Butterball 23011615 XL Turkey Fryer Review

Editor rating

4.5/5 on February 10, 2018

User's rating

393 reviews


 This fryer has a large aluminum cooking basket that you can fry a 20 pound turkey in.
This fryer has analog controls that are really easy to use
Its digital timer with a thermostat temperature control allows you to select the perfect temperature for anything that you need to fry
The dial lets you select frying temperatures from 125-375 degrees
This fryer model uses a 1,650 watt heating element to heat up your oil quickly, so that you don’t have to wait a long time to start frying
It features an oil drain valve, making it really easy to clean.
This fryer is tested to meet commercial frying standards.
A nice touch and added safety feature that you get with this fryer is the magnetic break-away power cord. This is a really nice touch for avoiding electrical hazards while using your fryer.


The max temperature on the fryer only gets up to 375 degrees fahrenheit, which limits what you are able to cook in this fryer. Sometimes, the foods that you are going to want to fry have an ideal frying temperature of over 400 degrees.
The fryer may sound powerful, but it actually takes between 30 and 40 minutes to reach frying temperature


If you are looking for a home fryer with the power and size of a commercial grade fryer, this would be a great option for you. The massive capacity of this fryer makes it perfect for families and using it for frying up whole turkeys around the holidays. The analog controls with the digital timer on this fryer is a nice touch, though it may be your preference to have all digital controls on this fryer. There are only two major drawbacks about this model that we could spot of the bat. It would be nice if the temperature dial gave you the option to fry at higher temperatures. The fact that it only goes to 375 degrees is kind of limiting. The other is that it takes a while to heat up your oil. Even though this fryer has a 1,650 watt heating element, it still takes a while for your fryer to get to the proper frying temperature.

All around though, this is a really affordable fryer that has a lot of great cooking potential. If you love having the option to fry for your family, for a party, the holidays, or anytime that you have friends over, you won’t be disappointed.

23011615 Butterball XL Electric Fryer Review

Key Features

Let’s take a look at some of the key features that this Butterball eight liter electric fryer has to offer.

Easy to Set up and Use

What’s the most alluring feature of this fryer is that it is really easy for anyone to use. Using a fryer for the first time can be an intimidating prospect for many reasons, primarily because you are fully submersing your food in piping hot oil. This fryer makes it far less intimidating to use a fryer by incorporating an analog dial that allows you to select the temperature that you need. All you have to do after that is wait for the fryer to heat up and set the digital timer to fry for the precise amount of time that you need it to.

Large Capacity

This fryer was made to handle eight liters of food, so if you need a large fryer for your kitchen, you won’t be disappointed. This fryer was particularly made to cook a 20 pound turkey, which makes it great for hosting family and friends around the holidays. This model comes with a large aluminum basket that you simply set your turkey in, place the basket in the oil within the frying unit, and let it fry to perfection. If you are looking for a smaller fryer, you can check out Butterball 23010115 8L Electric Fryer that can fry turkeys up to 14lbs.

Easy to Clean

Like we mentioned earlier, one of the most intimidating and dissuading aspects of using a fryer is that they can be a mess to clean and maintain. The filtering, changing, and storing of your fryer oil can be a total nightmare if you haven’t done this before. Thankfully, this fryer has an oil drain valve, which makes it much easier to extract your oil from your fryer. You will have no problem emptying your fryer, and the basket is really easy to wash as well.

Commercial Standards for your Home Kitchen

If you are into hosting, cooking a lot of food, or frying large poultry, this fryer will not disappoint. Butterball designed this model to meet commercial standards so that you can have the power and efficiency of a restaurant fryer, right at home in your kitchen.

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