Skip the ugly mess of oil! We have the best oil less turkey fryer options on the market right now for you.
Turkey frying can be messy business. But it doesn’t have to be. Today’s options offer healthy alternatives to those deep frying oil filled friers. By air frying your turkey you’ll get that juicy turkey you want without all the negative health implications.
|Name||Picture||Size Turkey||Power Source|
|Char-Broil Big Easy Oil-less Liquid Propane Turkey Fryer||16 lbs||LPG (liquid propane gas)||Read what customers are saying|
|HEAT AND HEATH’S PICK
Masterbuilt Oil Free Roaster Electric Fryer
|18 lbs||Electricity||Read what customers are saying|
|RiverGrille Outdoor Oil-Less Fryer and Roaster||20 lbs||LPG (liquid propane gas)||Read what customers are saying|
How Do Oil Less Turkey Fryers Work?
So how do these oil less turkey fryers work? Simple. These are convection ovens that heat air in a space. It then blows the air around the item you’re cooking. And the turkey should have a small amount of fat/oil on it which will then start frying. This is different than a conventional oven because it circulates the are around the food to ensure consistent and proper cooking. It also is different than a conventional fryer because you don’t need to submerge the entire item in oil. It’s not the oil that is frying the turkey but rather the hot air around it.
Yes, there will be some differences in the taste of an oil fried turkey and an oil less fried turkey. Oil fried turkeys often soak up the oil and that oil becomes part of the flavor profile. This isn’t the case of an air fried turkey. Since you’re not submerging the turkey in oil you’re able to rub the bird down with your favorite seasonings. So you skip the fattiness of the oil and you get the added benefit of seasoning to your liking.
What To Look For in an Oil Less Turkey Fryer
Size of Fryer
So how big of a turkey do you want to fry? One of the first things you want to do is figure out what size turkey you plan on cooking. Once you know that, you’ll have a better idea what size fryer you’re going to need.
You’ll maybe also want to consider your future needs as well. Right now you might be hosting thanksgiving for 10 people. What about in a few years? Do you anticipate needing a bigger turkey to feed your crew? Since these aren’t necissarily cheap appliances, keep in mind future situations to help guide you in your choice.
There are two different options on the market when it comes to air fryer fuel or power sources. The first most common option is electric. Many of the table top air fryers are simply run by plugging in the appliance to an outlet. This is also how the larger oil less turkey air fryers work. Simply plug it into your outdoor outlet and you’re good to go.
The second option available is liquid propane gas or LPG. Just like your outdoor grill, you can hook up the air fryer to a propane tank and that will help start the reactions needed for frying.
Fying in an oil less fryer can be very easy. But it’s easier when you have the right tools for the job. Many of the options listed below come with additional items that make your frying experience much easier. Some of the commong items are:
- Basket – What type of basket will hold the turkey. Are you able to lift it out easly? Are you able to cook other meats in it or is it made only for turkey.
- Thermometer – What type of thermometer is in it and how accurate is it? Can you read it easly to track how well your turkey is cooking?
- Drip tray – Is there a drip tray included? This may be a make or break item for those who love making their own gravy.
- Additional features – Does it come with any other bells and whistles, such as a cover, a wood chip tray, or tongs.
Best Oil Less Turkey Fryers – Our Picks
The Char Broil Big Easy propane turkey fryer can hold whole turkeys, chicken or roasts up to 16 lb. It uses infrared cooking technology that crisps the outside of whatever you’re cooking while leaving the inside juicy and tender.
With this oil-less turkey fryer you get the included cooking basket with a handle to lift the turkey out. It also comes with a meat thermometer. This will make sure the doneness of your meat is just where you need it to be. There’s also a lid and a quick start guide.
This model has many additional accessories that you can purchase separately. There is a double decker rack, some hooks you can clip onto the outside to cook ribs or wings.
For those that are really into making their own gravy when they’re cooking a turkey there is a drip tray it removed from the bottom of the fryer. You’ll be able to chat catch all the juices and develop your own gravy using that as a starter.
The Masterbuilt an electric oil-less turkey fryer so you can just plug this in and get started. It is an oil-free roaster and electric fryer and size-wise it is a little bit of a larger than the Big Easy with a cooking basket of 18 lb. It has a double wall construction that radiates heat around the turkey to crisp the outside and lock in those juices.
There’s a removable drip pan to catch all the fat and drippings making clean up a breeze. You can definitely use some of these drippings to flavorful gravy if that’s what you choose.
There is also a little chip box. You can put in your favorite wood chips to add a smokey flavor to your meat. It’s not that large and some have said that the smokey flavor is hard to get.
If you’re not using the wood chip and you can potentially use this indoors however just like you were cooking a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving it will make your entire house smell like turkey.
The River Grill turkey fryer and roaster is an air fryer that can hold up to 20 pounds of meat. So this is our largest option. This will also cook your meat more quickly, estimating about 6 to 9 minutes per pound when many of the other options require 10 minutes per pound of meat.
It’s a liquid propane gas fire that allows you to hook it up with a 20 lb tank to ignite for burners on the bottom of the grill. There’s only one setting – so it’s on or off – which makes it pretty easy to use.
This fryer also includes a thermometer so you are able to check the temperature and doneness of your meat pretty easily. The only downside is that the manufacturer recommends you keep the lid closed the entire cooking time. But in order to check the thermometer to make sure you have cooked your bird all the way through you need to open the lid. So it’s a little tough.
There is a grease tray underneath that will collect all the drippings. And it is size that you can put a disposable aluminum tray. This is great because so you don’t have to deal with all the the grime and clean that out every time you’re using the roaster. But you definitely want to make sure that you’re still cleaning this between uses and not leaving grease there near the flame.
This roaster does have additional racks that you can purchase separately so you can cook ribs or other types of roasts.
After all our research, the real choice is between the Char Broil and the Masterbuilt. In our minds, the Masterbuilt is the better buy. It’s electric so you don’t have to worry about having propane on hand. It also can hold a larger turkey so you’ll most likely not outgrow it.