The Big Easy Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

The Big Easy Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

Whether you’re cooking a feast for the holidays or it’s just a great weekend to fry a bird, be sure to do it safely. Traditional turkey fryers cook with bubbling hot oil that can burn your skin or catch fire. With The Big Easy® Oil-Less Turkey Fryer, you won’t have to worry about oil, since it uses infrared heat to cook. However, you do still need to take some precautions. Here are some turkey fryer safety tips.


Safe Distance

Position your fryer safely away from trees or anything that could ignite. Set it up outside on a concrete or asphalt surface and NOT on a wooden deck or inside a garage.

Hot Tip: The Big Easy is powered by propane. Keep your fire extinguisher handy -- you never know when you might need it.

Don’t Leave It
To prevent accidents and injuries, NEVER leave your Big Easy unattended, especially around children and pets. The Big Easy is lightweight and gets very hot when cooking.


Level Surface
Set it up on level ground where you won’t need to move it. A flat surface prevents tipping and helps maintain even heating.


Thaw Your Bird
For best results, make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dry before you place it in The Big Easy. In fact, it’s better for the meat to be at room temperature when placed in the cooker.


We do NOT recommend using marinades or excessive oil on the turkey’s skin. You can rub it down with a very light coating of peanut or canola oil before applying a dry rub.

Hot Tip: Avoid rubs with high sugar content as the sugar can cause the outside of the turkey to burn.

Protect Your Hands

The handles, lid and roaster basket can get very hot. Be sure to wear oven mitts when checking on and removing your turkey.


Stormy Weather
Never use your fryer in the rain or snow. Since the lid is made from a wire mesh, precipitation will fall into the cooking chamber. In addition, when the temperature outside is below 30°F, the turkey will take longer to cook.


Smaller is Better
Ideally, you want a bird that’s between 10 and 12 pounds, but no more than 16. Larger turkeys block airflow and prevent even cooking.


No Stuffing Please
Fry the turkey without stuffing. Stuffing blocks airflow inside the bird’s cavity and prevents it from cooking evenly.


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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