Indoor vs Outdoor Turkey Fryer: Which is Better?

Posted October 22nd, 2014. Filed under Fryer Tips Author Jessica Timmins

It’s the usual dilemma. Buying a turkey fryer means choosing between an outdoor or an indoor type. Here’s a detailed dissection of each to help you decide.

The main difference between the outdoor turkey fryer and the indoor turkey fryer is their source of heat. The outdoor type uses propane gas and the indoor fryer uses electricity. The electric turkey fryer used for comparison here uses oil, like the indoor Butterball turkey fryer, since there are oil-less electric fryers, too. Hence, any discussion of the merits and deficiencies of each will be based on the advantages and disadvantages of using propane gas and electric power for the turkey fryer.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Indoor Turkey Fryer


• You can fry, boil and steam food in your indoor turkey fryer any time, any day. There’s no bad weather to contend with if you feel the urge to use your fryer.
• The indoor electric turkey fryer has safety features installed: a temperature gauge, a safety automatic shut-off, drain valve for easy cleaning and draining, a lid to prevent oil splatters.
 • You don’t need a thermometer  to measure oil temperature; a light on the gauge will tell you.
• The indoor turkey fryer has a modern and contemporary look. There are no gas cylinders and dangling hoses and it will complement the look of your kitchen.
• The indoor turkey fryer is meant to be placed on the countertop. There’s no need to watch the children and animals playing around it.
• The indoor turkey fryer is uses 33 percent less oil than the propane outdoor type.


• You can’t take the indoor turkey fryer for tailgating unless you have a generator.
• You must bring the indoor fryer in after use; leaving it out overnight and exposed to morning dew can damage the electrical components of the fryer.
• Oil takes a little longer to heat when you use the indoor electric turkey fryer.
• You have to bear with some deep-fried odor remaining in your house for a day or two.


The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Outdoor Turkey Fryer

• The outdoor turkey fryer allows you to take it camping, tailgating or even just having a backyard get-together because the propane gas tank is portable.outdoor fryer
• You don’t have to put up with the deep-fried odor of food in your house for days.
• The outdoor turkey fryer heats oil faster.

• You can’t use your outdoor turkey fryer if it’s raining or snowing or the weather is not conducive to outdoor cooking.
• Most of these outdoor turkey fryers don’t have built-in temperature gauges and safety shut-off features. You’ll need to monitor oil temperature to make sure it doesn’t overheat and turkey temperature for doneness. Oil overheating can cause splattering and raise the risk for fire.
• You’ll be lugging and refilling the gas cylinder.
• You have to watch that the kids and pets don’t get too dangerously close to the fryer.
• You’ll need three to five gallons of oil to deep-fry a 14-lb turkey.

There you have it! The features of each type will help you decide which turkey fryer you should get. Consider convenience of use and safety factors since a turkey fryer will be a purchase that will serve you well.

About Jessica Timmins

Jessica Timmins is a freelance writer who works out of her home while raising her children. Although she has an educational background in education her true passion is the written word. She enjoys writing informational content for websites and blogs as well as sharing her personal experiences through stories and blog posts. She has an obsession with using correct grammar and punctuation.
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