If you are looking for a way to cook the perfect Thanksgiving turkey, this post is for you! Butterball has been in the cooking products business since 1919 and their products have been used by millions of people. This manual post will go over how to use your Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer, from start to finish.
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When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions should always be followed, including but not
limited to the following:
- The maximum turkey size is 22 lbs (9.98 kgs.).
- A short cord is provided to prevent the possibility of entanglement or tripping that may occur with the use of a longer cord.
- Never move appliances when oil or water is above 100 °F(37 °C).
- Do NOT touch hot surfaces. Use lifting hook handle.
- To protect against electric shock, do NOT immerse the cord, plugs, or any part of the control panel in water or other liquids.
- Do NOT move appliances while in use or HOT.
- This is an ATTENDED appliance. Do NOT leave this appliance unattended during use. The heated liquid inside the cooking pot remains dangerously HOT for a period of time after use.
- Unplug from outlet when not in use and before cleaning. Allow cooling before removing parts for cleaning and storing.
- Do NOT operate this appliance with a damaged cord, plug, or after appliance malfunctions, or has been damaged in any manner. Contact Masterbuilt Customer Service for assistance at 1-800-215-7204.
- Accessory attachments not supplied by Masterbuilt Manufacturing, Inc. are not recommended and may cause injury.
- Do NOT use outdoors, the appliance is for indoor use only.
- Do NOT let cord hang over the edge of table or counter, or touch hot surfaces.
- Do NOT place on or near a HOT gas or electric burner, or in a heated oven.
- ALWAYS attach breakaway cord w/plug to appliance first, then plug the cord in the outlet.
- To disconnect, dial down the temperature button Fº to the OFF setting, then remove the plug from the outlet.
- Do NOT use appliances other than intended use.
- If oil begins to smoke, IMMEDIATELY turn the appliance off.
- NEVER overfill the cooking pot. Do NOT exceed the max fill line.
- Open lid with caution to prevent being burned by escaping steam.
- Add food slowly to avoid boil over.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: DO NOT USE AN EXTENSION CORD.
- Use of extension cord increases the risk of entanglement or tripping.
- Use of extension cord causes loss of energy and appliance may not heat properly.
- Do NOT operate the appliance with a damaged cord, plug, or after appliance malfunctions, or has been damaged in any manner. Contact Masterbuilt Customer Service for assistance at 1-800-215-7204.
DO NOT RETURN TO RETAILER For Assembly Assistance, Missing or Damaged Parts
Call: MASTERBUILT Customer Service at 1-800-215-7204. Please have Model Number and Serial Number available when calling. These numbers are located on silver label on back of unit.
Insert hinge on lid (2) into the outer shell (1). Lid will snap into place when assembled correctly.
Note: To remove lid push tabs together on the outer shell, and pull lid up.
Insert inner pot (4) into the outer shell (1).
Insert inner pot at an angle to fit valve into the side opening of the outer shell.
Slide control panel and element (7) down onto mounting bracket (shown in Step 2) on side of the outer shell (1).
Note: The control panel is correctly attached when the heating element is positioned inside the inner pot. The Control panel must be correctly attached for the appliance to operate. A built-in safety switch on the control panel will prevent elements from heating if not mounted properly.
Place basket (3) inside the inner pot (4).
Insert breakaway cord (10) into connection on the outer shell (1). Make sure “This Side Up” is shown on top for proper connection.
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Mount control panel and element onto the bracket on the outer shell (see Step 3 on pg. 3).
Note: The control panel is correctly attached when the heating element is positioned inside the inner pot and fully submerged in cooking oil or water during use.
Add oil or water to the MIN 1.5 gallons (6qts) or MAX 2.75 gallons (11qts) fill line (see pg. 7).
Note: Unit uses approximately 2.75 gallons (11qts) of oil when frying a turkey. Always fill oil to bottom of MAX fill line.
Attach the power cord to the control panel (see Step 5 on pg. 3). Plug power cord into an outlet (refer to “Warnings & Important Safeguards” section of manual). Power light will illuminate indicating the unit is plugged in and the element is mounted correctly to the mounting bracket.
Press the dial to set the temperature. Ready light will illuminate when the unit has reached set temperature and is ready for use.
Push timer button to set to the desired time. Once time has been set, the release button and the timer will start. The timer counts down by minutes only until less than 1 minute remaining. Numbers will flash while counting down. The timer will beep when time has expired. To reset the timer to 0 press and hold the timer button while numbers are flashing. Release and press again to reset.
FOR BEST RESULTS, READ the following start-up tips before using this product. Remember this is an ELECTRIC unit and has different characteristics than a gas unit.
Note: Watch “Getting to know your XL Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer” on www.masterbuilt.com.
FOR SAFETY, the heating element only heats up when properly attached to the mounting bracket (see the previous page for
instructions). This is a powerful heating element and may cause the circuit breaker to trip. Minimize occurrences by operating any additional appliances on a separate circuit. The tripping circuit breaker will NOT damage the unit or household electrical system.
PRE-HEATING oil or water may take up to 45 minutes. Take advantage of this time to prepare foods for cooking. For optimum performance, completely pre-heat unit to cooking temperature before frying or boiling foods. Keep lid CLOSED during pre-heating and cooking. This will reduce heating time and keep the temperature more consistent.
POWER LIGHT (orange) will illuminate indicating the power cord is plugged into outlet.
READY INDICATOR LIGHT (green) will turn ON when set temperature is reached. An indicator light will turn on and off to maintain the set temperature.
• Do not use this appliance without water or oil in a pot. The unit can be severely damaged if heated while empty.
• Place unit on level and stable surface to prevent tipping.
• Hot when in use.
• Do not overfill pot past max fill line.
• Do not mix different types of oil at the same time.
• Never melt fat or lard on the heating element or in basket.
• Risk of fire and electric shock. Replace only with manufacturer’s cord set, part number 9001150010
A. Butterball® Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer
B. 2.75 gallons (11 qts.) of oil. Peanut oil is recommended because of the great taste and higher smoke point but any common cooking oil may be used.
C. Your favorite marinade and season
D. Butterball® 18-20 lb. (8.16-9.07 kgs.) turkey
Rinse turkey thoroughly with warm water or soak in a warm water bath for no more than 30 minutes to ensure cavities are free of ice.
Pat turkey completely dry on outside with paper towels.
Dry inside cavities using paper towel as shown.
If desired inject turkey with marinade (not included). Insert 4 to 8 oz. into each side of turkey breast, thigh, leg, and wing for a total of 8 to 16 oz.
Season inside and outside of turkey with your favorite seasoning (not included).
A 18-20 lb. (8.16-9.07 kgs.) turkey is recommended. However, you can deep fry up to a 22 lb (9.98 kgs.) turkey in this unit. DO NOT EXCEED 22 lbs. (9.98 kgs.).
Frozen turkeys that are to be used for deep frying should be thoroughly defrosted 35 °- 40 °F (1.6°- 4.4 °C). The turkey must be rinsed on the outside and in the cavities with warm water or soaked in a warm water bath for no more than 30 minutes to remove any possibility of remaining ice crystals and then dried thoroughly with paper towels before immersing in hot oil. This will reduce splatter.
Allow approximately 24 hours for every 4 lbs. (1.8 kgs.) of turkey thawed in the refrigerator.
1. Ensure that the turkey is completely thawed and free of ice and water. Remove neck and giblet bag.
Pay special attention to the inner cavity area when checking for ice or water.
2. Make sure the drain valve is closed. Fill pot with oil to the bottom of max fill line.
3. Set control dial to 375 °F (191 °C) (pre-heating time may take up to 45 minutes).
4. Close lid on the fryer.
5. While oil is pre-heating, prepare the turkey (see pg. 5). Inject with your favorite marinade and season the outside of the turkey with your favorite seasoning .
6. CALCULATE COOKING TIME
The formula for calculating turkey cooking time is to fry turkey 3.5-4 minutes per pound (0.45 kg.). Using a meat thermometer check turkey breast to ensure it has reached the appropriate cooking temperature 165 °F-170 °F (74 °C-77 °C). If you do not have a meat thermometer then fry turkey 4 minutes per pound (0.45 kg.).
7. Ready indicator light (green) will illuminate when temperature is reached.
8. Place turkey horizontally in basket, breast side up (Fig. A).
9. Wearing protective gloves or mitts, hook the basket handle with the lifting hook and VERY SLOWLY lower the basket into the hot oil (Fig. B).
10. With basket in place, close lid.
11. Set digital timer to calculated time (see Operating Instructions pg. 4).
12. Be certain to cook for complete calculated time .
13. When time is up, turn the turkey fryer to OFF and unplug from outlet. Lift the basket from the hot oil slowly, hooking the drain clip on basket into drain clip mounting hole (Fig. C).
14. Allow turkey to rest in basket for 10 minutes before removing for carving and serving. The turkey can remain in the basket to cool until ready to serve.
- Cooking conditions vary. Insert a food thermometer 2 inches (5.08 cm.) into the deepest part of turkey breast and make sure an internal temperature of 165 °F (74 °C) is reached.
- Purchase 2.75 gallons (11 qts.) of oil to be used, although unit uses slightly less than 3 gallons (12 qts.).
- Butterball turkey is recommended however if you have another brand please remove the pop-up cooking indicator and leg ties.
Follow the above directions and safety precautions and adjust formula to 7 minutes per pound (0.45 kg.). Start at 375 °F (191 °C) after lowering turkey breast into unit reduce temperature to 325 °F (163 °C) for entire cooking time.
NOTE: Reducing temperature to 325 °F (163 °C) is for cooking a turkey breast ONLY Do not reduce the temperature when cooking a whole turkey.
• Add water to Max Fill Line. Do not add water past this line. Do not allow water to completely evaporate. This will cause element to overheat and damage the unit. Make sure basket is in place, as shown on left, to steam.
• Water will boil at 212 °F (100 °C). When steaming or boiling turn dial to 375 °F (191 °C) to ensure unit will not cycle and water will continue boiling.
• Valve must be in OFF position.
• Remove safety cap on drain valve.
• Screw valve spout attachment onto drain valve. Do not overtighten. This could damage threads and cause leakage. If spout becomes snug in the up position turn counterclockwise until it is in the down position.
• Align spout over container with opening facing downward. Open valve to drain.
• Close valve when complete.
• Do NOT store water in appliance.
• Cavities in unit are designed to catch grease and condensation from steam. Wipe out cavities using damp cloth after each use.
• When steaming, cavities may become full before finished cooking, drain with sponge or other absorbent material. Caution! Water will be hot.
WARNING: Do not place control panel under running water. Immersing control panel and cord can cause electrocution.
- Masterbuilt recommends cleaning unit prior to use.
- Clean lid, inner pot, valve spout, lifting hook and basket with a damp cloth or sponge using a mild detergent. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
- Clean outer shell, cord, control panel and element with a damp cloth or sponge using a mild detergent. Dry thoroughly. NEVER put these parts in a dishwasher or submerge in water.
- Disconnect electric cord from outlet, before cleaning, servicing and/or re moving heating element. Electrical shock can result in personal injury or death.
- Do not pour used oil in sink. Drain it back into oil containers.
Turn appliance off, unplug and let cool for 2 hours if using water, 5 hours if using oil before cleaning or storing.
Why won’t my turkey fryer turn on?
The Control Panel features a “Safety Switch” that must be mounted properly on the mounting bracket of the outer shell for unit to power on (see pg.3). Power light will illuminate when control panel is mounted correctly.
How much oil do I need to use?
Fryer will require approximately 2.75 gallons (11qts) of oil max. The MAX fill line is the maximum amount of liquid that can safely be used in this unit. Filling to the line is more than enough water or oil to prepare most food in this (see pg. 7).
What type of oil should I use?
Peanut oil is recommended because of the great taste and higher smoke point but any common cooking oil may be used.
How hot will the oil become?
Oil will reach 375 °F (191 °C) in approximately 45 minutes. Oil temperature will decrease when turkey is placed in fryer. Follow set cooking time in this manual.
Should I keep the lid on during use?
Yes, the lid helps retain heat, and keeps splatter inside unit.
What size turkey can I deep fry in this unit?
A 18-20 lb. (8.16-9.07 kgs.) turkey is recommended. However, you can deep fry up to a 22 lb. (9.97 kgs.) turkey in this unit. DO NOT EXCEED 22 lbs. (9.97 kgs.).
Can an extension cord be used with this unit?
No, extension cords will lose electric current resulting in increased cooking time and decreased performance. Extension cords can also pose a trip hazard.
Does the turkey go in the basket breast side up or down?
Turkey should be placed horizontal in basket, breast side up (see Fig. A on pg. 6).
I followed the formula and the turkey did not fully cook. What went wrong?
Cooking conditions may vary. Turkey could have been cold. Bring turkey to room temperature before frying. Sometimes a cold or frozen spot in a joint or deep in the turkey breast does not allow that section to cook properly. For best results wash with lukewarm water and pat dry inside and outside with paper towels before injecting with marinade.
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STOP! DO NOT RETURN TO RETAILER For Assembly Assistance, Missing or Damaged Parts
Call: MASTERBUILT Customer Service at 1-800-215-7204.
Please have Model Number and Serial Number available when calling.
These numbers are located on silver label on back of unit.
To power up, plug unit into power source. Initially the power indicator will illuminate red and the digital readout will blink 375° F, indicating the unit is in standby mode.
Select desired cooking mode by pressing the temperature button and push +/- buttons to scroll through mode options of OFF/BOIL/300 °F/325 °F /350 °F or 375 °F.
Press temperature button again to set mode.
*Note: The mode function can be changed at any time by pressing the temperature button.
The display will blink OFF 5 times, after which time the unit will power down. Please allow adequate time for liquids to cool as the temperature will not immediately drop once the unit has powered down.
BOIL: (Use only water in boil mode) In this mode, the indicator will read BOIL. Slowly lower food once water comes to a boil. The ready light will not illuminate during boil operation.
*Note: Water will not instantaneously begin to boil and must still have time to reach desired temperature.
Once desired frying temperature is indicated, simply press temperature button to select cooking temp. In fry mode the letter “H” will blink during pre-heat while the element cycles on and will cease to blink once temp has been reached. There is no pre-heat “H” indicator when boiling. The green ready indicator will illuminate when oil reaches the set temp.
*Note: Oil will not instantaneously reach desired temperature. Please allow time for pre-heat.
Program the timer by pressing the timer button. Timer will flash. Select time from 00 – 99 minutes by pressing the +/– buttons in 1 minute increments, or hold down the +/– button to change time in 10 minute increments.
*Note: If no time is selected within 5 seconds, the timer will set to the previous programmed time
Once the desired time is indicated on the digital screen, press the time button again to set. The timer will stop flashing indicating the time has been set. The timer can be changed during any portion of the cooking process by simply pressing time button and repeating steps 1 and 2 to set.
The timer will sound out 10 long beeps when time is up.
*Note: Cooking times and temperatures may vary due to altitudes.
NOTE: In the event that the cord becomes disconnected during cooking, the fryer will maintain the last set time and temperature for up to 2 minutes. However, some heat loss could occur during the time that the fryer is disconnected from power source.
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TO ENSURE THAT IT IS SAFE TO EAT, FOOD MUST BE COOKED TO THE MINIMUM INTERNAL
TEMPERATURES LISTED IN THE TABLE BELOW.
*Water will boil at 212 °F (100 °C). When steaming or boiling turn dial to 375 °F (191 °C) to ensure unit will not cycle and water will continue boiling.
- NEVER place frozen or icy poultry in oil. Use extreme caution when cooking frozen foods. Never fill oil past max fill line or exceed maximum amount of food in basket. Spillover can cause serious injury. Slowly lower basket into hot oil and cover with lid. Always wear protective gloves or mitts.
- When using drain hook on basket, make sure that basket is firmly in place on rim of pot before releasing handle so basket will not fall back into hot oil or water causing personal injury.