Deep Fried Turkey

So, I’ve been hearing about Turkey Fryers, Deep Fried Turkey, Masterbuilt, and Butterball for a very, very long time. I’ve been DYING to try everything out for myself, but the thought of one of those huge, propane fryers exploding, and all of us ending up in the emergency room was a bit too terrifying for me. I know, a bit graphic yeah? Anyway, I decided that this Thanksgiving I was going to just go for it, so I started to do my research… Lo and Behold the Butterball INDOOR Electric Turker Fryer.


Here are my favorite points and then on to the deep fried turkey.


  • Safety…Approved for indoor use!! Especially important in freezing cold Utah. I have zero desire to be outside, especially to cook. The thermostat temperature control insures oil won’t overheat and with the patented Electric Indoor Design there’s no open flame (unlike traditional turkey fryers). NO PROPANE EXPLOSION!! Woohoo! Of course, you should always be careful with blazing hot oil, but I’d much rather fry in this puppy than in the traditional fryers.
  • Convenience…This fryer uses 1/3 less oil than traditional turkey fryers (2 vs. 3 gallons), cooks turkeys up to 14lbs in only 3.5  minutes per pound and it frees up your oven for cooking the rest of the Thanksgiving meal.  Don’t tell me you’ve never had the, “I have to cook two sides, rolls, pies and a turkey, but we have 1 oven” dilema. Our house wasn’t blazing hot from all of the cooking and dinner happened right on time, with everything hot because I didn’t have to cook in rounds. 
  • There’s even have an XL model that fries turkeys up to 20lbs!!
  • Taste…Hands down, the best tasting turkey you’ve ever eaten.  No kidding. It was hot, juicy, tender, and flavorful. AMAZING. Consumers claim that the primary reason they fry turkey is because of the taste plus a fried turkey only absorbs about a tablespoon of oil. sweet!

  • Versatility: Guess what? You can boil in this sucker too! Just add water instead of oil. I plan on using my turkey fryer for other things too, not just turkey.
  • Easy Clean up… I was DREADING cleanup. I thought it was going to be ridiculously long and annoying. It was a cinch!! The Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer has a built-in oil drain valve plus the frying pot, basket and lid are all dishwasher safe. I thought the basket was going to be torture to clean, but I put it in the sink, turned on the hot water and started spraying it off, and ALL of those little browned bits washed right off. Seriously? That’s easier than cleaning regular pots and pans!!!

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Is Turkey a Good Source of Protein?

Protein is an essential component of a balanced diet.

Turkey and chicken are popular sources of protein because they are also very lean.

Turkey has about the same amount of protein as a serving of beef, but the fat content in beef is significantly greater.


How Long Will Cooked Turkey Keep?

Cooked turkey can be kept for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Turkey should be well covered or placed in a close-able plastic bag for best storage.


Can Cooked Turkey be Frozen?

You can store your left-over turkey in the freezer.

After the turkey is cool, place in a heavy duty freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.


Deep Fried Turkey

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Deep Fried Turkey

Prep Time12 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time47 mins
Total Time13 hrs 2 mins
Course: Over 300 Christmas Recipes and Ideas to Bring the Christmas Spirit
Keyword: turkey
Servings: 1 turkey
Calories: 7350kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 2 Gallons of Water
  • 2 Cups of Table Salt
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil


  • To make our turkey we brined it in 2 gallons of water with 2 cups of table salt for 4 hours.
  • Then, we dried it and placed it in the fridge for 8 hours.
  • Next, I mixed 2 cloves of garlic, minced, with 1-2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning and 1-2 tablespoons Olive Oil.
  • I rubbed that all over and under the skin of the turkey and placed it in the fryer for 47 min (we had a 13.77 lb turkey).
  • Once done we hung it on the side for 15 min with the lid draped over the turkey.
  • Last, we sliced that juicy, delicious turkey and ate it up!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 7350kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.1g | Protein: 1083.2g | Cholesterol: 3601.4mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 3.6g
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Carrian Cheney

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79 comments on “Deep Fried Turkey”

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  2. I have an infa red fryer, no oil used. It makes great turkey, chicken, pork roast.

  3. How much peanut oil did you used?

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  5. I am going to buy one of these turkey fryers!!!! I've always wanted to fry a turkey but have been too chicken due to the propane! Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. I have never deep fried a turkey, but I have eaten one and they are WONDERFUL! I have always wanted to try it. WOULD LOVE This!

  7. Fried turkey rocks! We've done it for 3 years now. Very moist and tender. Hoping to get a smoker soon now. [email protected]

  8. Love Smoked Turkey, time to try it another way. [email protected]

  9. Had fried Turkey this past Thanksgiving and it was Great!!!!!!

  10. I have made a fried turkey myself but I have had it once and it was delish! Seriously, delish!

  11. I absolutely LOVE fried turkey but do not have a fryer…would love to have one….I also follow you on Facebook
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  13. We deep fry our turkey outside and it is great. Would love to have an indoor fryer.

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  17. have had a deep fried turkey and was good. But my lawn ruined

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  18. well i always heard of frying a turkey never tasted one before well i got the butterball fryer last year and fry my silly with all the things you can fry i started something with my family so now i have to make 2 fryers.

  19. Wow, I love fried turkey. I want one. I will win! [email protected]

  20. I have never had fried Turkey before and have steered clear for all of the same reasons you had. I guess there is hope though, I had no idea they made them for indoors, very nice. [email protected]

  21. I followed @Masterbuilt

  22. I have never ever tried fried turkey but have heard such great things about it. I would love to fry my butterball turkey this Christmas. Yum

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  28. this fryer looks amazing I would love to fry a turkey for Christmas dinner along with some smoked meats!

  29. I have never had a fried turkey but would love to try it.
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  30. I am following you on twitter @rusthawk

  31. I liked your facebook page – that crock pot roasted chicken I have to try!

  32. I am following Masterbuilt on twitter.

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  34. I've never had fried turkey but I must. 🙂

  35. I've never had a fried turkey but I hear they are the best ever!

  36. I always thought it sounded scary. Love the idea of having my oven free and it looks delish!

  37. I'm so going to win this giveaway 😉 love the fried turkey on this baby, best taste ever!
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  38. Following on Twitter @KLBauer131

  39. Not sure I'm even capable of operating one of these ; ) Thanks!

  40. posted it on my fb too! (can you tell i really want to win? ha ha).

  41. i tweeted the giveaway!

  42. i'm following sweet basil on fb now too!

  43. now following @ohsweetbasil on twitter too!

  44. i now follow @masterbuilt on twitter. and my email is corrinestokoe at gmail dot com

  45. i've never fried a turkey but i want to so bad! this is si's daughter corrine 🙂

  46. I have tried it once. My father is an avid hunter and used one of his wild turkeys in a outdoor fryer. I was not impressed, but I think it was an OLD wild turkey and I have been anxious to try the frying method again because I have read so many rave reviews.

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  48. I Follow @Masterbuilt on Twitter. @chrisdeglen
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  49. I have not had Fried Turkey yet but I want to very, very much. People just rave about it. I have a Masterbuilt Smoker and we are ecstatic about the meats we've smoked in it. It's time to try the Masterbuilt Turkey Fryer so here's hoping!


  50. I follow you on Twitter @stoneyville1

  51. My stepdad always use to fry turkey when I was little I would love to be able to again
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  52. I never dreamed I would ever fry a turkey based on all of the horror stories I have heard about garage fires, burnt limbs, etc… But this looks so legit I think even I would try it! Awesome giveaway!

  53. I have posted a comment on my fb about your blog

  54. I'm following master built on twitter

  55. I'm following you on twitter

  56. My husband is now following you on fb

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  58. My dad usually does a deep fried but he didn't this year. It wasn't the same.

  59. Fried turkey is the ONLY way to go! My sister does fried turkey for thanksgiving and it's literally the most delicious thing on the planet. If I get this fryer I'd fry an entire turkey every stinking week. 🙂

  60. I tried a fried turkey a couple of years ago at my brothers house — boy was it Delicious! I would love to make one myself! ([email protected])

  61. had my first fried turkey this year and I'll never ever go back…it was delicious.

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  62. Retweeted your post! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  63. I follow Masterbuilt on Twitter ~ We have one of their smokers and love it!

  64. I saw this at Costco, and like all other kitchen gadgets, it was silently calling my name….I've never had a fried turkey and was thrilled to hear about your experience ~ thanks for sharing!

  65. I have always wanted to try a deep fried turkey but like you I was always to afraid that someone would get hurt! I really want to host Thanksgiving next year and would love to be able to fry the turkey! jensuman(at)gmail(dot)com.

  66. I have never tried a fried turkey, but would love to! I hear they are awesome!!
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  67. I have never had fried turkey but keep hearing rave reviews. This would make for a killer 2012 Thanksgiving!! (megcellentATgmailDOTcom)