Fried turkey tastes delicious, so it's understandable that in recent years propane turkey fryers have become increasingly popular. But at what price? Every Thanksgiving dozens of families endure Thanksgiving tragedy due to defective turkey fryers. Propane turkey fryers are so dangerous that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has recommended against their use. According to the NFPA; the hot oil can cause devastating burns and destruction of property. The New York Fire Department (NYFD) - and dozens of fire departments across the country - recommend against using propane fryers.

Consumer group after consumer group have weighed in against propane fryers. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) studied propane fryer hazards. Mr. John Drengenberg, an engineer and the UL Consumer Affairs Manager strongly recommends against the use of propane turkey fryers. Mr. Drengenber explains, UL found propane turkey fryers, "... not to be worth the risks. And, as a result of these observations, UL has decided not to certify any turkey fryers with our trusted UL Mark." Some manufacturers countered by putting phony "consumer listing mark of approvals" on their dangerous propane fryers.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has also issued alerts on propane turkey fryers. Every Thanksgiving the CPSC receives reports of turkey fryer burns. The CPSC has reported over one hundred incidents of propane turkey fryers causing burns. In addition, Consumer Reports issued a safety alert on propane turkey fryers. A video on their website graphically demonstrates just how quickly propane turkey fryers violently erupt.

These horrible burns happen to ordinary people. Take Richard, for instance. Richard was trying hard to be extra careful. However, in spite of his best efforts, Richard suffered severe burns while using a turkey fryer. Richard's description is similar to so many others, "The turkey fryer erupted like a volcano".

Most turkey fryers don't have any temperature control, allowing the oil to overheat and burst into flame, similar to a volcano erupting. The propane fryers that do have temperature controls, have temperature controls that are shoddy and unreliable. Which gives consumers a false sense of security. John Drengenberg, from UL, describes propane fryers as a "vertical flame thrower". CPSC's findings reveal the majority of reported incidents occur while the oil is being heated, prior to adding the turkey. The oil starts to overheat and smoke and then instantly turns into a "vertical flame thrower."

Remember, propane turkey fryers are meant to be used outdoors only, usually on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Almost everywhere in America can expect to receive either rain or snow on any given Thanksgiving or Christmas. With turkey fryers, rain or snow create a huge hazard. When the rain or snow hits the hot oil, the oil splashes or turns to steam, which can cause burns.

When it rains or snows, people will predictably try to move the turkey fryer to a place that doesn't directly expose the turkey fryer to the moisture. Or, just as often, folks move the turkey fryer away from a house or garage because they are concerned about starting a fire. Moving a hot turkey fryer often results in tragedy. Dozens and dozens of people have been seriously burned while trying to move a hot propane turkey fryer. The oil splashes or they lose a grip on the handle. Or worse, they slip and fall into the hot oil. This happened to a Fire Department veteran in California. While trying to move a turkey fryer out of the rain, the fryer tipped over. He slipped and fell in the oil, burning his arms, ankles, back and face.

The process of cooking the turkey poses additional hazards. Even under the best of circumstances and intentions hot oil may splash or spill at any point during the cooking process. Oil easily spills over the side of the pot and will ignite from the flames. Serious burns are often received when people try and remove the turkey out of the fryer.

Partially frozen turkeys also pose a significant risk. At best, partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect. At worst, the frozen turkey will cause the boiling oil to explode. In addition, many propane turkey fryers have an unstable three leg base. Allowing the fryer to easily topple over, causing burns.

Finally, when fire does occur, users often try and extinguish the flames with water. This is a huge mistake. When water contacts the hot oil, the water and oil cause a splatter effect, causing burns to anyone in the vicinity.

In most states, product liability laws use a risk-benefit test to determine whether a product is defectively designed. The work done by NFPA, NYFD, UL, Consumer Reports, and the CPSC make a strong case that the risks posed by a turkey fryer's design outweigh the benefits of the design. The potential harm resulting from the use of turkey fryers is serious and there is substantial likelihood that burns will occur.

There is a safer and feasible alternate design. Consumer Reports recommends electric turkey fryers as being much safer than propane models. These electric fryers have automatic temperature controls that will shut off the heat before the oil gets too hot. They are also designed to use much less oil than the propane models. This minimizes the spill over or splash hazard posed by propane models. Consumer Reports tests revealed the electric fryer turkey tasted just as delicious as turkey cooked with propane.

Below is the table which shows the top 6 best turkey fryer 2018. Each and every turkey fryer is chosen by our specialist reviewers.

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# 1 - King Kooker 1265bf3 Portable Propane Outdoor Deep Frying/boiling Package With 2 Aluminum Pots

Fry up to a 20 pound turkey outdoors, or fry fresh filets to a crispy golden brown with this King Kooker Portable Propane Outdoor Cooker Package with Two Aluminum Pots. The 12" portable propane outdoor cooker has a high pressure 33,000 BTU cast burner and the package includes a large 29 quart aluminum turkey pot with lid, and punched aluminum basket for boiling. Also includes turkey rack and lifting hook, and an 11 quart aluminum fry pan with basket and heat resistant handle. Use the deep fry thermometer to monitor the temperature of the oil and adjust the flame with…


  • Heavy Duty Welded Outdoor Cooker
  • 33,000 BTU Cast Burner
  • 29 Qt. Aluminum Turkey Pot with Lid and Basket
  • Turkey Rack and Lifting Hook
  • 11 Qt. Aluminum Fry Pan and Basket with Heat Resistant Handle


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# 2 - King Kooker 5012 Portable Propane Outdoor Boiling And Steaming Cooker Package With 50-quart Aluminum Pot And Steaming Basket

Boil and Steam Seafood and Veggies. Great for all Types of Cooking. Bolt Together 12-Inch Flat Top Outdoor Cooker, 15-Inch Diameter Top Ring, 50-Quart Aluminum Ridge Pot with Steamer Basket and Lid, Listed LP Hose and Regulator with Type 1 Connection Deep Fry Thermometer, Instruction/Recipe Booklet. CSA Design Certified. Box Dimensions: 16.5 x 16.5 x 15 inches. Shipping Weight: 28-pounds.


  • THIS PRODUCT IS NOT FOR FRYING TURKEYS.
  • Bolt Together 12-Inch 54,000 BTU Flat Top Outdoor Cooker
  • 15000 BTU flat top outdoor cooker
  • Great for steaming clams
  • CSA design certified
  • 50-quart aluminum ridge pot with steamer basket and lid
  • Cooker has 15-inch diameter top ring
  • Listed LP hose and regulator with Type 1 connection


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# 3 - Bayou Classic Sp10 High-pressure Outdoor Gas Cooker, Propane


  • High-pressure outdoor propane cooker
  • 1-piece welded steel frame, 14-inch diameter cooking surface, wide-set legs for stability.The flame on this high pressure propane burner is adjustable, therefore you can obtain a roaring flame or turn the flame down small enough simmer a cup of coffee
  • Includes 48-inch stainless braided hose, 10psi high-pressure regulator and brass control valve.
  • Full 360-degree windscreen protection for use in windy conditions. Commercial or Residential Certifications - Yes
  • 13-inch height provides low center of gravity for use with large stockpots up to 100-qt capacity; measures 18 inches in diameter by 13 inches high


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# 4 - Butterball Mb23010618 Xl Electric Fryer, Extra-large

Fry, steam, or boil your favorite foods with the Butterball XL Electric Fryer by Masterbuilt. The fryer uses 30% less oil than traditional fryers and is designed and tested to commercial standards. The extra-large basket accommodates up to a 20 lb. turkey, 5 lbs. of chicken wings or a large seafood boil. Cleanup is easy with the built-in drain valve and dishwasher safe components.


  • Aluminum basket with patented drain clips
  • Oil drain valve for easy clean-up
  • Dishwasher safe components (pot, basket, lid, drain valve)
  • Designed and tested to meet commercial standards.Magnetic breakaway cord for safety
  • Product Weight:9.16 kg


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# 5 - 23011615 Butterball Xl Electric Fryer

Fry, steam and boil with the Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer by Masterbuilt. Enjoy the hassle-free way to enjoy the delicious taste of fried turkey - all in the comforts of your own home.The versatility of the fryer lets you make delicious meals that your family and friends are sure to love, all year long.


  • Fries turkeys up to 20lbs. in the aluminum cooking basket with drain clip
  • Analog controls and digital timer with thermostat temperature control
  • 1,650 watt electric heating element heats oil quickly
  • Cleaning is easy with the convenient oil drain valve
  • Designed and tested to meet commercial standards
  • Magnetic break-away power cord for safety