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Searching for an easy way to cook meat while preserving its natural juices and flavors? Ace Hardware carries the best selection of top-quality outdoor fryers. We offer electric turkey fryers and propane fryers designed to take cooking your favorite foods to a new level. 

Learn about the benefits of turkey fryers, and find out how to choose the best outdoor deep fryer for you right here.  

Benefits of Outdoor Fryers

Outdoor turkey fryers are incredibly easy to operate and can cook a variety of delicious foods. Using an outdoor deep fryer can help free up your time while preserving oven space, too. Cooking a turkey in the oven can take hours, but with a turkey fryer, you can cook a whole turkey in as little as 30 minutes. The deep-frying cooking method of a turkey fryer also helps to deliver a crispy brown crust and a super-moist, juicy interior.

How Do Turkey Fryers Work?

Outdoor turkey fryers work similarly to other types of deep fryers but on a larger scale. Turkey fryers are designed to cook your food to perfection in temperature-controlled hot oil. Most outdoor fryers are powered by standard 20-pound propane tanks, which are the same tanks that fuel gas grills. However, oil-less electric turkey fryer models are also available.

Electric Turkey Fryers vs. Propane Fryers

Both electric and propane fryers are capable of handling the tasks of frying on a regular basis, but they differ with their cooking methods and features. Here's an overview of what sets these turkey fryers apart:

Outdoor Propane Fryers

Propane fryers offer a convenient frying experience. Most outdoor propane fryers require around three to five gallons of oil with a high smoke point to cook food. Compared to oil-less models, these turkey fryers cook much faster and produce crispy yet tender meat.

However, propane fryers without automatic temperature controls can overheat to the point of causing a fire if you're not careful. A clip-on thermometer can be inserted in the fryer to monitor oil temperatures. If the turkey fryer tips over, hot oil can spread over a large area, too. For this reason, any type of outdoor propane fryer should be closely monitored at all times.

Electric Turkey Fryers

Electric turkey fryers may offer a safer alternative than propane fryers. Many electric turkey fryer models can be used for both indoor and outdoor cooking. Some are designed with automatic shut-off functions and breakaway power cords for increased safety.

What to Look for in Turkey Fryer Kits

Turkey fryer kits include many of the essentials you'll need to take your deep-frying experiences to the next level. When shopping our collection of turkey fryer kits, look for features like:

  • Rib hooks that hold rib racks up to 11 inches in length.
  • Kabob holders that hold multiple kabobs upright to ensure even cooking without burning.
  • Leg racks that let you perfectly cook several wings or legs at a time.

Take the guesswork out of cooking a variety of mouth-watering foods by shopping the inventory of turkey fryers at Ace Hardware now. If you opt for a propane fryer, find the compatible propane cylinders and accessories you'll need to operate your new fryer here, too.