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Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-Less Turkey Fryer Review

Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-Less Turkey Fryer Review

Ever had doubts about frying a turkey? Are you wary about doing it yourself because of the risks involved? Then maybe it is time that you discover a device that will actually allow you to fry a turkey safely. The device will also make the whole procedure easier and more affordable for you.

In this review, we are going to discuss Char-Broil’s The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-Less Turkey Fryer. This is a device that operates using propane, and it provides you with food that looks and tastes good too. You can cook turkey on it at around 10 minutes a pound.

While it cannot accommodate burgers and steaks, you can still use the item to cook bigger cuts of meat, whole chicken, and roasts.


  • Healthier cooking due to oil-less feature
  • Includes patented infrared cooking technology which avoids flare-ups, gets rid of cold and hot spots for even cooking, and provides palatable meats packed teeming with flavor
  • Can accommodate up to 16-lb. turkeys, beef roast, chicken, pork tenderloin and other larger cuts of meat
  • You won’t have to deal with oil spills or spatters for safer cooking
  • Allows you to save oil usage
  • Includes cooker, lifter, meat thermometer, cooking basket and cooking guide
  • Works with regular 20-lb. LP tank


The Big Easy from Char-Broil is designed mainly for turkey use, but it’s not really limited to the big fowl; it can also take on a selection of bigger and heftier cuts of meat. It can cook whole poultry and its parts, beef roasts, pork loins, pork ribs, leg of lamb, bone-in hams, sausages and even corn and potatoes.

This is an air-fryer type of device and it includes an integrated grease tray to catch drippings that were produced during the process. When cooking turkey or chicken, gravy is always required, so having a grease tray is beneficial.

However, to make sure that the drippings are safe for consumption, you have to reheat them in order to kill bacteria. The drippings will remain in the tray for hours so it makes sense to reheat them before making gravy.

The model makes use of radiant heat to cook the food. It is designed in a manner that it will get rid of hot spots for a more balanced cooking and trap natural juices in the food to keep them juicy and moist.

However, you have to keep in mind that air fryers, in general, do not possess similar speeds as frying in deep fat; they work in a slower manner, and if you want to check the doneness of the meat you have to use a meat thermometer. Larger turkeys, like those that weigh 16 pounds, will take more than 2 hours to cook.

You can cut down on prep time since it will not require preheating. When it comes to cleanup, it’s pretty obvious that it’s not going to be a problem since the device does not use oil when cooking.

Cooking without using oil has its advantages, not only for your health, but for the safety of the cook and individuals near the cooking area. As The Big Easy from Char-Broil does not require heat and fire, if the item gets bumped, it will not spill hot, scalding oil on you or those around you.

If you want to eat healthier, or have a health condition that restricts your intake of oil or fat, then the air fryer will prove to be a very beneficial item to have around. It’s not for holidays only since it can cook a wide variety of meats. The method it uses leads to cooked foods that are tender, moist and full of flavor.


The Char-Broil Big Easy has its negatives, but they’re minor at best. The device will, of course, require a propane tank, so you have to purchase one in case you do not have one around.

Taste is subjective, so the fried taste the air fryer produces might not be similar to authentic deep-fried fare. Lower temperatures and windy conditions may also affect the heat of the device over the course of cooking.


The Char-Broil the Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-Less Turkey Fryer is a great investment, especially if you like cooking turkey and chickens, are leaning towards healthier cooking methods, or want an air fryer that can accommodate a good selection of meats apart from poultry.

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