This is a great idea, and works very good. However, it is made of wire a size smaller than the original basket, and feels like it will fall apart before long. Already, two of the 4 stick-up wires at the bottom (don't know what they are for anyway) have broken off at the welds. Not the expected Char-Broil quality
2 months ago
Love the practicality of it. Food is much easier to empty out. Metal isn't as sturdy as I would like. One of the metal rods has already broken off from the support piece. The hooks that keep the hinged door closed could be better designed as it wants to pop open when I lay the basket on its side. But overall it functions well.
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.