Char-Broil® Easy-out Hinged Basket is a must have if you are doing a turkey, the (4) prongs at the bottom of the basket make it a snap to place the turkey in the upright position and hold it there, the hinged door lets you remove the turkey very easy,and without struggle. The only thing that could be improved on would be the door lock, you need to be carful that it doesn't unlatch dumping the turkey out, Note to the MFG., a little more hook loop to the latch wires would take care of the issue. I
... read more would recommend this product to anyone for the very ease of use. All in all this is a Great addition to the Easy-out cooker.
2 years ago
Great Benefit to the Hinged Basket
The last 2 Thanksgivings I have used the standard basket that came with the "Big Easy". We usually feed a large number of people and therefore we buy a 17-19 lb bird. It was very difficult to get the turkey in and out of the original basket. We would end up tearing up the bird in order to get it out. Now with the new Hinged basket it is super easy to load and unload the turkey. You do have to be a little more careful when handling the basket that the latches don't come undone until you mean for
... read more them too but that was simple enough. I can now get a over sized bird out of the basket without tearing up the meat or getting frustrated and burning my hands/fingers. I highly recommend this hinged basket if you find yourself cooking birds on the high end of the recommended size 17lbs or more. This will make your process so much faster and with less frustration.
4 weeks ago
Good, but not Perfect
I originally bought the hinged basket with plans to use it with the leg holder shelves, but there are a couple reasons this is not going to work for that.
First, the hinge points on the door are both at the center of the door maybe two inches apart. They should be moved farther apart along the height of the door to provide more stability. This instability is made worse when the added weight of the shelves are added to it.
Second, the door does not have the same radius as the rest of the basket
... read more so the shelves don't fit right on the door. They can be made to work but stick partially outside the basket. I checked with Customer Support and asked if these fit right before ordering it and they said they would work so I was kinda disappointed about that.
The hinged basket will work well for full size turkeys, but my solution of using five sets of leg shelves for cooking a ton of wings is best done with the original basket.