Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor Gen III Review

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The Butterball Indoor Gen III (model number 23011014) made by Masterbuilt is a very popular indoor turkey fryer which can safely be used indoors. Many turkey fryers can only be used outdoors and require a 10 foot area to be cleared around them, to avoid any of the surrounding objects from getting too close to the outdoor turkey cooker and causing a safety issue (catching on fire or knocking over the turkey fryer). With this unit you do not have to worry about what the weather is outdoors, you simply place this turkey fryer on your kitchen countertop and plug it in to a power point.

In this Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor Gen III review I will outline the capabilities of this compact indoor turkey frying unit, as well as tell you about some pros and cons of owning this unit. I hope this review assists you to decide if this is the best turkey fryer for your cooking needs.

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Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor Gen III Review

The Butterball Indoor Get III turkey fryer was designed and made by Masterbuilt, which is a global leader in kitchen cooking appliances industry. This model has a 8-quart capacity, which is smaller than most turkey fryers, but suitable for a small family or an individual’s needs. The 23011014 has a British thermal unit (Btu) capacity of 5,630 which is perfectly within range for an unit with this capacity. This indoor turkey fryer heats up the cooking oil rather swiftly.

This unit is lacking a vented lid, as vented lids are good at allowing steam to safely escape the unit whilst it is being operated. However, there are many helpful safety features included with this unit.

The major safety feature that is built-in to this unit is the included auto shut-off feature, which shuts down the cooker should the oil temperature rise above a safe level (400 degrees Fahrenheit). Should the auto shut-off whip into action, you will need to wait until the unit has cooled down before you can operate it once more. The lifting basket makes lowering and removing food from this indoor turkey cooker a safe and easy process.

You can easily and safely regulate the cooking temperature of the hot oil using the included thermostat. This unit does not have an in-built timer, which is unfortunate, because the majority of indoor turkey fryers have one. You will need to have your own timer with you when operating this unit – a smartphone or cooking timer will suffice.

The warranty offered with this unit is unfortunately only 90 days. This is pronouncedly shorter duration than the majority of turkey fryer brands offer with their units. Masterbuilt customer service representatives can be contacted by email or telephone during US business hours. Masterbuilt has provided a detailed user manual and instructional videos on their website.

Whilst it is true that Masterbuilt’s Butter Indoor (model number 23011014) is quite small compared to most turkey fryers, it is more than capable of cooking up a turkey which can feed an individual or a small family. It will be fine, as long as you do not try to fit a turkey larger than 14 pounds inside the cooking pot.

Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor Gen III Pros & Cons


This indoor turkey fryer comes with a built-in auto shut-off function, which prevents the oil inside from getting dangerously hot, by shutting off the unit until it has cooled down to a safe cooking temperature.
You can use this unit indoors safely, so you do not need to worry about the weather outside.
Fries a turkey in roughly an hour, which is several hours quicker than it takes to cook a turkey in a dutch oven.
Has a built-in drain valve which makes draining the oil after use an easy and mess-free process.


The warranty that comes with this unit is only 90-days long.
It is smaller than many other turkey fryers and only has the capacity to fry a turkey of up to 14 pounds.
Doesn’t come with a built-in cooking timer.
Lacks a vented lid.

Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor Gen III Best Features

Whilst there are many high quality turkey fryers available for purchase in the United States, the majority of the turkey cookers cannot be used indoors for safety reasons. The Butterball Indoor (Gen 3), as the name indicates, can be used indoors. No more worrying about whether or not the weather is suitable for frying a turkey outdoors.

This unit is safe to use indoors because it is powered by electricity, not propane gas. It also comes with some important safety features, such as an auto shut-off function. The auto shut-off feature is triggered when the temperature of the cooking oil rises above the maximum safe temperature for cooking (400 degrees Fahrenheit). This prevents the hot oil inside the unit from spitting out of the unit onto you or your kitchen countertop, significantly lowering the risk of severe burns, grease fires and a mess that will need to be cleaned up.

It can cook a 14 pound turkey (maximum size for this unit) in a little over an hour, compared to 4 or more hours in a dutch oven. The turkey comes out of the Butterball Indoor 3 with a crispy skin which seals the moisture inside the turkey meat, which means that turkeys cooked with this turkey fryer taste great.

Masterbuilt 23011014 Butterball Indoor Gen III Conclusion

Masterbuilt’s 23011014 Butterball Indoor Gen III indoor turkey fryer has the power to safely deep fry a small or medium sized turkey indoors, in your own kitchen. This unit is far from perfect. Some of the drawbacks of buying this unit are that it does not have a in-built cooking timer or a vented lid.

This electrical indoor turkey fryer is definitely a satisfactory option to contemplate if you want to deep fry a turkey in your kitchen, as opposed to outdoors, and you only want to fry turkeys which are small or medium sized, as this unit cannot fry a turkey bigger than approximately 14 pounds. The 23011014 Butterball Indoor Gen III is noticeably smaller than the majority of other turkey fryers, so take that into consideration.

I hope this turkey fryer review has been helpful in assisting you to make a decision about which unit is the best turkey fryer for your requirements. Please look at the easy to understand comparison table to compare this turkey fryer to the other top selling units in the list.