Made by companies like Brinkmann, Masterbuilt and Bayou Classic, a turkey deep fryer offers a new and delicious way to cook a whole bird, whether during the holidays or otherwise. Designed for outdoor use due to its gas-fueled burner, a turkey deep fryer basically consists of a steel stand, cast iron burner, on top of which sits a large aluminum stockpot. Requiring a propane canister for fuel, a turkey deep fryer prepares the meal in less time than a conventional oven, making it crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.
While there are electric turkey deep fryers for indoor use, the most popular method is to use a gas-burning device. Depending on the size of the bird, it takes less than an hour and a half to fully fry a turkey. More than that, the same fryer can be used for other meats as well. Instead of filling it with cooking oil, fill it with water and turn it into a steamer/boiler perfect for freshly-caught seafood, vegetables and more.
Outdoor, gas-fueled turkey deep fryers typically feature a stockpot upwards of 30 quarts in size. Smaller pots are available. A PSI regulator is attached to the gas line hose. Other features include a vented lid, perforated rack and a stainless steel thermometer at least a foot long, enough to reach inside the pot during cooking.