The Big Easy® Fried Turkey

The Big Easy® Fried Turkey


When it’s done right, The Big Easy Fried Turkey, seasoned with just a little salt and pepper,  makes your Thanksgiving dinner even more impressive. The Big Easy Oil-less Turkey Fryer cooks your turkey with a crispy crust on the outside and tender, juicy meat on the inside. It keeps your oven free for all those tasty sides and special pies too.

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Serves 8-10
For the Turkey
(13-pound) turkey
tablespoons vegetable oil
For the Rub
cup coarse salt
cup your favorite rub

Ingredient Tips

The turkey must be completely thawed with neck and giblets removed before cooking.
NO Stuffing
We don’t recommend stuffing the turkey because stuffing blocks airflow inside the bird’s cavity and prevents it from cooking evenly.
NO Sugar
Your rub, marinade and/or brine should contain NO sugar. Sugar will cause your food to burn.


Prep: 15 Minutes, Cook: 2 Hours

Power up The Big Easy Oil-less Turkey Fryer.

Hot Tip: The Big Easy was designed to be powered ON (all the way to the left) and OFF (all the way to the right). All recipes for The Big Easy are based on operating the fryer at full power.

Rinse the bird thoroughly with cool water and pat dry with paper towels.


Brush the outside of the turkey with vegetable oil using a basting brush. Then apply salt and your favorite rub.


Place the turkey in the roaster basket, breast-side up. Lower the basket into the cooking chamber. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast so that the tip does not touch bone and the dial is easy to read when the basket is in the cooker.

Hot Tip: To minimize sticking, coat the wire frame of the cooking basket with oil before inserting turkey.

Cook until the internal temperature reaches 165°F, about 2 hours. Cook time varies based on weather conditions and the size of your turkey.

Hot Tip: Cover the fryer with the wire mesh lid during the last 15 minutes of the cook for crispy skin, using infrared heat reflected back into cooking chamber. If used throughout cook, this heat can burn food before it is fully cooked

Lift the roaster basket out of the chamber and set it on a shallow sheet pan. Allow the turkey to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, remove the turkey from the basket.

Hot Tip: Call our Turkey Hotline at 1-800-526-1065 with any questions you may have about cooking with The Big Easy. It’s available year-round, including Thanksgiving Day (8 am-4 pm EST).
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  • Richie359 | Nov 22, 2017

    i did a 14 pound turkey i injected 24 hours before with Italian salad and soy sauce it came out wonderful

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  • Roy | Dec 23, 2018

    after my turkey unthaw I season and inject it and put it in the refrigerator and let it rest a couple of days before cook it in the big easy, delicious!!!

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  • Harry L | Dec 21, 2019

    What is the simplest way to measure meat temperature while you are frying the turkey? No details are given for that monitoring of the temperature.

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    • Char-Broil | Feb 12, 2020

      Hi Harry - We updated this recipe with the information you need to monitor the meat temperature when cooking your fried turkey in The Big Easy. Thanks for asking!

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  • Jesse | Aug 9, 2020

    If I leave it on high as suggested the cooker temp ha my thermomaters pegged at over 500. I’m only up to 140 internal temp and the skin is charred in places. Yes I applied the oil as directed. Am I supposed to baste throughout?

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    • Char-Broil | Aug 26, 2020

      You do not need to baste your turkey throughout. There are, however, several factors that can impact your cook, such as having your turkey fully thawed and only using the wire mesh lid for the last 15 minutes. You can call our Turkey Hotline at 1-800-526-1065 with specific questions about your experience. It’s available year-round, including Thanksgiving Day (8 am-4 pm EST).

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