Butterball XL Turkey Fryer Manual Instructions

Author: Chester P. Rector
August 3, 2022

Masterbuilt Butterball Electric Turkey Fryers are an increasingly popular appliance for the kitchen, thanks to their capability of deep-frying whole turkeys much faster than traditional fryers.

But what I love more about them is the much less amount of oil they use at the same time, which is healthier and economical at the same time.

However, since they’re a little unconventional appliance for the kitchen, many new owners seem to struggle a little with it. For them, here are the general Butterball Turkey Fryer Instructions.

What Makes Butterball Turkey So Special?

Butterball supplies the best possible turkeys for your tastebuds. Their turkeys are still, turkeys, but it’s their quality control and a few additional steps & ingredients in the processing of their turkeys that make them special and better than other offerings in the market.

Here are the details:

  1. Butterball pre-brines their turkey based on their size which keeps them tender and juicy, which is something we all desire from our cooked turkeys.
  2. If it wasn’t for them, we’d have to include that extra step in our cooking which would kill time & effort – which we’re getting to save just by purchasing the turkey from Butterball – a great reason to start with.
  3. The helping hand is the second good reason, especially for someone who’s not the best yet at cooking turkeys. Butterball includes cooking instructions with every turkey or turkey piece they ship, step-by-step – from thawing to cooking temperatures and duration. For further help, you can always call their helpline – A great gesture by a turkey supplier.
  4. Butterball has thought of the common mistakes that could happen and thus includes the giblets in a cook-proof bag. So while cooking, if you leave them accidentally, the turkey won’t be ruined. And when you remember to remove them, the bag makes that process easier. It’s a common mistake that people make and great of Butterball to find a solution for that.
  5. Butterball turkeys come with a normal leg tuck using the skin to keep the legs in place to make it easier to stuff, with more than half of holiday cooks stuffing their turkeys. In a Butterball turkey, there are no plastic or metal locks that guarantee that when you remove your stuffing, you will not have to worry about a hot metal film.
  6. You do not need to fight the turkey to get it out of the packaging! Butterball’s simple open packaging makes it easy to remove the turkey, no need to include the scissors and knives. Just pull the tabs apart, and with no mess, you are ready to begin the cooking process – Good attention to detail.
  7. Butterball is certified by the American Humane Association and received the American Human Certified® status.

On top of everything, their turkeys do not break the bank either. Who would not appreciate such great service without any extra cost?

Butterball Turkey Fryer Instructions (Deep Frying)

Here are the general instructions for deep frying a turkey in a Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer:

  1. For a deep-fry, you can start with a fresh turkey. Make sure that you thaw it fully if it’s a frozen turkey.
  2. Remove the wrapping and then remove the neck and giblets from the turkey.
  3. Up to the maximal fill line, fill the turkey fryer with oil. On the inside of the fryer, you will find this line.
  4. Preheat the oil to 375 degrees F. in the turkey fryer.
  5. Let the oil heat up, and meanwhile, you may take paper towels and pat dry your turkey. It’s crucial that you reduce the turkey’s moisture.
  6. You can also marinate the turkey with your marinade of liking, or season.
  7. Put in the turkey when your oil has been preheated to the desired temperature. For this, place the turkey in the basket first, and then place the basket safely into the fryer. If you own the XL turkey fryer, you can fry up to 20 lbs of the whole turkey. If not, you need to separate the thighs and legs for a turkey of that size and fry those pieces separately.
  8. Time to set the duration. For every pound of turkey, you need 3 to 4 minutes of deep-frying. So for a turkey weighing 15 pounds, the duration should be between 45 to 60 minutes, depending on how crusty you want it to be.
  9. For the pieces when that have to be cooked separately, set the oil temp at 325 degrees, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes for every pound.
  10. When the turkey is done, take the basket and hook it to the side of the fryer, where it’s supposed to let off the excessive oil into the fryer.
  11. Once done with the oil draining, take it out of the fryer, place it on a paper towel, and soak the rest of the oil.
  12. Unplug the fryer, and let it cool off before you proceed to clean it.
  13. Let the turkey have 20 minutes to rest. Then carve and serve.

One of the reasons for deep-fried turkey being so popular is the ease of deep-frying. You reduce the chances of making a mistake and, in the end, you always get a delicious treat! And the process is multiple times quicker than that in a regular over.

Another great thing about turkeys fried in the turkey fryer is that they’re comparatively healthier since they use less oil than that when cooked in an oven. At the same time, less oil means it’s economical, too.

How to Marinate Your Turkey? 5 General Rules!

When you want to infuse a burst of your favorite flavor into your perfectly cooked turkey, marinades are the best way to do so. Marinades do not require days of preparation and are a really simple way to introduce that spicy surprise or a tangy twist.

Here are the general rules you want to follow when using the marinade of your choice:

  1. If your recipe of marinade requires you to heat the ingredients, you want to let them cool down to room temperature before you pour it over the turkey.
  2. Prepare your marinade several hours before you cook. You should marinate the meat for at least 2 to 8 hours to get the full flavor. The longer you marinate, the better and stronger flavor it develops.
  3. Use a large enough sealable plastic bag or container to place the meat in a single layer, and coat all sides of it.
  4. Keep your marinating meat in the refrigerator, and covered.

You should discard any leftover marinade having touched the raw meat.

Butterball Herb Roasted Turkey Recipe


  • BUTTERBALL Whole Turkey (14- to 16-pound)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup salted butter softened
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 10 sprigs of rosemary, divided
  • 10 sprigs of thyme, divided
  • 10 sprigs of sage, divided
  • 8 whole peeled shallots
  • 4 heads tops trimmed garlic
  • 4 medium, cut into eighths yellow onion, divided

Garnish: fresh rosemary sprigs, fresh thyme sprigs, fresh sage sprigs


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put heavy-duty foil on the pan.
  2. Remove the neck and the giblets from the cavity of the turkey – discard those or refrigerate them for other uses. Drain juices and pat dry the turkey.
  3. Take a small bowl and combine salt, pepper, and butter in it, mix them well. Loosen the turkey skin, place half of the mixture under the skin, and rub the other half all over the turkey.
  4. Place the turkey in the pan keeping the breast side up. Place 5 thyme, sage sprigs, rosemary, and half of the onion in the cavity. Place garlic, shallots, remaining herbs, and onions around the turkey.
  5. Place the pan in the oven and reduce the temperature to 325°F. Roast for 3 to 3.5 hours until the meat thermometer reads 180 degrees when injected into the deepest part of the thigh without touching the bone. To prevent over-browning, you may loosely cover the breast and top of drumsticks with foil, two-thirds of the way through roasting.
  6. Allow the turkey 30 minutes to stand before carving. Garnish with additional rosemary, thyme, and sage.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving:

  • Total Fat 17g
  • Calories 270
  • Protein 23g
  • Carbs 7g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Sugar 2g
  • Sodium 320mg
  • Saturated Fat 7g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Cholesterol 85mg

How to fry a Turkey – Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer

Butterball Turkey Fryer Instructions (FAQs)

1. How Much Oil Does the Butterball Turkey Fryer Use?

Put from a general perspective, the butterball turkey fryer uses 33% less oil than traditional fryers. For an extra-large turkey, it requires 2.75 gallons or 11 quarts of oil in general. However, this number can vary a little depending on your method of cooking and also the type of oil you choose.

2. What Temp to Fry Turkey in a Butterball Fryer?

375 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature to fry a turkey in a master built butterball electric turkey fryer. However, keep in mind that you need to preheat the oil for about 35-45 minutes and also pat dry the turkey fully.

3. What kind of oil is best to fry a Turkey?

Peanut oil has been producing great results for us and we choose to stick to that. Many other cooks will also recommend using peanut oil. However, you could give it a try with your preferred oil as well as how it comes out.

4. How long do you cook a Turkey in a Butterball Electric Fryer?

The general rule is to cook for 3 to 4 minutes for every pound of turkey. So the overall cooking duration would vary depending on the size of the turkey you’ve picked. Multiply the weight with minutes per pound cooking time to figure out the duration for your unit of turkey.

5. How do you set the temperature on a Butterball Turkey Fryer?

It’s very convenient. In the control panel, below the display, there is a “+” and a “-” button that’ll let you scroll through the different preset temperatures. Select one and hit the “F” button below to start the action. For additional help, refer to your manual. If you’ve lost that, here’s the online version.

How do you reset a Butterball Turkey Fryer?

The Masterbuilt Butterball electric turkey fryer is equipped with an overheating safety feature. If it overheats, it’ll shut off automatically. To reset, you have to unplug it and insert something like a toothpick into the small hole which you’ll find on the inside of the control panel. It’ll reset the unit and prepare for the next use.

Wrap Up

There you have it, the general Butterball Turkey Fryer Instructions. Which recipe will you try first? Deep frying, Herb-roasted turkey, or something else? Let us know how it went.



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