While deep-frying is much faster than any other cooking method, it is also very unhealthy in the long run. By comparison, oil-less fryers are a lot safer than standard turkey fryers overall, without mentioning the proven health benefits of cooking without oil. This being said, there is no substitute for juicy texture or a crisp skin on a properly cooked turkey, so at the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference.
Be them indoor, outdoor, deep-fry, or oil-less, each individual fryer has its fair share of pros and cons to look out for. Over the next few minutes, we’ll focus on infrared turkey fryers which are the fastest, most convenient fryers money can buy. Even so, some are better than others, which is why we put together a list of the ten best infrared turkey fryers on the market today.
10Oiless Infrared Turkey Fryer
This fairly large infrared turkey fryer from Premier can be used both indoors or outdoors thanks to its reduced power consumption. It is also very spacious, able to fit even the largest of turkeys with no difficulties whatsoever. At the same time, we should point out that it is surprisingly lightweight as far as turkey fryers go, weighing just 36 lbs. This allows you to move it around at will wherever it is needed.
9Turkey Fryer-butterball Digital Electric Extra-large Turkey Fryer
Built with a stainless steel frame, Hamilton Beach’s Turkey Fryer-Butterball is a lot sturdier than most fryers out there. Powerful and responsive, this fryer will cook turkeys up to 20 lbs heavy in a relatively short amount of time thanks to its 1,650 W electric heating element. It is also equipped with a thermostat temperature control feature and a digital timer that makes it easier to cook a wide variety of sensitive dishes.
8BIG BOSS 1300-Watt Oil-Less Fryer
This powerful 1,300-Watt oil-less fryer from Big Boss is designed to provide the same cooking capacities of a deep-fryer with the added benefit of being much healthier. Thanks to its efficient design, it can heat food quickly and efficiently while helping food retain flavor and moisture. We should also point out that it comes equipped with a handy two-tray that lets you cook multiple dishes at the same time.
7The Sharper Image 8217 Super Wave Oven Halogen Infrared & Convection Fryer
This 16 Quart infrared Super Wave Oven can bake, boil, air fry, steam, grill, and roast any type of dish. In fact, it can cook up to three times faster than conventional ovens, without the need to defrost frozen foods prior to cooking them. Like the name suggests, it uses halogen, infrared, and convection heat to get the job done, meaning that dishes end up moist on the inside and pleasantly browned on the outside afterward.
6Char-Broil The Big Easy Electric TRU Infrared Smoker and Roaster
Char-Broil’s Big Easy Electric Infrared Smoker and Roaster uses an award-winning TRU infrared cooking system designed to provide seared yet moist and juicy dishes. As a result of its 100% infrared heat lock-on cooking system, any dish cooked inside this fryer will retain moisture during the cooking process. This applies to any dish being cooked inside its cooking bowl, a bowl that can fit almost 16-lbs of food.
5Big Boss Rapid Wave Halogen Infrared Convection Countertop Oven
Surprisingly affordable, this rapid wave halogen infrared convection oven can fry, boil, grill, bake, and steam due to its versatile cooking capabilities. Interestingly enough, it does so without requiring any cooking oil, mainly thanks to its infrared technology. At the same time, we should point out that all of its components are 100% dishwasher-safe, which makes it easier for you to clean the device after using it.
4Masterbuilt 20100809 Butterball Oil-Free Electric Turkey Fryer and Roaster
Thanks to a double-wall construction, the Masterbuilt 20100809 Butterball Turkey Fryer will provide the turkey with roughly the same cooking particularities of a deep-fryer minus the need for cooking oil. It uses a powerful 1,650-Watt electric element that allows you to cook turkeys as large as 16 lbs. It also comes with a built-in wood chip box and a removable drip pan at the bottom of the fryer for good measure.
3Char-Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared Smoker, Roaster, and Grill
This fairly large infrared turkey fryer can cook 25 lbs of meat at a time, making it ideal for cookouts and large gatherings. Due to its infrared cooking technology, it requires no flare-up, no charcoal, and no spit rod whatsoever. Even so, it will make the turkey juicy and flavourful, especially if you cook it on its 180 square-inch grilling area. Furthermore, it also uses a smoker box for added flavor and a temperature control that goes from 9,000 to 18,000 BTUs.
2Masterbuilt 23011114 Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer
Masterbuilt is known for making some pretty large fryers and this one is no different. This powerful stainless steel fryer will fry up to 20 lbs of turkey at a time, but it can also be used to boil seafood and steam vegetables should you need to. It also benefits from a stainless steel construction that makes it more durable and resistant, a thermostat temperature control feature for maneuverability, and a cooking basket with a drain clip for flavor.
1Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-less Turkey Fryer
Equipped with a patented Char-Boil infrared cooking technology, this particular fryer will not cause any flare-ups during the cooking process. It also eliminates the risk of hot and cold spots that sometimes affect the overall quality of the meat. At the same time, this fryer can cook up to 16 lbs of pretty much any type of meat, a versatility that many fryers out there do not possess. Last but not least, it comes equipped with a cooking basket, a lifter, a meat thermometer, and a quick start cooking guide to help you through.