the max. line for oil fill.
answered 4 years ago
By
CautiousSkeptic
answer 6
2 gallon capacity equals 8 quarts
answered 4 years ago
By
Zena53
 - Anderson, IN
answer 7
The maximum amount of oil you're supposed to put in is 2 gallons (8 quarts). The line indicating that in the tub is roughly half way down so I think the maximum capacity is about 3-4 gallons (12-16 quarts).
answered 4 years ago
By
CCYou
answer 8
Using the "Max" line on the inside of the fryer requires about 2 gallons of oil (8 quarts).
answered 4 years ago
By
KofCcook
 - Point Pleasant, New Jersey
answer 9
For a 14lb turkey I used two gallons of peanut oil. Which I strained after using on the turkey and put the in my smaller electric fryer.
answered 4 years ago
By
CoachWP
 - Brentwood, CA
answer 10
8 quarts or 2 gallons
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
By
ginormous
 - Alton, il
answer 11
According to the instructions, it can hold up to 14 lbs of turkey & requires no more than 2 gallons of oil. Consumer Reports said that for this model, 14 lbs is a tight fit & it's suited more for a 12 lb turkey. Masterbuilt has an XL model for larger turkeys (I think 18 - 20 lbs?). I've seen the XL model for $20 more (Costco).
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PhanthomShopper
 - Freehold, NJ
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